September is REALTOR Safety Month, and CB Briefs is continuing to feature tips to help agents keep safety a top priority. As a real estate agent, you’re often showing properties to people you haven’t met before, so it’s important to guard your personal safety. A good practice is to ask a buyer to meet you at the office before visiting a property. You can then photocopy their identification and let office staff know where you’re going.
A first meeting is also a good time to use the FOREWARN for Real Estate mobile app and learn more about a prospect. FOREWARN can positively identify over 80% of prospective buyers, and it’s free with your SPARK membership! Using a buyer’s name or phone number, FOREWARN verifies their:
- Criminal history
- Financial risks (past and current bankruptcies)
- Current assets, vehicle and property ownership
- Additional phone numbers and address history