September signifies all kinds of wonderful things: a new school year, the start of football season, the end of the dog days of summer, and the transition into fall. But for Realtors, it also signifies safety.
The National Association of Realtors has declared that September is Realtor Safety Month. As we know, pursuing a career in real estate can be exciting, fun, and inspiring. However, being a real estate agent has its risks. Sadly, the safety of real estate professionals is being violently threatened by physical attackers on a much more dangerous level lately. According to a recent report by Agent Genius and Realtor safety expert Andrew Wooten, the past year has been the most violent for the estate industry, with a noticeable increase in assaults, murders, and suicides of real estate professionals.
The study was conducted in order to try to find some insight to help agents better protect themselves. However, no tangible conclusions were drawn as to the types of Realtors targeted, which means anyone is at risk. Still, a few common threads were discovered in the study:
- Most attacks took place on Thursday or Friday afternoons.
- Roughly 30% of attack victims are men.
- Most attacks didn’t take place inside major metropolitan areas.
- About half of attacks involved guns.
- Several attacks resulted in murder even though robbery was the original intention.
To read the rest of the article by Agent Genius and to view the full and detailed Realtor Safety report, click here.
Even though the findings of this study aren’t exactly fun to read about, they serve as a great reminder to us all. Throughout the rest of September, Realtor Safety Month, we encourage you to evaluate your security and safety practices and precautions to ensure that your safety is in check.
From all of us at Homes.com, we hope you stay safe and sound in the coming years of your real estate business.