By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Contributing Editor REALTOR® Magazine
We’re in the middle of REALTOR® Safety Month, and it’s a good reminder to those working in real estate that, if you’re not careful, it can be a risky business when it comes to your personal safety. I recently asked real estate professionals to share with me situations where they’ve felt their safety at risk and the lessons they’ve learned.
I was amazed at the response! The Real Estate Marketer on Facebook also carried our inquiry and several responses were posted there as well. Numerous real estate professionals revealed dangerous situations they found themselves in, from encountering squatters and thieves at open houses to even being held hostage in a home. (You can read some of the submissions here.)
Whether you’re meeting with new clients, chauffeuring strangers in your car, holding open houses to the public, you can’t afford to take your safety for granted. You need to stay on guard, and make safety a priority.
It’ll only take you about five minutes to read the article, but if you’re ever faced in one of these situations where you feel at risk, you’ll know what to do.
Also, I invite you to add to our list. What other everyday dangerous situations have you faced that should be added to our list? You can help your peers protect themselves by sharing the safety lessons you’ve learned.