REALTOR® Safety When Meeting Strangers: 12 Tips

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  1. Last night I received a late evening call from a male potential client. He asked to meet me at a home that was across the street from one of my listings. I stated he owned the home through an investment company and wanted me to list his property. He stated he had just flown in from Russia to liquidate several of the investment company’s properties and gave me his name. He seem to know quite a lot about real estate and I asked if he was an agent or broker. He answered no. The call made me feel a little uneasy so, I researched the firm, with no results about the LLC and his name and a photo did come up as an agent in North Carolina. This morning I text the phone number he provided and requested he scan or text me a photo of a photo ID per my Brokerage policy prior to our meeting this afternoon. At 10:32 a.m., I was in a Closing so, my assistant answered the phone and a female caller stated the male client was out of town so, they had to cancel the appointment at 1 p.m…when asked her name the caller hung up. I’m OK with losing the listing if they do not provide the photo ID.
    Thank you for your article.

  2. Thank you for this good information, I will pass this on to my Realtor friends.

  3. Never show ANY homes to someone not pre-qualified and identified.

    Know WHO they are first, and have agents check-in during showings.
    Would you meet a stranger from a phone call in an empty house alone?
    You wouldn’t do that in your personal life, DO NOT DO IT IN BUSINESS!

  4. Ask questions and verify information prior to meeting using Google, FB, LinkedIn, etc. Request to see a mortgage pre-approval. Offices are often empty on weekends and without admin staff; meet at a public place where you can excuse yourself if you are not comfortable. Try to hold off on showing appointments until you have met; most people don’t wake up, see a house online and buy it that day; it is a process. Most important, if it doesn’t feel right don’t do it. Follow your gut!

  5. Stacey McCarthy

    Great advice hopefully taken by ALL agents.

    The only thing I would have changed about the video is that it features a female agent meeting the “stranger” and I would have also showcased a male agent. If male agents keep feeling that these safety tips are just for women, based on the imagery, then it makes it harder for women to heed your sensible advice. The undue competitiveness in this industry between male agents who feel able to run and show as a competitive advantage handicaps women using safety sensibilities. And this disproportionate competitiveness keeps breeding the Realtor culture of putting strangers requests over our own safety.

  6. Thanks !! Good information.

  7. Very nice article, it’s always crucial to have a plan when meeting any new potential buyers and sellers. Now days, you never know what will happen. I also recommend this article for more information: