2011 safety report
In support of the National Association of Realtors Safety Month in September, AG supporter Moby has put together an extensive Safety Toolkit which features Moby’s 2011 Real Estate Safety Report, a real estate safety seminar, as well as a list of safety resources and tools.
Throughout Moby’s 2011 Real Estate Safety Report, it was immediately noticeable and not very surprising that there was a disparity between the attitudes of male Realtors versus female Realtors, and a drastic difference between their behaviors, chosen defense, and the attitudes of their loved ones. Male Realtors worry less about safety, yet are more likely to carry a weapon.
We were surprised by the fact that people use a dog as a safety device and were shocked that although almost all agents use a phone as a safety device, ten percent of men do not. Does this mean ten percent of male Realtors don’t have a mobile phone, much less a smartphone, or is it something left in the car during tours? The answer is unclear, but the point remains that almost all women Realtors carry their phones while one in ten male Realtors do not.
The above chart outlines Canadian and American answers and although we knew a small portion of real estate professionals would indicate carrying a gun, especially those practicing in the foreclosure or short sale markets, but despite a massive disparity between men and women regarding carrying a gun or knife on the job, it is extremely intriguing that one in four male Realtors indicate they carry a knife or gun while on the job. One in four women carry some form of pepper spray while only five percent of male Realtors do.
The major differences between the behaviors between male Realtors and female Realtors is highly intriguing, but it is most interesting that such a high number of men carry either a knife or gun while they are on the job.