Buyer Advice: Keep Your Thoughts to Yourself

Reblogger Joan Cox
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

More and more homeowners have recording devices and there is a good chance in many homes you take buyers, your conversation is being recorded.   Best to have this conversation with the buyers upfront, and to keep the comments about the home to a minimum until you get back to the car.    So far, Colorado does not have any laws in place to say they have to disclose they are recording.

 

 

Original content by Holly Weatherwax

 

This past year was a big one for technology. It seems like everyone has the latest gadgets, from wireless doorbells, to talking towers and, yes, home camera and security systems. 
 
In the past, if you went into a listed property, you and your Realtor could walk around and freely Amazon Echodiscuss the merits of the property. With the widespread use of technology, you must now expect that you are being recorded, in some capacity. A paragraph has been added to our local listing form (Northern Virginia) that asks a seller to reveal whether or not they are recording activity in their home. There is also drop down on our on-line listing entry, under Security, that would allow us to indicate if there is 'Security Surveillance.' There is nothing, however, that mandates this disclosure. As a Buyer's Agent, I check for this information, but I can only know what has been disclosed.
 
A Best Practice, for both Realtors and Purchasers, is to assume that you are being recorded and behave accordingly.
 
Most Buyer's Agents will advise their buyers to 'keep their cards close' in a negotiation. Obviously, if the seller has access to your running commentary as you viewed their house, that advice means nothing. Of course, even if you put in a fair offer, your comments made during the showing could have irritated the seller, leading to a potentially hostile negotiation. Remember, selling a home is often an emotional sale.  Hearing that you don't LOVE their home, or that you plan to gut it, may not leave a seller feeling warmly toward your offer. 
 
It is a Brave New World out there Buyers! Remember that your words are not necessarily private if spoken within a listed property. Behave accordingly and you stand the best chance of landing your next home!

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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This is an interesting issue and I'm not familiar with the laws in the U.S. but I think here in Canada, Sellers can record a conversation and not have to disclose. Many peopel have security cameras in their homes these days, but it would certainly be prudent to have that conversation with your Buyer clients before going in to see the home...  It could also be beneficial if the buyers are pointing our any negative things that could be preventing the sale.

Jan 03, 2017 11:18 AM #4
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Joan Cox
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Marnie Matarese you are so right, we wanted them to leave, and now they still can "hear".

Jan 03, 2017 11:24 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
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Patricia Kennedy & Carol Williams we have not heard this here in Denver and see it frequently, especially in the higher-end priced homes.   Will need to check this out.

Jan 03, 2017 11:27 AM #6
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Pat Champion
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Great post and reminder that you never know who is listening it is best to wait until you get back in your cars to discuss the property. Thanks for the reminder I hope you have a great afternoon.

Jan 03, 2017 11:29 AM #7
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Joan Cox
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Gloria, this could be different in Canada, and will need to check out our Federal laws here. 

Jan 03, 2017 11:32 AM #8
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Joan Cox
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Pat, many times it is easy to see we are being recorded (red light on), but sometimes you just see cameras.

Jan 03, 2017 11:34 AM #9
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Good reblog and advice for buyers to keep their comments to themselves when viewing homes.

Jan 03, 2017 11:48 AM #10
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Li Read
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Prudent advice...a good reminder for all.

Jan 03, 2017 12:20 PM #11
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I'm wondering if it's posted, and someone is forewarned, if it's legal? Need to have Bernie look into this one. I'm curious. 

Jan 03, 2017 04:03 PM #12
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Roy Kelley
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Aside from state and federal laws, consumers need to assume that they may be on video or have their conversations recorded when viewing homes for sale.

Jan 03, 2017 05:11 PM #13
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Lou Ludwig
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Joan

Recording conversations in a home when it's being shown is becomes more common and can create a legal issue.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 03, 2017 07:45 PM #14
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Joan Cox
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Rebecca, buyers are usually a bit shocked that this could happen.

Jan 04, 2017 06:56 AM #15
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Joan Cox
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Li, think this is usually great advice, whether there is a chance the sellers are recording.

Jan 04, 2017 06:57 AM #16
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Joan Cox
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Debb, would think if it is in their own home, but need to check into this too.

Jan 04, 2017 06:57 AM #17
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Joan Cox
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Roy, I always do!

Jan 04, 2017 06:57 AM #18
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Joan Cox
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Lou, wonder if these homeowners are given the laws when purchasing the equipment?

Jan 04, 2017 06:58 AM #19
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Robert Bob Gilbert
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Joan, Buyers need to make their comments inside their agents car and certainly not in the home. Thanks for the re-blog.

Jan 06, 2017 12:43 PM #20
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Joan Cox
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Bob, you are sure right, don't want to let the cat out of the bag!

Jan 06, 2017 01:11 PM #21
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Joan... great topic to repost... I've been telling buyers to keep their mouths shut inside homes for quite a while now.

Jan 07, 2017 10:13 AM #22
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Joan Cox
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Nina, so many start posting info on FB and can really derail a transaction.

Feb 07, 2017 06:12 AM #23
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