Realtors® are in a unique position that most professionals don’t often find themselves. In order to conduct business they place themselves in potentially vulnerable situations. It is our goal as an Association to educate both Realtor® and client to the significance of safety protocols and create a mutual understanding of why certain precautions should be made.
In 2015, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) released their Member Safety Report, which asked members about their safety and experiences. The report found that while 96-percent of Realtors® were not a victim of criminal activity, 40-percent found themselves in situations where they feared for their safety. The process of home buying is scary enough without Realtors® and clients fearing for their safety. Safety and trust is vital in fostering healthy and productive relationships with clients and simple precautions can have a very positive effect on that relationship.
Realtors® will continue to share their contact information, meet unknown clients, and show vacant properties, but with a few considerations we can all ensure that both Realtor® and client are safe. Every Realtor® should have a personal safety protocol that they use no matter the situation. Please consider the following resources for your safety practices and plan: