Top 10 Real Estate Agent Safety Tips
- Careful with personal info
- Verify customer information
- Enlist a coworker
- Announce your showings
- Scout locations early
- Keep phone in hand
- Keep customer in sight
- Pay attention to exits
- Take a self-defense class
- Trust your gut
Top REALTOR® Safety Apps
Overview: Agents Armor is designed specifically for real estate agents to alert brokers, emergency contacts and authorities everything they need to know about your appointments.
How it Works: The app allows you to let your broker and your emergency contacts know you are on a showing. With the voice memo feature, you can give a description of your client and his/her car; you can even take photos, which is uploaded to a secure server. Throughout the showing, a safety alert checks in to make sure you are safe. If you do not respond, your broker, emergency contacts and the authorities are notified with your GPS coordinates.
Price: $49.95 per year. Brokerage/Association discount pricing is available.
Overview: Bmonitored provides a safe method for meeting with strangers.
How it Works: Enter a meeting start time and safety alert times. Bmonitored will then ask you for confirmation that you are safe at the interval you have selected. Once you respond with your one digit personal PIN, the system clock resets until your next safety alert interval. If you do not respond, your emergency contacts and the authorities are notified with your last GPS coordinates.
Price: Free in the App Store
Overview: Guardly is a company that is all about safety. It has all kinds of safety solutions for business, organizations and individuals. One of the most popular offerings for individuals is the Guardly Safety App.
How it Works: Available for every smart device (yes, even Blackberries and Windows phones), the Guardly App offers automatic connection with emergency services, real time notification to designated people, real time location tracking and an emergency beacon.
Price: Although download is free, a monthly subscription for most of Guardly’s features is $1.99, with a 1year subscription of $19.99.
Overview: Agents using HomeSnap Pro can now set a Safety Timer when they go to a showing with an unfamiliar client.
How it Works: Prior to a showing, set a timer for how long you expect to be at the location and select your emergency contacts. If the timer expires, a text message will be sent to your emergency contacts that you are in distress. You can also send an instant distress alert to your emergency contacts with just one tap.
Overview: LifeLine Response is the first and only patent protected personal safety mobile app that utilizes natural human reaction to respond to emergency situations.
How it Works: Through codes and interaction, you can set an alert for emergency contacts that you are in danger. Trigger an extremely loud alarm to deter attackers or use the silent alarm to ask for help. Once an alert is detected, the response verification center will reach out to assess the situation and contact authorities with your GPS location, if necessary.
Price: $9.99 annual subscription
Overview: MyForce is a complete personal security system for your smartphone.
How it Works: If you are in danger, use this app to instantly notify the live response team just by pushing a button. Once notified, the response team listens to the audio uploaded from your smartphone and coordinates assistance with the nearest public emergency responders.
Price: $99.99 per year
Overview: OnGuardHelp features five buttons that provide five different ways to call for help.
How it Works: With this app, you can instantly call and text for help, send alerts with your GPS coordinates, call 911, use the silent alert feature for critical situations or contact first responders, such as fire or police departments.
Price: Price ranges based on desired package
For $19.95 a month, PeopleSmart can perform a background check on prospective clients before you meet them.
Overview: React Mobile is a personal safety app that turns your smart phone into a powerful lifeline. It includes a unique feature that shares your location with others so they can track your every move.
How it Works: If you need help, use the MReact Mobile app to send an emergency alert to your chosen contacts, who will receive a text and an email with your GPS coordinates. In situations where you feel uncomfortable or want others to know where you are, use the FollowMe feature to share your location via email and text with your network so they know exactly where you are. The app can be paired with the Sidekick, a remotelike device that when activated, sends emergency alerts and eliminates the need to find and unlock a smartphone to call for help.
Price: The app is free; the Sidekick is $59.99
Overview: Developed by a REALTOR®, Real Alert is designed to help you stay alert and aware of your surroundings while proving quick access to emergency services.
How it Works: From one screen, you can quickly dial 911 or tap “ALARM” to ward off potential attackers. You can also speed dial your emergency contacts, locate the nearest hospitals using your current GPS location and record details about a suspicious person before they are forgotten.
Price: $1.99 in the App Store
Overview: SafeFi is a mobile app that can be used in any dangerous or uncomfortable situation to instantly alert family, friends, coworkers and 911 that you need help.
How it Works: SafeFi utilizes a patented technology called SNAPP that turns your power button into a rescue button. No need to unlock your phone or navigate through apps, just repeatedly press your smartphone power button and an alert is sent with vital information and GPS coordinates to your network and 911 if needed.