Field Guide to REALTOR® Safety
(Updated September 2016)
You meet lots of people in the real estate business—some nice and some not so nice. Learn how to protect yourself at open houses and in the car. Get safety tips, handouts, and posters from the National Association of REALTORS® and REALTOR® Associations. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)
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Source: Chris Polychron Announces New NAR Safety Course, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2015).
Statement From 2015 President Chris Polychron on Beverly Carter Tragedy:
“As both a REALTOR® and an Arkansan, I am saddened by this morning’s news of Beverly Carter’s untimely death. My heart goes out to her family, her friends, her co-workers, and everyone whose life Beverly touched in her 49 years with us.
Working in real estate involves risk and, unfortunately, that risk takes many forms. As an industry, we collectively work very hard to promote safety awareness among our members. We are fully committed to educating REALTORS® about potential threats and providing them with resources to protect themselves.
I urge all REALTORS® to honor Beverly Carter by keeping safe and looking out for each other.”
Source: Statement from NAR 2014 President Elect Chris Polychron on Beverly Carter Tragedy, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 30, 2014).
Top 10 Real Estate Agent Safety Tips
- Careful with personal info
- Verify customer information
- Enlist a coworker
- Announce your showings
- Scout locations early
- Keep phone in hand
- Keep customer in sight
- Pay attention to exits
- Take a self-defense class
- Trust your gut
Source: House Hunt Network, (House Hunt, June 17, 2014).
REALTOR® Safety Forms, Guides, Handouts & Videos
2016 Member Safety Report, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 9, 2016). The goal of the report is to measure and understand the scope of the problem, so that real estate professionals can develop the resources, programs, and technologies they need to keep themselves safe.
REALTOR® Safety, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 6, 2016).
3-Hour Safety Course for REALTOR® Associations, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2015).
- This course is an essential primer on how real estate professionals can limit risk to preserve safety and facilitate positive business outcomes.
- Available classroom materials for this course will allow REALTOR® associations to submit the course to their respective state licensing authority for CE approval. Please note that CE approval is not guaranteed.
- Materials for a 1-hour presentation are also provided.
REALTOR® Safety Forms: More Than Just Space Filler, (National Association of REALTORS®, Aug. 26, 2013).
REALTOR® Safety Materials, (National Association of REALTORS®, n.d.).
The REALTOR® Guide to Safety — The Real Estate Guide to Safety gives you practical advice about how to increase your awareness of surroundings and what might be suspicious. This guide will help you be better prepared to protect yourself, other agents, and your clients in highly vulnerable situations.
REALTOR® Safety Tips Card —This handy wallet-sized, laminated card includes three easy, practical tips to keep on hand as a regular reminder of simple ways to stay safe on the job. The card includes space for important phone numbers to keep on hand such as an in case of emergency contact number, a non-emergency number for police and others.
The Safety Minute:01 — The Safety Minute:01 provides safety and security fundamentals in the post 9/11 world.
Episode 1: Why REALTORS® are targeted, (REALTOR®SafetyFirst.com, n.d.).
General Safety Tips
Local Realtor association aims to better protect industry members from foul play, (Nooga, Sept. 1, 2016).
Keeping you and your agents safe, (REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 2016).
Common practices that put you in danger, (REALTOR® Magazine, July 2016).
Ohio real-estate agents getting phone apps for personal safety, (The Columbus Dispatch, Jan. 20, 2016).
Realtor’s beware: 3 security tips for real estate agents, (Rampart Group, n.d.).
14 simple steps for safeguarding your office, (La Porte County Association of REALTORS®, n.d.).
How we're working to keep agents safe, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 2015).
Arizona REALTORS® Launches Agent Safety Alert Program (ASAP), (Arizona Association of REALTORS®, Aug. 28, 2015).
How leaders create a culture of safety, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 12, 2015).
Man to man: you’re just as at risk, (YPN Lounge, June 1, 2015).
Take the REALTOR® Safety Pledge, (Dylan De Bruin, 2015).
‘Beverly Carter, You Left a Legacy’, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, Sept. 20, 2014).
eBooks & Other Resources
The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life, (Adobe PDF eBook)
Be Alert, Be Aware, Have a Plan, (Adobe PDF eBook)
Dangerous Personalities, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)
The Fence, (Kindle, PDF eBook)
Fight Back, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)
The Gift of Fear, (New York, NY: Random House, 1997). HV 7431 D35
Health & Safety at Work Essentials, (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)
No Second Chance, (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)
Safety at Work, (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)
Staying Alive, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)
Stay Safe, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)
Strong on defense: survival rules to protect your and your family from crime, (New York, NY: Simon & Shuster, 1996). HV 7431 St8 M31
The Tao of Survival, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)
Workplace Safety, (Kindle, Adobe PDF eBook)
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