Nearly half of REALTORS® use a smartphone safety app to track their whereabouts and alert others in case of an emergency, according to the 2018 Member Safety Report published by NAR. The most commonly used smartphone apps referenced by respondents were:
- Find My iPhone feature
- GPS Phone Track for Android
- HomeSnap Pro
Apps and online tools can help increase your sense of safety on the job, but there are some low-tech solutions you should consider, too.
Have a safety notification procedure. Make it a routine to notify a colleague, spouse, friend, or family member of your location before showing a home.
Meet prospective clients at a neutral location. Your first meeting with someone should never be at a showing. Meet at your office or a public location where you have options in case the situation gets uncomfortable.
Take advantage of free safety information. NAR has developed materials for brokerages and members to use to learn how to stay safe at work. Go to nar.realtor/safety for webinars, articles, and planning resources.