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Spring Into Safety

Spring is here and HAR reminds members to always make safety your top priority during showings and open houses, especially at vacant listings. That means knowing your surroundings, using the buddy system and making sure a coworker, spouse, friend or relative knows where you are and that you have a charged cell phone in your possession that is turned on. HAR has been informed of suspicious activity... 

Responsible Real Estate: Putting Safety First

September is REALTOR® Safety Month. Like many jobs that involve interaction with the public, selling real estate involves various risks. The Houston Association of REALTORS® is committed to protecting its members and maintaining their personal safety as well as the safety of their clients—not just every September, but all throughout the year. By educating REALTORS® about potential threats and... 

Beware of Drug Thieves at Showings and Open Houses

HAR has been alerted to a second incident in as many weeks involving the theft or attempted theft of prescription drugs during a home tour. The most recent incident took place at a showing in the Villages of Cypress Lakes in Cypress. A female guest was caught on video removing a medication bottle from a kitchen cabinet and placing it in her purse. She drove away in a white, late model Infinity. We’re... 

September Professional Development

September is REALTOR® Safety Month! HAR will host the NAR Safety Series at a location near you… This course will provide you with: Safety protocols for showing properties and listing appointments Understanding physical and instinctual response to threats or attacks Conceal and carry considerations Check out HAR TV and the new “Risk Reduction for Realtors® Playlist” to learn how to reduce... 

HAR Safety Alert: Foot Fetish Creep is Back

HAR serves its members in many ways. We believe the most important way is by sharing information about your safety. Without exception, safety should come first in all that you do. The real estate profession involves interaction with consumers who, in most cases, are complete strangers. It is therefore recommended that when meeting a prospective buyer at a property, conducting an open house or any other... 

Beware of Drug Thieves at Showings and Open Houses

HAR has been alerted to a second incident in as many weeks involving the theft or attempted theft of prescription drugs during a home tour. The most recent incident took place at a showing in the Villages of Cypress Lakes in Cypress. A female guest was caught on video removing a medication bottle from a kitchen cabinet and placing it in her purse. She drove away in a white, late model Infinity. We’re... 

The EDGE: Week of August 15, 2016

The EDGE: Beware of Drug Thieves at Showings and Open Houses, Quality Schools Boost Home Values and More Click here to download edge081516 Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on Linkedinshare via RedditTumblr itTweet about itBuzz it upSubscribe to the comments on this postPrint for laterBookmark in BrowserTell a friend  Read More →

REALTORS®: Always Make Safety Your Top Priority

BEWARE OF SCAMS HAR warns all members that scammers are at it again. We’ve been informed that several REALTORS® have had listings of homes for sale hacked and posted as available for lease on a site called Backpage. As a result, calls are coming in from would-be renters who have seen the bogus listings. A suspicious vehicle was been seen near at least one of the properties and HPD was notified.... 

‘Tis the Season for Scams

Over the last couple of weeks, HAR has received numerous calls and emails from concerned members alerting us to a variety of real estate scams. These scams often involve suspicious emails from individuals claiming to be from out of the area and who are looking for properties that they describe in attached files or at links that they ask you to click. One person claiming to be with AT&T called and... 

REALTOR® Safety Alerts

HAR and the Galveston Association of REALTORS® (GAR) want you to be aware of a safety concern involving phone calls from a blocked number to female agents who are holding open houses. Female agents in the Galveston area have reported receiving calls during open houses from a man questioning the type of flooring in the house and what kind of shoes the agent was wearing. He sometimes asks the agent... 
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