2020 Production Award Newspaper Insert

We have already made some big changes to the REALTOR® Awards Gala this year including changing how we sell our gala tickets and moving the 2019 Production Award Applications online— and we aren’t done yet!

Rather than offering a printed program at this year’s event, BRR will instead be purchasing a 16-page insert through the Idaho Press that will include the names of our Top Producers and Individual Award Winners, Sponsor Ads, and consumer content such as market reports and elements from the NAR “That’s Who We R®” campaign. To see a sample of the type of insert we have planned, please click here.

This insert will reach upwards of 40,000 Treasure Valley residents through the Idaho Press, Meridian Press, the Kuna Melba News, and the Emmett Messenger, providing recognition for the hard work of our members and promoting the value of REALTORS® to our community.

For those who would still like a keepsake to remember the event, don’t worry! Advanced copies of the insert will be available at the event following the presentation of the awards

What better way to celebrate our member’s achievements and the services of our amazing affiliates than to share them with the community we serve!

If you have questions about the new Production Award Newspaper Insert or if you are interested in purchasing ad space, please contact Marind Amano.

Code of Ethics Pop Quiz: Temporarily Off-Market Listings

Code of Ethics Pop Quiz: Temporarily Off-Market Listings

Question

You receive a call from an out of town buyer who would like to see one of your listings, but is only in town for a couple of days. However, you recently re-listed the home they would like to see as “Temporarily off-market” in the MLS and it won’t be “active” again for another 2 weeks. Do you let them see your listing now or tell them to wait?

A.) The buyer has to wait. However, you’ll work to schedule them an appointment to see the listing when it is active again and, in the meantime, you will search for other listed and unlisted homes that might fit their needs and that are available for showings.

b.) You show the home. It will be active again soon anyway and no one has to know.

c.) You show the home but you won’t accept an offer until it is officially active again.

 

Answer

If you answered A, then you are correct!

Our Code of Ethics states that REALTORS® shall not misrepresent the availability of access to show a listed property. In this case, allowing access to a temporarily off-market listing would be considered misrepresentation because the agent knows that MLS rules prohibit show non-active listings. 

 

What does the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics say?

Article 3, section 8 states that, “REALTORS® shall not misrepresent the availability of access to show or inspect a listed property.”

Showing temporarily off-market listings is not only an ethical concern, it violates the rules and regulations laid out by our local MLS.

Section 1.5.1 of IMLS Rules and Regulations states:

“A Temporarily Off Market listing is one that becomes unavailable for showing during the listing term of the contract. In order to place a listing in the Temporarily Off Market status, the seller’s authorization is required and must be input into to the MLS within one business day. The Agent Remarks section must disclose the date on which the property will become available for showing again, or why it will not be returning to an active status.

During the Temporarily Off Market time period, no showings of the property are permitted by any licensed agent including the Listing Agent, Listing Broker and/or any Agent affiliated with the Listing Brokerage firm… When the Temporarily Off Market time period has expired and the listing becomes available for showings again, the listing must be transferred to an Active status on the date that it can first be shown.”

Violating this rule could result in a $500 fine.

Additional Resources on Article 3:

 IMLS Rules and Regulations

Professionalism Award Recipients

BRR's Professionalism Award

BRR’s Professionalism Award is an impartial, peer-to-peer based program that recognizes REALTOR® members for their professional and ethical behavior during transactions. BRR REALTOR® members are able to nominate other BRR REALTOR® members for outstanding professionalism anytime throughout the year.

Award Recipients are nominated and approved by their peers through our awards process. Recipients are recognized on our website and on our social media accounts each quarter once they have been vetted by their peers. To learn more about this program or to submit a nomination, visit our Professionalism Award page.

 

Congratulations to our Professionalism Award Recipients!

March 2019:

  • Sydney Burtwell, Silvercreek Realty Group
  • Becky Enrico-Crum, Andy Enrico & Co. 
  • Gennie Fishburn, Boise Premier Real Estate
  • Alicia Ralston, Ralston Group Properties
  • Becky Schiebout, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Dawn Templeton, Templeton Real Estate Group

June 2019:

  • Tracy Brault, Silvercreek Realty Group
  • Cristine Klag, ERA West Wind Real Estate
  • Phil Mount, Amherst Madison

September 2019:

  • Tommy Smith, Keller Williams Realty Boise
  • Sean Small, Accel Realty Partners, LLC
  • Scott Latham, Group One Sotheby’s EAGLE
  • Jeremy Almeida, Keller Williams Realty Boise

BRR Portal Maintenance

website maintenanceMembers won’t be able to login to BRR’s online portal from 11-12 PM on Monday, September 23rd. We’ll be performing some testing and maintenance during this time. If you need to register for an event, class, or pay your membership renewal invoice, please call us at 208-376-0363 and we will be able to assist you over the phone. Thank you for your patience!

