As Realtors® know, safety should come before a sale.
Meeting someone for the first time is a risk, and the National Association of Realtors® always advises that agents should meet a new customer at the office, as opposed to a property at first. It’s also important to let a coworker know where you are going, with who and when you should be back.
For 2015, NAR President Chris Polychron has made safety a priority. While every September is Realtor® Safety Month, the issue is something we should prioritize year-round.
Realtor® Magazine has produced a short video that gives you 12 steps to take to reduce the chance of putting yourself in an unsafe situation when meeting a new customer.
To be fair, the majority of people you meet just want to look at a home. But for that one exception, when a stranger’s intent is something else, you’ll want to be armed with a few things that can help you in the event you find yourself in an unsafe situation.
These are basic safety tips and there are plenty of resources for you to become your own best safety advocate.