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Safety Checklist For Showings

 

No matter how well you think you know the prospect you’re meeting, follow these guidelines when taking them to a property.

BY JOHN GRADEN

A lot has been said of the practice of meeting strangers at homes, and it’s true that it’s not the smartest way to operate. But it’s been a part of the real estate industry for a long time, and it’s not going to change overnight. So for agents who will still do it, your office may have a certain protocol around safety, but this list can be your Agent Safety Protocol, or ASP, to administer in the field. It’s based on measures developed by people who have experience working in law enforcement.

Before the Appointment

When you’re on the phone setting up an appointment to meet a prospect at a home, tell the prospect that you’ll be arriving with a partner. Whether it’s true or not, this statement plants the seed that there will be more than one person present—and that’s not good news for a criminal.

Arrive at the appointment early, before your client has arrived, and make sure to

    Open the windows. If you find yourself needing to make a fast escape but you’re not near a door, a window may be your only exit.

      Unlock all doors. You lose precious time if you have to fiddle with locks to get out.

    Open the lockbox. The point here is to retrieve the key before your prospect shows up. That way, you won’t have to turn your back to him or her to get the key out.

      Wait in your car with the doors locked. The danger here is that your car confines you into a small space, but in some cases, the weather dictates that you take shelter. Waiting in the car is still much safer than waiting in the property.

      Send a text to your office. Alert someone to where you are and all of the information you have on the prospect. If you need help, that person will know pertinent information to give authorities.

      Keep your head up. Always be aware of your surroundings. Surprise attacks when you’re caught off guard make you more vulnerable.

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Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends

 

Highlights

  • At 35 percent, buyers 35 years and younger continue to be the largest generational group of home buyers with a median age of 30 years old.
  • First-time buyers made up 32 percent of all home buyers, down from 33 percent last year.
  • Sixty-seven percent of buyers 35 years and younger were first-time buyers, followed by buyers 36 to 50 years at 26 percent.
  • The most common type of home purchased continues to be the detached single-family home, which made up 83 percent of all homes purchased.
  • Eighty-nine percent of Millennials, 87 percent of Gen X buyers, and 85 percent of Younger Boomers purchased their home through an agent.

 

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A Capital Hill Win for Homeownership

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Daily Real Estate News | Monday, December 07, 2015 National Association of Realtors

 

In a big win for real estate, Congress last week approved a $305 billion transportation bill that includes no funding from an extension of mortgage guarantee fees as some lawmakers had proposed.

The bill provides reauthorization of several initiatives that the National Association of REALTORS® supports, including programs to increase transportation safety and develop more pedestrian-friendly communities. But the big victory for real estate was that the bill excluded so-called g-fees to pay for transportation programs. 

More than a fifth of REALTORS® across the country, or about 197,000 members, participated in a Call for Action that NAR launched in October to prevent Congress from using g-fees at the expense of future home owners. Some 600,000 letters in all were sent in what was REALTORS®’ most forceful response to a Call for Action. President Obama signed the bill on Friday.

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Realtors® Applaud Transportation Conference Report

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Dec 01, 2015, 14:42 ET from National Association of Realtors

National Association of Realtors® President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida, praised sections of the legislation that are important to strengthening neighborhoods and promoting safety, and in particular, applauded the decision not to use guarantee fees, or g-fees, from government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as a funding mechanism.

Following is a statement from Mr. Salomone: 

"The multiyear transportation bill moving through Congress is a win across the board, making critical investments in America's infrastructure.

"NAR is pleased at the emphasis placed on safety and alternative transportation options to strengthen neighborhoods, improve property values and make non-motorized transportation, like sidewalks and bike lanes, a priority.

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