Is The Seller Spying On You?

Reblogger Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
Real Estate Agent with PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties

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!!!

Original content by Nathan Gesner 12599

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.



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!



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Nathan Gesner, American West Realty


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Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

Great share Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322 . I was just discussing this with someone last week. I appreciate your sharing it and will be sharing it 



Mar 30, 2017 09:23 PM #1
Sonmin Kim
Key Realty - Columbus, OH
Bilingual Real Estate Agent (English and Korean)

Thank you for great info.  I will tell my client and remember that.

Mar 30, 2017 09:25 PM #2
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322 - indeed a great re-blog from Nathan Gesner's post.

Some sellers DO spy!

Mar 30, 2017 09:40 PM #3
James (Jim) Lawson, DBA LLC - Bonita Springs, FL
Broker Associate, RSPS, BPOR, HI & PE

Thanks for reminding us about the possibility of seller-spying Julie and Nathan's original post.

Every agent needs to be aware that they may be unknowingly spied upon and keep their lips zippered when it comes to making negative comments. Loose lips sink ships!

Mar 30, 2017 10:48 PM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Julie. This is an excellent choice for a re-blog and could be a handout for new client buyers.

Mar 31, 2017 06:52 AM #5
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Julie, I saw Nathan's post, and we are seeing this more and more.  Buyers need to keep quiet until they are back in the car.

Mar 31, 2017 11:21 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is an excellent selection for a reblog. Prospects should assume that they are being watched.

Apr 01, 2017 08:04 AM #7
Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
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You are so right, Roy Kelley!!! Thank you for commenting!!!

Apr 01, 2017 09:38 AM #8
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

This is a good post.  I may have to save it to reblog later too!  I know that sellers are spying, I've had experience with it and often tell my buyers about it.  It's probably much more common now with technological advances than it used to be as well. -Kasey

Apr 02, 2017 02:55 PM #9
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

 Just another reason why you need to always be on your best behavior.    We need more good property managers in the Harrisburg Pennsylvania area, but I'm assuming you do a lot more of that in Florida and we doing 

Apr 07, 2017 10:19 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Great choice for a re-blog - this has become rampant in our area, Julie! Sellers "just want to hear what the buyers really think of my house!"  It's not about learning negotiating tactics - but, they are emotionally attached to their home and want people to love it like them. It's the craziest thing I've ever seen!

Apr 12, 2017 08:10 PM #11
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Our team informs buyers that sellers may be watching. It's a little unnerving to think someone is watching your every move. We encourage buyers to speak about their offer outside of the home. 

Apr 21, 2017 04:14 AM #12
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