Identity theft is no joking matter for REALTORS®

Identify theft is an increasing problem for everybody in our progressively digitized world. Hackers are always finding new ways to break into systems to steal sensitive information that they can use to impersonate you online. Here are a number of ways that identity theft can negatively impact you and ways you can prevent it from happening. It can hurt your credit rating Often what identity thieves do is use a fake identity to buy things that they never actually pay for. That can leave a mark on your credit report, making it harder for you to ...

Seven common sense rules for staying safe on the job

While it is extremely rare for real estate agents to be put in danger on the job, it’s always wise to be prepared. When you’re heading into unfamiliar areas, meeting new people daily, and are usually by yourself you must always be aware of your surroundings and potential vulnerabilities. More often than not it doesn’t take much effort to keep yourself safe — just keeping a few common sense rules in mind can help! Here are seven safety rules to remember when out on the job: Stranger danger As a real estate agent, you’re meeting with potential buyers ...

How to use pepper spray for defense

As real estate agents, you know there’s a certain amount of risk that comes with the job. You’re showing properties in empty homes by yourself and often meeting people who likely know more about you than you do about them. Although we hope you’re never in a situation that requires you to use pepper spray, it’s a good idea to have it at the ready to defend yourself, just in case. Here are a few tips on using pepper spray for self-defense: Stay a safe distance away It’s best to stay further away from the attacker when using ...

REALTOR personal safety tips

Real estate isn’t the first profession people think of when they ponder dangerous jobs, but there are plenty of legitimate safety concerns that real estate agents should be prepared for. You are traveling around constantly, often in unfamiliar homes and places with people you barely know. There are a number of simple steps agents can take to avoid dangerous situations, such as showing properties during the day and taking your own car to a showing. But in the unfortunate event that a dangerous situation presents itself, it’s reasonable to ask how you can be prepared to ...

Snow Day: Tips for Showing Property in the Snow

With a record snow fall still on the ground in much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, we thought now would be a good time to talk about snow safety for real estate professionals and their customers. When we were kids, we dreamed about snow and getting the day off from school to build the perfect snowman and participate in snowball fights with our friends. Once we left school behind and entered adulthood, however, we quickly realized the awful reality our parents had to face — having to go to work in the cold, slippery white mess! It’s fair to say that snow ...

5 safety tips for real estate agents at house showings

Residential real estate sales is almost always considered to be safe and agents are very rarely the victim of any crimes related to their job. That said, there are times when agents are potentially more vulnerable and could fall victim to a criminally-minded individual. Perhaps the most vulnerable activity any real estate agent encounters is when showing a house to a perfect stranger. At the end of the day, it’s up to the real estate professional to make sure she (or he!) does not become another statistic of petty or violent crime. From burglarizing electronics to harmful personal attacks, all real ...

Basic Safety Guidelines for Real Estate Professionals

There is no doubt we live in an increasingly violent society, with crime and attacks on innocent victims sometimes alarmingly prevalent. While it may be impossible to protect oneself from harm in all situations, it is certainly possible to minimize the risk in business situations. Real estate agents and other business professionals who meet clients in remote areas or schedule appointments after normal business hours should know basic precautionary measures that can spell the difference between a comfortable, productive encounter and disaster. Knowing the potential risks is a first step in the right direction. Taking effective steps to counter those risks is ...