Don't be Social on Facebook while Negotiating a Sale or Purchase

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Don't be Social on Facebook while Negotiating a Sale or Purchase

FacebookFacebook is a social outlet for all the big events in your life, including the fact you have your house for sale and buying a property.    

If you are a savvy Real Estate agent, you can find the buyers or sellers (whichever client you are NOT representing) and see what they are saying about the transaction!     Have you reminded your clients to zip it!    Remaining silent on Facebook or any other social media is part of my reminders, along with no purchasing prior to signing, for buyers.

DO NOT TALK ABOUT THE NEGOTIATION ON THE INTERNET!     I know it is difficult not to get excited tell your friends via Facebook, but PLEASE CONTAIN YOURSELF.   
I have visited the agent's site while during negotiations, and seen comments made --- not good for your clients!

It is exciting buying a house, negotiating the sale, but it is even more fun to post AFTER you closed on that beautiful home.

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  1. Melissa Marro 09/17/2012 05:07 AM
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

What great advice to buyers and sellers, Joan!  Imagine blowing a deal because you just had to 'blab' about it on FB, and the other side saw something you thought would be private.  People today are just too quick to put anything on the internet ... not a good idea!

Sep 17, 2012 01:32 PM #47
David Grbich
Realty One Group - - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Orange County Real Estate - 949-500-0484

Joan - nice post - everyone involved in a sale needs to use solid judgement at all times. Regards Dave

Sep 17, 2012 02:04 PM #48
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Joan - This is important advice. Maybe I need to be doing some more research.
Sep 17, 2012 02:23 PM #49
Tiffany Sniezek
RE/MAX The Woodlands & Spring, TX 713-594-9639 direct, - The Woodlands, TX
Tiffany Sniezek 713-594-9639 RE/MAX Woodlands TX
I know I shouldn't say I can't believe one one would post something like that....but then again people nervier cease to surprise me! Good reminder to remind our links not to be foolish...and to check to see if someone else was foolish.
Sep 17, 2012 03:44 PM #50
Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

So  many people make the mistake of thinking a public site like Facebook is somehow private.

Sep 17, 2012 04:24 PM #51
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Joan, content posted on Facebook continues to amaze me. People need to think before they post!

Sep 17, 2012 04:39 PM #52
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


Great input!  I've not checked into what people might be saying but will have to do that and see if I can find anything out!:)

Thanks for sharing!!!

Sep 17, 2012 04:53 PM #53
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Joan, wonderful and timely advice that all buyers should follow. Thanks for getting our attention on this important matter.

Sep 17, 2012 08:17 PM #54
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Buyers and sellers do make comments on Facebook and it is a good idea for real estate professionals to read the remarks.

Sep 17, 2012 08:37 PM #55
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Joan - Yes, this is such a good reminder.  I can see this being tempting, but as you said, it is not smart at all.

Sep 17, 2012 08:37 PM #56
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate


I'm shocked at the amount of data I see shared on Facebook, and for that matter, on Active Rain as well.At some point, this is going to come back to bite an agent pretty hard.


Sep 17, 2012 11:10 PM #57

I'm looking for a real estate agent who can plug himself by "wowing" over this obvious advice. Any suggestions?

Sep 18, 2012 12:42 AM #58
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Seller --- what City are you in?     There are many things a great listing agent will do to get your home sold and protect your motivation!

Sep 18, 2012 12:55 AM #59
Sharon Denning
Momentum Marketing - West Richland, WA
Marketing that gets it SOLD

Joan, I can't believe this has never occured to me. My goodness I need to tell folks to digitally HUSH UP! Thanks for an AHA moment

Sep 18, 2012 07:20 AM #60
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Thanks to Cheryl for the reblog...Guess I better go check out the buyers and sellers that are involved in my transactions.


Sep 18, 2012 12:04 PM #61
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Yeah, I agree. This is a great advice for all. Thanks for the reminder. It is hard to resist, but it's worth it. Enjoy the rest of the week.

Sep 18, 2012 12:23 PM #62
Melanie Ross
Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific - Benicia, CA
Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828

Joan, Excellent advice!  One transaction that was extremely taxing, we had to tell the buyer to not say anything on line.  you really hit the nail on the head!  You want Joan Cox to be your preferred Realtor for Denver Co!

Sep 19, 2012 01:13 AM #63
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, Keller William Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

Such good advice. I had a client posting pictures of her future home on facebook before she had even presented her offer.

Sep 19, 2012 06:15 AM #64
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Thank you everyone for your comments, thought this may be a good post to get out after I had this happen!

Sep 20, 2012 10:16 PM #65
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Social media is crazy.  I have seen agents say very inappropriate things that could hurt their clients and I've seen people say things that could hurt their own negotiations.  Be careful people! Less is more. Get excited and post about it after close of escrow. -Kasey

Jan 10, 2013 06:10 AM #66
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