It’s been said that real estate professionals face an above average safety risk in their business. Being a realtor can be an exciting job where you are meeting different people every day and running from open houses to meetings. No day is the same and every situation is different, which also means things can be unpredictable. So take a few minutes and think about what measures you take to make sure you’re safe on the job. If you haven’t thought about it before, it may be time to start putting some best practices in place.
One recommendation is to meet new clients at the office instead of at a vacant showing. When you’re finishing up after an open house, make sure you do a walk around and lock up before you sit down to do your paper work. Personally, I think one of the best things to do is letting someone know where you are. This includes writing down an address for a trusted colleague or partner and even discussing an emergency code word that you can use in case you need help.
There are the tools that help us stay connected and safe too. There are personal alarms that you fit on a keychain and emergency kits for your car. There are even apps for Smartphones that can act as a personal safety tool. I don’t leave home without my Smartphone and I’m sure it’s the same with many of my colleagues in the real estate profession. Why not use it to keep me safe as well?
This is why, as an industry best practice, I think every real estate professional should sign up for SOS LINK ™. The company makes personal safety applications for Smartphones that can be activated in case of an emergency. My friend and colleague, Brian Rushton had told me about it after the National Association of REALTORS® Expo in November. SOS LINK™ was there to launch Agent SOS LINK™, their newest app specifically tailored for real estate professionals. Available for most Smartphones, you can download the app on the SOS LINK™ website.
To activate it, you simply hold up your phone and press the “START” button. Your Smartphone will then begin taking photos of what you’re seeing (approximately one photo a second for 60 seconds). The images are simultaneously emailed to your pre-registered helpers, along with the time and date they were taken at, and your GPS location displayed on a map.
This is a great application for all of us who are on the go. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe it’s a good idea to let someone know where you are, whether you have an open house or showing an apartment. SOS LINK™ is an additional tool to help increase your safety and help you report crimes or conflicts while you’re out in the neighbourhoods that you work and live in.
SOS LINK™ has apps for personal use, for students and for organizations too. It’s added assurance that someone will know when you need help.
What measures do you take to stay safe?