5 Safety Apps For Realtors ®

Dated: 10/30/2014

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Safety on the job should be on all Realtors’ agendas; luckily today’s specialized apps and smartphone technology put a backup plan right in the palm of agents’ hands.  Exit Realty is always on the cutting edge of technology.  Here are 5 safety apps recommended by the National Association of Realtors and Inman News.  Here’s a look at 5 they recommend:

Devices: BlackBerry and iPhone*; coming soon to Android
Cost: Free and premium plans available ($9.95 per month/$99.94 per year)
The Moby app has a check-in feature perfect for use at open houses and showings. It sends you an “Are you OK?” message at predetermined times. If two such questions go unanswered, the app notifies your selected contacts and provides your GPS location. 
Other features:
• Tracking tool: You can selectively reveal your location to certain contacts and send your GPS location periodically to whomever you designate. You can also send notes to your contacts, such as “on my way to a vacant property” or “a bit nervous around this new client.”
• Alert tool: With one touch of a button, you’ll be able to alert your contacts or emergency personnel if you need help. The alert will automatically include your GPS location.

* On iPhone, find Moby by searching “Moby by Contigo” in the App Store.

Real Alert
Devices: iPhone and Android
Cost: $1.99
Launched just last May, Real Alert lets you instantaneously call police or alert people you designate as your emergency contacts.
Other features: 
• A quick tap – one-button push – to speed dial and alert your emergency contacts when you need help.
• A double-tap option that instantly calls 911.
• A button to sound an alarm to ward off potential attackers. (The volume will depend on the sound setting on your phone.)
• The ability to record “creep data” – descriptions and other information for police. You can also record audio details and take a photo.
Devices: Most mobile devices
Cost: Free limited plan; full-featured plan $9.95 per month
The app has a panic button that launches emergency messages with your precise location via email and text. 

Other features available with the paid version:
• SafeTREC can alert a staffed help center, which will contact emergency responders if necessary.
• It offers an “Emergency Safety Profile” sent to responders, such as your location, suspect information and your one-hour location history. You can also add your medical information, such as allergies, blood type and a physical description with a photo.
Device: iPhone
Cost: $2.99
IcePics, which stands for In Case of Emergency Pictures, lets you instantly (and discreetly) take a photo of a suspicious person and have it emailed to your emergency contacts, along with your location.Snap Secure
Device: Blackberry, Android, iPhone
Cost:  Basic - Free, or $2.49 per month.
The app has a one-push panic button to send out an email, text message or Twitter message with location information to your contact list. It also triggers an emergency call to any preset number, including 911.Check out the Realtor Magazine article for more information about using your smartphone for safety; for an overview of safety procedures in the office and on the job download NAR’s safety materials
We are always trying to protect our agents and with the recent trends of Realtors being attacked and set up by fictitious clients, I thought I would provide some information to assist not just the Exit Agents but all agents.  For any of your real estate needs please call me at 303.916.2900 or visit my website at www.carlsellsdenverhomes.com  .  Have a Happy and Safe Halloween.  
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Carl Ballard

Carl Ballard has resided in the Denver Metro area for over 30 years. His family has worked in the Denver Metro real estate market for over 25 years. Carl has vast knowledge and familiarity with the re....

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