Unlike scheduled house showings, with an Open House a woman can find herself alone in a secluded place with a complete stranger. Of course, the vast majority of people that we see every day are decent folks without nefarious motives, but if you’re going to be in the business long enough you will meet the 0.01% that aren’t. If you’re a woman in real estate it’s not a question of “if” you’re going to run into a creep with frightening motives, but rather a question of “when”.
Know your rights. If you live in the United States you have a constitutional right to photograph plainly visible public spaces. This includes police and government workers carrying out their duties so long as you are not interfering in them. Unfortunately there have been many instances where police officers get aggressive in the faces of cameras. Keep in mind that some states regulate audio under wiretapping laws (and since videos contain audio, it is treated differently than if you were to just photograph). This makes the situation a bit more complicated. Bust, most of these laws are dealing with protection of privacy and “bugging” of conversations and in most of the cases audio recordings of the police is legal. No court in...
People are afraid of the surveillance state, and they should be. Many of us have read Orwell’s 1984, or watched dystopian sci-fi shows that explore those themes. I get the fear, and I agree with it, but here’s the thing: the boat has sailed.
The StopHam YouTube channel is full of heated confrontations. Threats and violence are common. In some cases, offending drivers drive off with activists hanging on to the hoods of their cars, getting shoved, punched, etc. I have seen at least one video where guns were brandished. It is all very dramatic.