It may not be news to some, but the number of crimes against REALTORS® is shockingly high compared to other professions. In fact, more than 60,000 REALTORS® end up becoming victims of violent crimes such as assault, murder, sexual abuse and robbery every year.
While some men may think that they are immune from being attacked, the number of crimes against them is also high. In a poll conducted by the National Association of Realtors in 2020, over 22 percent of real estate agents reported that they often work in fear, so it is easy to see why the issue of safety has been a national policy agenda for many years.
That is partially why it is so exciting to announce that we are now able to provide our membership with a valuable new tool to aid in protecting their safety. FOREWARN is a complimentary software application that members of the Cape Fear REALTORS® can download.
The best part about FOREWARN is that it can help to evaluate a prospective client before meeting with them in person. With as little as a phone number, FOREWARN can provide instant identity, criminal, and property verification.
Background checking and identity verification services can often have a substantial price tag. Part of the reason that we can offer it for free is that we receive a group discount, and this is of course just one of many benefits to membership.
Here at the Cape Fear REALTORS®, we are always looking for ways to enhance and improve the benefits that we offer, and we understand that safety is always going to be an important issue. All of us are very optimistic that the FOREWARN software will be able to help us improve the safety and efficiency of our members, as well as provide their clients and families with an additional layer of protection. This vital service is timed in concert with REALTOR® Safety Month. Be on the lookout for tips and programs geared to build awareness and improve the safety culture here at Cape Fear REALTORS® so that every REALTOR® comes home safely each night.
The way that FOREWARN works is that it searches a number of online databases to provide instant and mobile identity verification, along with available public records (criminal, property, court, etc.), for over 98 percent of the adult population nationwide. The software is often able to retrieve a variety of records and information, such as:
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