Realtor safety is surprisingly not something a lot of real estate agents are often concerned about. However, realtors spend a lot of time showing empty homes to strangers that they do not know, thereby potentially putting themselves at risk. In a Member Safety Report published by the National Association of Realtors, it was revealed that 33 percent of realtors have been in situations in which they were worried about their safety while on the job.
To help spread awareness about the importance of being prepared and staying safe while showing homes in California, September was designated as Realtor Safety Month.
Safety Tips for Realtor Safety Month
The following are a few tips that realtors should follow in order to stay safe while showing homes to prospective buyers:
- Be alert during showings. Realtors should be aware of their surroundings at all times, and if something feels off to them, then they should immediately leave the premises.
- Let someone know where you are. You should notify a friend or family member of the address where you will be, even if you’re not showing a property to anyone. For instance, if you’re just double-checking an empty house for something, you should still let someone know where you’re going.
- Carry a phone at all times. Realtors should have a phone with them at all times. Not only will you be able to call for help in the case of an emergency, but your phone also has GPS on it, which means that your location can be identified if needed.
- Use an emergency POM tool. POM (personal safety opportunity monitor) tools are small devices that you can click on if you find yourself in an emergency situation and need to request help right away.
- Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, then you should listen to your intuition. For example, if someone comes to the door that you do not know while you’re in an empty house by yourself, don’t answer if something feels amiss.