Important Safety Tips For an Open House

Open-House

Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting strangers get into your car, and even your marketing may be jeopardizing your personal safety.

Here’s how you can stay on guard and protect yourself.

The Risk:You’re inviting the public to a property, which is an invitation to anyone, from thieves to those who might want to harm you.

Safety Tips:

  • Promote security in your advertisements. When you advertise the open house, note that identification will be required at the front door and video surveillance will be in use.
  • Partner up. When would-be assailants see two people at the front door, they’ll be less likely to go in.
  • Introduce yourself to neighbors. Let them know you’ll be showing the house so others know that you are there.
  • Watch for patterns. At an open house, note any patterns in arrivals, particularly near the end of the open house. One common scam: Thieves come near the end of the open house, working as a team. They have “buyers” distract the agent as others steal valuables in the home.
  • Stow away your valuables. Never leave your purse, laptop, or wallet unattended on the counter in plain view. Keep them in the trunk of your car. However, always keep your cell phone on you so you can call for help if you need to. Also, before the open house, tell your clients to put away all of their valuables, prescription drugs, and mail. Source: realtor.com

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Posted on September 30, 2015, in AGENT TRAINING, QUICK TIPS, REALTORS and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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