Buyer Advice: Keep Your Thoughts to Yourself

Reblogger Susan Haughton
Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 0225085927

Truer words were never spoken - and in real estate, silence IS golden at times. Excellent advice about what not to say when touring a home because those words of praise just might come back to haunt you. 

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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William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I tell my clients not to speak aloud in the homes unless they have a questions.

Jan 03, 2017 05:41 PM #1
Karen Hellier
Freelance Writer - Big Canoe, GA
Freelance Writer for Professionals, North Georgia

Thanks for reblogging this Susan. Great information that I might have missed otherwise.

Jan 03, 2017 06:32 PM #2
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Susan - I never thought of that but Holly makes a very good point.  Keep your cards close.

Jan 03, 2017 06:52 PM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Another great re-blog of a post I really enjoyed reading. Thank you Susan Haughton 

Jan 03, 2017 09:27 PM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great advice and an awesome post thank you for rebloging I am not familiar with this member so it was a good introduction, Endre

Jan 03, 2017 11:03 PM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Susan. I missed this and it is terrific. Great choice for a re-blog. Now off to tell Holly.

Jan 04, 2017 06:48 AM #6
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Sage advice for these times! Great re-blog Susan Haughton and thanks! I would have missed this one...

Jan 07, 2017 11:53 AM #7
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

Whether good or bad comments, agents and clients need to keep their mouths shut during showings and talk afterwards in private.

Jan 08, 2017 06:56 PM #8
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I'm so glad you re bloged this one. This is great information to share. In this day and age you can never be too sure who is listening. 

Jan 09, 2017 10:17 PM #9
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Great reblog and certainly worth following. Once discovered a car salesman listening-in on a hidden microphone that I discovered. Not surprised that some homeowners would do the same.

Feb 05, 2017 10:50 PM #10
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