How do you keep safe during showings?

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I know this probably isn’t the first blog written about safety in our line of work, but it crossed my mind and I wanted to get some feedback from everyone.

If you really think about it, we put ourselves in a potentially dangerous situation every time we show a home. Most of my agents are very attractive women (and a couple of attractive men), and while we always keep tabs of who is going where, once the Agent is alone with the Buyer, anything is possible.

We obviously can’t do a background check on every potential Buyer, so how do you protect yourselves?

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
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I dont think about this often, it cross my mind on rare occasions.  Probably best that someone else at least knows that you have a showing and were.

Oct 18, 2011 09:36 AM #3
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Delores Campbell
Keller Williams Realty - Chesterfield - Wildwood, MO
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I always walk behind my client.  Have them go in the front door first.  Unlock the back door.  Always have an emergency exit in mind.  Do not go in the basement with them.  If I am feeling uncomforable, I call my office and keep them on the line. 

Oct 18, 2011 09:40 AM #4
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Candy Miles-Crocker
Online Real Estate Agent Training - Chevy Chase, DC
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Be cautious...if you get a bad vibe about a situation, follow your gut.

Oct 18, 2011 09:43 AM #5
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Christopher Green
Green Realty Properties, Inc - Davie, FL
Cooper City :: Davie Top REALTOR

Hi Patty, Safety is so important! You need to be careful. If you feel even the slightest uneasy feeling about a client that wants to see homes after work...at night...you might want to rethink it! Also when entering empty homes alone for any reason, the agent should carry mace or have an escape plan incase someone is in the home... BE CAREFUL!!

Oct 18, 2011 09:53 AM #6
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Evelyn Johnston
Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy

If I am at all uncomfortable, or meeting a customer for the first time at a showing I always bring my husband, who is also a REALTOR(r).  As a matter of fact he is going with me this afternoon as I meet a customer for the first time.  It works great for us!  Also if I have a listing appointment at night he always goes, whether I am uncomfortable or not.

Oct 18, 2011 09:57 AM #7
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Patty. It's a good question. I think about it and am caredful to never pull into a driveway. Otherwise I keep my phone in my pocket. If I feel uneasy, I take a colleague with me, but frankly if I feel uneasy I usually refer it to someone rather than worry about it.

Oct 18, 2011 10:18 AM #8
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Marianna Athanasiadis
Green Realty Properties® - Davie, FL

The buddy system and the weapon system are probably most effective. All good tips I'll  take with me.

 

Oct 18, 2011 10:30 AM #9
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Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

The one thing that rarely, if ever, fails me are my instincts.  Follow yours.  ALWAYS.

You've been featured in the group Bananatude cause you've got the right 'Tude.

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Oct 18, 2011 02:40 PM #10
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Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
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Kimberly, I worry from time to time about my agents. I only list homes and my sellers come in the office but that is not always the case with buyers.

Paula, I like all the tips!

Chuck, agreed, at least one person should know where you are and who you are with.

Dolores, you have obviously thought about this and have a plan in place, good for you.

Candy, our gut never lies, right?

 

Oct 18, 2011 03:20 PM #11
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Olga Diaz
COLDWELL BANKER TOMLINSON - Pullman, WA
Potter, Mng Broker, CRS, ASP, ePRO, ABR

Be cautious!  Be ready!  Have phone on and in your hand if you can.  Be aware and meet client at your office first if you can.  Make sure your office knows you will be a showing.  I've had other agents go with me if I'm not comfortable.  That is key....you have to be comfortable when you're showing a house to someone you don't know. 

Oct 18, 2011 04:56 PM #12
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Marti Steele Kilby
Steele Group Realty - La Mesa, CA
Broker/Owner, San Diego, CA

I think that Open Houses are the most dangerous for women.   You've set-up a sign with your name on it (female) and indicated that you're in an unlocked (Open) house, you're probably alone, and you have no idea who will walk through the door.  Geez!

I keep the door locked when I do an Open House and look through the peep hole before opening the door.  If it is a single male, or for any reason I feel a bit uncomfortable, I open the door, step outside phone in hand, and let them tour the house on their own.  If the property is in a remote location I will not do an Open House without a male associate.  Better safe than sorry!

Oct 18, 2011 08:13 PM #13
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Howdy and evening Patty

Patty, I even through I don't do showings or open houses, the way I take care of myself, I hold 4 different Marshall Arts Black Belt Degrees, plus I have Concealed Permit.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Oct 18, 2011 10:45 PM #14
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Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
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You know, I wonder what the percentage of attacks on realtors actually is.  I bet it is pretty low, and the one or two I heard about here were done by a famil member.  I think we have to be aware in every step of our lives.  But it is something to think about, because we do often meet strangers at empty houses.

Oct 19, 2011 12:34 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

You bring your husband....you and I can do that...not everyone can !

Oct 19, 2011 06:15 AM #16
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Patty- good advice from all.  Most importantly listen to your gut instincts.  Have your cell phone with you, not in your purse; Google the person first; always let someone know where you are, who you're meeting; I read where one Realtor snaps a pic of the license plate of their buyer.  

Oct 19, 2011 09:45 AM #17
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Pam Jank
Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Your Coeur d'Alene & North Idaho Real Estate Pro

Patty, let your instincts be your guide.  If it doesn't feel right.... flight!

Oct 19, 2011 03:37 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
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I really like the Bee. 

Yikes this what we mean when someone talks about being over regulated. 

Oct 25, 2011 01:25 AM #19
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Greg Gillespie
Crye-Leike Realtors - Tupelo, MS
CRS TN & MS - Broker

During Open Houses, I always carry a tazer.  Its a little bulkier than a firearm, but the benifit of a tazer, the way I see it, I can shoot first, and apologize later.  Here is the link where I bought it. http://www.taser.com/products/self-defense-products/taser-c2

Nov 02, 2011 05:18 PM #20
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Greg Gillespie
Crye-Leike Realtors - Tupelo, MS
CRS TN & MS - Broker

Another Idea for Open Houses, ask your lender to hold the home open with you...

Nov 02, 2011 05:19 PM #21
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Kristin Hamilton
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda

Hi Patty,

This was a great article. Agents should always be careful at open houses, showings, putting out signs or piicking up. Even at ATM's, gas stations or stopping for a drink at an AM-PM or cafe since most of us have signs on our cars. Going home at night is our most important consideration.

Nov 10, 2011 03:05 PM #22
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