Safety for Agents and Homeowners

We all think we’ve got a handle on situations but you just never know who may be walking through your door next and why. In GirlGoneMom, a food, family, and fashion blog founded by Heather DiNuzzo, she recalls the always present potential dangers when she was part of a sales team for a home builder. Although Heather no longer works at this job, she still recognizes the importance of reliable safety for agents, brokers, and others in the business of real estate. Heather goes on to say that this app is not limited to safety for agents but also available and useful to families and homeowners as well. After all, homeowners invite strangers into their homes when trying to sell, an even more liable situation if the homeowners are still living in the house with all of their possessions and even family pictures in full view. With Real Agent Guard, homeowners can set up the Open House Video Monitoring system, and, placed in the right location, record the viewer immediately upon entering the house. In combination with the Agent and Friends and Family apps, homeowners can rest easy in their house selling efforts. Going Beyond Safety for Agents Thank you, Heather, for your insight on safety for agents, homeowners, and families alike! We are appreciative of those willing to spread the word on how easy it is with Real Agent Guard apps to remain safe in possibly dangerous situations. Read more about Heather DiNuzzo’s story of real estate dangers on her blog: http://girlgonemom.com/agent-safety/ Or visit her on Twitter to tell her thanks for the discussion on safety for...

Agent Safety for Loved Ones

Threats are out there and as a real estate agent, consider Real Agent Guard as a safety measure. Julee Morrison, a mommy blogger and writer who boasts a very impressive list of publications from just seven short years, shares about agent safety and the importance of crime prevention in her review of Real Agent Guard. She definitely has a close interest in this topic due to her parents’ careers as real estate agents. In the review on her blog, Mommy’s Memorandum, Julee mentions that the safety of her now-retired parents was something she had never considered until the recent increase in reported crimes against agents. She recalls the many times her mother was completely alone in an empty house waiting for a client to arrive and a few times accompanying her mother to these open house events. Julee makes the point that although many agents have a danger-free career, the potential is still very real, making agent safety a top priority in the industry. This very real possibility of becoming the target of a crime is what the Real Agent Guard apps seek to prevent. We appreciate Julee’s urge to spread the word about Real Agent Guard so that loved ones can rest easy with an agent safety app built to keep anyone safe – in real estate or other similar career fields. Agent Safety Awareness We agree with Julee that agent safety awareness has become increasingly important in the past several years, and that agent safety is going to continue needing attention now and in the future. Thank you, Julee, for your help in spreading the word! See...

Keeping the Real Estate Industry Safe

Why is there a need for Real Agent Guard? Last year, a real estate agent in Arkansas was killed and buried in a shallow grave after going to an appointment to show a home. This shook the entire industry. In her review of the Real Agent Guard apps, Deborah Clem-Buckert has good reason for getting the word out about how to keep the real estate industry safe: she has friends and family in the business. What really impresses us is that Deb reviews our apps full throttle, and we are not quite sure how she finds the time for such a thorough review between her blogging, raising kids, and her conversation marketing firm, DebCB Media. For the review, Deb asks her friends in the real estate industry to help her test the Enterprise version of the app, providing screen shots and a fantastic description of how the app works. She also points out how much danger in the real estate industry has grown in recent years, and urges anyone, from real estate agents to those in property management to parents with teens, to check out the different apps available for keeping safe..     Real Estate Industry Safety We appreciate Deb’s hard work to give her readers get an accurate view of how the app keeps the real estate industry and families safe! See Deb’s incredible review on her blog: http://debcb.com/stay-safe-with-real-agent-guard And give her a shout out on her Twitter feed:...

Keeping Agents Safe Has Never Been Easier

But, this program is not just for Real Estate Agents, it is for anyone who wants to feel safe when they are out and about. In her blog Shop with Me Mama, Kim Delatorre talks about her experience with trying out the Real Agent Guard app with her husband, showing just how easy it is for agents to stay safe in the field. She explains, too, that the RA Guard security system is the only one built for agencies as well as individual agents. With the monitor app, agencies can easily keep track of their agents in the field and receive alerts for any trouble. Agent safety truly has never been so simple. Like many other moms, Kim also points out the value of anyone using this app, not just real estate agents. She mentions just how easy it is to monitor the safety of loved ones from children to spouses alike with the recent release of the Friends and Family app, which allows app users to invite anyone they wish to monitor them. Anyone who works in isolation or parents who wish to monitor their children’s safety when away from home can now do so very easily. For those unsure of how the app works for agent safety, Kim’s walk through is an excellent way to read about it in action! Easily Reinforce Agent Safety We appreciate Kim thoroughly demonstrating just how easy it is to use the Real Agent Guard app, for anyone: an agency, agent, or friends and families. Her review of the apps gives an excellent walk-through for those who are interested in real estate agent safety and...

Safety for Real Estate Agents and Beyond

I think there really is no value on keeping one’s self safe. In her review of Real Agent Guard on her and her husband Jared’s blog Savvy Saving Couple, Amy Desrosiers points out that real estate agents are often alone for hours in an empty house, and the threat of becoming a target of crime is very real. In fact, safety for real estate agents is something that Amy mentions is not always talked about, yet is a very real danger. A cell phone alone simply isn’t enough to keep an agent safe when in a home alone for hours. Another excellent tidbit that Amy mentions is that the app can be used by anyone to keep safe in any profession or to monitor the safety of loved ones. Thankfully, Real Agent Guard makes safety for agents and friends and family alike very affordable, as Amy shows her readers. Even so, she makes a good point: “…there really is no value on keeping one’s self safe,” but thankfully the price ta As someone who has experienced a break-in at her own home, Amy believes that one can never be too careful. Bringing Awareness to Career Safety We are excited to see bloggers such as Amy who bring awareness to safety concerns, and we agree that Real Agent Guard is an excellent real estate agent safety app but also valuable to “college students, parents, and homeowners alike” – or anyone else in need of protection. Read more about Amy Desrosier’s review and advice on how to use the app: http://savvysavingcouple.net/2015/05/29/real-agent-guard-help-real-estate-agents-stay-safe/ Or give her a quick shout out on...

