(Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd) – Real estate professionals often find themselves working alone; in the company of strangers; rushing off to vacant houses in the middle of the night; or calling strangers and asking to enter their homes during the evening hours for listing appointments. These and any number of other situations can place licensees in serious personal danger.
Every real estate company should have a safety program for their employees and licensees. If the company does not have one, then each licensee should develop their own. At a minimum, the program should:
- recognize that personal safety risks present in the industry;
- understand what to do to protect yourself from these risks;
- discern the types of crimes you will face as a real estate agent; and
- develop and carry out your own safety program.
According to an article published in the September 2010 issue of REALTOR® Mag, the most dangerous everyday situations are:
- entering foreclosed or vacant homes;
- meeting a new client for the first time;
- showing a property alone;
- open houses;
- flashy personal marketing; and
- transporting strangers in your car.
Real estate agents routinely find themselves in situations that require being alone with strangers or prospects they know little or nothing about. Hundreds of real estate professionals have been murdered while on the job. Others have been beaten, robbed, attacked, or raped.
Following the common sense suggestions offered throughout our free course and reading about the misfortunes of others should help to raise your safety awareness level and design your personal safety program.
Please work safely.
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- All other states (not for continuing education) can take our free course here
Jeff Sorg is a co-founder of OnlineEd®, an online real estate, mortgage broker, and vocational school founded in 1997, where he also serves as Chief Executive Officer, and School Director. Sorg holds vocational and post-secondary school instructor licenses in several states and has authored numerous real estate continuing education and pre-licensing courses and has been awarded the International Distance Education Certification Center’s CDEi Designation for distance education. Memberships include ARELLO (Association of Real Estate License Law Officials), the National Association of REALTORS®, Oregon Association of REALTORS®, and Portland Metro Association of REALTORS®. Awards and service include REALTOR® Emeritus in the National Association, Life Member award in Portland Metro Association and Chairperson of the Oregon Real Estate Forms Committee.
OnlineEd® provides real estate, mortgage broker, insurance, and contractor pre-license, post-license, continuing education, career enhancement, and professional development and designation courses over the Internet.