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, and videos.

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

We've 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®, Sept. 30, 2014).

Top 10 Real Estate Agent Safety Tips 

  1. Careful with personal info
  2. Verify customer information
  3. Enlist a coworker
  4. Announce your showings
  5. Scout locations early
  6. Keep phone in hand
  7. Keep customer in sight
  8. Pay attention to exits
  9. Take a self-defense class
  10. Trust your gut

Source: House Hunt Network, (House Hunt, June 17, 2014)

REALTOR® Safety Forms, Guides, Handouts & Videos

2018 Member Safety Report, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 10, 2018) 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®)

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 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

5 common real estate safety myths (REALTOR® Magazine, April 6, 2017)

4 ways male agents put themselves in danger (REALTOR® Magazine, January 24, 2017)

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.)

eBooks & Other Resources

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. 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.

Be a Hero (Kindle, OverDrive Read, eBook)

7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life, (eBook)

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

Dangerous Personalities, (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

The Fence, (Kindle, eBook)

Fight Back, (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

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

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)

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, Audiobook, eBook)

Workplace Safety, (Kindle, eBook)


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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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Congratulations 2018 Safety Reimbursement Grant Recipients

Thank you to the more than 50 Associations that submitted an application for a 2018 NAR Safety Reimbursement Grant. Selecting recipients was not an easy task, as all applications were reviewed and scored in a blind, multi-step, Association-wide review process. The following four Associations have been selected as this year’s recipients: 

  • Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (NM) 
  • Greater Providence Board of REALTORS®/Northern Rhode Island Board of REALTORS®/ Rhode Island Commercial and Appraisal Board of REALTORS® (RI) 
  • Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® (CA) 
  • Prescott Area Association of REALTORS® (AZ) 

More information about the 2018 recipients and their Safety Programs will be posted in the fall. 

Member Safety Report

2018 Member Safety Report

This report can help real estate professionals develop the resources, programs, and technologies they need to keep themselves safe.

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