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Derek English: Realtors And Their Safety

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - by Derek English, president, Greater Chattanooga Realtors
With our name and reputation being our brand, realtors need to promote themselves and maintain visibility as part of our business. But sometimes, this self-promotion can lead to dangerous situations. For example, in the recently released 2022 Member Safety Report, 23 percent of relators were more likely to say they had experienced a situation that made them fear their safety or personal information. This number is up from 2021 (14 percent), which is a sign that Realtors should remain diligent and take advantage of safety training.
It’s a hopeful sign that 73 percent report having personal safety protocols in place that they follow with every client, and this trend is more likely among females (76 percent) than among males (67 percent).
 
And threats aren’t just limited to in-person encounters. residential realtors most often reported feeling unsafe after receiving a threatening or inappropriate email, text message, phone call, or voicemail (33 percent) and during a showing (27 percent), and commercial realtors most often reported feeling unsafe during a showing (29 percent) and after receiving a threatening or inappropriate email, text message, phone call, or voicemail (29 percent).

Realtors know first-hand how stressful the property buying process can be. However, it’s easy to get swept up in the sometimes frantic race to find that perfect home, so we must not cut corners when it comes to safety. One startling statistic from the 2022 Member Safety Report is that the typical respondent meets prospective clients they’ve never met before, either at their office or in a neutral location 66 percent of the time. Meeting a stranger with who you’ve had no previous interaction could prove dangerous.
 
These types of situations show why safety training is so important. Nationally, 40 percent of realtors said that they have participated in a self-defense class, and 43 percent of men and 54 percent of women carry a self-defense weapon or tool. Among those who participated in a realtor safety course, 75 percent said they feel more prepared for unknown situations after taking a realtor safety course. Locally, we offer members complimentary self-defense classes throughout the year. Greater Chattanooga Realtors believe in promoting safe business practices, creating a culture where members are committed to excellence, and educating members on safety.
 
One way realtors can help homeowners have the best possible experience is to address safety and security best practices relating to real estate. That’s what our goal has been for this past month. Realtors love serving our community, and we want nothing else than to help our clients safely and professionally. Safety is our priority year-round. Realtors are focused on protecting our clients and ourselves. That’s Who We R.

Derek English: August 2022 Local Housing Market Statistics

Chattanooga's Million Dollar Homes

Real Estate Transfers For Sept. 8-14


Summer 2022 has been a season of change for the U.S. real estate market. With housing affordability at a 33-year low, existing-home sales have continued to soften nationwide, falling 5.9 percent ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Million Dollar homes, reflected in recent transactions, include: 34 Mountain Orchard Path 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5,243 square feet on 1.02 acre lot The sale was to Chad ... (click for more)

NOTICE: The Hamilton County Register’s Office did not publish this data. All information in the Register’s Office is public information as set out in T.C.A. 10-7-503. For questions regarding ... (click for more)



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Derek English: August 2022 Local Housing Market Statistics

Summer 2022 has been a season of change for the U.S. real estate market. With housing affordability at a 33-year low, existing-home sales have continued to soften nationwide, falling 5.9 percent month-to-month and 20.9 percent year-over-year as of last measure, according to the National Association of Realtors. Pending home sales have also continued to decline, while new listings ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Million Dollar Homes

Chattanooga's Million Dollar homes, reflected in recent transactions, include: 34 Mountain Orchard Path 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, 5,243 square feet on 1.02 acre lot The sale was to Chad Mobley, Amber Mobley from Bennett Felder, Jane Felder, Bennett Carl Felder, Jane Eaddy Felder $1,040,000 1992 Sivley Trail 4 bedrooms, 3.5+ baths, 4,000 square feet on 15 acre lot The ... (click for more)

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