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CALL THE POLICE WHEN
- Anytime you're suspicious about a prospect
- You feel uncomfortable about showing a house to a prospect
- You feel suspicious about a person after you have shown a house
- You have been assaulted in any way (ex: robbed, raped, or mugged)
SAFEGUARD YOUR OFFICE
Safeguard your office by keeping windows and counters clear. Robbers and attackers work in private and law enforcement will need to see inside. Play a television, or radio, in a room when you're alone in the office. Make sure all unused doors and windows are secure, especially if they're in the rear of the office or out of view and ear shot.
OPEN HOUSE PRECAUTIONS
- When you first enter a house, check all rooms and plan several "escape" routes.
- Make sure any deadbolt locks are unlocked to facilitate a faster escape.
- If escaping by back door, make sure backyard is easy to escape. Frequently, high fences surround yards which contain swimming pools or hot tubs.
- Place your business card, with date and time on back, in a kitchen cupboard. Note on your business card if you were the first to arrive or if clients were waiting.
- When prospects begin to arrive, write down description of their vehicle.
- When showing the house, walk behind the prospect always - direct them, do not lead them. Say, for example, "the bathroom is on your right," and gesture for them to go ahead of you.
- Don't become preoccupied with viewing the home and watch what the prospects are doing at at all times.
- Notify someone in your office, your answering service, or a friend or family member that you will check in every hour on the hour and if you don't call then they are to notify law enforcement immediately.
- Inform a neighbor when you will be showing the house and ask to keep an ear open for anything unusual.
- Have someone stay with you. (A friend, a relative, or someone from your office)
Upcoming Safety Course:
Instructor: Amit Baruch
9/29 from 9:30-12:30
Registrations open 1 month prior to class date
Top 10 Real Estate Broker Safety Tips
- Careful with personal information
- Verify customer information
- Enlist a coworker
- Announce your showings
- Scout locations early
- Keep phone in hand
- Keep customer in sight
- Pay attention to exits
- Take a self-defense class
- Trust your gut