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New Worries About Agent Safety

After Attack on Agent, New Worries About Staying Safe on the Job

(Boonton, NJ, June 1, 2017) — An April attack on an Indiana real estate agent has renewed concerns about Realtor safety.

Assaults on Realtors remain rare, but the latest episode brings back memories of the Arkansas agent who was murdered in 2014. That incident led brokers and agents to vow to take safety more seriously — and, by some accounts, agents have grown more aware of the risks they take.

But spot checks by Real Estate Broker’s Insider indicate that many agents aren’t especially cautious.

During the 2016 summer selling season, the newsletter’s editors visited 16 open houses in three states to see how agents approached safety. At none of the properties were our editors asked for ID, and many female agents ignored rudimentary security advice about not working alone and not wearing high heels. One female agent worked alone at an open house in a gritty part of Los Angeles. And an open house in Florida was left unlocked and entirely unattended.

A number of mobile apps have stepped in to help realtors stay safe while showing properties and at open houses. Relying on GPS technology, the apps typically allow users to enter details of an appointment, and to tap the device to indicate that all is well. If the appointment time expires or the device’s location changes, emergency contacts are notified.

The full article on keeping agents safe appears in the June issue of Real Estate Broker’s Insider newsletter.

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