Monday, October 17, 2011


Ever felt a little uncomfortable sitting in your client's vacant home all day waiting for strangers to stop by an take a tour? Follow the tips below for a safer open house.

-Have someone with you; a second Realtor, friend or loan officer
-Check all the rooms when you arrive
-Know the safe escape routes
-Unlock either the deadbolts or door locks which ever is harder to turn (if you are comfortable with unlocked doors you can unlock them all the way)
-Check to see if you can escape from the rear yard
-When the public arrives, jot down a description of the car and the people, take a picture on your phone and text the description to your office
-Check in with your office every hour
-Do not leave your purse, laptop, etc in the open
-You can call for police to do drive by while conducing the open house
-Place a sign at door stating "video surveillance is in use"

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Realtor Safety

A little warm up on the realtor safety tips we will be discussing during Friday's Fight Like a Girl seminar. This class is appropriate not only for Realtors but any woman who makes house calls: appraisers, loan officers, service/delivery people, accountants, interior designers...and the list goes on.

Realtors - are you aware of some of the danger signals, those times that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Pay attention to those feelings.

-When a new client refuses to meet you at the office first before visiting a property.
-The client will not fill out the guest registration form which includes making a copy of their license.
-The client insists you ride with them to the property.
-The client wants to visit only vacant properties and asks if you will be showing the property alone.
-The client insists you lead them through the house.

The above are watch out scenarios that your new client may have something other than buying a house as their primary intent.

Sunday, October 9, 2011


We're back!!!!!! After many months of travel, work and recovery from an injury we are ready to host our next self-defense seminar. We will be offering the Fight Like a Girl module - realtor special edition. Please note, even if you are not a realtor you can still attend this seminar. We will be giving a bonus 30 minutes of realtor safety, appropriate for anyone who finds themselves in vacant properties, hosting open houses, selling new homes, or visiting strangers homes (appraisers, loan officers, delivery people, postal workers, etc). The seminar will be limited to 12 participants, so sign up now. See you there!