Did you know that nearly 1/3 of REALTORS(R) STAY in situations where they feel unsafe as they strive to make a sale. Nearly 4 in 5 do NOT ask for Identification/Verification before meeting a client. Just about everyone (88%) of agents are alone when showing a home to new prospect.
Bottomline, many agents put themselves at risk REGULARLY. While real estate is an amazing industry that provides exciting career opportunities to nearly 2 million people every year, it’s a job that deals with the public. By definition, it puts agents at risk.
The Long Island Board of REALTORS® and the Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® have recognized these issues and are trying to support agents to help them stay safe. Today they have announced a partnership with Real Safe Agent to provide safety training and technology.
Read the Press Release Below:
Austin, TX, May 16, 2017: The Long Island Board of REALTORS® and the Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS® are joining the growing list of Multiple Listing Services and REALTOR® associations deploying the Real Safe Agent system, which includes the Northern Ohio Regional Multiple Listing Service and the Fort Smith Board of REALTORS®. “Staying safe means preventing a crime, not reacting to one. So, when I presented the Real Safe Agent system to my BOARD, we knew we needed to purchase the system for our members”, stated Dave Legaz, President of LIBOR. “As a former NYPD Sergeant, it’s clear to me that Real Safe Agent understands both REALTOR® and criminals; and allows the agents to prevent a crime without jeopardizing a sale.”
BNAR’s CEO John Leonardi, a retired US ARMY Lieutenant Colonel and 25-year industry veteran as an MLS and REALTOR® Association executive said, “Real Safe Agent is one of the most innovative products I’ve seen, it’s rare that something comes along that changes a paradigm in our industry and Real Safe Agent completely changes how REALTOR® safety is approached.” The Real Safe Agent system differs from traditional safety products in that it’s based in behavioral science and uses the real estate community to prevent the behavior patterns of predators from bearing fruit for the predator, as well as denying the predator the environment needed to commit the crime. Carl Carter, Founder of the Beverly Carter Foundation and son of murdered real estate agent Beverly Carter commented, “I think the Real Safe Agent system is the real answer for the industry, I love that it recognizes that we are a community and allows agents to help out other agents to keep each other safe.”
Real Safe Agent has been available for a year and has made impressive inroads in the industry. Susan Young, Real Safe Agent’s VP of Industry Relations commented, “Between current deployments, scheduled deployments, and board approved contract pending deployments, Real Safe Agent will be deployed to over 75,000 agents around the country by the end of August”. The system also differs from other safety products in the industry in that it is not for sale to individual agents or brokerages. The system is only sold to associations or MLS to be deployed as a member benefit, and once deployed there are no additional ads, or additional purchases required or offered to agents. The company’s website, http://www.realsafeagent.com contains a video that explains the system in greater detail.
About Beverly Carter Foundation
The Beverly Carter Foundation (BCF) is a completely independent not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the ideal that every agent goes home safe every day by providing scientifically based research, information, consulting, training, and support at no charge to every MLS, association, brokerage, and agent.
About Real Safe Agent:
Real Safe Agent is based in Austin, Texas and is the creator of the first crime prevention system for the real estate industry. The patent pending system is rooted in behavioral science and empowers the real estate agents to cooperate and collaborate to keep each other safe.