Renew Your E & O Insurance Before September 30th!

Have you renewed your IREC group errors & omissions insurance yet? The policy expires at the end of the month and policies must be renewed by Monday, September 30 at 11:59 p.m. in order to avoid Idaho License Law violations and civil penalties and fines.

 

You have two options to renew your policy:

1.   Visit www.risceo.com/states/Idaho to be added to IREC’s group policy. An additional convenience fee will apply to online orders. You can also mail in your renewal paperwork and payments to Rice Insurance Services Company, LLC at P.O. Box 6709 Louisville, KY 40206. All mailed paperwork and payments must be received prior to the September 30th deadline.If you select this option, there is no need to submit any forms as RISC notifies IREC of your coverage.

2.   Obtain your own E & O Insurance policy that meets IREC’s minimum E & O policy requirements. You are responsible for ensuring that the correct proof of coverage form (REE-141 or REE-142) is submitted to the Commission.

 

Want to know your current E & O Insurance status or verify that IREC has proof of insurance? Log on to IREC’s online services and click the E & O Insurance tab.

Please direct all questions to IREC directly at 208-334-3285.

E & O INSURANCE DEDUCTABILITY:
If your broker withholds the cost for E&O insurance from your commission income and that amount is included on your 1099, you can deduct it against your income.

NOTE: Boise Regional REALTORS® and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal, accounting, or financial advice. This has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal, accounting or financial advice. You should consult your own tax, legal, accounting, or financial advisers about your specific situation.

Call for 2020 Directors

Apply for a director position today!

The deadline for BRR, IR, and NAR director applications has passed. We will be accepting Foundation Director and IMLS Director applications through Friday, October 11, 2019.

Foundation Director Application

IMLS Director from BRR Application

Boise Regional REALTORS® (BRR) is the largest local REALTOR® association in Idaho and has two wholly-owned subsidiaries — the Intermountain Multiple Listing Service (IMLS) and the REALTORS® Community Foundation.

The mission of BRR is to bring resources to REALTORS® with the ultimate goal of helping them find success through ethics, professionalism, and connections. To accomplish this, we rely on the experience and expertise of volunteer leaders (like you!) to serve on our Board of Directors, and the boards of the IMLS, REALTORS® Community Foundation, and state and national associations of REALTORS®. In doing so, you will make decisions on professional standards, education, community engagement, public affairs issues, and more, on behalf of all members.

Through your volunteer service, you will gain valuable industry insights, improved leadership skills, and build professional relationships with other leaders — locally, nationally, and across the state — that, in turn, helps you in your own business and other volunteer commitments.

From August 19 to September 6, we are accepting applications for the following leadership positions, with terms beginning in January 2020: 

  • Boise Regional REALTORS® Director — four (4) open positions
  • Boise Regional REALTORS® Vice President — one (1) open position
  • Boise Regional REALTORS® Treasurer — one (1) open position
  • Idaho REALTORS® Director from BRR — four (4) open positions
  • National Association of REALTORS® Director from BRR — one (1) open position
  • Intermountain MLS Director from BRR — two (2) open positions**
  • REALTORS® Community Foundation Director, Member-at-Large — two (2) open positions**

Download the full list of positions here, including each positions’ responsibilities, qualifications, terms of service, and related meetings.

More about the BRR Director and Vice President openings:

According to BRR Bylaws Section 11.5, all candidates shall have been an active REALTOR® Member of BRR for the two (2) years immediately preceding the election and shall have served on at least one (1) Association or Association subsidiary committee or task force. Additionally, candidates for an Officer Position shall have the following requirements: Will have served as a member in good standing on the Board of Directors for at least one (1) year in the three (3) years immediately preceding the election, and, Will agree not to serve in an officer position on another REALTOR® Association Board of Directors, or as an officer for IMLS or the Foundation, during their term(s) on the Board of Directors.

 

Not interested or not yet eligible for a Board position but still want to get involved? Click here to learn about BRR committees. (Call for committee members will open in the fall of 2019.)

