Safety Archive

Cracking the Burglary Code: Are You a Target?

Criminals look at a neighborhood using a totally different calculus than residents and real estate pros do. Learn how their lenses make targets out of certain geographic, social and architectural features. ...
June 24, 2016

Top Real Estate Stories of 2014

Here at the Book Scan, my job is to not only review books and keep you in the loop with pertinent book news, but to learn what real estate professionals want to read about. In that spirit, I wanted...
December 30, 2014

Because No One Plans to Be Homeless

Hi, Book Scan readers. I spent the first part of last week hanging out with community planners at the American Planning Association’s national conference. Though I haven’t read the book described below, I thought the author (who gave the...
April 22, 2013

Are You Ready for the Next Sandy?

The recent hurricane on the East Coast may be over, but the cleanup process is just now beginning. Beyond debris pickup, property managers and owners across the area are learning what preparations worked well, and what they can do...
November 1, 2012

Accessible Homes: Not Just a Niche Anymore

Being able to point out features that make a home accessible is part of your job as a real estate professional. You can also help steer sellers looking into pre-sale or staging modifications away from changes that will unnecessarily...
October 26, 2012

The Safety Minute: 5 Safety Tips

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey QUICK SKIM In the face of an attack, 60 percent of victims will become paralyzed with fear, about 20 percent will fight back unsuccessfully, and slightly more than 10 percent will use self-defense moves to...
September 10, 2007

Smart Advice for When You’re Not Healthy

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine Think you won’t need disability insurance before you retire? Unfortunately, the odds that you will are much better than winning the lottery. Nearly one-third of all Americans suffer a serious disability between ages 35...
April 2, 2004

Managing Mold

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine Ever since toxic mold oozed its way in to the public consciousness several years ago, it’s remained a hot real estate topic. Concerns about the health risks of mold have sparked lawsuits, raised...
April 2, 2003

Get It Right the First Time

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine You studied, you struggled, and you aced your state licensing exam. But that doesn’t mean you really understand how to sell real estate. In fact, you may not even know enough about the...

Managing Terrorism Risks Reduces Premiums

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine Post 9/11, we live in an uncertain world. Among the terrorist attacks’ more tangible effects has been an across-the-board increase in commercial building insurance rates. Conning Corporation, which tracks insurance industry performance, reports...
January 2, 2003

Detecting Houses’ Hidden Flaws

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine Hidden physical defects such as water seepage or missing flashings can quickly become last-minute deal breakers in a real estate transactions. If these defects aren’t noticed until after the home inspection, sellers may...
November 3, 2001

Chicken Soup for Your House’s Soul

By Christopher M. Leporini, REALTOR® Magazine We can’t stay healthy if the house we live in is sick. An unhealthy house can be caused by poor ventilation, toxic building materials, or the chemical by-products of household appliances and cleaning...
October 2, 2001