Berlin, Md. – In observance of National REALTOR® Safety Month, the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) offered various safety resources and materials to its members through September.
 
                     
CAR’s Safety Course for Real Estate Professionals was taught by Walt Taraila of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva and was attended by 30 REALTOR® members. 
 
On September 27, 2017, CAR offered the Safety Course for Real Estate Professionals to its members, free of charge. The course was held at the CAR Training Center in Berlin and was taught by Walt Taraila of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva. The three-hour Continuing Education course covered a variety of topics, including personal safety, self-defense, and examples of potential threats, among others. The course also encouraged agents to share their experiences, ideas, and suggestions for safety.
 
CAR also shared safety tips with its members via social media and weekly newsletters. These tips offer safety information on an assortment of topics, including open house safety, garage safety, cyber security, home security, and more. The tips are compiled by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and are distributed in an easily shareable format.
 
“REALTORS® don’t always know the people they meet for showings, so it’s very important that they take precautions to protect themselves,” said CAR President Don Bailey. “It’s also important that our members share safety protocols with home buyers so they know what they may encounter when working with a REALTOR®. There are good reasons that an agent may ask for your driver’s license or tell you they’d prefer not to carpool to a listing. All these measures are put in place to protect the REALTOR® and the client.”
 
Other safety precautions that home buyers may encounter include only viewing a vacant property during the day or always walking in front of your agent during a showing.
 
“Your agent may only show vacant properties by day so you can see what safety hazards exist, such as loose floorboards or other defects,” Bailey said. “And allowing potential buyers to take the lead when exploring a home is a common safety protocol and allows you to view each room in the property first and make your own impressions.”
 
NAR has designated September as National REALTOR® Safety Month. NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program was established more than a decade ago to empower and inform members of potential risks they face in their profession and how to navigate them safely. A wealth of safety information is available at www.realtor.org/safety.
 
However, the REALTOR® safety issue was pushed into the national spotlight in 2014 after Arkansas REALTOR® Beverly Carter was kidnapped and murdered while showing a home to a person whom she thought was a prospective client.
 
According to NAR’s 2017 Member Safety Report, which is based on a survey of over 48,000 REALTORS® across the country, 38 percent of respondents experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their personal information. Many of the respondents reported that they carry a self-defense weapon, with the most common being pepper spray, followed closely by a personal firearm. Almost half of the participants said their brokerage has standard procedures in place for agent safety.
 
Visit www.coastalrealtors.org for more information about CAR.
 
More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®
 
Coastal Association of REALTORS® is the leading local advocacy group in the real estate industry on the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Coastal REALTORS® works in partnership with its members to promote home ownership and preserve, protect, and advocate private property rights. The organization supports 1,000 REALTORS® who serve Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties.
 
For more information on Coastal REALTORS®, visit www.coastalrealtors.org. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark unique to real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Rayne / 410-641-4409/ sarah@coastalrealtors.org