Friday, October 3, 2014

Press Release: KW Agent Todd Polinchock Elected President Elect of PA Assoc of Realtors

Todd Polinchock Elected 2015 President Elect

PA Association of Realtors

Keller Williams Agent, Todd Polinchock was elected Wednesday, September 17, 2014 to serve as the 2015 President Elect of the 30,000 members of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.
Todd Polinchock is a United States Naval Academy graduate and a twenty year Navy aircraft carrier pilot with 146 carrier landings.  He flew over 75 combat hours over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm.  He retired from the Navy as a full Commander.

Upon retirement, Commander Polinchock gave up his aircraft for a desk to pursue his love for real estate.  He quickly grew a top producing real estate team but never lost his passion for leadership roles.  He has served as the 2009 President of the Bucks County Association of Realtors and the Chairman of the Board of the Suburban Realtors Alliance of Southeastern Pennsylvania (representing 13,000 Realtors). 

He currently serves as a Director on PAR and NAR’s Board Directors as well as his local board.  He serves on NAR’s Realtor Party Member Involvement Committee and as Realtor Liaison to Senator Pat Toomey as his Federal Political Coordinator for the National Association of Realtors.  He has served on numerous past state and local committees, most recently as the Chairman of the Finance Committee and as the Subcommittee Chair for Legislative’s Business Issues.  He was a member of the Strategic Planning and Legislative Task Forces.

He was acknowledged with the Pennsylvania Realtor’s 2nd highest award…the 2009 Realtor “Active in Politics” Award for his distinguished political activities at the State and Federal levels and has received the PAR Excellence Award.  He was also honored by his local board in 2010 by receiving the Bucks County Realtor of the Year Award.

He is married to his bride of 17 years, Jennifer and they have two children together, daughter Emily (16) and son Nicholas (13).  They live in Warrington, Bucks County
He will be the 2016 President of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors and the first President from Bucks County in 44 years.

Todd is a sales associate at Keller Williams Real Estate – Bucks County Central in Doylestown, PA and a former Team Leader of Keller Williams in Blue Bell, PA..


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Realtor Safety Tips

Hello Realtor Family,

In light of the recent tragedy in our industry I thought I would share some safety comments with you all.

First - Download the Life360 App for your cell phones. https://www.life360.com/
This app will track every place you go when you turn it on. Make sure a family member, friend or co-worker has it also. Invite them into your life360 network so people know where you are going.

The information below was reprinted from The About Home website.


Verify Customer Information
Ask your customer for work, phone and cell phone numbers and a physical address. Try to verify the information by calling the customer at one or more numbers. If you cannot do that, enter the customer's home phone number or name, city and state on Google to see if you get a match.
Do not meet unknown customers at a property. Require that they come to your office and make sure someone writes down their license plate number and notes the type of car they are driving. It isn't out of line to ask to make a copy of customer driver's license.
Give someone in your office an itinerary of properties you plan to show and check in as often as possible by cell phone — or ask someone at the office to call you occasionally. Work with others in your office to come up with a code phrase that alerts them when you are uncomfortable about a showing and a second phrase for emergency situations. If you call and say those words, they'll know that someone should either head out to accompany you or call the Police.
Never get into a car with someone you don't know. Use your vehicle for showings or ask your customer to follow you in another car. If you encounter a threatening situation while in your vehicle, hit the brakes to startle your attacker. An alternative that some agent advocates recommend is to create a minor, slow speed accident in a public place by brushing up against a fixed object — then open your door and run. If that's not possible, pull the car very close to an object on the right side so that your passenger cannot easily get out, then run. Be noisy — create as much attention as possible to frighten your attacker.

More Real Esate Agent Safety Tips

  • Carry a cell phone in your pocket and program it to dial 911 at the touch of a button
  • Never work at a public open house by yourself
  • Ask open house visitors for a drivers license. Assure them you won't share there information with anyone. Take a photo of the license with your phone.
  • Do not show vacant properties by yourself unless you know your customers
  • Carry pepper spray or mace in your pocket, but be sure to get the type that can be aimed at a specific target (some are general and might affect you as much as they do your attacker)
  • Let your customers enter a room while you stay by the door
  • Meet potential clients at your office first. 
  • Require pre-approval letter before showing any properties at all.
  • Pay attention to exits.
Trust your instincts. Ask someone else to accompany you to show or list property if you feel uncomfortable about the people you are working with. Don't assume that women are safer customers, because they are as capable of armed robbery as a man and sometimes work with a partner who waits at the house for the two of you to arrive.

Thanks to Christopher Basile in our Washington Township office for sharing these great tips!

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