REALTOR® Safety is an ever-expanding topic. As a REALTOR®, you’re faced with potentially risky situations every day. Meeting new clients, showing homes and even marketing online can pose risks to your person or your business.
Keeping safety foremost year-round and in everything you do can mean the difference between life and death. While it’s tempting to believe that an attack would never happen to you, safety-related incidents are more common than you may think. According to the 2020 NAR Member Safety Report, in the last year:
- Nearly one in four REALTORS® (23 percent) have experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or safety of their personal information.
- Nearly one in three REALTORS® (31 percent) have felt unsafe during an open house.
- The typical REALTOR® reported feeling unsafe less than once a year (54 percent) in terms of personal safety, but unsafe in terms of personal information every few months or more often (61 percent).
- One in 20 REALTORS® (5 percent) said they had been a victim of a crime while working as a real estate professional.
- More than half of REALTORS® (53 percent) use a smartphone safety app to track whereabouts and alert colleagues in case of an emergency.
This September, ABoR is observing REALTOR®
September is Safety Month, when we will launch a member input and research project to determine the safety programs, benefits and technologies you’d like to see us offer as an ABoR benefit. Member input will take place throughout REALTOR® Safety month as part of a month-long communications initiative of safety tips and best practices and you can provide your feedback now in a short poll at ABoR.com/Safety.
You must make safe decisions continuously and know how to react when confronted with trouble. Below are our top safety tips for the well-being of your business, career, clients and personal life.
Business Well-Being: Have a Safety Plan
You have strategic plans, operational plans, and communication plans for your business but have you instituted a safety plan? In the real estate industry, we are faced with dangers every day and it’s imperative to create processes that will help you avoid bad situations. Developing a safety plan can help you prepare and create a safe environment for you, your clients, colleagues and family.
Professional Well-Being: Check Your Tech
Plan ahead when you’re going to be out in the field. Will you have mobile service everywhere? When you’re showing in commercial property, older homes with thick walls, or rural properties, mobile reception may not be available. Always travel with a phone charger or battery pack and consider leveraging a safety app that will keep your emergency contacts informed of your whereabouts.
Client Well-Being: Buddy Up
Ask your clients about being partners on safety. You are taking safety precautions for yourself, but you also need their help. When selling their home, have them confirm they locked the house before leaving for showings. When meeting new clients, meeting at your office or a neutral location (such as a coffee shop) is a best practice that can help your clients feel at ease, too.
Personal Well-Being: Get Fit
Consider exercise classes that double as self-defense training, such as boxing or Krav Maga. Many gyms and martial arts studios have virtual classes and online videos so that you can learn and train from home. You can also ask your peers, friends, and family if they have taken a self-defense class that they would recommend.
We hope you find these tips useful as you think about what precautions to take when planning your day-to-day tasks. For additional REALTOR® safety resources including webinars, best practices and shareable content, visit NAR.Realtor/Safety.
Ready to Make an Impact? Volunteer with ABoR!
As an ABoR member, you can play a direct role in the actions we take by volunteering to serve on one of our committees, advisory groups, or councils in 2021. A call for volunteers is going on now through mid-October at ABoR.com/WeNeedYou. Will you join us?