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Fishermen, pilots and loggers have the most dangerous jobs in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fatality rates are not as high among real estate agents, but the National Association of Realtors (NJAR) still has a few safety tips for realtors that are somewhat reminiscent of trick-or-treating guidelines (buddy-up, wear reflective clothing, don’t eat the unwrapped stuff).
1. Be careful how you dress. Flashy or expensive jewelry might attract the wrong kind of attention.
2. Create a code word that may be used to indicate a distressed call.
3. Make sure your cell phone is always charged and you have a signal at all times.
4. If working at the office late, make sure the doors are locked and other colleagues know you are working late.
5. Use common sense. When in doubt listen to your gut instinct and follow the safety advice you would give to a loved one.
“Although not common, real estate professionals across the country have been assaulted, robbed and even killed in the course of doing their jobs,” reads a recent NAR press release announcing REALTOR Safety Week (Sept. 9-15). Add falling home prices to the mix, and you’ve got an even scarier situation.
BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.