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12 Essential Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

It’s unfortunate to think that even real estate agents can be vulnerable to unsuspected attacks, but caution should always be the main priority of the day. Whether you’re just starting out your career, or are a seasoned veteran, it’s easy to get comfortable in your routine as an agent, but the following safety tips aren’t just precautionary methods to stay safe, they can actually mean the difference between life and death. Hopefully, you’ll never experience any harmful situations on the job, but arming yourself with these safety tips may just come in handy when you least expect it.

1. Never provide clients or potential buyers with personal information

Make it a point to establish a business line for communication (Google Voice is a perfect substitute for your cell phone or home number) and never let it cross over to your personal phone. The same goes for emails and your place of residence. Clients don’t need to know about your family, where you live, or your daily routine. Before taking any client to a personal showing, arrange to meet at your office. If you work from home, then consider joining a brokerage where office space is available.

2. Verify all buyers before giving personal showings

The best way to verify a buyer is to have them sign a client registry at the office, recording the details of their car and making a copy of their driver’s license, along with other necessary information such as their address. Under no circumstances should you agree to a private showing if the verification process hasn’t been handled – especially if you’ve never met the client.

3. Avoid showing properties in the evening

Do your best to maintain regular office hours, especially when it comes to private showings. The odds of being in danger during the night heavily outweigh the odds during the day, so urge clients to accommodate you in this sense. If this isn’t possible, it becomes even more important to be cautious in other ways.

4. Become familiar with the house and property before a private showing

Before your clients see the house, you should be aware of all the exits, major cross streets, and anything else that might be useful during a bad situation. It’s also recommended that you park your car in a place where you can easily get in and drive away without being blocked by other cars.

5. Avoid going to personal showings alone

It’s always safer to have a colleague, friend, or an adult family member with you during a personal showing. If this isn’t possible, then you should at least let several people know exactly where you’ll be in addition to how long it’s roughly going to take.

6. Keep your phone in your hand

With all the new safety apps and speed dial options available, it’s a very good idea to keep your phone ready at all times. Let it act as your panic button. Even though some people consider it rude, your safety always comes first.

7. Let the buyer walk in front of you

Walking a safe distance behind the buyer has two advantages. The first is that you will always be able to keep them in sight, which provides the edge in terms of safety. Secondly, it allows the buyer to explore the house and connect with it.

8. Do not give clients a ride in your car

Unless you know the client very well, it’s advised to never give them a ride in your car. It’s an unnecessary risk and a problem that can be solved in many other ways.

9. Use self-defense precautions

If possible, enroll in self-defense classes and become familiar with basic methods to overcome an attacker. You also have the option of carrying a weapon, such as pepper spray or a stun gun.

10. Have your clients pass all inquiries to you

For situations when the owner of the home is approached by a buyer and other agents, it’s important that they inform you. This will allow you to vet any potential buyers and agents, making sure everything is legitimate and everyone is safe.

11. Ensure the house is empty

After a private showing or open house, take a walk around the house and check all the rooms. You want to be positive that nobody stays behind after you’ve locked up. Once again, avoid doing this alone.

12. Always use a lockbox to store the house keys

The first places a burglar will check for keys are under the doormat and rocks in the garden. There is simply no need to take this risk when the keys can be securely stored in a lockbox. It won’t just provide safety for the owner of the home, but it also protects you from walking in on a dangerous scenario.

Since 1991, Elite Realty has been helping Las Vegas real estate agents by focusing on relationships rather than transactions. If you’re looking to join one of the leading Las Vegas real estate companies, contact us at (702) 835-5255.