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HER Realtors Heightens Safety Awareness Across Ohio for Agents and Consumers

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COLUMBUS, OH --(Marketwired - January 20, 2016) -  One week after a guilty verdict was handed down by a jury in Arkansas, involving the landmark murder case of real estate agent Beverly Carter, the real estate brokerage of HER Realtors has launched an initiative to extend a safety awareness solution across Ohio for its Agents and Consumers.

HER Realtors has partnered with Real Agent Guard, a personal security service for real estate agents and brokers, in an effort to improve the safety and security of their real estate agents and customers across Ohio. In the event of an emergency, Real Agent Guard broadcasts real-time geo-location of the agent to the monitoring team and also shares this with authorities, if needed. The security solution has an array of tools, such as video monitoring, real-time geo-location tracking, panic alarm, failsafe PIN codes, and other personal and consumer safety applications.

Realtor safety has become a high priority in the real estate industry across the United States after a spate of recent violent crimes against agents. HER Realtors is the first real estate company in the Country to adopt and pay for the security app for all 1,200 of its agents and staff in an effort to provide added security that has not been available prior in the marketplace. "Times have changed in our industry," states Michael Mahon, President of HER Realtors. "The real estate business is about more than properties, it is about people and relationships. People, including agents and customers, are viewing residential and commercial properties together every day of the week. It is time for the culture of our real estate industry to heighten their understanding of the need for not only safety education and awareness, but everyone in the real estate industry coming together in providing a solution that provides for added security of agents and customers involved in a real estate transaction." 

In effort to further promote safety awareness cooperation with other brokerages, agents, and real estate associations, HER Realtors has elected to provide all 65 HER office locations across Ohio to be identified as REALTOR® Safe Harbor locations for HER agents, and all other agents licensed in Ohio. On many occasions a real estate agent may be meeting a prospective client for the first time after receiving a real estate inquiry, agents are encouraged to meet clients in a public place for establishment of a safe environment in creating a working agency relationship, as well as development of mutual expectations of an agent and consumer regarding details of the real estate process. Under the REALTOR® Safe Harbor application, Real Agent Guard enables agents to view Safe Harbor public locations within a 30-mile radius of the geo position of their mobile phone to meet consumers in participating Safe Harbor locations such as coffee shops, police stations, banking offices, title-escrow offices, as well as other member brokerage offices. Mahon states the concept is simple, "It is time for everyone to not only understand the importance of agent and consumer safety in the real estate process, but equally time for everyone involved in the real estate industry to come together in creation of solutions for agent and consumer safety. We are asking for other real estate brokerages, affiliates, and real estate associations to join us in taking the Safe Harbor pledge, and participate in raising the awareness of agent and consumer safety across the State." Further details of the Safe Harbor pledge may be found at www.realtorsafeharbor.com

About HER Realtors

Founded in 1956, HER Realtors is the country's largest agent-owned real estate firm and is consistently recognized as one of the most innovative, technologically advanced, and award-winning firms in the country. With 1,000 agents and 65 offices throughout Ohio and Northern Kentucky, HER Realtors offers a full-range of services to its clients including residential and commercial real estate sales, property management and rental services, mortgage, title services, insurance, home warranties, and other home-related, lifestyle services. To learn more, visit www.HERRealtors.com

About Real Agent Guard

Real Agent Guard, based in Rogers, Ark., is a mobile-enabled personal security service that provides real-time monitoring of employees or agents for the purpose of providing both monitoring and deterrence from potential personal attacks. The technology features mobile apps and a robust set of cloud-based tools that tracks and notifies designated persons of potential harm. The company also offers a unique video monitoring solution for open house events - protecting both the agent and the homeowner's property.www.realagentguard.com.

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Contact: 
Michael Mahon
President | HER Realtors
614-273-6024

Leanne Chylik
Chief Marketing Officer | HER Realtors
614-273-8570