New app keeps realtors safer in the Rockford region

LOVES PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - Local real estate agents take extra precautions to stay safe on the job with a new app that offers more comfort to area realtors.

"I've had a couple of showings where I did not feel comfortable going to them,” said Sandy Basel, Gambino Realtors.

Basel is a long-time broker agent who says the typical first encounter with a potential buyer is the home visit. It's usually a stranger so Basel takes extra precautions.

"I had my husband meet me at a home visit. He parked a little way away and I parked a little way away and we just waited for the buyer to show up,” Basel said.

Crime against agents is up across the US and Rockford Area Realtors urges its members to use an app called Forewarn it's a security blanket of sorts for agents like Basel.

“This app will allow them to do a quick search on a person and it will not only provide criminal history but financial history as well,” said Rockford Area Realtors CEO Conor Brown.

The realtor just types a phone number into the app and they can get a better picture of the person they are dealing with.

"I tried just for trail and I also used it on a client that one of our agents had and found some possible issues,” said Vice Present of Gambino Realtors Heather Porter.

Porter says Forewarn is a hit with agents in her office.

"This is just another great tool that our association is providing to help us keep the agents safe and keep everyone safe. Homeowners and agents alike," Porter said.

More than 700 local real estate agents have access to Forewarn which is accessible on a computer or smartphone.