(Sept. 14, 2018) The National Association of Realtors have established September as Realtor Safety Month.
NAR stresses the core components of: knowledge, awareness and empowerment. It aims to help members understand the risks they face can mean the difference between life and death.
Agents need to be aware of their surroundings and to empower themselves with precautions and preparations to avoid risky situation.
NAR has also developed materials for use throughout year, which can be accessed at www.NAR.realtor/Safety, including:
• New webinars on Realtor Safety, presented by industry experts
• Weekly social media messaging for associations to easily share with members
• Expansion of safety materials and resources for associations, brokerages and members
In NAR’s 2018 Member Safety Report, it stated that common situations that caused fear for Realtors were: open houses, vacant homes/model homes, properties that were unlocked or unsecured, buyers who refused to meet in public places, and properties in remote areas.
The report also showed that the typical Realtor reported feeling unsafe less than once a year (53 percent) in terms of personal safety, but unsafe in terms of personal information every few months or more often (62 percent).
Additional report statistics included:
• Forty-seven percent of members use a smart phone safety app to track whereabouts and alert colleagues in case of an emergency.
• Females are more likely to use apps or a safety notification procedure at 56 percent compared to 35 percent for males.
• As a safety precaution, many members listed notifying a spouse, friend, or family member of their location before showing a home.
• Thirty-nine percent of members have participated in a self-defense class.
• Nineteen percent have participated in a Realtor safety course.
— Lauren Bunting is an Associate Broker with Bunting Realty, Inc. in Berlin.