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Safety Tips Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know

safety homefinderWhile 90% of home buyers search online during their home buying process, nothing replaces the experience of an open house or a showing. Selling the home is the ultimate goal, but your own safety should be your primary focus when meeting with these potential buyers. Below are six ways to stay safe when showing your listings.

1. Familiarize yourself with the exits: Prior to your open house, take a few minutes to learn where the exits are and unlock the deadbolts, in case you encounter a situation that requires a quick exit. Create a create a virtual floor plan of the house using an app like Home Design 3D (iOS, Free). Mark all entries and exits throughout the house so you can quickly exit if necessary.

2. Keep in contact with your office: Give your office your itinerary, and schedule check-in calls with a co-worker or family member. If you aren't available to speak at the scheduled time, send your safety contact a text message with a pre-determined word or phrase, so they know you're occupied.

3. Keep your phone charged and close by: Before your open house, charge your phone fully and keep it on hand when you're giving tours throughout the house. If your phone battery drains quickly, invest in a portable charge case or mat like one from MophieMophie to ensure you have full power throughout the day.