By Carol Hardy • 2018 President

Stranger danger! Wait, what? We’ve taught our children and heard teachers say it, but in our business, everyone is a potential customer/client. 

We have to balance between caution, care and concern for our business and clients. There are all kinds of common sense things we can do to protect ourselves, apps to download that track where we are for others and licenses to carry, but you have to practice them. By practice, I mean use common sense when you meet someone for the first time, use an app to help share your location and safely practice on a target with your weapon or stun gun. Knowing how to use wasp spray or yelling no to a person and doing it are two different things.

In our profession, you can never be too safe. Take advantage of safety courses taught specifically for REALTORS. You can always learn new techniques, take heed of creative cautionary tips and avoid complacency or becoming too comfortable or thinking you know it all and can defend yourself because of Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson in your purse or boot.

Practice the points so many have said:  Don’t lead into a house, follow the client. Don’t walk into a room, stay in the hall and let the client walk into the room. Don’t park your car where someone can block in your car. Take a picture of the license if you meet someone off-site – or a picture of their car/license. Have someone call you after a few minutes while showing property and have a signal word for trouble. There are all kinds of ways to make sure you do all you can to keep yourself safe.  

I leave you with my biggest suggestion: listen to your gut!  If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it! There is no transaction in the world worth risking your safety. Be smart!  RL