The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) designates September as REALTOR® Safety Month and offers the following safety tips for your customers, colleagues and you:
- Tell your sellers: DON’T leave personal information like mail out in the open during showings and open houses. Be sure to put away and lock up your laptop and any other expensive, easy-to-pocket electronics and jewelry before all showings.
- Tell your clients not to show their home by themselves. Alert them that not all agents, buyers and sellers are who they say they are. Have them refer all inquiries to you.
- Be safe when shopping online. Make sure the website uses secure technology by verifying the URL on the checkout screen begins with https. If it doesn’t do not type in your credit card information.
- Have a crisis management plan for your office. Include events such as power outages, natural disasters, workplace violence, acts of terrorism and the outbreak of contagious diseases.
The NAR offers numerous safety resources to help real estate professionals safeguard client data and to protect themselves from attack or injury.