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A Realtor’s Guide To Personal Safety
A major concern for realtors is personal safety. Many times the realtor is working alone in
showing a property, having an open house, or manning the model house in a new subdivision.
Some personal safety issues should include:
On the first meeting of a client, have them meet you at the office. Get as much personal
information as possible. A copy of the driver’s license is a good start not only for safety, but
also for the client database.
If you have a strange feeling about the client, don’t show property by yourself. Ask a co-worker
to go with you; at worst you might have to split the commission. If you are manning an open
house and you feel that you might be in danger, leave the property and call for help.
Always drive your own car to the property as this might be the only means of escape. On the
way make notes on the type of car, color, and license plate number and call the office with this
information. Once at the property make sure your car is not blocked and you have an easy
escape (no backing-up).
As you are showing the property, always have the client lead you; this allows the property to
present itself and keeps the client where you can see them. Make sure they sign-in on the
registry and if the office does not have the information on the client, get the information to
them. Your office will know you are with a client at this time.
Keep your keys and cell phone close and easy to access. If need be, keys can be effective
weapon of surprise. If you have a handbag, keep it with you at all times or locked in the trunk
of your car. Know the property, not only do you look more professional, but safer; your client
does not know all of the exits as well as you should.
Take a few self defense classes, as a few minutes head start out of the property means the
difference in a safe escape and being trapped. Take the first chance for escape and don’t try to
talk your way out; keep your advantage. The more time y