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New Tools Available For Agents Who May Need To Signal For Help

Four apps that make life safer for Realtors

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David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

  Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal

Practical safety precautions and strategies have been in place for real estate agents for decades.

The Birmingham Association of Realtors’ Ten Commandments of Agent Safety was written in 1988 and is still used in agent safety training classes today.

Modern technology, however, has made new tools available for agents in the field who may need to signal for more immediate help.

Real estate agencies and associations across the nation are reminding agents of these tools after Arkansas realtor Beverly Carter was murdered last week, reportedly while showing a house.

“Personal safety should be on our minds whether we are at work or out shopping at the mall,” said BAR president Chip Watts. “Anyone meeting the public face-to-face should be aware, and use a certain amount of caution. We want to avoid placing ourselves in situations that don’t feel right.”

There are four apps recommended by BAR for agents to use in the field. These provide everything from alert signals via cell phone at GPS tracking ability.

1. Guardly Available on Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPod Touch, Windows 7. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guardly/id400742014?mt=8 Basic plan: free. Premium plan: $1.99 per month or $19.99 per year. Features: send an alert via phone, email, and text that includes your location to emergency contacts. One-tap quickly connects you with up to 15 safety contacts by conference call and/or private instant messaging. Advanced GPS location accuracy – Alerts sent by phone call, email & SMS – Snap + share photos with your group – Easily escalate emergencies to 911 – Network failure protection – Create unlimited groups

2. RealAlert Available on iPhone, Android. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/real-alert/id436455476?mt=8 Paid download: $1.99. Features: call 911 in one tap, alert a friend, sound an alarm, save details on suspicious persons, and locate the nearest hospital. This app was created by Austin, Texas, real estate agent Michelle Jones. – Ward off a potential Attacker with Quick tap “ALARM” – Save precious moments with Quick tap “CALL 911” – LOCATE the nearest HOSPITALS using your current GPS location – Record “CREEP DATA”, details about a suspicious person before they are forgotten – Speed dial your emergency contact with Quick tap “ALERT A FRIEND” – Handy flashlight

3. SafeTrek Available on iPhone and Android.https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safetrek/id716262008?mt=8$1.99 Features: send text and email panic alerts to emergency contact list with GPS location. SafeTrek enables citizens to be proactive in their safety by bridging the gap between doing nothing and calling 911 in an unsafe situation. By holding down the SafeTrek safe button, a user is able to passively connect to police. If nothing unexpected happens, a user simply inputs their unique 4-digit pin to cancel an alert from being sent (to police). If a situation takes a turn for the worse, a user simply releases the safe button without typing in their pin number and is connected to police.

4. ReactMobile Available on iPhone and Android https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/react-mobile/id522851588 Free App Features: – Share Location with Friends – “Follow-Me” Real-Time Tracking – Worldwide Emergency Support – Send Emergency Alerts via Email & Text Message – Post Emergency Alerts to Facebook & Twitter – Automatic 911 (local authority) Dialing Support

Please join the staff of First Capital Title for THE 5 MOST DANGEROUS SITUATIONS FOR REALTORS & HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. located at the Toledo Board of REALTORS Training Room.  Please CLICK HERE to RSVP.

Please join Dawn Weinbrecht and Cheryl Ramer of First American Home Buyer Corporation for a “hands on” HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF self-defense class located at the Martial Arts Center at Fallen Timbers Mall on Saturday, November 8, 2014 starting at 4:30 p.m.  Please email Dawn Weinbrecht (419.494.2054) at dweinbrecht@firstam.com to RSVP.