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Basic Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents

In the realm of real estate, a day at work often involves multiple location visits, interactions with lots of different people, and often stepping into unfamiliar territories. But with all the variables involved, how can you stay safe while youre on the job? This guide explains. Basic Safety Tips for Real Estate Agents Check out these five basic safety tips for agents:

  • Being aware of your surroundings
  • Using safety apps
  • Meeting new clients safely
  • Privacy and professionalism on social media
  • Maintaining boundaries with clients
Heres a closer look at each. Being Aware of Your Surroundings As an essential aspect of your safety protocol, maintaining a keen sense of awareness can make all the difference. As a real estate agent with Benchmark Realty, your duties will often take you into unfamiliar environments - from vacant properties to bustling open houses. In such scenarios, heightened awareness can equip you with the right tools to navigate potentially challenging situations. One of the best practices involves checking all exits when you're showing a property. It may seem simple, but having an intimate knowledge of your surroundings - especially exit points - can prove invaluable if you need to leave abruptly. Make this a routine each time you step into a new property. Related: 7 smart ways to head into a financially record-breaking fall Another crucial aspect of staying aware is minimizing distractions, especially those from digital devices. It can be tempting to check your phone during property visits, but this can divide your attention and make you less vigilant about your surroundings. Whenever possible, limit digital interactions during these critical periods to stay alert and aware. Using Safety Apps Technology offers a plethora of opportunities to enhance your safety on the job. A variety of apps designed specifically with real estate professionals in mind are available to help you take control of your safety. For instance, Trust Stamp uses social media and public records to verify the identity of potential buyers, providing you with a risk score before you meet them. This can offer you peace of mind and help prevent potential security issues. Related: 7 great ideas for your real estate blog Another useful app, Forewarn, enables immediate background checks, offering vital details about potential buyers at your fingertips. This real-time information can be a game-changer in ensuring your safety during interactions with clients. Bsafe, yet another app, is designed to alert your chosen contacts with an emergency message and starts recording video and audio at a simple tap. It's like having a personal emergency response team right in your pocket. Meeting New Clients Safely Part of the allure of real estate is the opportunity to meet new people and help them find their dream homes. However, safety should always be paramount when encountering new clients. The first meeting with a new client should always be in a public place or at your office. This setting provides a level of security and comfort for both parties. It's also a good idea to share this information with a colleague or loved one, including the time, place, and name of the client you're meeting. Moreover, sharing your live location with a trusted contact offers an additional layer of safety. Remember, trust your instincts at all times. If something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to terminate the meeting and prioritize your safety. Related: 5 ways to reinvigorate your real estate career Privacy and Professionalism on Social Media With its vast reach and connectivity, social media is a boon for real estate agents. However, maintaining the correct balance between personal and professional life on these platforms is vital. One best practice is to keep separate accounts for personal and professional use. This segregation can help maintain a professional image while preserving your privacy. Be thoughtful about what you share on these platforms. Refrain from posting sensitive personal information, such as home addresses or details about vacations. Maintaining Boundaries with Clients As a real estate agent, cultivating relationships with clients is a fundamental part of your job. But remember that keeping clear boundaries is just as important. Ensure your communication remains professional. Avoid personal discussions that veer away from the real estate transaction. It's also acceptable to define your working hours and communicate them to your clients. You deserve personal time outside of work - remember, you don't have to be accessible around the clock. Respecting these boundaries not only helps maintain a work-life balance but also sets the tone for a professional relationship with your clients. Related: How tech can help you grow your real estate business FAQ On Real Estate Agent Safety Check out these commonly asked questions about real estate agent safety. What are some recommended safety apps for real estate agents? Apps like Forewarn and Trust Stamp come highly recommended. They offer a variety of features like identity verification, immediate background checks, and emergency alerts. What should I do if I feel uncomfortable during a property showing? Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable at any point during a showing, its acceptable to leave or call a colleague or a friend to join you. How can I share my location with my family and colleagues when Im out with clients? There are various apps like Google Maps or WhatsApp that allow you to share your live location with family and colleagues. Is it okay to meet new clients alone? Always prioritize your safety. It's a good practice to initially meet new clients in a public place or the office, and to have a colleague or friend accompany you during property showings. Should I accept social media friend requests from clients? While it's not a bad idea to connect with clients on professional networks like LinkedIn, it's generally recommended to avoid adding clients on personal social media to maintain professional boundaries. How do I handle late-night calls from clients? Set clear boundaries for communication. While you want to be available for your clients, it's also important to respect your personal time. What precautions should I take when showing a property? Always inform a colleague about the property you are showing and consider sharing your live location. Familiarize yourself with all exit points and keep your phone on and within reach. What steps can I take to ensure my car is safe during property showings? Always lock your car and don't leave valuable items in plain sight. It's also a good idea to park in a way that allows for a quick exit. Ready to Explore Your Career With Benchmark Realty, LLC? If youre an agent whos ready to explore your options with a brokerage that has your back, discover Benchmark. Take a few moments to learn about or company and what we offer including:
  • Three simple broker plans, all with 100 percent commission
  • Cutting-edge marketing tools and consistent training, all free to you
  • 24/7 access to any Benchmark office
  • No franchise fees, no desk fees and no technology fees
When youre ready, apply to join the Benchmark family. With offices all over Middle Tennessee, including Nashville, Clarksville, Cool Springs, Murfreesboro and Hendersonville, theres a place for you to be better Be Benchmark. [gravityform id="12" title="true" description="true"]

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