Working in the real estate sector means meeting new clients to show properties on sale. Holding open houses, and dealing with complete strangers on an everyday basis is part of this job. All these activities might seem completely harmless to a realtor. The U.S, Department of Labor has a different report. Real estate agents are second to suffer the highest rate of homicides. Taxi drivers are number one.

Working in the real estate sector means meeting new clients to show properties on sale. Holding open houses, and dealing with complete strangers on an everyday basis is part of this job. All these activities might seem completely harmless to a realtor. The U.S, Department of Labor has a different report. Real estate agents are second to suffer the highest rate of homicides. Taxi drivers are number one.

We will share some preventive measures. That will keep yourself from becoming another victim. Read on!
 



 

Pre-Qualify Your Clients

Pre-Qualify Your ClientsIt’s important to take some precautionary measures. This should happen before you start showing the property to a prospective buyer. When you first receive an inquiry about a property, make sure you ask the person’s full name. This will allow you to run a quick background check on the person. You might want a little more info on the person. Date of birth or current address if you come across a very common name.

Next, you must pre-qualify the client before inviting him to see the property. Ask the potential buyer to answer a few questions so that you can judge if the buyer is a good fit to buy the property. Some of the parameters to consider are their credit score and how soon they would want to move in.

You must come up with a list of qualifications. Qualify potential buyers before you start advertising a property. This will not only save you time and energy but will also act as a preventive security measure.

Practice Precaution While Showing the Property

Practice Precaution While Showing the PropertyOnce you qualify a buyer, it’s always good to call him at your office first rather than visiting the property. You must ask all your clients to fill out an identification form and request a copy of their ID card for safety sake. Next, if you are showing the property alone, make sure you direct the buyers first through the unit.

If you enter first and the potential buyer turns out to be a criminal, he can block you from leaving the premises. Make sure you hold the door for your client and then gesture him to go inside. Do this for every room inside the house. Try not to leave the buyers unattended during the viewing. Especially if there are valuable/sensitive objects in the house.

Be Prepared

Be PreparedA great trick to ward off something bad is to tell them you have another appointment in say 20 minutes. Your prospect would think twice before going through with it if he expected someone to show up.

All the points mentioned above should become your second nature. This will help to protect your safety. While you may hope of never encountering such situations, it is always better to ready. Trust your instincts. If you have a bad feeling in your bones about something or someone, consider it a red flag. Excuse yourself from the situation.