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Safety Best Practices for Real Estate

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By Brian Johnson
2021 President
Santa Barbara Association of Realtors

Safety concerns in the real estate profession have made headlines recently. Tragic news reports about the shooting death of a building inspector and wounding of other real estate professionals in Huntington Beach last week reminds us that showing properties can turn dangerous. According to a 2020 National Association of REALTORS Member Safety Report, one third of NAR members have felt unsafe during an open house or a showing. That is why it is imperative that our members take safety precautions and have a safety plan in place. Many of these measures will make our clients feel safer, too, creating a better environment for everyone.

A safety plan can address common scenarios that place real estate professionals in potentially risky situations, such as meeting new clients, showing properties, or hosting an open house. Elements of a safety plan might include…

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