** Foundation and IMLS Directors are not voted on by the membership. Foundation applications will be forwarded to the Foundation Board of Directors for selection and appointment, and IMLS applications will be vetted by BRR’s Nominating and Elections Committee, and then appointed by the BRR Board of Directors.

Tax Tips Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Know In Their First Year

Provided to BRR by Harris CPAs; Written by Margaret Flowers, CPA and Cheryl Row
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Tax Tips Every REALTOR Should KnowReal estate agents are generally paid commissions on the sales of property and receive a 1099 at the end of the year. This means that now you are considered self- employed for tax purposes and you should approach this like any business venture. This means that it is now time to keep track of your income and expenses to track the monetary success (and failures) of your new business.

Having a good system for tracking can help to ensure that you are not missing out on deductions against your income and therefore lower the amount of taxes that you pay on your income.

What kind of expenses can I deduct?

You can now deduct expenditures related to your business activities. This includes keeping track of your mileage for both business and personal use. There are several apps available to help you to track your mileage and these logs that are created will help to calculate your mileage and business use percentage. You can either deduct business mileage times the IRS authorized rate or a percentage of your actual expenses such as fuel, insurance, interest on your automobile loan, repairs and maintenance. This percentage is based on the business mileage in relation to total mileage for the year.

You can also deduct the cost of any supplies you use in your business. Do you use your computer or smartphone to post your listings on the MLS, or to scour listings for your purchasing clients? The cost of the phone or computer is deductible as well as the internet service you pay for. If you buy gifts for your clients or take them to eat while you are showing properties, these items are deductible against your income.

When you receive your commission income from your broker, many times they will withhold an amount for Errors and Omission (E&O) Insurance and other costs from your portion. It is important to ask your broker if these amounts are deducted from your income on your 1099 or if they are included on the 1099. If they are included, you can deduct them against your income.

The amounts you pay to renew your license or any organization dues are also deductible. (Note from BRR: Please see your dues invoice for specific deductibility rules.)

Do you have an office in your home that is reserved exclusively for your business activities? If so, you can deduct a portion of the mortgage interest, rent, property taxes, insurance, utilities and repairs based on the square footage of your office to the total square footage of the home.

If you purchase items for your business using a credit card, we recommend that you use one solely for business expenses. This will help keep your business expenses separate from your personal expenses and any interest paid on the credit card will also be deductible. If you mix business and personal, you cannot deduct the interest.

How much should I put away for taxes?

Since you are now considered self-employed, you will pay self-employment taxes of 15.3% of your net income. This is after your expenses. You will also pay income taxes and the amount will depend on what other income your household shows. For 2019, a single taxpayer with taxable income below $39,475 will pay 12%.

Now that you are self-employed, it is important to keep track of your financial situation as banks will ask for different documentation than in the past when obtaining funding.

There are several accounting software options available for a relatively low cost that are fairly easy to use. Also, using a bookkeeper to help keep track of your income and expenses will help to free up your time to focus on selling properties.

This content was provided by BRR’s accounting firm Harris CPAs.  It is provided here for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be nor, should it be used as a substitute for tax advice regarding any specific circumstance. Every fact and situation is different and you should consult with your personal accountant before acting upon the matters discussed in this post.

 

IREC Audit Stumbling Blocks: How to Avoid the Most Common Citations

During a recent First Friday Legal Forum, Gayle Brixey and MiChell Bird from the Idaho Real Estate Commission (IREC) stopped by to share some common issues they see while performing audits. As you prepare for your next IREC audit, keep these tips in mind to (hopefully) help you avoid citations.

Trust Accounts and Ledger Cards
Brokers are often cited for either not having an accurate ledger card or not creating one at all.

Even if your brokerage no longer has its own trust account, Idaho statue Section 54-2044(2) says that ledger cards are required as it assumes the brokerage will “touch” the earnest money, even if it will be delivered directly to and held by a title company. Article 8 of NAR’s Code of Ethics also refers to this, as it requires REALTORS® to keep “special account” of client funds and earnest money.

The best way to avoid a problem is to track everything; either by creating a ledger card when the broker takes physical possession of any earnest money, or, upon assumption of responsibility for earnest money when the purchase and sales agreement is accepted. The purchase and sales agreement should state how the earnest money will be handled (for example, if the buyer, agent, admin, courier, etc., will deliver it to a title company).

