Realtor Advice, Sales

What You Need to Know About the NAR Realtor Safety Report

Realtor Security

Since there have been several murders and hundreds of attacks on real estate agents, the National Association of Realtors has conducted a survey of over 2,800 agents and I thought I’d share the results with you!


The common situations that cause fear are:

  • Open houses
  • Vacant homes/model homes
  • Properties that were unlocked/unsecured
  • Properties in remote areas

And the survey says:

  • Percentage of agents who experienced fear/personal safety: 40%
  • Percentage by gender of agents who experienced fear/personal safety
    • Male 25%
    • Females 48%
  • Types of crimes committed against Realtors: Robbery, assault, identity theft
  • Types of self-defense weapons used: Pepper spray (17%), firearm (12%), taser (4%), baton or club (3%)
  • Percentage of agents using cell phones to track their location and the location of other agents – 13%
  • Common phone apps used to track whereabouts
    • Life 360
    • iPhone Find My Phone Feature
    • bSafe
    • Gardly
    • Google Family Locator
  • Percentage of Broker Companies that provide safety procedure/classes to their agents: 46%
  • Percentage of Agents who took responsibility for their own safety
    • Self-defense classes: 38%
    • Realtor-sponsored safety classes: 18%

Just a couple more things the NAR mentioned in their survey:

  • The typical agent meets 50% of their prospective buyers (that they do not know) in their real estate office or a neutral location before first viewing a home.
  • As a safety precaution, agents notify a spouse, friend, or family of their location before showing a home.

What safety precautions do you take before showing a home?

Remember, Fairway Independent Mortgage is an Open Door Partner offering a safe place to go for meeting new clients for all our real estate partners.

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