Real estate requires you to meet new peo­ple every sin­gle day. This lets you devel­op a keen sense of oth­ers when meet­ing them to deter­mine the like­li­hood that they will make a pur­chase.

But unfor­tu­nate­ly, real­tors are still at risk when it comes to safe­ty. Sell­ing a prop­er­ty requires that you trav­el away from your office and meet unfa­mil­iar peo­ple.

Know­ing how to pro­tect your­self will give you the secu­ri­ty you need when meet­ing prospec­tive buy­ers at your next show­ing.

Here are some Safe­ty Tips for Real­tors

Know the Buy­er

Although you nev­er tru­ly know some­one until you meet them, you can gath­er some infor­ma­tion about prospects before you meet them.

A good rule of thumb is to nev­er meet some­one new alone at a prop­er­ty. A bet­ter alter­na­tive is to sched­ule an office meet­ing, where you can be around oth­ers and gath­er more infor­ma­tion.

You can have indi­vid­u­als com­plete an ID form and obtain their address and infor­ma­tion relat­ed to their vehi­cle. This will give you a valu­able ref­er­ence should there be any issues in the future.

Have a col­league accom­pa­ny you if you’re meet­ing some­one at a new prop­er­ty. This will give you an added lev­el of pro­tec­tion while show­ing the prop­er­ty. You should also ver­i­fy any infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed to you pri­or to meet­ing in per­son.

Know the Prop­er­ty

In addi­tion to know­ing the prospect, you should also become famil­iar with the prop­er­ty you’ll be show­ing. If you plan to have an open house, take some time before­hand to pre­view the prop­er­ty.

The fol­low­ing are just a few key things to famil­iar­ize your­self with:

  • Any stor­age spaces
  • All exits avail­able to you
  • Con­tact infor­ma­tion for neigh­bours
  • Door and win­dow locks

Keep all entry points unlocked dur­ing your show­ing. Although it might seem unset­tling to con­sid­er escape routes, it’s one of the best ways to keep you safe as a real­tor.

Any prop­er­ty show­ing should be done dur­ing the day. Try not to sched­ule any­thing after dark. This reduces your lev­el of safe­ty and can make it dif­fi­cult for you to make a quick exit if nec­es­sary.

Pro­tect Your­self

Keep­ing your­self safe is a per­son­al respon­si­bil­i­ty. Take your own car to a prop­er­ty show­ing. Have the prospect meet you there instead of rid­ing in the same car.

Also, try not to have a lot of valu­ables or cash in your pos­ses­sion. Jew­el­ry and oth­er valu­able items should be kept to a min­i­mum or out of sight. Homes that are still occu­pied should be free of expen­sive dec­o­ra­tions that can lead thieves to make a return vis­it.

If you’re hold­ing an open house with many vis­i­tors, have a col­league on hand to mon­i­tor activ­i­ty through­out the house. They can also make sure that no one steal­ing unat­tend­ed items and see when oth­ers are enter­ing and leav­ing the prop­er­ty.

Final­ly, use your best judg­ment and don’t be afraid to trust your instinct. Any strange activ­i­ty or behav­iour should be not­ed. If you feel a need to end the meet­ing or exit quick­ly, don’t be afraid to do so.

Keep­ing you safe as a real­tor is impor­tant when show­ing prop­er­ties to new prospects. Tak­ing the time to gath­er infor­ma­tion on the buy­er and the prop­er­ty will ensure that you avoid any unsafe sit­u­a­tions and get the most out of your next sale.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.