Don’t have a ledger card built? Check out this example from IREC.

Earnest Money Handling and Receipts
Earnest money is another common area for citations, resulting both from handling errors and a lack of receipts.

When deciding who should handle the earnest money, keep in mind that while it may seem easier not to take possession of earnest money, consider whether your buyer will have the same level of urgency as you would to deliver everything on time and as outlined in the purchase and sale agreement. The buyer’s failure to comply with the earnest money deposit terms in the contract may result in cancellation of the contract, loss of earnest money, etc., creating more issues than you were trying to avoid in the first place.

Regardless of who handles the earnest money, you should always get a receipt from the title company (or whichever entity is holding the earnest money) that shows:

  • The date the earnest money was delivered/received;
  • Who delivered the earnest money;
  • Who received the earnest money and their signature;
  • The property the earnest money relates to; and,
  • The amount and type of earnest money received (cash, check, etc.).

If no receipt is provided or made available, an email confirming delivery and receipt might be acceptable (but not always) and should specify the elements noted above. You can never be too cautious when it comes to earnest money — record everything.

And remember, if the listing agent requests a copy of your buyer’s earnest money check or receipt, redact any bank account or routing numbers before sharing to protect your client’s personal information.

Purchase and Sale Agreement Elements
Brokers are also regularly cited for not having in writing all the elements in the purchase and sale agreement as required by statute, specifically Section 54-2051(4) and Section 54-2048(d), or, not having rejected offers marked and dated as such in their transaction files.

To prevent a citation and violation of Article 9 of NAR’s Code of Ethics, ensure all appropriate signatures and the dates of such signatures are completed, and that any change to the agreement is initialed and dated by the parties to the transaction. Especially when an agreement, amendment, or addendum is drafted digitally, any additional information that is added by hand should also be initialed and dated by the parties since it is not known if that information was added at a later date. For example, let’s say you prepare a purchase and sale agreement for your buyer, filling out all the information except the offer price and closing date. You then handwrite those elements in once your buyer decides, and then scan the paperwork in for digital signatures. Be sure to include initials and dates next to those handwritten price and date elements.

Any handwritten information on a Purchase and Sales agreement, regardless of whether it was added before it was presented to the other party, should be considered a ‘change’ to the agreement, and therefore INITIALED and dated for proper recordkeeping and audit purposes.” – Gayle Brixey

Other commonly missed elements in purchase and sales agreements:

  • If the form of earnest money delivered is different than what was noted in the agreement, an addendum is required which must be signed and dated by all parties. For example, the buyer says they’ll provide the earnest money with a personal check but then delivers it as cash.
  • Regarding the legal description, if the purchase and sale agreement says something like, “See Exhibit A,” the exhibit showing the full legal description must be acknowledged by buyer and seller, with signatures or initials and dates, and then be included as part of the contract.
  • Regarding rejected offers, the statute states that these must be “clearly marked and dated as rejected,” however it does not specify “who” should mark and date it. It is recommended that brokerages create a policy to follow consistently about who and how rejected offers will be marked and retained in transaction files, so it’s done so consistently.

Agency Representation Confirmation
Agency representation is another area where citations are common. Brokers are often cited for not selecting the correct form of representation, for marking multiple forms of representation on the purchase and sale agreement and for not completing the “Price” section of the seller representation agreement in their transaction files. Idaho statutes Section 54-2051(4)(d) and Section 54-2085(4) require brokers to accurately and fully complete these sections. Article 1 of the Code of Ethics also touches on these responsibilities.

When completing these sections of the purchase and sale agreement, keep in mind:

  • If this seller is a FSBO or if the seller or buyer is not party to a contractual representation agreement (RE-16, RE-14, or similar), the “Representation Confirmation” section on the purchase and sale agreement must still be completed by marking the “NONAGENT” option(s).
  • If the seller (bank-owned, builder, commercial, upon the advice of separate legal counsel, etc.), will not include the “Representation Confirmation” section in or attached to the purchase and sale agreement, the broker should keep documentation in the transaction file showing attempts to get the Representation Confirmation incorporated into the contract.
  • The “Price” section of the seller representation agreement (RE-16 or similar) must be completed. If there are multiple properties or lots associated with this agreement (a new development, for example) an addendum should be added to the agreement, signed and dated by all parties, listing each property and the respective prices.

