Safety Tips from a Realtor

Safety Tips from a Realtor

My name is Elizabeth and I’m a realtor. As a female realtor, I've had my fair share of experiences that made me wish I'd taken extra precautions. From unexpected house visits to clients with questionable intentions, the risks we face are real and often overlooked. Prioritizing personal safety isn't just important - it's crucial.

Recognizing the Risks

The first step to staying safe is acknowledging the risks. We often meet strangers alone in empty houses, making us potentially vulnerable. Clients may have access to our personal contact information, and late-night showings can be particularly risky. Becoming aware of these risks is the first step towards mitigating them.

Meeting Clients in Public

One of the best decisions I made early in my career was to meet all new clients in public places first. This not only allows me to gauge their intentions but also ensures someone else knows who I'm meeting and where.

Checking Client Backgrounds

Whenever possible, it's important to verify your client's background. A simple Google search or quick look at their social media profiles can reveal a lot about a person.

Having an Emergency Contact

Always let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return. If something doesn't feel right, they'll be ready to help. 

Carrying Personal Safety Tools

This is where Daisy Safe steps in! I ALWAYS have both my Smart Pepper Spray and Smart Emergency Button on me when I go to a showing. The spray is perfect for active threats - with one press, it not only can incapacitate the assailant but also sends my location to my emergency contacts. The button, on the other hand, is ideal for passive threats. It's silent, so I can discreetly alert my contacts if I feel unsafe without drawing attention.

Staying Alert and Assertive

In this industry, assertiveness is key. Don't be afraid to set boundaries with your clients. If a situation makes you uncomfortable, it's okay to step back. Your safety is more important than any sale.

Advocating for Safety

As female realtors, we need to advocate for our safety. Encourage your colleagues to share their experiences and safety tips. Together, we can create a safer environment for all realtors.

Safety should never be an afterthought. By staying alert, assertive, and prepared, we can significantly reduce our risks and focus on what we do best - helping people find their dream homes. Remember, you are your best advocate when it comes to your safety. Let's make safety a priority, not just for ourselves, but for all female realtors. 


For additional information on how to come up with a safety plan for you and your colleagues, check out the National Association of Realtors website for some helpful insights.
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