REALTORS® face job-related risks every day. Being aware of potential dangers and taking precautions will help you avoid risky situations. In an ongoing effort to keep safety top-of-mind for our members, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and the Greater Capital Area Association of REALTORS® dedicate September as REALTOR® Safety Month. The goal: Reduce the number of safety incidents that happen in the industry, so each of our members makes it home safely every night.
Throughout this month, GCAAR invites you to follow us on Instagram (@GCAAR) as we post resources and safety tips for you. Submit your own safety tips via private message to be entered into our contest. At the end of the month, we'll randomly select one person to win a $50 American Express gift card! You may even see your own tips appear to GCAAR members.
On Monday, September 24, GCAAR welcomed Officer Dan Lane of the Gaithersburg Police Department to share important safety tips that every REALTOR® should know. Check out the webinar presentation to learn safety information regarding showing properties and what apps are best to use. Here is a list of important REALTOR® safety resources to keep handy so you know who to call when you see something concerning.
Carl Carter Jr. is a REALTOR® and founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving agent safety. On Wednesday, September 2, he kicked off September’s REALTOR® Safety Month with his presentation, “Your Safety is Non-Negotiable: The Beverly Carter Story,” to educate and provide you with the resources and best practices you need while working in the real estate industry.
He also shared the story of his mother to reinforce the importance of staying safe at work. His mom, REALTOR® Beverly Carter, lost her life at the hands of a couple posing as clients in 2014. Since then, Carl has dedicated his many efforts to spreading the message of safety to REALTORS® near and far. As a certified Franklin Covey Facilitator, a DDI Certified Facilitator and an Achieve Global Educator, Carl delivered a presentation on REALTOR® safety that only someone with his background and experience could give. If you missed this powerful webinar, you can view it here.
As you may know, September is National REALTOR® Safety Month! GCAAR offered a virtual presentation of NAR's Real Estate Safety Matters Course, designed to instill safety awareness and habits as second nature so that real estate professionals—as well as their clients and customers—know how to avert or respond to dangerous situations and avoid harm as they practice their profession.
Through the REALTOR® Safety Network, the National Association of REALTORS® will deploy REALTOR® Safety Alerts via social media when a physical or cyberthreat to REALTORS® warrants national attention. For example:
For incidents that don’t meet the criteria for a national alert, the REALTOR® Safety Team will ensure the local association is informed.
You can report an incident on the REALTOR® Safety Network web page.