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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I rely on my situational awareness, defensive tactics/martial arts training and any tools I may be carrying on me (usually two standard tools and several things I can turn into tools - like a belt).  I also have no problem "doing whatever it takes to survive" and would rather live with the consequences than be buried in a box.  What's the old saying "I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6."

Feb 23, 2016 02:38 AM
Rainmaker
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I do, though I won't go into the particulars. 

Feb 23, 2016 02:06 AM
Rainmaker
2,634,187
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My presence is a deterrent for many a reason. Has been all my life too

Feb 23, 2016 04:51 AM
Rainer
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i use my instincts, and a Glock. other than that its all good :)

Feb 23, 2016 04:10 AM
Rainer
215,563
Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL
Your Real Estate Partner

Does showing up in blackbelt garb count?  lol!  Sometimes best kept secrets aid us.

Feb 23, 2016 03:33 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I don't show after dark. I listen to my gut and don't do anything risky. I would rather lose business than to be at risk.

Feb 23, 2016 02:47 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

       I know and understand Florida Law regarding self-defense, particularly the Castle Doctrine and the Stand Your Ground Law. 

   We are fortunate that the State of Florida recognizes our right to protect ourselves, our families, and our homes.  

 

 

Feb 23, 2016 02:45 AM
Rainmaker
1,149,109
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I telk them that I am in the safest city in US.  Don't like it go to Detroit....

Feb 23, 2016 02:22 AM
Rainmaker
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

I keep up on my survival and defensive training from many years ago.

Feb 23, 2016 02:02 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Gut instinct and intelligence -- yikes -- I may be in big trouble.  

Feb 24, 2016 08:44 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Not meeting strangers at property by myself.  If I don't have a working relationship with you, someone else is going to be at our showing.

Feb 24, 2016 03:41 AM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I rely on a higher power to look over me.

Feb 23, 2016 05:58 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Dowler CRS never really done that! Working with clients who I know makes my life easy (or safe!)

Feb 23, 2016 03:23 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I seem to forget when it comes to showing property. I guess that's because we get complaisant in my rural area. 

Feb 23, 2016 02:18 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Yes and I would be happy to discuss them with anyone interested.  I however do not and would not write about them in a public forum.  No need to let the criminals know about them.

Feb 23, 2016 01:57 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Absolutely.  I drive very carefully and don't talk on my cell phone while I do.

Feb 23, 2016 01:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I have moved to 75% listing and only represent buyer that are a referral or past clients..definitely don't show after dark!

Feb 23, 2016 12:15 PM
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Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Yes!

But only if they get out of their car with knife, duct tape and have a bullet proof jack on.

Feb 23, 2016 12:03 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Yes, and just my presence can be quite a safety measure.

Feb 23, 2016 11:22 AM
Rainmaker
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Jeff,
My clients are almost always known to me or referrals so it isn’t a big problem. In that rare instance I like to meet them at a coffee shop, etc. first and then only show them vacant houses until I’m comfortable. With a vacant house I can let them roam (I go back later to check windows and doors) and stay in a safer place by the front door.

Feb 23, 2016 10:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Yes. No more meeting total strangers at the property. First consultation must be at our office and a copy of their driver's license is mandatory.

Feb 23, 2016 09:47 AM
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Susan Bryden
RE/MAX Professionals - Centennial, CO
We Make it Happen, You Make it a Home!

I have the Samsung Galaxy 6 Android phone with 'Send SOS messages', an emergency alert (find in privacy and safety settings) that will send a photo from the phone front and back cameras as well as a audio recording by hitting the power button 3x quickly. You choose to whom the message is sent, and it includes a map locator.  Be safe!

Feb 23, 2016 08:07 AM
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Annelle Tubb
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN

 It is sad that there are those who prey on the unsuspecting. Especially females.

Feb 23, 2016 06:57 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I try very hard not to meet strangers at the home, but at the office before I go out for the first time.

Feb 23, 2016 06:39 AM
Rainmaker
640,067
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

I am not if fear while showing homes.  Our community is one of the safest in the USA and being an older male doesn't set me up as a target.

Feb 23, 2016 06:21 AM
Rainmaker
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Alas, not enough, but aware.

Feb 23, 2016 05:40 AM
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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I make sure any buyer I show is prequalified and a real buyer.  If they give me any trouble, I just bust out the biceps and scare em!  

Feb 23, 2016 05:27 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I will turn you into a toad. Then eat you.

Oh! And in the words of my favorite RE Attorney, the #1 risk reduction tool is client selection. We like to work with who we know, or is known to us or known to someone we trust. And we might have some other things too.

We have 2 missing people in my county RIGHT NOW, one an agent, and both may have made bad choices about who they met with and where. 

Feb 23, 2016 05:09 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Status quo for me. My background and training working for a police department many moons ago still resides within me.  Safety first above all else.

Feb 23, 2016 04:10 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I just let every one know where I am and where I will be

Feb 23, 2016 04:01 AM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Everybody needs to take care and put personal safety first. 

Feb 23, 2016 03:46 AM
Rainmaker
846,130
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Start with common sense and getting to know about the people you plan to meet. Some areas require more planning and defense strategy than others.

Feb 23, 2016 03:41 AM
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I follow all the recommended procedures (have a buddy with me whenever possible, notify someone where I am and expected schedule, always stand nearest to exit of room, etc.). And I have my phone in hand with the Real Alert app open, ready to screech the alarm and instantly dial my emergency number.

Feb 23, 2016 03:25 AM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes for one I carry and I keep myself between my clients and the door.  I also survey the home as I go in for anyting thta looks suspicious

Feb 23, 2016 02:40 AM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

If I am meeting a man whom I have never met, I always ask someone to go along.  You just never know these days.

Feb 23, 2016 02:15 AM
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Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

Even though I am a guy, we should all take precautions.  When I am going to show a property, I dont show property to people I haven't met - for both the safety of myself and for the property owner.  I dont show property at night unless there is absolutely no way around it, and besides, it too hard to see things at night.  And third, I always text the addresses I am showing to my partner so that he has a general idea of where I am going to be.  There is always the possibility that something can happen and maybe it wont happen at the property, perhaps it happens on route to a showing.  Finally, when I am finished I send a message that I have finished and heading home (assuming that the showings are the last thing I am doing that day or on a weekend).

Feb 23, 2016 01:58 AM
Rainmaker
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Mostly, I go by my gut feelings. The areas I practice in are pretty high end and I do check people out before I go and meet them. With all the traveling I do, that's probably where I am more at risk.

Feb 23, 2016 01:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I think the agents here are not as cautious and/or as careful as they should be.... 

Feb 23, 2016 01:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Jeff,

Common sense has always been our driving force.  We had a listing in the Venice area, and it was in a semi good area, and a great building accross from a popular restaurant.  When showing it, I enlisted either Ron or our 3rd degree black belt agent to come with me.  A

Most of our listings were in the luxury sectors of town.  A

Feb 23, 2016 01:17 AM