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DIY Security Tips to Keep Burglars at Bay [Infographic]

We’re lucky. Charlotte doesn’t have an inordinate amount of property crime, but imagine coming home from a relaxing summer vacation. You just spent a week enjoying the beach with your family, soaking up some much needed Vitamin D and catching up on the sleep you never seem to have enough time for at home. Refreshed but happy to be back in your own house, you push open the front door only to find your house in shambles.
Someone has rooted through your drawers and left books, papers, and clothing strewn about the house, even ransacking your refrigerator. Your stomach drops as you realize jewelry, laptops, and your rainy day fund are nowhere to be found. Your mind reels, and all you can think is, “How did this happen to me?”
Realizing we might have a false sense of security in our homes is not a pleasant thought, but the truth is that a burglary occurs every 18 seconds in the United States resulting in the loss of $4 billion dollars annually. The summer months tend to see the highest burglary rates due to the fact that more people go away on vacation, which leaves burglars with a wide selection of unattended houses to target.
While it is impossible to eliminate the possibility of burglaries completely, there are plenty of simple safety measures you can take to reduce the risk of a break-in. These tips and tricks from the good folks at Mr. Rekey Locksmith are designed to inform you about and equip you against home burglary, so you can enjoy your vacations without having to worry about what you might find when you return home.
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Business Booming? Agent Safety Tips to Remember

As brokers it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the  busy season.

We’re as guilty as anyone of letting agent safety slip when calls start coming in left and right and we’ve got tours lined up back-to-back. Summer, especially, is an easy time to let your guard down and accidentally open yourself up to risks!

Here’s a quick reminder for all you agents (and for sale by owner folks!) to stay safe using some of these easy to remember tips.

open house1. Never Lead

We’ve all been there. The master bath is to die for and just wait until you see this closet space! But it’s always safest to let the interested buyers/sellers lead the way, particularly in an unfamiliar property. Not only does it ensure we’ve never got our backs turned, it keeps the client up front and excited to lead the tour!

2. Check for Service

Before your open house or property tour starts, check to ensure you’ve got adequate cell service before relying on your phone as a lifeline. Not only do you need service, you need a decent charge so always keep a car charger and a backup battery on you! Remember that your phone’s only useful if you have it handy – and never rely on a tool you’re unfamiliar with (like pepper spray) to keep you safe, either.

3. Don’t Block Yourself In

If you end up in a situation that makes you uncomfortable at a showing or open you’re going to want an easy exit. Don’t allow your car to get blocked in when parking in a driveway, and try to back in if you can for easy egress. Parking on the street may make it easier to get in and out, too.

cell phone4. Host Opens Near an Exit

As we always say, encourage your clients to think ahead when holding an open house (hiding their valuables, finding somewhere else for the dog, etc.) so you don’t have to monitor the back recesses of their home. Staying near an exit at an open house not only keeps you safer, it allows you as the broker to keep tabs on who’s coming and going from their home.

5. Safety in Numbers

If you’re ever unsure about your safety, invite another agent to come along. If you’re holding an open house, having a lender on-site is a good way to get safety in numbers while also adding value for potential buyers! Safety in numbers is a real thing and it’s always more fun to have someone else along for the ride.

 

Being in real estate is very safe. Like any profession, ours has its risks but most of them can be mitigated by being vigilant and thinking ahead! We’re all about safety – for our kids, our clients, and our colleagues.

Now get out there and enjoy this hot selling/buying season in Charlotte!