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WASHINGTON (May 13, 2015) — To aid members and Realtor® associations in developing safety protocols, the National Association of Realtors® has expanded its Realtor® Safety Program resources with new classes and materials.

“NAR works constantly to promote the core components of Realtor® safety: knowledge, awareness and empowerment,” said NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. “As with most jobs that require interacting with the public, selling real estate involves some risk. But ensuring the personal safety of members is a top priority of mine, and the association remains committed to providing ongoing education about potential threats and the resources Realtors® need to protect themselves.”

NAR introduced a new course this week for Realtor® associations to host locally for their members called “Real Estate Safety Matters.” The three-hour course is a critical primer on how real estate professionals can reduce and limit risk to preserve safety and deliver positive business outcomes. The Realtor® University-sponsored course and its associated course materials are provided at no cost to associations or brokerages. A few of the topics covered during the “Real Estate Safety Matters” course include safety protocols for showing properties, understanding physical and instinctual responses to threats and attacks, and the various safety tools and systems currently available.

NAR’s Realtor® Safety Program has also expanded its distribution of safety tips. Every Monday, NAR now shares safety tips via its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. The image-based tips offer safety information on an assortment of topics, including open house safety, garage safety, cyber security, home security and more. These tips can easily be shared with and by associations, members and clients.

These new and expanded safety resources for members and associations—including materials to share in the office, online or for safety presentations; videos; articles; and archived webinars—are available online at www.nar.realtor/safety. Information on safety smartphone apps and safety products are also available as well as a list of safety experts.

The safety of its members is a top priority for NAR, and the association will continue to roll out new materials for the Realtor® Safety Program throughout the year.

NAR established the Realtor® Safety Program more than a decade ago to empower and inform members of the potential risks they face in this profession and how to navigate them safely. The entire month of September is designated Realtor® Safety Month and is dedicated to bringing more awareness to Realtor® safety among members.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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