REALTORS® are reminded to make their personal safety a daily priority. Being aware of potential dangers, taking precautions, and not being afraid to exit an uncomfortable situation is key to staying safe and empowering your well-being.
When meeting with an unknown buyer or seller, some recommended safety precautions include:
- Have copies of their identification on file.
- Research the person and property address online.
- Take a colleague with you.
- Let someone know who, where you will be, and the expected timeline.
- Share your location with someone.
- If you are first to enter a property, know where the exits are and unlock them in advance.
- Park your vehicle on the street (never in a driveway) where it could be blocked.
- If a client locks the door after you arrive, make an excuse to leave ASAP.
- Never let a client walk behind you (or even within arm’s length.)
- Do not walk into bedrooms, basements, or spaces where you could be confined. Allow them enter first and stay in the doorway.
- Trust your instincts and if you feel uncomfortable – cancel an appointment or leave.
- Always carry your cell phone and have it ready to call your emergency contact or 911 if necessary.
- Report any unusual encounters to your QB and office.
- Don’t hesitate to call the authorities if warranted.
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