Technology

More agents utilize safety-focused apps

Safety timer a new key feature of Homesnap product
  • Roughly 40 percent of real estate professionals have experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety.
  • Homesnap has updated its app for Apple Watch with a safety timer.
  • If the timer expires, a text alert is sent to the emergency contacts that agent has selected.

It’s been estimated that roughly 40 percent of real estate professionals have experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety. Take stats like that and add in the fact that it's Realtor Safety Month, and it seems fitting that Homesnap has updated its app for Apple Watch. A focal feature of the app is its safety timer, which allows an agent to tell the app how long they will be at a showing. The timer can be adjusted or stopped at any time, and it can be seen while viewing the listing or an individual’s profile. If the timer expires, a text alert is sent to the emergency contacts that agent has selected. The text will include the person’s current address and cellphone number. Users can also send a text in one tap via a distress alert button. “The timer gives me comfort in knowing that there will be contacts on the receiving end of a distress call who will know what to do based on which type of text they receive,” said Michele Brantley o...