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    Free Safety Timer Available in the Homesnap Pro App

    As you know, September is REALTOR® Safety Month. Your personal safety is important, and we want to remind you about the free Safety Timer available in the Homesnap app to help keep you safe at showings (or anywhere). This Safety Timer is one of the best safety apps we have seen since it is cleverly hidden within a real estate app, and it doesn't draw attention to itself. Learn more about this great tool.

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    The Safety Timer is an automated version of what agents have been doing for years--that is, having a person to call when a showing is over to let them know they are safe. If the contact person doesn't receive a phone call by a certain time then they know there is a problem and they should call the authorities.

    While that is a tried-and-true method, there is always the possibility that you could get into a situation where you are forced to call your contact under duress and tell them, falsely, that everything is fine. The Safety Timer is a solid fallback plan that helps prevent a potentially dangerous situation from getting too far out of hand as it sends a message to your chosen contacts without alerting anyone in the vicinity of your phone that the message has been sent.

    Here's how to set it up:

    1. When you are within 2000 feet of any property (not just for sale/rent listings), the app will recognize where you are and present you with a Start a Safety Timer button on the "details" view for the nearby property. Tap that button to begin.
    2. Pick how long you plan to be at that location.
    3. Pick one or more Emergency Contacts from your phone's contact list. You only have to do this once -- it remembers them next time.
    4. Tap the Start Safety Timer button.
    When your timer has ten minutes remaining, the app will prompt you if you want to add more time. If you are done with the showing, you can end the timer.

    Should the timer run out before you turn it off the app will discreetly send text messages to the Emergency Contacts list saying you could be in trouble. There is also a Distress button you can press at any time that will send the same discreet alert message to your Emergency Contacts list if you happen to find yourself in danger during a showing.

    Don't have Homesnap Pro? Download and register today!

    The Homesnap Pro app is free with your Membership and available for Android and iOS devices.

    Emily Schaffer • Senior Communications Writer / Coordinator

    Emily is the Senior Communications Writer and Coordinator. In addition to writing about TREND tools and functionality, she oversees communications about updates to the MLS, as well as the editorial content. Meet more TREND staff...

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    Ines De La Cruz
    9/23/2017 9:03 PM

    I just read this information about the app. I will download it. You can never be too careful.
    Thank you very much.

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