REALTOR® Safety is of utmost importance to us at Keller Williams Realty Centres. We have safety measures in place that protect our agents, our clients and every agent regardless of brokerage afflilation. We promote safety awareness and best safety practices so that everyone understands the potential threats and can avoid harmful situations and actions.
Keller Williams Realty Centres has registered as an Open Door Partner to provide a safe place for real estate agents from any brokerage to meet and vet first time clients. We will help verify a client’s information and keep a record so there’s accountability if anything goes wrong. Keeping real estate agents safe is a priority for us and we feel that this initiative is the right thing to do.
For more information about this program and the Open Door Partners database, please click here.
Keller Willliams Realty Centres offers a REALTOR® Safety Course, taught by a certified safety instructor, which has been developed in partnership with NAR's REALTOR® Safety program. It is a 2 hour primer on how real estate professionals can limit risk to preserve safety - their safety and their clients' safety - and for positive business outcomes. It is available for all REALTORS® from any brokerage. Contact us to register.
Please download these safety checklists and ensure that you follow safety best practices every day. Safety is everyone's responsibility.
Apps make your smartphone a safety phone
Buddy system is the best approach whenever you feel uneasy about a situation
CITO, Come into the office is the best policy for initial meetings with prospective buyers
Defense—a good safety plan is the best defense
Escape routes—look for at least two at open-house events
Flat-heeled shoes you can run in are the best choice for property showings
Gut feelings—learn to respect your instincts and those of others
Hands free—keep one hand free during showings and use a hands-free phone while driving
ID form—every prospect should be required to complete a prospect ID form
Jot down on a business card the time you arrive at an open house, leave it in a kitchen cabinet
Keys, ID, business items, phone—the essentials to carry with you during property showings
Learn a property before showing it especially vacant properties and model homes
Market edge—discussing seller safety during listing presentations may win you the listing
Never go into cellars, attics, or confined spaces or turn your back on a prospect
Office policies should provide safeguards for agents, like requiring completion of ID forms
Park your car at the curb where you cannot be blocked in
Quickly leave a property if you encounter a squatter or criminal activity
Run away if you are threatened or attacked; scream to attract attention
Set up distress codes, call--and call-back schedules
Ten-second rule—POWDER—do this safety scan when you arrive at a destination
Unlock deadbolts during open-house events
Valuables should be secured or removed for property showings and virtual tour videos
Whereabouts while working—your office, family, or a friend should know where you are
X-out from prospect lists anyone who makes you feel uneasy
You—your first line of defense
Zero—the number of times you should make exceptions to your safety rules
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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 12/15/2019 8:11:15 AM