Advertising
IREC may cite brokers and their affiliated salespersons for common advertising violations that they see or that are reported to them. Some recent issues have included:

  • Not clearly specifying an administrative assistant or other person as unlicensed when shown alongside licensed real estate agents on a brokerage’s website, maybe as part of the office roster, directory, team rosters, etc.
  • Not removing agents who are no longer affiliated with the brokerage from the brokerage’s website, office roster, directory, marketing, photos, team rosters, etc.
  • Not consistently representing your current brokerage across all online and offline marketing. For example, a licensed salesperson’s website, flyers, and Facebook business page all show Brokerage ABC, but their LinkedIn profile shows Brokerage XYZ.

Brokers should make it an office policy to regularly check the advertising for each agent to ensure they are in line with Section 54-2053 of the Idaho Code and Article 12 of the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

For more information on proper use of the REALTOR® trademark, click here or check out the Five Things You Need to Know About the REALTOR® Trademarks.

If you have additional questions about the audit process, or if you are interested in learning more about common citations, please contact IREC directly or seek advice from your own legal counsel. They can be reached at 208-334-3285.

 

This content was summarized from the discussion at a recent First Friday Legal Forum, offered exclusively to designated and managing broker members of BRR. It is provided here for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be nor, should it be used as a substitute for legal advice regarding any specific circumstance; including but not limited to IREC audits of transaction files and advertising. Every fact and situation is different and you should consult with your personal attorney before acting upon the matters discussed during these forums and in this post.

 

The Use of Criminal History Checks in Rental Agreements

Consider the following tips when implementing criminal background checks as part of your rental screening policies or agreements to reduce liability risks related to housing discrimination.

1. Do not create blanket prohibitions.

Refusal to rent based on an arrest or criminal history alone can be discriminatory. Avoid including blanket restrictions when creating your criminal history policy, such as, but not limited to, refusing to rent to anyone who was convicted of drug use or denying occupancy to someone arrested for disorderly conduct.

The do's and Don'ts of criminal background checks

2. Establish a written policy that aligns with HUD rules.

Include a breakdown of the types of crimes you might encounter (certain felonies, crimes against children, sex crimes, or specific misdemeanors such as theft or property damage), outline the definitions of each, layout how far back in time your background check will go, and explain your decision based on the crime and time elapsed. Be as specific and clear in your definitions and explanations as possible. Your policy and subsequent background check cannot consider arrest records but may only look at convictions.

Also keep in mind that you are responsible for knowing if your rental property would not be suitable for someone on the sex offender registry, due to its proximity to prohibited locations. It may be incumbent upon you, the landlord, leasing agent, or property owner, to check the registry for applicants, even though it’s the applicant’s responsibility to disclose their status. Always double-check.

3. Allow for individual assessments in your policy.

Every case is different so build in other considerations to your written policy such as time of conviction, tenant history since conviction, evidence of rehabilitation, age when the crime was committed, etc., to allow yourself the ability to make decisions on a case-by-case basis. This will also allow you to avoid creating a blanket policy.

4. Apply your policy consistently and fairly regardless of race, gender, or age.

Applying your policy unfairly based on race or gender is a violation of HUD policies and could result in legal ramifications. Once your policy is created and in place, you must apply it equally to each applicant.

5. Don’t run a criminal background check until you’ve done all other checks that may be part of your review process.

Why go through the trouble of a background check if their financials aren’t verified and approved in the first place? Save the criminal background check for last and don’t go digging for information when you don’t need to.

Criminal background checks serve a valuable function in rental agreements but can create issues if not done properly. Remember to create these policies fairly and implement them equally, reviewing them periodically to ensure you are in line with HUD guidelines.

For more information on criminal background checks, visit the resources listed below:

HUD Guidance on Application of Fair Housing Act Standards, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Window to the Law: Learn about New HUD Guidance, National Association of REALTORS®

Fair Housing Act: Criminal History-Based Practices and Policies, National Association of REALTORS®

Voice for Real Estate 44: Criminal Records, Reverse Mortgage, National Association of REALTORS®

4 Issues to Watch for Property Managers, REALTOR® Magazine

Tuesday Tip: HUD Rules – Arrest Vs. Conviction, Navigate Affordable Housing Partners

Fair Housing Act: Criminal History-Based Practices and Policies, Chicago Association of REALTORS®

HUD’s Guidance for Criminal Background Screening and What it Means for SmartMove Users, SmartMove

This content was summarized from the discussion at a recent First Friday Legal Forum, offered exclusively to designated and managing broker members of BRR. It is provided here for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be nor, should it be used as a substitute for legal advice regarding any specific circumstance. Every fact and situation is different and you should consult with your personal attorney before acting upon the matters discussed during these forums and in this post.

