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Latest Development in REALTOR® Safety

Published Dec 07, 2017

REALTOR Safety Blog PostSafety is important for all REALTORS®. The nature of the job means you work outside of regular hours, at many different locations and often alone. The real estate profession has always been quick to adopt new technology to help with sales and client relations, so it's no surprise that technology's also being used to improve safety.

Apps designed for personal safety aren't new, but many recognize the unique nature of the real estate profession and specifically target REALTORS® as their audience. A few are even designed by BC REALTORS®, who know the risks of the profession first-hand.

These apps automate some of the best safety practices—like setting check-in times with family and friends, making your location known and having the police on speed-dial. Some apps even offer special devices that serve as panic buttons for emergencies.

Other REALTOR® safety apps argue that this "after-the-fact" approach isn't good enough, and opt for a more preventative approach by using a mutually-beneficial buddy system, where monthly subscribers make themselves available to each other for hosting open houses or meeting clients.

If you haven't put much thought into your safety, these apps can streamline the process. A wide variety of REALTOR® safety apps are available through all smartphone app stores, but ultimately you're responsible for choosing the one that's right for you. It's hard to put a price on safety and, while the prices for these apps vary from one-time purchases to monthly rates, the least you can do is make sure you have a contingency plan in place for emergencies.

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