Locating A Client on Facebook You Are Already Working With/ Barely Know...Is This Weird?

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Real Estate Agent with Windermere Peninsula Properties

Often when I start working with new clients, I google them. Call me weird, but it allows me to learn a little bit about the client, maybe I can find some things we share in common.

I have come across several clients that are on Facebook, during my google search. Should I add them? Is that a little crazy stalker like?

I am worried that this may make the clients nervous or give them the wrong idea about me. However it is also a great way for them to see my online presence after browsing about my Facebook profile.

Activerainers...here's the scenario. You meet a client on floor. You get their name and where they are from, you google them and find them on Facebook. Would you add them? Have you already added them?

 

Pros.

1. They get to see the Tech Savy Me.

2. They will be steered towards blogs and my online presense.

 

Cons.

1. They may think, this kid is super weird/ desperate. (definately not the case)

2. Maybe he has nothing better to do than be online.

 

I would love your input.

 

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Josh Murphy

Windermere Peninsula Properties.

Comments (8)

Jim Hale
ACTIONAGENTS.NET - Eugene, OR
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Asking permission would be a great start.  Just tell them what the advantage of that would be.  Yes, I know they have to okay the relationship in Facebook's format anyway.  But warning them its coming by mentioning it first would get you the pluses without the minuse -- I'll bet nearly every time.

Sep 15, 2009 06:22 PM
Shana Haugen
Century 21 - Gold Key - Fargo, ND

Maybe rather than clicking "add as friend" you could send them a private message saying, "Good to see you're on Facebook too!  I check this pretty often, so you can always get ahold of me this way" and they could add you. 


I think about doing the same thing for people who don't give much information at an open house too, but I think that may be pushing it.

Sep 15, 2009 07:50 PM
Bob & Leilani Souza
Souza Realty 916.408.5500 - Roseville, CA
Greater Sacramento Area Homes, Land & Investments

Josh, I agree with Jim and Shana...give them a heads up that you are also on Facebook and see what their reaction is. My guess is that if you leave an open invitation to have them add you, it avoids the awkward situation. Just compare it to being a restaurant owner on facebook...if you owned a restaurant, you could tell your customers that they can find you on facebook for specials, but you would never look them up by their credit card receipt and add them yourself! ;)

Leilani (Souza Realty)

Sep 15, 2009 08:28 PM
Bob Murphy
Keller Williams Realty Consultants - New Albany, IN

Josh, I must say that I agree with everyone else.  I would ask permission.  IN fact many times when I meet people for the first time and I feel like I have established enough rapport I will often ask for theri email address.  If they give it to me I consider that permission to send them an email.  The Facebook thing does smack a little of stalking.

Sep 16, 2009 01:51 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Josh - Ditto to everything everyone else has said.  I would let them know that you have a facebook account that they could use to keep in touch with you.

Sep 18, 2009 01:53 AM
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

One of these days I have to actually complete my facebook account thingee.

Sep 22, 2009 02:37 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Definitely agree - best to ask.  And make sure you don't have any other friends who post on your account who may embarrass you in some way or make you look bad in front of clients.  ;-)   They may get to know you better than you want them to!  LOL

Sep 24, 2009 01:23 PM
Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
Olympia/Thurston County WA

I do have some of my current/past clients as friends on my Facebook page, but for new clients, I invite them to check out our company Facebook page where we post a lot of community event info as well as real estate specific stuff.  That seems very comfortable for people, and from there if they want to add me personally as a friend they can take the lead to do that...

Oct 03, 2009 11:39 AM