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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)
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®, 2022)
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.
Coronavirus: A Guide for REALTORS® (National Association of REALTORS®, Jan. 19, 2021)
Through this guidance, NAR aims to respond to commonly asked questions, and to empower members to successfully navigate their real estate businesses during these challenging, and continually evolving, circumstances.
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
‘Everything Changed the Minute I Opened the Door’ (REALTOR® Magazine, Apr. 30, 2021)
“Focus on the prospect and ask open-ended questions to help pinpoint any potential red flags. For example, look for inconsistencies in their story (for Morrisette, the man she met with said he earned $25 million last year from his company, yet his car didn’t match up to that wealth).”
All Things Real Estate: How to Hold a Safe Open House (The Island Now, Apr. 19, 2021)
“Be careful about the questions that are asked, especially if a buyer(s) wants to come back and inquires as to the best days and times when you will be home, which leaves you potentially open to possibly being robbed.”
Assaults Fourth Leading Cause of Workplace Deaths (National Safety Council, Jan. 25, 2021)
“No matter who initiates the confrontation, the deadliest situations involve an active shooter. U.S. Department of Homeland Security defines active shooter as someone "actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area." A lot can happen in the chaotic minutes before police arrive; DHS advises staying calm and exercising one of three options: Run, hide or fight.”
The Importance of Agent Safety (The CE Shop)
“Whether it is operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic or preparing for any other dangers that may come your way, we cover what you need to know in order to keep both you and your clients safe.”
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)
Coping with Coronavirus (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)
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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