NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is excited to announce that they will be holding an open-house event, where attendees can receive advice on buying and selling homes. It will take place on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. on both days.
“We’re a few weeks into spring, which means it’s the prime season for the housing industry,” said Denise Friend, Rand Realty’s regional manager for Westchester County. “Our brokerage receives many potential clients during this time of the year, and we would like to offer them guidance on how to achieve their real estate goals.”
All 27 of Rand Realty’s sales offices will be participating in the event, with listings located throughout the Lower Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey. At these sites, attendees can engage with an agent for one-on-one assistance on how to conduct a home search or market their home for sale. They will also have the opportunity to enter a raffle to win a gift basket, with one being provided by each of the four regions that Rand Realty serves: Rockland, Orange, and Westchester Counties in New York, and Northern New Jersey.
“Being involved in a real estate transaction can be challenging, so it’s important for us to interact with buyers and sellers to make sure that their questions are being answered,” said Friend. “We want them to feel confident when they enter the market.”
About Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, founded in 1984, is the No. 1 real estate brokerage firm in the Greater Hudson Valley, with 28 offices (including a corporate location), serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey.
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has over 1,000 residential real estate sales associates, as well as a commercial real estate company (Rand Commercial) and the Hudson United Group, which provides residential mortgage lending, title services, and commercial and residential insurance.
These companies can be found online at www.RandRealty.com, www.RandCommercial.com, and www.HudsonUnited.com. Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty can also be found and interacted with on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
During the spring and summer, realtors host and abundance of open houses and give private showings of their clients’ homes. If you’re a realtor and show a home to a potential buyer, you always have to make sure you know how to protect yourself. You can take numerous easy steps to accomplish this, so here are some that will help you stay safe when you’re with a homebuyer.
If a potential buyer calls your office and acts suspiciously, such as not providing any required information, requesting to view a home at strange hours, or not wanting meet at your office before seeing a property, refuse to arrange a showing with them and make other agents in your office aware. By doing so, you won’t only be protecting yourself, but you will also be protecting any other agents this person might have planned to contact.
Before you go out for a showing, you should always let a coworker know where you will be and the time of the showing. Make sure the coworker has your exact address and phone number, and always keep both phones turned on during the time you’re out.
If you’re showing a home in an area that doesn’t feel safe to you, you should definitely ask another agent to accompany you. Safety comes first, so don’t feel embarrassed about asking someone to join you. In these situations, it’s always better to have another agent come with you instead of risking going by yourself.
Whenever you show a home to a buyer, be sure to have them in your sight as much a possible. Don’t make it look as though you’re helicoptering over them, but keep them within your vision. You can do this by having the potential buyer lead the way as you’re going from room to room, especially if you’re going up or down a staircase.
As soon as you’re done showing a home, always make sure that all of the doors and windows are locked to prevent anyone from breaking in. If you return to a home and see any signs of a possible entry, call a police officer and wait outside for them to reach the scene.
When you arrive at a home, make sure your car is parked in a location where you can easily make a quick getaway if the buyer starts exhibiting threatening behavior. You may want to consider parking in the street; that way, if anything happens, you can just drive straight away without having to worry about maneuvering out of the driveway.
It would also greatly benefit you to enroll in some self-defense classes when trying to heighten your protection. You can even get a group of agents together from your office and work out a time when you can all take the classes together. These sessions will provide you with another level of defense tactics that you can use if they’re ever needed, while also working as bonding and team-building activities for you and your fellow agents. Besides knowing some self-defense moves, you may also want to carry some pepper spray as another way to hinder an attacker.
Whether you’re a new or experienced agent, there isn’t such a thing as being too safe. It’s sad to say, but you can’t be too trusting in this day and age, so the importance of knowing how to protect yourself can’t be understated. If you follow these steps, you will feel secure and be much more prepared as you get ready to show a home to a buyer.