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Can You Get SUNK By Social Media?

Nearly everyone these days is on social media. Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or the newest - Periscope.  And, when we have a new client, we find it a very common practice to search for them on the various social media sites.  It gives us a little picture into who we are dealing with and if they are being upfront about themselves.  Imagine you're an agent and you get a call from someone who wants to look at multi-million dollar beachfront homes on the PCH, yet when you find them on Facebook, you discover they just got laid-off from the local waffle joint.  Hmmm.
Then there's the consumer (buyer/seller) standpoint.  You've made a fair (but perhaps low) offer on a house.  Negotiations are going well until the savvy seller's agent looks you up on Facebook and see's where you've shared pictures of the new house and told all your friends you'd found the one and only true home of your dreams.  Don't think for one minute that doesn't shoot holes in your negotiating power!
Perhaps you're the seller and your house has been on the market FOREVER when finally you get a couple of showings and maybe even an offer.  Again, the negotiations ... more

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