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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)
- Let someone know where you are going and when you will be back
- Door knock in daylight hours
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Do not enter a property without permission
Source: Safety Tips for Door Knocking (The Agent Archive, Jan. 12, 2023)
Safety and COVID-19
Coronavirus Resource Center (Harvard Health, Apr. 12, 2022)
“In March 2022, the CDC recommended a second booster shot for anyone ages 50 years and older, as well as certain immunocompromised individuals ages 12 years and older, at least four months after their first booster.”
How to Protect Yourself & Others (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Feb. 25, 2022)
“Get Vaccinated and stay up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines“
The Real Estate Guide to Safety (Item 141-347)
The Real Estate Guide to Safety gives you practical advice about how to increase your awareness of surroundings and what might be suspicious.
3 COVID-19 Protocols to Consider (REALTOR® Magazine, Spring 2022)
“Although mask mandates are gone in many places, Fara Captain, ABR, CRS, says client preference remains important. “If someone is uncomfortable with you not wearing a mask, then wear your mask. To me, it comes down to respect,” says Captain, broker-owner of Captain & Co. Real Estate in Memphis, Tenn. Make it easy for agents by having masks available at the office, open houses, and showings.”
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) (United States Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration)
This page contains OSHA Requirements, Guidance, Highlights and Tools.
Your COVID-19 Toolkit (Covid.gov)
Resources to keep yourself and others safe from COVID-19.
REALTOR® Safety Forms, Products, Guides, Handouts & Videos
REALTOR® Safety Reimbursement Grant Program (National Association of REALTORS®)
A Safety Grant must be used to fund projects that will keep safety awareness top of mind for REALTORS® and Association staff. Grants are available up to $2,500.
Window to the Law: Safety Best Practices for Real Estate Professionals (National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 1, 2021)
First, create a personal safety plan that addresses common scenarios that place real estate professionals in potentially risky situations, such as meeting new clients, showing properties, or hosting an open house.Pivot in Place: REALTOR® Safety (RISMedia, Sep. 23, 2020)
In this week’s video, REALTOR® Safety Program Manager, Breanne Gingerich, shares lifesaving tips and best practices to help real estate professionals work smart and stay safe.
About the Putting REALTOR® Safety First Course (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.
Resources for Personal Protection (National Association of REALTORS®)
There are a variety of tools you can add to your personal safety protocol, such as the smartphone apps and safety products listed here.
Episode 1: Why REALTORS® are Targeted (REALTOR®SafetyFirst.com)
Presented by Iowa Realty
REALTOR® Safety Alert Submission Form (National Association of REALTORS®)
Complete the form below to notify the National Association of REALTORS® of a critical REALTOR® Safety-related issue.
General Safety Tips
Tips to Keep Yourself and Your Agents Safe on the Job (REALTOR® Magazine, Sep. 15, 2022)
Taylor advises people to follow their gut. If something feels off, it’s okay to change plans. Safety is more important than the sale, he often says to his agents and in his classes.
When Your Instinct Tells You to Run (REALTOR® Magazine/Drive With NAR, Sep 1, 2022)
These two REALTORS® say practitioners can’t ignore the inherent risks of their job and must adjust how they interact with clients to put safety top of mind.
Real Estate Agent Safety Tips for Showing a Home (Security 1st Title, Sep. 1, 2022)
When dealing with dangerous or suspicious situations, always have an “out” prepared. Prepare a scenario in advance so that you can leave or so you can encourage the other person to leave. Some examples include you have a family emergency, you missed a call from the office and need to call the back, or another agent is on the way with his buyers.
How to Stay Safe While Working with Clients: A Cautionary Tale About Cyber-Stalking (Chicago Agent, Aug. 1, 2022)
She began taking new precautions, such as letting others know when and where she was meeting new clients. Gambla also changed her routine when showing properties, particularly making sure she could quickly exit the home and parking on the street, rather than in the driveway, so she could not be blocked in by another vehicle. She also began taking her boyfriend or a male listing agent to meetings with new clients.
eBooks & Books
As a member benefit, the following resources and more are available for loan through the NAR Library. Items will be mailed directly to you or made available for pickup at the REALTOR® Building in Chicago.
Be Alert, Be Aware, Have a Plan (eBook)
Be a Hero (eBook)
Dangerous Personalities (eBook)
A Guide to Improvised Weaponry (eBook)
Health & Safety at Work Essentials (eBook)
Knack Self-Defense for Women (eBook)
Practical Self-Defense (eBook)
Protect Yourself (eBook)
No Second Chance (eBook)
7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life (eBook)
Reinvent Your Personal Safety (eBook)
Safety at Work (eBook)
Staying Alive (eBook)
Stay Safe (eBook)
The Tao of Survival (eBook)
Watch Your Back (eBook)
Workplace Safety (eBook)
The Workplace Violence Prevention Handbook (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) HV 7431 M31
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