David Saks: Tips For Personal Safety : #4 Don't Go Alone

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Tips For Personal Safety : #4 Don't Go Alone


If there's ever any doubt in your mind, whatsoever, about the person your about to show the home to, or discuss business with, don't ever meet them alone !

I mean never ! At any time of the day...at any time of the evening....never !

This is a dangerous day and age that were living in and you must never forget your colleagues ....our friends and colleagues that have been assaulted and murdered by ruthless scumbags who have no regard for the rights of others, or no regard for life.

Remember to always ask another salesperson to accompany you to the showing or attend any discussion with any stranger you may have any doubts about.

Please be safe, always, and protect yourself, your friends, your family and associates.

I'd love to hear from you !


David Saks

Time&Temp Memphis

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Comment balloon 12 commentsDavid Saks • June 14 2010 12:58PM


David---I see you can't sleep again!!!

Posted by Ray Henderson (Weichert Realtors' Northeast Group) almost 12 years ago

It's the bees and the spiders again, Ray.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago


I would also caution, Don't go running out of the office to show vacant property, or any property, just off of a must see right now phone call.  Meet them at the office first!

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 12 years ago

Great advice, Don. Good idea to take a moment to become familiar with your client. Thanks.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Smart advice.  Only meet at the office, and also a person should also get a copy of the drivers license at the office to be left until they return.  Call it office policy.  I know agents that have saved their life by doing this.

Posted by Jim Crawford, Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR (Maximum One Executive REALTORS®) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Jim. It's always an honor to hear from you. Hopes for a great week ahead for you, and a great holiday today.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) almost 12 years ago

Great advice for all Realtors to remember-listen to our instincts they are always right. Thanks for reminding us of this.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 10 years ago

Thanks for the good information  We need to keep safe when showing


Posted by Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) about 10 years ago

If I have a staging consultation with someone that has found my company on the internet and if I am feeling uncomfortable, I leave the address of the property with my husband, then I have him call me about 15 minutes into the consult. I excuse myself, say this is just one call I need to take and talk with my hubby. If everything seems fine I say a sentence with the word "green" in it so he knows it's a go. If needed, I have him call back one more time in a half hour to make sure.

If I don't answer or I don't say the word green, he knows something is wrong. I've never had an issue thank God but better safe than sorry.

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Pat. With summer on our shoulders there's a lot of work to do before the cold weather arrives. All firms should begin considering retaining staff that focus on security issues specifically, which include client screening prior to engaging in showing. It will demonstrate that your client is protected. We don't want convicted burglarers walking around in our clients homes unless they've been cleared or had their charges dismissed, reduced or expunged. I've heard stories of realtors working with clients in order to gain access into their homes to commit burglaries. In one case, a man got his real estate license and armed himself with enough information just so he could pose as a seller and sell the home that he and his ex-wife had owned together, while they were going through divorce proceedings. He hired a topless dancer from an adult club to pose as his wife, sold the home, collected the money at closing and flew to Brazil.


Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 10 years ago

Thank you, Joe. I appreciate your good thoughts.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 10 years ago

I love your plan, Shar. It's a great, safe way to do business. And considerate, too. I'm glad to hear from you and hope your having a fine day.

Posted by David Saks ((retired)) about 10 years ago

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