Ways to Show a Home Safely for Sellers and Realtors on Long Island
Whether you are a homeowner or real estate agent representing a seller, our long island mortgage bankers, share five simple steps you can take to ensure your own safety when showing a home.
- Tell your family and/or friends in advance.
Advise family members or friends the date(s) and time(s) you will be showing the home. If it is not your home, be sure to let them know the address as well. Mobile apps like StaySafe and bSafe can keep your loved ones aware of your location and help you get out of a possibly dangerous situation.
- Meet interested parties in a public place first.
Prior to showing the home, plan on meeting the potential buyer in a public place such as a coffee shop or if you are a realtor, at your brokerage office (as long as there are other people there). If you are a realtor who is not familiar with the area where the home is located, check the Realtor Safe Harbor app to determine a safe meeting spot.
- Do your research.
With all of the public information available to us on the Internet, it’s foolish not to look up the interested party prior to meeting them. Gather their full name, phone number, email address, and possibly even their social media identity in advance so that you can research them online. Many sellers and realtors require all visitors to sign in and show their photo ID, which you can take a photo of.
- Protect your confidential information.
It’s more important than ever to be aware of possible identity thieves and cyber criminals. Valuable account and identification numbers such as your social security number should be locked up or otherwise inaccessible to anyone entering the home. Also be careful not to send confidential information via email or text.
- Report suspicious behavior.
If something happens that makes you feel uneasy, be sure to let someone know right away. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!