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The EDGE: Week of September 12, 2016

The EDGE: Houston Home Sales See August Rebound, Don’t Miss Historic Preservation Forum and More Click here to download edge091216 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 →

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... 

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... 

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.... 

National Night Out: Is Your Neighborhood Participating?

National Night Out 2014 On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6  to 9 p.m., communities throughout the Greater Houston area  will participate in National Night Out (NNO),  a crime prevention event that enables citizens and citizen groups to band together in a unified fight against crime and drugs. The Houston/Harris County National Night Out effort has consistently shown its strength, placing amongst... 

Always Make Safety Your Top Priority

The recent abduction and killing of an Arkansas REALTOR® after showing a home gives us another reason for urging all HAR members to make safety the No. 1 priority during open houses and whenever showing a home. Remember that consumers who enter a home are strangers before potentially becoming clients, so HAR suggests you always take the following steps to ensure your safety: If possible, always try... 

Is a Listing in the Pocket Worth Two in the MLS?

Off-MLS listings are back with a vengeance. Tom Gillett offers some reasons why pocket listings represent short-term gain in exchange for long-term pain. Very early in my real estate career, I met a lovely older woman named Juanita who worked in the same office as I did. She shared with me that she had a new listing that she was not submitting to the MLS. She said she did this so only she and a select... 

Ten REALTOR® Safety Tips

Keep it light – Show properties before dark. If you are going to be working after hours, advise your associate or first-line supervisor of your schedule. If you must show a property after dark, turn on all lights as you go through, and don’t lower any shades or draw curtains or blinds Checking-in – When you have a new client, ask him/her to stop by your office and complete a Prospect Identification... 

Criminals Are Getting Smarter So Stay Safe

While the strength of the greater Houston real estate market has been a big positive for HAR members, it has also brought about some unwanted attention from some less scrupulous individuals. Recently, we began receiving a large number of calls from members about two women who were burglarizing homes after seeing the homes. What made this scam/crime different is that one of the women would call the... 
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