Listing reps need to brief sellers to secure all drugs, prescriptions, poisons, opioids and alcohol to prevent pilfering during showings of listings.

Children sometimes accompany parents on showings.

Additionally, secure all weapons, valuables, pets, children, identity theft info/items, credit cards, sentimental items, expensive clothing, art, etc.

Open house safety includes alerting neighbors and partners and colleagues. Communicate. Keep watch on the listing. Consider more than one REALTOR® present. Keep personal safety items with you. Secure your valuables/purse. Secure listing during the open house and after the open house. Know your escape plans. Wear clothing that allows movement. Keep aware of your surroundings. Use surveillance as deterrence.

NAR article on association events with alcohol is linked below. Carry appropriate insurance. Use professional bartending services. Provide food. Provide alternative beverages. Make alternative transportation available. Help your neighbor.

If you or someone you care about exhibits signs of needing help, try to put the individual together with the resources that can help them.

Posted by: Byron King on 02/28/19 (This information is only accurate as of 02/28/19. You must contact SCR for updates and changes to this information after 02/28/19 as laws and regulations may change over time. SCR 803-772-5206 or email info at