RISMedia's Real Estate Magazine

APR 2019

Real Estate magazine is the industry's leading source for real estate news and information since 1980. Published monthly by RISMedia, Real Estate magazine offers timely and relevant real estate news to the industry's top brokers and agents.

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RISMedia's REAL ESTATE April 2019 109 {Blog Spot} Here are four safety tips every real estate professional should consider employing: CARRY AN ALARM WITH YOU. An alarm is important to have at your fingertips anytime you're alone or feel unsafe. Sounding an alarm is an effective way to let someone know you may need help, as well as deter a potential offender. The solution? The KATANA Safety Arc attaches to your smartphone so you have it with you all the time. It's armed with a silent panic button and audible siren duo, which gives you the option to be discreet when you need to be or escalate an emergency when necessary. The audible alarm is activated by simply pulling the red tab, or by wearing a hidden wristband that can be triggered if pulled. PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. As a REALTORĀ®, advertising your- self and the homes you're selling comes with the job. Be cautious of the amount of personal information you share. Oversharing personal in - formation, such as your full name, address, phone number or social channels, can make you a target. The solution? Consider not including your middle name on any signage, make sure all your photos are pro - fessional, and only include your of- fice number/address in any adver- tising efforts. MITIGATE THE RISK OF CLOSED DOORS. When showing a home, being con- fined in an enclosed space with a stranger is a potential threat. The solution? To avoid the risk of be - ing involuntarily detained, devices such as the Prop Lock can help. The small device is quick and easy to use. Simply attach it to any stan - dard door to lock it in the fully open position to avoid closure. LET OTHERS KNOW YOUR WHEREABOUTS. Showing a property? Sharing your location with friends, family or col - leagues is important. Also, let them know who you're meeting, how long you should be there, and the reason you're going. The solution? If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, plan ahead and have a safety plan in place. Agree on an arranged phone call from a colleague, friend or family member asking for your help so that you have an excuse to remove your - self from an uncomfortable situa- tion. Also, both iOS and Android have "Share My Location" features. RE RISMedia 2019 Real Estate Newsmaker Hall of Fame Member Carl Carter, Jr., is a REALTORĀ® and founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. His mother, REALTORĀ® Beverly Carter, lost her life at the hands of two clients in 2014. Since his mother's passing, Carter has dedicated as much time as possible to spreading the message of safety. He has Master and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from the University of Arkansas. This article originally appeared on RISMedia's blog, Housecall. Visit us at blog.rismedia.com. Top Safety Tips for Real Estate Professionals by Carl Carter, Jr. A s a real estate professional, you're likely working alone and entering empty homes with people you may have never met before on a regular basis. In such a role, safety should be a top priority.

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