Overview

Working in real estate involves many inherent risks. From showing clients vacant properties to hosting open houses and disclosing personal information in your online marketing, your well-being is at stake every time you go out into the field. But safety is just as important an issue for your clients as it is for yourself. Thinking more critically about your work environment can help you be better prepared for potentially dangerous situations and inform your conversations with clients about safeguarding their valuables during showings.

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

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

Safety Topics

References

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"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

2016 Member Safety Report, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 9, 2016). 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®, Sept. 6, 2016).

3-Hour Safety Course for REALTOR® Associations, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2015).

  • 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

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.).

How we're working to keep agents safe, (National Association of REALTORS®, Sept. 2015).

Arizona REALTORS® Launches Agent Safety Alert Program (ASAP), (Arizona Association of REALTORS®, Aug. 28, 2015).

How leaders create a culture of safety, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 12, 2015).

Man to man: you’re just as at risk, (YPN Lounge, June 1, 2015).

Take the REALTOR® Safety Pledge, (Dylan De Bruin, 2015).

‘Beverly Carter, You Left a Legacy’, (Daily Real Estate News/REALTOR® Magazine, Sept. 20, 2014).

eBooks & Other Resources

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. 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 Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

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

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

Dangerous Personalities, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

The Fence, (Kindle, PDF eBook)

Fight Back, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

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

Health & Safety at Work Essentials, (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

No Second Chance, (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

Safety at Work, (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

Staying Alive, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

Stay Safe, (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB 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, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

Workplace Safety, (Kindle, Adobe PDF eBook)


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