Open House Video Monitoring – Powerful Protection and Sensational Selling Tool

Open House Video Monitoring The Open House Video Monitoring tool is a powerful, but simple, system for preventing crime at open house events. Agents can use a laptop with a webcam, log into a webpage, and turn their laptop into a real-time video monitor. All video images are stored securely in the cloud and available in real-time remotely. Using our large signs or any other notices posted outside the property, agents can deter criminals from even setting foot in an open house event. Why the Need? Agents and property owners regularly report theft – and worse – at open house events. Common items stolen include prescription medications and small items easily pocketed. But some criminals use the events for surveillance purposes, returning at a later date. Selling with Video Monitoring Open house events can help sell property much more quickly and at even higher than asking prices. Multiple potential buyers can attend the event and often seeing other potential buyers can create a sense of urgency to make a purchase. Yet property owners are reasonably concerned about having a crowd of strangers in their home. Being able to offer a security system at the event can give the property owner a sense of safety – both for their property and the agent. Learn More about Open House Video...

Real Estate Agent Safety App Transfers to Family

Considering I have three kids relying on me, I don’t like taking unnecessary chances. Crystal Green shares her own life experiences and advice in her blog, Tidbits of Experience, so in her review of Real Agent Guard, she mentions benefits for both real estate agent safety and parents. A mother of three kids, one of them being a preteen, Crystal talks about the many ways she can monitor and track her son’s safety while he is out with friends or even simply riding his bike around the block. And she makes an excellent point: the app is discreet so that teenagers can easily use it without it becoming a point of ridicule with peers. Many parents know just how difficult it can be to convince their teenagers to send texts while around their friends. With the Real Agent Guard app, teenagers simply enter their login pass code to start the timer upon leaving the house when riding a bike, for instance. Users can then quickly and discreetly reenter their pass code to either start the timer over again or log out if at a safe location. Just as with real estate agent use, teenagers can choose an appropriate time to set: anywhere from 15 minutes up to 60 minutes. Real Estate Agent Safety and Family Safety from Crystal Green We appreciate Crystal’s video that shows and explains exactly how easy the app is to use for real estate agent safety as well as anyone else in a potentially dangerous situation! Watch Crystal’s very helpful video and read how the app can be used with kids in her review: http://www.tidbitsofexperience.com/give-your-real-estate-agent-peace-of-mind/ Be sure...

Tracker Update to Version 2.0

In the event of an agent who has missed their check-in timer, used their Failsafe Pin, or their Panic Button – seconds can make the difference. So we have updated our Tracker page to make it easier and faster for you to quickly get the Tracker URL to your team or law enforcement. To make the process as fast as possible, we’ve rolled out four major improvements to the system: 1. One-click email Tracker URL (Desktop only) Just click the “Email the Tracker URL” button and your email application of choice will open up. The body of the email will have the Tracker URL already filled out. Just type the email you want to send the URL to. 2. One-click copy Tracker URL (Desktop only) For situations when you want to simply copy the URL for sending via something other than email, just click the “Click to Copy the Tracker URL” button. This will copy the URL to your clipboard so you can paste it anywhere you want. 3. Approximate Last Known Address In a recent situation where an agent was being recovered, the Monitor team had a difficult time looking at the map view and letting local law enforcement know where to go check on the agent. To make this easier, we’ve added an approximate last known address to the Tracker page. Note that this is an approximation and it will updated automatically if the agent’s location has changed. This is meant to give you a quick idea of the general area of the agent, not an exact street address. 4. Faster Tracker Page Loading In the latest...

Violence Against Real Estate Agents is Very Real

Violence against real estate agents is very real and has become an everyday concern for the industry Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, an LA-based celebrity, recently found Real Agent Guard and wrote us a wonderful review! One of the points she makes is how dangerous being a real estate agent can be. Real estate agent safety is absolutely an everyday concern and we’re thrilled people outside the industry are beginning to understand and look for solutions. Check out Carolyn’s article here: http://healthyvoyager.sharedby.co/share/L4QBxg And give her some Twitter love while you’re at it!...

HTTPS Site-wide

On April 10th, 2015 we flipped the switch to site-wide HTTPS. Now all data across all pages will be encrypted! This goes for clients logged into our dashboard, agents using the Open House Video Monitoring solution, or any site visitors researching Real Agent Guard. For current clients, this means you will need to login with your credentials again. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this ensures that any information you enter on the site or data downloaded gets to you securely. This update is part of Real Agent Guard’s commitment to the highest levels of security across all services we provide. Encryption Overview Your data can be secured at two points: in-transit and at rest. In-transit simply means that as the data from our servers flows to your computer (and vice versa), the data is encrypted. This ensures that nobody can intercept the data and use it. Encryption at rest means that your data sits on our servers securely. Even if someone where to breach our systems, they wouldn’t have any meaningful information. Real Agent Guard already encrypts critical information like passwords and other data at rest on our servers. This upgrade to site-wide HTTPS with strong encryption certificates means your information is all the more secure from both hackers and man-in-the-middle attackers who would attempt to steal passwords or other information. For more information, you can reach out to our CIO, Justyn Hornor:...