Keeping Your Clients, Your Data and Yourself Safe: REALTOR® Safety Month Resources

Risks to your safety are out there. We want you to feel empowered if an imminent threat, of any kind, comes your way. We’ve compiled tools for your use, articles to brush up on your knowledge and information for you to share with your colleagues and clients to encourage safe practices.

Access Safety Tips While Transacting, By Category

There are many things you should keep in mind about safety while transacting. Here are some articles to help you out:

Get Important Information About Prospective Clients with Forewarn

The FOREWARN app is a complimentary, proactive safety and lead intelligence service for Chicago REALTORS®! This app allows agents to have instant due diligence on prospects. In seconds, with as little information as a phone number or name, you can verify a prospect’s identity, criminal records, bankruptcies, liens, judgments, address history and property records all in one place, leading to safer and more productive interactions.

Get started with FOREWARN today by clicking here.

Check out These Additional Apps For Safety

  • Find my iPhone: Apple users can download this app to find their missing device by logging in with their Apple ID. Other handy features include remotely locking a phone, playing a sound to help locate it, displaying a message on the lock screen by putting it in Lost Mode, and erasing all the data remotely.
  • GPS Phone Tracker: This is the app of choice for Android users. It also has a web login for the computer in case someone loses their phone and needs to track it. A REALTOR® might use the GPS Phone Tracker to monitor the journey of another REALTOR® traveling to and from a showing, and vice versa.
  • Life360: Available for both iPhone and Android devices, this app allows users to form groups with friends, family, and colleagues while Life360 shares the location of every group member within the group.
  • Homesnap Safety Timer: The Homesnap Safety Timer can be activated once a REALTOR® enters a home. If the prescribed amount of time runs out and the REALTOR® has not stopped the time, a message will be sent to all the emergency contacts.

Ensure Safety & Security with Sentrilock Lockboxes

Sentrilock lockboxes allow you to practice safely and securely when selling a home. Only those you share the code with have access to the lockboxes, and they track activity, so you know when someone is accessing the property. Keep your seller’s home secured and provide peace of mind by using a Sentrilock lockbox. Sign up for a Sentrilock membership today!

Protect Yourself and Your Clients’ Information with These Cybersecurity Tips

In the summer edition of Chicago REALTOR® Magazine, we spoke with Don Boian, Security Outreach Director at Huntington Bank and former Defense Intelligence Senior Executive at the National Security Agency (NSA), to discuss how to safeguard personal information. Read the article, Is Your Data Exposed?, here.

Boian also joined us for a webinar, Protecting Yourself in Today’s Cyber Landscape, in May. Check it out on-demand below or in our video resource library. To access this protected video, please enter “chicagoREALTOR430” when prompted.

Looking For More?

Our REALTOR® safety resource page has even more resources, articles, videos and education for you to review.

The National Association of REALTORS® Safety Program aims to create a safety culture in our industry. Check out their resources here.