Real estate agents work with all different types of people in numerous situations. Unfortunately, not all people have good intentions. When your job requires you to meet people face-to-face and sometimes alone, what are your options for making your safety a priority? Don't ever think that your well-being is less important than a sale. Below are some safety recommendations for professionals in the real estate industry:
- Let coworkers know where you are when away from your office. Document all appointments ahead of time.
- Make all first client appointments at either your office or in a public setting like a restaurant or coffeehouse. Don't skip the identity verification step for any client.
- Always take your own vehicle to appointments. This ensures that you have the power to leave if you deem it necessary.
- Both your keys and your cell phone should be with you at all times. (no exceptions!) Don't carry your purse or handbag into house showings or open houses - leave it in your vehicle's trunk instead.
- Never give out your personal home address or phone number for business reasons.
- When possible, don't work an open house by yourself. If you cannot have a colleague there, ask a friend or family member to accompany you.
- Take self-defense classes.
- Consider carrying a weapon such as pepper spray.
- Do not schedule any showings after dark.
- Install a safety/security app on your phone. Learn how to use it.
- Make yourself familiar with the layout, security system, and the exits in every property you show. Before a showing, arrive early and unlock multiple exits.
- Trust yourself. You have instincts for a reason. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
Overall, respect yourself enough to understand that your safety takes priority at all times.