Overview

NAR has a wealth of resources to help agents, brokers, and associations better understand and educate each other about the safety risks they face.

From planning your safety strategy to extensive safety resources including apps, products, and educators, NAR has many useful items for all real estate professionals including regularly-scheduled safety webinars, numerous articles organized by category, videos, and a safety alert program.

NAR further offers the Safety Matters: Safe Business = Smart Business course free of charge to state and local REALTOR® associations. More information on the course and how to license it can be found here.

Information about NAR's Safety Program Reimbursement Grant for Associations is also available.

If you need assistance or have suggestions, please email safety@realtors.org.

Safety Topics

References

NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.


"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.”

– 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron

Source: Statement from NAR 2014 President Elect Chris Polychron on Beverly Carter Tragedy (National Association of REALTORS®, Sep. 30, 2014)

Real Estate Agent Safety Tips

  • Meet new clients in public
  • Don’t wear expensive jewelry
  • Let your office know where you are
  • Bring a buddy to a showing
  • Use safety technology

Source: Why Safety Needs to Be Top-Of-Mind for Real Estate Agents (Ripple Safety, Jan. 11, 2019)

REALTOR® Safety Forms, Guides, Handouts & Videos

REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant Program (National Association of REALTORS®, 2019)

2019 Member Safety Report (National Association of REALTORS®, Sep. 12, 2019) This report details how REALTORS® feel about their safety and what steps they are already taking to protect themselves.

3-Hour Safety Course for REALTOR® Associations (National Association of REALTORS®)

  • 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 Materials (National Association of REALTORS®)

Episode 1: Why REALTORS® are Targeted (REALTOR®SafetyFirst.com)

REALTOR® Safety Alert Submission Form (National Association of REALTORS®)

The Little Red Book: Safety Rules to Live By for REALTORS® (Item 135-109) - The guide is broken down into seven sections with focus on safety philosophies, open house safety and protecting your reputation online with cyber safety. This guide is a great conversation starter.

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.

General Safety Tips

Safety Tips for Real Estate Professionals Meeting with Buyers or Showing Houses (Multibriefs, Mar. 5, 2019)

How Agent Deaths Spawned REALTOR® Action (REALTOR® Magazine, Feb. 19, 2019)

'The Danger is Real': Killing of Utah Real Estate Agent Sparks Safety Discussions (KSL.com, Jan. 21, 2019)

Safety Tips for Realtors: Forget the Taser and Spike Heels, Always Follow, Never Lead a Client (Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 9, 2018)

Seven Ways Real Estate Agents Can Stay Safe on the Job (KW.com, Sep. 25, 2018)

Why Your Office Needs a Safety Policy (REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 17, 2018)

Downloadable Resources (The Beverly Carter Foundation)

eBooks & Books

The resources below are available for loan through the NAR Library. 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 Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

A Guide to Improvised Weaponry (Kindle, eBook)

Knack Self-Defense for Women (Kindle, eBook)

Protect Yourself (eBook)

Watch Your Back (Kindle, eBook)

Be a Hero (Kindle, eBook)

7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life (eBook)

Be Alert, Be Aware, Have a Plan (eBook)

Dangerous Personalities (Kindle, eBook)

The Fence (Kindle, eBook)

Fight Back (Kindle, eBook)

Health & Safety at Work Essentials (Audiobook, eBook)

No Second Chance (Audiobook, eBook)

Safety at Work (Audiobook, eBook)

Staying Alive (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Stay Safe (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

The Tao of Survival (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Workplace Safety (Kindle, eBook)

The Gift of Fear (New York, NY: Random House, 1997) HV 7431 D35

Strong on Defense: Survival Rules to Protect You and Your Family from Crime (New York, NY: Simon & Shuster, 1996) HV 7431 St8 M31

Bug Off! : 50 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself from Burglars, Thieves, Muggers, Con-Artists, and Other Lowlifes (Evanston, IL: Walnut Grove Publishers, 1992)


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The inclusion of links on this page does not imply endorsement by the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR makes no representations about whether the content of any external sites which may be linked in this page complies with state or federal laws or regulations or with applicable NAR policies. These links are provided for your convenience only and you rely on them at your own risk.

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