Keeping Realtors Safe
It may be hard to believe, but we are already halfway through September, which means we are also halfway through the National Association of Realtors’ Realtor Safety Month. Pursuing a career in real estate can be extremely fun and rewarding, but it also can have its drawbacks. The safety of real estate professionals is unfortunately being violently threatened by attackers on a much more dangerous level as of late. According to a recent report by Agent Genius and Realtor safety expert Andrew Wooten, the past 12 months have been some of the most violent for the estate industry, with a noticeable increase in assaults, murders, and suicides of real estate professionals.
Regrettably, no conclusions were drawn as to the types of Realtors targeted. Anyone is at risk, it seems. However, a few common threads were discovered in the study:
- Most of the attacks took place on Thursday or Friday afternoons.
- About 30% of attack victims are men.
- Most attacks didn’t take place inside major metropolitan areas.
- About 50% of attacks involved guns.
- A lot of attacks resulted in murder even though robbery was the original intention.
As a real estate agent, your job should be fun and exciting, not dangerous and harmful. Since it is NAR’s Realtor Safety Month, we’d like to encourage you to take some time to evaluate the safety and protection in your area. If necessary, beef up security and precaution to keep yourself aware and protected.
For more information, click here to read Agent Genius’s article and view the full report. From all of us at NUMBER1EXPERT, stay safe.
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