I’ve always had this obsession with looking into people’s homes. Not some kind of peeping tom or stalker type of thing mind you, just seeing the inside of homes. How they were decorated, how the rooms were laid out, that kind of thing.
I even thought about becoming a real estate agent so I could get paid to do it. Not to mention the feel-good feeling of helping a family find their dream home. Being a real estate agent does sound like a wonderful career.
Yet there are some safety concerns that real estate agents must face. Honestly, I never thought about the safety concerns when I was younger and thinking about becoming a real estate agent… but there sure are some. Even if the rewards far outweigh the dangers, it is better to be safe than sorry. Think about it, a huge part of a real estate agent’s job is to meet total strangers in unoccupied homes.
I recently checked out a new app, Real Agent Guard, that helps keep real estate agents safe. I love when smartphones and apps have real life applications. Especially keeping us safe. The Real Agent Guard provides agent security so a real estate agent can do their jobs without being in fear. It can help give agents some peace of mind.
How It Works
Check out this Real Agent Guard video to see for yourself how it works:
Its very user-friendly and quick and easy to set up. They will provide you with great tutorials. Here’s how easy it is to set up:
- Download the Agent App from the iTunes or Android Google Play store
- Launch the Agent App
- Fill in your full name
- Fill in your 10 digit phone number
- Create a PIN – this can be any series of numbers you want
- Go to Settings -‐> Manage Keys and paste your API Key into the prompt. Click “Add”, then Done.
- In the Settings page, click “Save”.
Once logged in, you have a few options. In the upper right there is a camera icon that you can click to take a photo and upload it to our servers. To reset your timer, click the “Reset Timer” button and enter your PIN. To logout, click the logout button in the upper left of the screen – you will be prompted for your PIN again.
Note that you can change the time between check-ins up to 60 minutes, but we strongly recommend you keep this at 15 minutes.
Once you login, when your check-in timer reaches 1 minute left, you will get an alarm reminding you to reset your timer. If you miss your check-in time, your team will be alerted and will attempt to contact you. If they cannot get in touch with you, they may call the police or have someone go to your location to confirm you are safe.
Real Agent Guard was built to do two things:
- Provide easy-to-use, real-time monitoring of agents in the field, and…
- Preventative measures so if a potential attacker observes an agent is using Real Agent Guard, they will think twice.
I could definitely see how Real Agent Guard could be a deterrent to a would-be criminal. Say I’m showing a house and when I pull in, I take a photo of the potential home buyer’s license plate and let them know that I’m using Real Agent Guard and their plates are on file (it will never be shared to respect privacy unless the real estate agent does not report in and after their team and/or the police cannot confirm safety of the agent)… a would-be criminal would more than likely have second thoughts.
Just like the video monitoring at open houses would deter a crime. Just place placards/signs up that state the open house is being monitored by video…. it would nip the crime in the bud, so to speak.
Real Agent Guard Features:
- Real-Time Geo Tracking
- Timer-Based Check-Ins
- Failsafe Function
- Authenticated Logout
- Push Notifications
- Monitoring Solution
- Open House Video Monitoring
- Tracker Page
I can see how the Real Agent Guard app could be very useful for anybody, not just real estate agents. They have a Friends and Family app coming soon that will act exactly like the monitor app but for people outside the agency team!
My husband loves the app because he worries about me when I’m out (especially after dark) alone. I can use Real Agent Guard by setting the “Timer-Based Check-In” for however long I think I will be in the mall or store, etc. I would probably set it for 30 minutes for shopping once I’ve pulled into a parking lot and then if I miss my check-in time, my husband will know my last location and the time.
What I’m personally excited about is how Real Agent Guard can help us, as parents, by giving us a little more peace of mind when our son gets a bit older and is out with friends and <gulp> driving himself. Nowadays, you really cannot be too safe. We may trust our son, but you never know what might happen. This way we will at least know the last location he was at and he doesn’t have to call and text us all the time.
This would be extra helpful if he had to be in an area that we didn’t feel was the safest part of a town.