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12 ways to stay safe when showing properties

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01/12/2015 | Author: Editorial Staff

REALTOR® Magazine produced a video with 12 steps you can take to increase your safety when showing properties to people you don’t know. Here they are:

  1. Hold the first meeting with a prospective buyer at your office—not at the property you’re showing.
  2. Before leaving your office with a person to show a property, do three things: Make a copy of the buyer’s ID to keep on file; let someone else know where you’re going, who you’ll be with, and when you expect to return; and invite someone you know to go with you.
  3. Install and use a safety app on your smartphone, and make sure your phone is fully charged.
  4. Ask someone you know to check in with you by phone at a pre-determined time. Use code words to express your comfort level.
  5. Don’t park where your car could be boxed in.
  6. Use your phone’s camera to document the vehicle license plate numbers of the people you meet.
  7. Arrive for appointments early and scout the area around the home.
  8. Before showing a vacant home, identify all possible exits.
  9. Talk about your upcoming appointments so the person you’re with knows you’re expected somewhere else.
  10. When practical, encourage buyers to tour the home themselves while you wait by the front door. If you must act as a guide, let the buyer lead while you follow.
  11. Avoid closets, attics, and basements, and never allow a stranger between you and the door.
  12. Be assertive and confident. If you feel uncomfortable, excuse yourself from the situation.

Click here to watch the four-minute video that walks you through these steps, and visit realtor.org/safety for more resources to help you stay safe in the field.

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