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Front Page - Friday, September 9, 2016

Classes offered for Realtor Safety Month

Jon Fish of the National Self-Defense Agency teaches Realtor Jan Thompson how to defend herself from attack. - File photograph by David Laprad

The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) will be advocating for Realtor safety throughout the month of September, known as National Realtor Safety Month.

To recognize National Realtor Safety Month, GCAR is hosting two safety classes. A self-defense class is scheduled for Sept. 23 from noon to 4:00 p.m., and a “Safe Business = Smart Business” seminar is set for Sept. 28 from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Both classes are being offered free to members of the association. Non-members are also invited to attend for a small fee.

“GCAR exists in order to provide products, programs and services to meet the evolving needs of the real estate industry, and Realtor safety has become a substantial concern in the real estate business over the last few years,” said Nathan Walldorf, GCAR president. “In order to equip as many Realtors in the community as possible with the skills they need to stay safe, the association will offer two free safety classes duribng National Realtor Safety Month.”

The National Association of Realtors commissioned the 2015 Member Safety Report, which found that while 96 percent of Realtors have never been the victim of crime, 40 percent have found themselves in situations where they feared for their safety or the safety of their personal information. 

Because of the recent threats to Realtors across the country, GCAR this year formed a Realtor Safety Task Force, which is working to identify and implement ways to promote member safety within the real estate industry. The association hopes to use the information the task force is compiling to coordinate a GCAR Safety Certified Office program.

For more information about the GCAR and this month’s classes, visit www.GCAR.net.

Source: GCAR