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What Every Client Should Know About REALTOR® Safety

Potential harm to agents is an unfortunate but genuine reality in our industry. Everyone needs to be aware of the importance of REALTOR® safety – including your clients.

We encourage you to share this award-winning video from the National Association of REALTORS® with your clients. It educates consumers about the need for REALTOR® safety and explains safety protocols they may encounter when working with a REALTOR®.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real estate professionals are in a unique position that most working professionals never face. They often share their contact information openly with others, meet unknown clients, and walk through vacant properties, to name a few.

It’s because of the unique nature of this business that it’s critical for all real estate professionals to have a personal safety protocol in place that they follow every day, with every client, every time – and that includes with you.

So what kind of safety protocols might your real estate agent take?

Initial Meeting

When meeting you for the first time, your agent might not meet you at the property right away, without first having an initial meeting at the office. Regardless of your or your agent’s gender, you wouldn’t want to meet a stranger at an unknown location, would you?

During the initial meeting, your agent may make copies of your driver’s license and pre-approval letter for their records. This precaution allows the agent to keep a record at the office of who his or her clients are, and a calendar of appointments.

When first meeting with your agent, they’ll also discuss the types of real estate you’re interested in and walk you through the process. Now your agent can arrange showings, meet you at properties, and schedule open houses to help you through the biggest financial decision of your life.

Viewing a Property

When viewing a property, your agent may ask that you drive separately. Please don’t be offended. This is a safety precaution for you as much as it is for your agent. Not to mention, you may both have appointments to go to afterward.

When viewing a property, you may need to sign in with your name and phone number, or show a photo ID. This is so the seller’s agent knows who entered the house. If you were opening your home to strangers, you would want to know who is there, too.

As you tour a property, your agent may walk behind you. This is not only a routine safety measure, it also allows you to see the room first and make your own impressions. Also, many agents won’t go into attics, garages, or basements – but feel free to look around and let your agent know what you thought.

If you want to see a property that’s vacant, your agent may only show it during daylight hours. Vacant properties should be seen during the day when you can see what safety hazards may exist, such as a loose floorboard, or any defects the house may have, like mold.

Showing Your Property or Hosting an Open House

Before opening your home to potential buyers, your agent may ask you to board your pets and remove jewelry, family photos, credit card receipts, artwork, prescription drugs, and valued possessions from the home. This is just one way your agent is looking out for you to keep your property and belongings secure.

Your agent may bring a colleague to host your open house. If there are several potential buyers walking through the home, even better to have two agents on hand to answer questions and keep an eye on things.

Safety First

Safety is an important part of real estate. We appreciate you respecting the protocols and processes that have been put into place to keep you and your agent safe.

To watch the video, click here.

 

 

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