The National Association of REALTORS® offers members a variety of resources that can improve their safety while visiting properties, driving to and from those properties and in their offices. Consider how the following tips could help you prevent injuries or damage:
Tip #1 – Keep it light
Show properties before dark. If you are going to work after hours, advise your associates or first-line supervisor of your schedule. If you must show a property after dark, turn on all lights as you go through and don’t lower any shades or draw curtains or blinds.
Tip #2 – Checking in
When you have a new client, ask him or her to stop by your office and complete a Prospect Identification Form (Get a copy online at www.nar.realtor/Safety). Also, photocopy their driver’s license and retain this information at your office. Be certain to properly discared this personal information when you no longer need it.
Tip #3 – Don’t be too public
Limit the amount of personal information you share. Consider advertising without using your photograph, home phone number and/or home address in the newspaper or on business cards. Don’t use your full name with middle name or initial. Use your office address – or list no address at all. Giving out too much of the wrong information can make you a target.
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