61 safety tips every real estate agent should read

61 safety tips every real estate agent should read

Jay Thompson is a former brokerage owner who spent over six years working for Zillow Group. He retired in August 2018 but can’t seem to leave the real estate industry behind. His weekly Inman column publishes every Wednesday.

June is National Safety Month, so this seems like a good time to talk about agent safety. Of course, you should think about safety every month, every day, all the time — because nothing matters more than your well-being.

The headlines are all-too-frequently chocked full of horrific reports of agents being assaultedraped and murdered. Although the statistical odds of a horrible thing happening to you are low, the simple fact is you are a “lone worker,” and as such, you’re a target for the evil people in the world. 

What’s far more likely to happen than physical attack are things like slips and falls, car accidents, theft (including robbery, identity theft and wire fraud) and more, but that doesn’t make headlines and rarely gets discussed.

Agent safety isn’t just about what can happen at showings and open houses. Agent safety is about protecting you and your clients every day from a wide variety of potential problems. 

I’ve served on the Beverly Carter Foundation (BCF) board of directors for over two years, and agent safety is near and dear to my heart. The foundation was started shortly after the tragic death of Arkansas agent Beverly Carter.

It’s “dedicated to the ideal that every agent goes home safe every day by providing scientifically based research, information, consulting, training, and support at little to no charge to every MLS, association, brokerage, and agent.”   

It makes me physically ill when I read another story of an agent attack. As an agent and broker, the husband of an agent, a BCF board member, and friend of countless industry professionals who I hold dear, I’ve spent hours researching and speaking about agent safety.

It’s important, no, imperative to take safety seriously. No one wants to live in fear that something terrible will happen to them on the job, but you can — you must — keep safety in the forefront of your mind, always. Please. 

To that end, here is a list of 61 safety tips I’ve compiled over the years. Some will seem stunningly obvious; others may be new to you. But even if you’ve heard everything below repeated endlessly, please take the time to read through it. 

That’s 61 safety-related things to think about, implement and practice. It is not an all-inclusive list, but it’s a good start. 

If you had to pick out only two of these tips to follow every time, I’d go with “trust your instincts” and practice situational awareness. 

Go check out the resources on the BCF site, and subscribe to its newsletter. We must constantly drill the importance of safety into our minds and habits.  

Stay safe. Please.

Jay Thompson is a real estate veteran and retiree living in the Texas Coastal Bend, as well as the one spinning the wheels at Now Pondering. Follow him on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. He holds an active Arizona broker’s license with eXp Realty. “Retired but not dead,” Jay speaks around the world on many things real estate.

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