When you are a realtor, you deal with the general public quite often. This means that you’re speaking with strangers and unfamiliar faces on a regular basis. As you can imagine, this can pose a few dangerous situations for realtors. For one, homes are typically expensive, which means that people are more likely to scam you. Similarly, realtors are often alone at showings, which can also lead to scams or other risks. So, let’s take a look at how realtors can stay safe during home showings.
Show Properties During the Day
Although it may seem quite obvious, it’s best only to do home showings during daylight hours. This is extremely important, especially if the home does not have electricity or lighting set up yet. That said, it’s easier for a scammer to take advantage of you when it’s dark, so realtors should only meet with clients during the day.
Let Someone Know When You’re Doing a Showing
Before you meet with someone for a home showing, telling a friend or trusted colleague that you will be doing a showing is a good idea. This way, someone knows where you are and what you’re doing if you were to get scammed. Similarly, it might be wise to take someone with you while showing a home.
Identify Potential Clients Beforehand
Before you work with someone, potentially for an extended period of time, you’ll want to know who they are. So, it’s a good idea for potential clients to fill out an identification form or application. This will provide you with their full name, date of birth, and current home address. If you go this route, you’ll have an idea of who you’re working with in the near future.
Keep Your Personal Information Safe
As it may go without saying, you should never share your personal information with strangers. It’s always great to be polite and personable, but don’t overshare or give away any personal information. It’s best to avoid telling strangers where you live, future travel plans, and giving information about personal relationships. While you may not realize it, these simple details can give away a ton of information about you.
Be Aware of Scam Calls
Scam calls can impact relators in terrible ways. For example, when you handle hundreds or thousands of dollars on a daily basis, sending this money to the wrong person can be a huge mistake. This is why realtors and other professionals should use PeopleFinders’ mobile app, IdentityWatch. This application allows users to block spam numbers and avoid scammers before they strike.
With all the potential dangers that realtors face, staying safe while touring homes with future clients is essential. Luckily, PeopleFinders makes it easier by offering security services like IdentityWatch, allowing realtors to block scam calls and safely speak with prospective clients. Similarly, realtors should always show homes during the day, let someone know where you are, and keep your personal information safe at all costs.