Agent Safety While Holding Open Houses
· When putting out your signs, be aware of your surroundings. Watch for strangers and cars.
· Dress Professionally; do not wear provocative clothing. Do not wear expensive jewelry or watches.
· = Leave your expensive purses and wallet full of credit cards at home. Bring a small wallet or handbag with a few dollars in cash, your driver’s license and maybe an ATM card. Better to leave this wallet in your car locked in the glove department or in a console. Make sure it is not in plain view!
· Wear comfortable Clothing and shoes. If you insist on wearing heels, make sure you leave them at the bottom of the steps when you go upstairs. Good to keep a pair of flats in car in case you need to change the later or if your feet start hurting.
· Partner up with another agent, a lender or even one of your friends. It is always good to have two people at the house so one can go upstairs if needed.
· Make sure when you arrive, that no one is hiding in the house. Stop and listen for movement.
· If you find yourself alone and someone comes in, tell them to go upstairs and look. It is not absolutely necessary to go upstairs with them.
· When the guests arrive, a firm handshake is good while looking them in the eye when you introduce yourself. Reach you hand out and say, “Hello, I am-----------from …………company. Squeeze their hand when you shake as that tells people you are not a ‘wimp’ and that you have self-confidence. By keeping your arm extended when you shake, this gives a good distance from the other person and tells them not to move in too close. Everyone likes their space and then immediately ask them their name. If they are up to no-good, this will intimidate them.
· Have your sign in sheet ready nearby and ask them to sign in. If they refuse, tell them it is the seller’s instructions that all guests must sign in. This usually works but if they refuse, then they must leave.
· Keep your cell phone with you at all times and remember if you have to call 911, stay on the phone as the operator does not automatically get your address like on a home phone.
· Suggest you wear flats but if you have on heels and feel the need to run, take the shoes off and run in your bare feet. Pointed high heels are a good weapon if need be.
· If you are alone (female) and a man comes in and signs in, tell him to go upstairs and look around and you will be downstairs waiting for more guests. If he calls you to come upstairs, just tell him ‘No’.
· If someone comes in that makes you feel uncomfortable, go outside while they are looking around and call and give someone their license number and type/color of car. If they have no car, this is a red flag.
· When you first arrive at your open house, make sure you know how to get out the back door so you do not get trapped inside.
· In close quarters like walk-in closets or bathrooms, do not get too close. Perhaps open the door and then let them walk in and you stay back.
· Do not bring a knife or a gun to an open house unless you are very familiar with using it. If you pull it out, a stranger could over power you and use it on your instead. Some agents have OC that they carry on their key ring to use if needed.
· If you find yourself in a bad situation, lamp or heavy items in the house are good to hit them over the head with. If someone forces themself on you, yell ‘BACK OFF’ and run.
· Jump in your car to get away if possible but if they jump in too, you jump out. You do not want to be forced to drive them somewhere. Make sure your car is parked on the street and not blocked in.
· Have friends, co-workers or family call you periodically and tell them when you will be done.
The most important thing is to come home safely. Be aware of your surroundings!
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