There is an app for that – Seven Apps for REALTOR® Safety

The nature of the real estate profession requires awareness and preparedness when it comes to safety. A REALTOR®, when meeting new clients, showing properties, or sharing information online, may find himself or herself in unsafe situations. Luckily, there are a variety of tools available through a smartphone that can enhance safety practices. Adding one or more of these applications can help REALTORS® be prepared to handle unforeseen safety issues.

 Please note: These apps noted are provided for reference only and BRR does not endorse or warrant any specific service. Please do your own research before installing or purchasing any app.

 

Forewarn
Price: Free / Must have an active Forwarn Account to use the app
Rating: 2.7 out of 5 stars

Forewarn helps real estate agents have safer engagements and smarter interactions with new clients. Input a client’s name or phone number and get background information before your next meeting. Forewarn can positively verify over 80% of prospects, including their criminal and financial background information. With Forewarn, you can safely plan for in-person interactions with a higher level of confidence.

 

SilentBeacon
Price: Free / Premium features available for $1.99 a month
Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

The Silent Beacon apps allows you to contact emergency personnel or loved-ones when you find yourself in a dangerous situation. This app will send distress text messages, track your location, and call emergency services if you activate the distress beacon. SilentBeacon’s subscription plan allows you to customize your emergency text message content and have access to a live tracking view.

 

BSafe
Price: Free
Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars

BSafe provides agents with a live tracking feature, a distress button, and a live streaming option where you can share a video of your situation with your contacts. You can even activate the included alarm using your voice, eliminating the need to have physical access to your device. As an added bonus, this app can send you fake phone calls to get you out of uncomfortable situations.

 

SafeTrek
Price: Free / Additional features available for purchase
Rating: 4.7 out of 5

The design of this app allows you to discreetly activate the program in your pocket. When concerned, simply open the app and hold down the button that appears. Once you feel safe, release the button and input your 4-digit pin, deactivating the alarm. In serious danger? Release the button but don’t enter your pin and your location will be sent to local authorities. Premium features include automatic crash response, plug-in connections for smartwatches and Lyft accounts, and voice alarm activation.

 

SafeShowings
Price: $9 monthly subscription / Enterprise plan available for Brokerages
Rating: N/A

SafeShowings is a tool for REALTORS® to add an extra element of safety to your showings. When conducting a listing, input the location, date, and time into the program. Then, using the app, capture an image of each visitor’s driver’s license as they enter the home. This information is stored under your listing in case you have concerns down the road or, if you do not press the end showing button after an allotted amount of time, your emergency contacts and authorities are alerted and sent the images you have captured. This app is only available online and is not available through the app store.

 

React Mobile
Price: Free / Optional panic button for purchase at www.reactmobile.com
Rating: 3.6 out of 5

Similar to other apps on this list, this program allows you to send an alert to an unlimited number of contacts telling them you need help. React Mobile has three modes that are specialized for different safety situations: I’m Fine, Follow me, and Help me. Follow me begins a live tracking feature that sends your selected contacts regular updates on your location until to return to the “I’m Fine” mode. If you are in serious danger, switch to the Help Me mode (or press your panic button) to send out an emergency text message, an email to your contacts and authorities, and a post alert to Facebook. This app is best used with the React Sidekick panic button.

 

Kleard Pro
Price: Free / $19.99 a month depending on the plan purchased
Rating: 4.4 out of 5

This app allows you to sign visitors into your open houses, capturing their contact information and giving you the opportunity to run it through a verification process within the app. This program also works well for showings, allowing the REALTORS® to capture the buyer’s information through a verification process. As part of this process, the buyer will give you a verification code to enter, which allows Kleard to track the buyer’s phone until you end the showing. If something were to happen during a showing, this feature would allow the police to track the perpetrator’s phone and location. You also have the ability to use the information you capture during a showing or open house to send follow-up content to leads. Learn more at www.kleard.com.

 

Remember, these apps are only one tool to keep REALTORS® safe during real estate transactions. Keeping the phone charged and maintaining a strong signal when meeting someone new is also important. For additional ways to stay safe on the job, visit nar.realtor/safety for additional tools and resources.