We often don't consider real estate work to be dangerous, however, agents typically work alone showing properties to people they don't know. Safety is top priority and non-negotiable!
Beverly Carter was a real estate broker who was kidnapped and murdered after being perceived to be a "rich broker who worked alone." We want to make sure this never happens to another real estate worker again.
In honor of Realtor Safety Month, we've curated a list of top safety tips for agents.
- Show properties before dark! If this isn't a possibility ensure all the lights are turned on as you show the property. Also, make sure the shades and curtains are open to allow visibility.
- Safe + Accessible Parking - Don't park in the driveway or in a position that would allow you to be blocked in by another car. Also, park in a well-lit visible location.
- Touch base - Always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. Also, share with them the name and phone number of the client you are meeting.
- Take note - Jot down a description of the client/s as well as their license plate number.
- Be aware - Know all of your exits and have at least two escape plans. Also, be aware of where your cell phone is at all times.
- Don't Lead - When showing a property never be the first to enter a room - always have the client walk in front of you, don’t lead them. Use gestures to direct them.
- Limit information shared - Don't share too much personal information! A client should never know your full name and home address.
- Self-defense - While the primary goal in a threatening situation is to escape and call for help. Every real estate agent should take a basic self-defense course.
- Invest in an invisaWear - If you’re ever in an emergency situation simply double-press the back of your invisaWear charm and you’ll notify your 5 pre-selected emergency contacts, and optionally 9-1-1, with an S.O.S alert and your GPS location.
We are thrilled to partner with the Beverly Carter Foundation to create a custom invisaWear charm in honor of Beverly's memory. A portion of the proceeds is donated directly back to the foundation to help keep realtors safe!
The Beverly Carter Foundation (BCF) is a completely independent not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the ideal that every agent goes home safe every day by providing scientifically based research, information, consulting, training, and support at little to no charge to every MLS, association, brokerage, and agent.
Nearly 20 million students will head off to college this fall and many may not be aware of the danger they could face if they are not prepared. Although campus safety is always a priority of any college, students need to be proactive when it comes to their own safety on and off campus.
Here are a few tips and essentials for staying safe when heading back to college this fall:
We're thrilled to announce that we're donating $5K to Strong City to help stop sexual assaults from happening! We were honored to be featured on the Rachael Ray Show where she announced our donation to Strong City, a network of citizens who work to improve our cities one project at a time. With our donation, we're hoping to help stop even one sexual assault from happening.
-> Every 68 seconds an American is sexually assaulted.
-> Sadly, 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime.
These statistic are highly unacceptable, and it needs to change. This is exactly the reason we created invisaWear to help accelerate obtaining assistance during an emergency.
JEWELRY BY INVISAWEAR TO LAUNCH ON QVC
invisaWear Joins the 90+ Brands Discovered Through The Big Find Product Search
LOWELL, Mass. – June 22, 2021 – invisaWear won judges over during QVC® and HSN’s® The Big Find® product search and is scheduled to appear on QVC® on June 22. Through the second annual international search, which kicked off in July 2020, QVC® and HSN® discovered some of the most unique and innovative products in apparel, jewelry, accessories, footwear, beauty, and new categories for this year including home décor, home innovations, electronics and culinary including food. Now, these brands will introduce their products to an audience of millions across QVC® and HSN’s® multiple platforms.
“It is a supreme honor and dream-come-true to be featured on QVC®,” says Rajia Abdelaziz, Co-Founder and CEO of invisaWear. “The Big Find chose only the most innovative and groundbreaking products, and invisaWear is thrilled to be among this prestigious group.”
invisaWear’s beautiful necklaces, bracelets, keychains, and hair scrunchies are designed so that when double-pressed, they send a text message to up to five pre-selected emergency contacts; the text notifies the emergency contacts that the user is requesting help and contains a link to the user’s location. The jewelry and bands also offer an optional contact 9-1-1 feature. In addition, invisaWear’s wearable personal items are powered by ADT, a leading provider of safety solutions. . On QVC®, invisaWear will feature showcase and sell both their necklace and keychain in silvertone, goldtone, and gunmetal color choices.
QVC® and HSN® form one of the world’s largest video commerce platforms, reaching more than 90 million homes in the U.S. (218 million worldwide) via broadcast channels and millions more via streaming, web, mobile, and social platforms. As the pioneers of video storytelling, QVC® and HSN® offer vendors the platforms and tools to build relationships with an engaged community of digitally savvy shoppers. The Big Find builds on QVC® and HSN’s® foundation of launching and fostering the growth of some of today’s most successful brands through the power of live video storytelling, discovery-driven shopping experiences, and loyal customer community-building.
“The Big Find offers entrepreneurs a platform to share their stories and bring their products to life,” said Mary Campbell, Chief Merchandising Officer, Qurate Retail Group, and Chief Commerce Officer, QVC® US. “We were amazed and inspired by all of the unique and innovative brands we had the privilege of meeting with during our product search and now we are excited to start introducing them to our customers across all of our platforms. We are committed to always bringing our customers new discoveries and a differentiated product assortment.”
invisaWear creates safety devices that are disguised as everyday accessories. They look like necklaces, bracelets, keychains, fitness bands, and even hair scrunchies but they all have a button hidden on the back. When double-pressed, invisaWear products send a text message to up-to five pre-selected emergency contacts; the text notifies the emergency contacts that the user is requesting help and contains a link to the user’s location. The jewelry also offers an optional contact 9-1-1 feature. Rajia Abdelaziz, Co-Founder and CEO of invisaWear, started the company after a scary incident when a car full of men followed her and started yelling inappropriate comments. Luckily, Rajia was able to run and get in her car, unharmed; the harrowing experience inspired her to create fashion jewelry that doubles as a safety device. To learn more, please visit https://www.invisawear.com.
