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It’s a Dangerous Job, But Someone’s Gotta Do It

Posted by: Maya Roney on September 5, 2007

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.

Reader Comments

September 5, 2007 7:51 PM

I travel and train real estate agents on how to stay safe on the job for a living and make effective safety products available to them. I have been a real estate agent and understand first hand the dangers that come with the job. Every office has a story about a close call or assault. The most important advice that I can give is listed above, trust your instinct, it is hardly ever wrong. Also, increase witness potential every chance that you can. Have new clients meet you at the office, have another adult accompany you during open houses.

As agents you need to be able to get out of dangeous situations. That's what I teach, graceful and safe ways out of life-threatening or dangerous situations. Learn them and file them away for when the time comes that you will need them. And the time will come.

Also, if you carry a safety product; cell phone, pepper spray or personal alarm, it must be acessible! If you carry spray, educate yourselves about which is best, how they work, what they will and won't do. Feel free to use me and my website as an educational resource and safety product resource when considering which product is best for agents or even as a speaker.

September 10, 2007 2:14 PM

I make my living training real estate agents on how to do their jobs safely. The tips above are right on target. One area that is typically not understood is the carrying of safety products. I stress that any safety product, from cell phones to pepper spray, must be acessible or else they are not effective. Also, if you choose to carry a spray, make sure it's the right formula, not tear gas, but pure pepper (OC). Know what the spray will and won't do if you use it. Learn what the alternatives are. Check the expiration date, test the spray at least once a year. Feel free to use me and my website as a resource. I do travel to speak as


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