Recent Articles by Robert Siciliano

A life raft floating in the ocean Keeping your homeseller clients safe from attack

Keeping your homeseller clients safe from attack

The doorbell rang. The female homeowner of the townhouse condo opened the door, leaving her screen door closed and locked ......
By Robert Siciliano | Thursday, January 19, 2017
15 cautionary tips for holding a safe open house

15 cautionary tips for holding a safe open house

As a real estate agent, it has probably occurred to you that a predator could be driving down the street of your next open house. And at the spur of the moment, the predator could decide to pose as a potential buyer to “screen” you to see if you...
By Robert Siciliano | Friday, September 23, 2016
Hands typing on a laptop keyboard next to a cup of coffee 13 tips for protecting your laptop and client data when traveling

13 tips for protecting your laptop and client data when traveling

As a real estate agent, your livelihood is in your laptop. How well do you protect it when you’re out and about or traveling on business or vacation? If you must pretend your laptop is a live baby in order to keep it guarded, then so be it ......
By Robert Siciliano | Friday, August 12, 2016
What agents should know about closing scams

What agents should know about closing scams

After finding their dream home, a young couple along with their agent, the seller and probably an attorney or two, begin the process of signing and transferring legal documents. Some of this is done in person and some over the web, which is what lead...
By Robert Siciliano | Thursday, April 14, 2016
12 safety ideas for your next open house

12 safety ideas for your next open house

As a real estate agent, it has probably occurred to you that a predator could be a problem. He or she could be driving down the street of your open house and at the spur of the moment decide to pose as a potential buyer and screen you as potential pr...
By Robert Siciliano | Friday, January 22, 2016
12 tips for keeping homesellers secure from attack

12 tips for keeping homesellers secure from attack

The doorbell rang. The homeowner, a woman, opened it. There stood a man and woman. The man said he was there to look at the house, which made sense because it was for sale. But their real estate agent had not yet shown up ......
By Robert Siciliano | Wednesday, January 6, 2016
18 safety tips agents should use daily

18 safety tips agents should use daily

Being with strangers alone in a house is an inherently risky situation for anyone, and that of course includes people who do this for a living: real estate agents. This is especially true if the property is vacant, under construction or newly constru...
By Robert Siciliano | Wednesday, December 2, 2015
How your marketing materials pose a threat

How your marketing materials pose a threat

As a real estate professional, you must answer this question: How much of you is out there for all to see? Blogs? Association websites? Glamour photos of yourself in magazines and online? Billboards, even? Some agents' business cards have everything ...
By Robert Siciliano | Friday, July 31, 2015
9 tips to avoid identity theft

9 tips to avoid identity theft

As a real estate agent, with all your blogs, websites, advertisements and social sites, identity theft means your basic personal identifying information (PII) is already out there for the world to see. ......
By Robert Siciliano | Thursday, June 18, 2015
What real estate agents should know about identity theft

What real estate agents should know about identity theft

There are things you can do to prevent crooks from getting at your information in specific ways, such as thwarting "dumpster divers" by shredding documents such as mortgage preapproval docs before trashing them. There are other avenues the crook can ...
By Robert Siciliano | Monday, May 11, 2015
8 ways to stay safe when driving with real estate clients

8 ways to stay safe when driving with real estate clients

Don’t pick up hitchhikers is common knowledge. “Don’t give rides to strangers” is the mantra. But that’s exactly what many real estate agents do. ......
By Robert Siciliano | Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Agent's guide to staying safe on the job

Agent's guide to staying safe on the job

At age 20, I bought a multifamily home as an investment; it took me a year of working with my agent, Susan. It dawned on me then that Susan was exposing herself to hazards all the time as part of her job ......
By Robert Siciliano | Thursday, February 19, 2015
6 guidelines for stopping real estate identity theft

6 guidelines for stopping real estate identity theft

Applying for a home loan or other typical real estate activity can act as a portal for identity theft, and most consumers have no idea how pervasive this method of theft can be. The exchange of all the documents in a real estate transactions starts a...
By Robert Siciliano | Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Real estate identity theft is pervasive, but you can help prevent it

Real estate identity theft is pervasive, but you can help prevent it

Applying for a home loan or other typical real estate activity can act as a portal for identity theft, and most consumers have no idea how pervasive this method of theft can be. The exchange of all the documents in a real estate transactions starts a...
By Robert Siciliano | Wednesday, December 10, 2014