Best Apps To Keep Real Estate Pros Safe On The Job
The murders of Iowa agent Ashley Okland in 2011 and Arkansas agent Beverly Carter last September thrust the issue of safety in the real estate industry into the national spotlight. While installing an app is hardly a foolproof solution for managing risk on the job, it’s important to know about technology advances that can help you stay safer.
Here’s a sampling of mobile apps that real estate trainers have been touting.
EmergenSee Originally seen on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” this app allows you to tap once to stream live video, audio, and GPS information to your emergency contacts. In “stealth mode,” your smartphone’s screen will go black so no one around you will know you’re streaming video. A paid version of the app also streams video and GPS tracking information to a 24/7 professional monitoring team, which can dispatch help for you. Free limited plan, paid plans starting at $8.99 a month.
Agents Armor Quickly check in at properties and capture information on new prospects. Press the app’s “showing” button and leave a voice note with the address of your showing, which is stored in the Agents Armor database and can be sent to your designated safety contacts. When a prospect arrives at the showing, you can use the “voice notes” function to provide a description of his or her vehicle. Ask for a photo ID before entering the property and use the “image capture” feature to store a copy of the prospect’s -driver’s license. Thirty minutes later, the app automatically checks in to make sure you’re safe. Starting at $5.95 a month, brokerage plans also available.