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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Realtors® Face Hazards While Helping America Home

WASHINGTON, September 09, 2008

Realtors® protect consumers in the real estate transaction, but these professionals must also protect themselves on the job. The nature of their work requires Realtors® to interact frequently with people they don’t know, sometimes in isolated areas. To help Realtors® protect themselves and their clients, the National Association of Realtors® is reaching out to its 1.2 million members as part of the sixth annual Realtor® Safety Week, September 14-20.

“Realtors® are the public's most trusted source for real estate information. Every day they put themselves at risk by welcoming complete strangers into a home or getting into a car alone with someone they just met,” said NAR President Dick Gaylord, a broker with RE/MAX Real Estate Specialists in Long Beach, Calif. “These everyday occurrences have the potential to turn into a personal nightmare if our members don’t understand and follow the basic tenets of personal, professional and client safety.”

As part of Safety Week, Realtors® can attend seminars and trainings to learn tactics for avoiding high-risk situations and dealing with unexpected dangers. NAR’s commitment to its members’ personal safety is ongoing, however, and the association aims to keep the issue of Realtor® safety top-of-mind for members throughout the year. This year, NAR is offering a scenario-based 3-D online safety course through Realtor® University at www.Realtor.org/RealtorUniversity in addition to safety CDs and DVDs that are available for office meetings, educational programs and safety training seminars.

Personal safety experts say knowing simple strategies can save lives. Some of the basic tips they offer include:

• Follow clients while touring potential homes instead of leading.• Always take your own car for showings.• Meet potential clients for the first time in your office.• Carry pepper spray.• Check in with your office often.

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