This was such a great post for agents to share with their buyers, I just had to re-blog it. Thank you to Nathan Gesner for this reminder that sellers may be spying on us!!!
Is the Seller spying on you?
In the old days, cameras were large and expensive. They had annoying, blinking lights that made it obvious to everyone that they were being watched. Today's cameras are small, inexpensive, and increasingly common. They are in cell phones, laptop computers, and even televisions.
There are many legitimate uses for them, such as home security or monitoring children. The Seller may leave them in the house, not intending to spy on you.
Other Sellers may decide to spy on purpose.
I'LL BE WATCHING YOU!
As the technology advances, we are seeing an increasing number of "spy" cameras in homes. These are extremely small recording devices, hidden inside an ordinary household object, and typically tied to the wireless network where audio and video can be transmitted anywhere in the world.
Maybe the owner has had break-ins in the past. Maybe they were allowing showings and someone stole something from them. There are many reasons why they may want to record what occurs in their home and, in most cases, recording without your knowledge is legal because it is their private residence.
Be careful...Someone may be listening!
With easy, affordable access to recording devices, real estate agents should expect every home to be monitored. Educate your Buyers that the potential exists, then apply these practices:
1. Remind them before entering any home that they may be monitored by devices recording audio, video, or both.
2. Do not discuss anything you would not say in front of the Seller. This includes whether you will make an offer, how much you are willing to pay, how the home compares to others on the market, finances, etc.
3. Consider avoiding negative talk of the home. Laughing at their choice of furnishings or how ugly their granddaughter is could derail a sale quicker than you can say, "I see you!"
Who's looking out for you?!?
In any real estate transaction there are hundreds of things that can go wrong. Protect yourself by hiring Nathan Gesner, a real estate agent that understands the local market and knows how to protect you and your interests!
Call (307) 587-9608 today!