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How to Protect Computers, Smartphones, and Other Devices When You Travel

Blog Contributor Security, Technology 1 Comment

By Burton Kelso

Summer is here, and with it comes day trips and extended vacations. For real estate professionals, tech gadgets are part of your everyday life to keep in touch with clients, which means if you travel, you’re bound to take devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, e-readers, and digital cameras with you. I’m sure one of your worst nightmares …

How to Keep Your Real Estate Business Secure While Working From Home

Blog Contributor Data Privacy & Security, Safety, Technology 3 Comments

By Amber Bachman

Real estate never stops. COVID-19 has slowed things down a bit, but it hasn’t stopped the housing market. Right now, millions of people all across the country are telecommuting while they shelter-in-place; real estate practitioners and their clients are no different. Now that the American workforce is getting comfortable with their work-from-home orders, it is crucial to …

How We’re Working to Keep Agents Safe

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Safety 6 Comments

By Alyssa Hellman

Most people don’t consider real estate to be a dangerous industry;  however, the frequency of crimes against real estate agents – including the horrific murder of Beverly Carter last year – is a chilling reminder of the dangers we potentially face.

In the excitement of meeting a prospective client, agents sometimes agree to meet at questionable locations …

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REALTORS® Discuss Safety on Today Show

Erica Christoffer Customer Service, Helpful Tools, Safety, Young Pros in the Spotlight, YPN News 8 Comments

Tamara Suminski, 2011 California YPN chair and 2014 president of the South Bay Association of REALTORS®, appeared on Today with 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron to discuss safety precautions REALTORS® are taking in wake of the horrifying kidnapping and murder of Arkansas-based real estate practitioner Beverly Carter. Among the changes to how Suminski conducts business, she has committed to never hosting an …

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Stop, Drop, and Roll … Or Something Like That

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Helpful Tools, Safety 2 Comments

By Toby Boyce I rolled up on the house like I always do, peering at addresses to verify the location with where the GPS was placing the destination. However, this time I missed the house. And that’s where this story took a possibly tragic detour. With four years of experience processing broker price opinions I’ve developed a safety routine that …

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How Well Do You Know Your ‘Client?’

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Working with Clients 4 Comments

By Subhi J. Gharbieh Many times agents are quick to use the “client” title for someone they are working with or representing in a real estate transaction.  There are so many people out there nowadays trying to scam others, and it happens every day in our industry. My friendly advice to real estate professionals: Get to know the person you …