Real Estate’s 6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations

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If you work in real estate, you undoubtedly do the following tasks all of the time, but did you know that you could be putting yourself in danger? Here’s how you can stay on guard and protect yourself.

As a real estate professional, you put yourself at risk every day, you just might not realize it. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting strangers get into your car, and even your marketing may be jeopardizing your personal safety.

Such everyday tasks seem harmless, but as some real estate professionals have learned the hard way, these situations can expose you to danger.

Below are tasks common to practically every real estate professional. Learn the risks associated with each and what precautions you can take to stay safe.

  1. Entering foreclosed or vacant homes

The Risk: Foreclosures may attract unexpected house guests — such as squatters — or former home owners refusing to leave.

Safety Tips:

  • Inspect the exterior.
  • Don’t confront a squatter.
  • Use the buddy system.
  • Let others know where you are.
  • Visit during the day.
  1. Meeting with a new client for the first time

The Risk: Meeting with people you don’t know can put your safety at risk.

Safety Tips:

  • Meet at the office first.
  • Ask for identification.
  • Have all clients fill out a customer identification form.
  • Introduce them to a coworker.
  1. Showing a property alone

The Risk: You’re touring vacant properties with strangers.

Safety Tips:

  • Use the buddy system.
  • Don’t go into confined places.
  • Walk behind.
  • Let others know where you are.
  • Have an excuse.
  1. Open houses

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.
  • Partner up.
  • Introduce yourself to neighbors.
  • Watch for patterns.
  • Stow away your valuables.
  1. Flashy personal marketing

The Risk: Marketing materials that contain photos of yourself may attract the attention of criminals.

Safety Tips:

  • Avoid provocative photos in your marketing.
  • Watch what you wear.
  • Protect your personal information.
  1. Transporting strangers in your car

The Risk: You’re showing houses to potential buyers and chauffeuring them in your car from house to house.

Safety Tips

  • Drive separately.
  • Watch where you park.

Security is all about layers of protection. Open house signage, notation in ads, using the buddy system, everything that you do is an extra layer of security. The more you do, the more secure you’ll be. Do nothing and the more vulnerable you’ll be

Source: realtormag.com

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