Listing and selling real estate can be a rewarding and lucrative endeavor, but it can also come with its fair share of dangers. While it does not happen frequently, all agents know there is a risk of becoming a victim while out in the field.
Now, a startup site is providing a safety app to real estate agents at no cost. Launched by Realy, the Realy Safe agent safety app is available for Android and iOS devices and allows agents to alert family members and colleagues with just one touch via text/SMS or email in the event of an emergency. Realy Safe offers continual location broadcasting for even greater peace of mind and also provides agents with the ability to let others know when they are safe. The sole goal of Realy Safe is to provide agents with an opportunity to increase their safety while out in the field.
The release of such a tool is certainly appropriate, given that according to a 2015 Member Safety Report released by the National Association of Realtors, 40 percent of real estate professionals have experience some type of situation that caused them to fear for their personal safety. Some real estate professionals have even reported fearing for the safety of sensitive information. Among the most common sources of fear, include open houses, unsecured or unlocked properties, vacant homes, and remote locations.
Far too often, real estate professionals find themselves vulnerable while in situations in which they are often alone or with individuals whom they do not know well. The goal of Realy Safe is to provide agents with improved protection in such exposed settings. In just a moment's notice, agents will be able to use the app to call for help. Since an overwhelming majority of real estate agents now report using smartphones for the businesses purposes, the new app is a tool that is readily available, giving agents a safety measure that is both efficient and discreet.
In recent years, the number of attacks on real estate agents has continued to escalate, serving to remind those in the real estate profession that such risks are very much a reality and underscoring the need for improved safety solutions.
Realy Safe offers a one-touch tracking app that allows agents to send safe and help needed messages to emergency contacts they have set up for email and text message alerts. When notifications are sent, they also feature the time at which the alert was sent along with a map of the user's locations generated by the GPS functions in the user's device.
Users are also able to make use of a complimentary profile on Realy Safe's online and mobile platform that includes a direct contact function that allows homebuyers to email or call agents directly from their mobile phones with questions about listings. A variety of other robust features includes unlimited exclusive listings, social media links, and the ability to directly synchronize to MLS listing feeds.