About QVC® and HSN®
QVC® delivers the joy of discovery through the power of relationships. Every day, QVC® engages millions of shoppers in a journey of discovery through an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products, from home and fashion to beauty, electronics, and jewelry. Along the way, QVC® connects shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories, and award-winning customer service. Based in West Chester, Pa., and founded in 1986, QVC® has retail operations in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, Japan, Italy, and through a joint venture in China. Worldwide, QVC® engages shoppers on 13 broadcast networks reaching approximately 380 million homes and on multiple websites, mobile apps, and social pages. To learn more, visit corporate.qvc.com, follow @QVC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or follow QVC® on Pinterest, YouTube, or LinkedIn.
HSN® delivers the thrill of discovery through inspiring her passions. HSN® is a leading interactive and lifestyle retailer, offering a curated assortment of exclusive products and top brand names to its customers. HSN® incorporates entertainment, personalities, and industry experts to provide an entirely unique shopping experience. At HSN®, customers find exceptional selections in health and beauty, jewelry, home/lifestyle, fashion/accessories, and electronics. HSN® engages customers on two broadcast networks reaching approximately 92 million homes, and on a website, mobile apps, and social pages. HSN® was founded over 40 years ago as the first shopping network and is based in St. Petersburg, Fla. To learn more, visit corporate.hsn.com, follow @HSN on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, or follow HSN® on Pinterest, YouTube, or LinkedIn.
Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ: QRTEA, QRTEB) includes QVC®, HSN®, Zulily® and the Cornerstone brands (collectively, “Qurate Retail GroupSM”), as well as other minority interests and green energy investments. Qurate Retail Group believes in a Third Way to Shop® – beyond transactional ecommerce or traditional brick-and-mortar stores. In addition to being a world leader in video commerce, Qurate Retail Group is among the top 10 ecommerce retailers in North America (according to Digital Commerce 360) and is a leader in mobile commerce and social commerce. For more information, visit www.qurateretailgroup.com, follow @QurateRetailGrp on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or follow Qurate Retail Group on YouTube or LinkedIn.
Our founder has experienced racism first-hand countless times throughout her life. As a young, middle-eastern girl growing up in America, Rajia has lived through random acts of horrible, unprovoked racial discrimination. Being told, “go back to your country,” and called a “terrorist” from random strangers are just some of the heinous examples to name a few.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month which is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Throughout the month, people around the US, will honor the contributions and influence the Asian and Pacific Islander people have had on our history, culture and achievements.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month and as a company whose mission is to help reduce and put an end to sexual assaults, we're excited to announce that we'll be donating a percentage of our April sales to RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.
Statistics show that nearly 1 in every 5 women is attacked at some point in her lifetime. Sadly, many of these emergencies happen nearby friends/family, but there isn’t enough time to contact loved ones or police.
Leaders in wearable safety accessories and professional monitoring partner to help protect more people with discreet safety solutions
BOSTON & BOCA RATON, Fla. (January 01, 2021) – Smart wearable company invisaWear and ADT are collaborating to introduce more advanced mobile safety and monitoring features into invisaWear’s ground-breaking line of wearable personal safety accessories. The partnership brings together ADT’s mobile safety platform and invisaWear’s unique line of lifestyle-inspired safety devices. ADT will also power invisaWear’s companion app, allowing users who feel unsafe to discreetly connect - by voice or SMS chat - with ADT.
“Our users rely on us in high-pressure situations, and we’re thrilled to now offer them the professionalism and trust ADT is known for, at the simple push of a button,” said Rajia Abdelaziz, CEO of invisaWear. “ADT has given us the utmost confidence that should our users need assistance, they’ll receive the right safety resources and help.”
invisaWear’s wearable personal safety devices are discreetly incorporated into accessories for all ages, including bracelets, necklaces, keychains, scrunchies, and more. A simple double-press of the button quickly initiates an S.O.S and sends an alert to ADT along with their location. ADT will notify the customer’s emergency contacts, alert authorities, and share their location, as well as other personally identifiable information to help emergency responders locate and identify them. Users can also set a timer and invite ADT to track them for a designated time period, like when out on a date or showing a house. If a user does not check in, ADT has got your back.
“ADT and invisaWear have partnered to provide customers with a wearable safety device that is both stylish and discreet,” said Leah Page, Vice President, Mobile Security & Strategic Projects at ADT. “Customers now have more options than ever to stay safe on the go, backed by America’s most trusted security company.”
invisaWear creates safety devices that are disguised as everyday accessories. They look like necklaces, bracelets, keychains, fitness bands, and even hair scrunchies but they all have a button hidden on the back. When double-pressed, invisaWear products send a text message to up-to five pre-selected emergency contacts; the text notifies the emergency contacts that the user is requesting help and contains a link to the user’s location. The jewelry also offers an optional contact 9-1-1 feature.
ADT is a leading provider of security, automation, and smart home solutions serving consumer and business customers through more than 300 locations, 9 owned and operated monitoring centers, and the largest network of security professionals in the United States. The company offers many ways to help protect customers by delivering lifestyle-driven solutions via professionally installed, do-it-yourself, mobile, and digital-based offerings for residential, small business, and larger commercial customers. For more information, please visit www.adt.com or follow on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.
The Beverly Carter Foundation was created as a result of the senseless kidnapping and murder of real estate broker Beverly Carter. Beverly was targeted because she was perceived to be a “rich broker who worked alone.” The Beverly Carter Foundation (BCF) is a completely independent not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the ideal that every agent goes home safe every day by providing scientifically based research, information, consulting, training, and support at little to no charge to every MLS, association, brokerage, and agent. In honor of Realtor Safety Month we’ve partnered with the Beverly Carter Foundation to share their top safety tips for agents!