Do you "Google" your clients?

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Home Builder with Sitterle Homes

 

Last week, I was talking with one of my collegeaus and he told me that he googles everyone that comes into to his model to make sure they are who they say they are. I later that day had reason to google someone that I had been working with, and I had a little surprise, that is all I can say for now. I have now started googling propects. I know of several sales consultants who do this and have for a few years now. So, do you google clients and or prospects?

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Rainmaker
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Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Admittedly I have done that a couple of times. YOU know who DOES do that? Some of my buyers have Googled the seller! And actually found some good insight that helped us with the offer. Some clients are VERY proficient with a computer!

Mar 07, 2018 06:57 AM #30
Rainer
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Pamalita-Paloma Alioto
Turquoise Woman Homes, Inc. - Santa Fe, NM
Real Estate Broker serving Santa Fe New Mexico

I'm going to start being a bit more proactive and check them out a bit more.

Mar 07, 2018 07:36 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes I do. I especially google people I've talked to and have an appointment to meet. I'd like to know who I'm looking for before I go!

Mar 07, 2018 07:43 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Yes, I use several websites to verify that the prospect is who they say they are. We get a lot of visitors to AZ that just want to waste your time.

Mar 07, 2018 07:55 AM #33
Rainmaker
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Karen Feltman
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group - Cedar Rapids, IA
Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I do!  Safer that way.  And then you know a little more about their motivations.  They have googled you before they met you!

Mar 07, 2018 08:35 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

After reading all these comments, I may just start Googling away. I've never made it a practice before but it seems like I may be late to the party.

Mar 07, 2018 09:43 AM #35
Rainmaker
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I don't each and every one, Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert ... but every now and then "something" will move me to do so.  Call it a "sixth sense" developed over 40 years in the business ...

Gene

Mar 07, 2018 09:50 AM #36
Rainmaker
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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I have had some leads that for some reason raised a red flag. I have then done a search to find out more about them.

Some, were not a person of interest for me.

Mar 07, 2018 10:34 AM #37
Rainmaker
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Dan Tabit
Northstone Real Estate Inc. - Sammamish, WA

I have some, but not everyone.  I had someone looking at a very expensive home and was able to determine through Google they were likely qualified to be considering that home.  

Mar 07, 2018 11:13 AM #38
Rainmaker
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MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

Always Google.  It give me piece of mind to know more about the people that I'm working with, and it often tells me if they are qualified or not to purchase what they are asking me to show them.  I've been very lucky with Google and not often disappointed.

Mar 07, 2018 12:12 PM #39
Rainmaker
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I not only Google people, I use a couple of other investigative services. Folks lie, and I will waste my own time, thanks! We often get corps that are not in good standing, and they need to get right with the ACC (or state of origin) before we can execute a lease.

Now having said that, there are many INACCURATE things that come up online (I personally have fed disinformation by design), but it is a good start before deciding who to take on as a client or accept an offer from. 

Mar 07, 2018 12:56 PM #40
Rainer
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Ann Wilkins
Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty - Oakland, CA
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont CA

I have always googled not so much for safety but to better understand the buyer and to see if we had worked together in previous industries/lives.   The seller in a recent listing worked for Facebook, so I made a point in my listing presentation to say that I would boost the listing in Facebook as part of my marketing plan. 

Mar 07, 2018 06:10 PM #41
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I do not as I know the people I work with.  I also don't work with just anybody and have systems and security measures in place. 

Mar 07, 2018 06:40 PM #42
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I do it sometimes but not always. It is a good method to learn more about them and whether you want ot work with them or not. I am sure the customers are Googling us.

Mar 07, 2018 07:41 PM #43
Rainer
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Adam Feinberg
ANCHOR ASSOCIATES - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse specialist

Yes! If a client is buying a condo in NYC it's not cheap, and typically given the price points, the client will have something about their life or career online. If the client is buying a co-op, I need to know everything about the client- because a co-op board approval of the client will be required. Co-op boards are extremely strict, and they will also google your client- and you need to be able to proactively address everything that can be found online about your client. For example, If your client got into a bar fight 10 years ago, and a board member finds it online, an agent might want to proactively seek to address the issue to reassure the board that extreme circumstances occurred and in the 10 years since the incident, the buyer has been a model citizen- highlighting community activism.  Some Co-op boards even require a visit of your current home before they will consider you (even if you live on the other side of the country).

Mar 07, 2018 07:49 PM #44
Rainmaker
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Barbara Calwhite
Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri - Joplin, MO
417-438-7387 Specializing in Relocation

Wow!  Very interesting.  I have used Case net and Facebook but not Google.  I will be adding that to my list.

Mar 08, 2018 05:58 AM #45
Rainmaker
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Specializing in Brookside, Waldo, Prairie Village

I do google them and I know pp google me. HOwever, sometimes it's difficult to find out much if the name is of a more common nature, or you don't know city they reside in. Still worth a try!

Mar 08, 2018 02:15 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes

Thanks for all your comments!

Mar 08, 2018 03:06 PM #47
Rainmaker
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Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Yes I do most of the time. It is good for safety reasons.

Mar 08, 2018 05:59 PM #48
Rainmaker
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Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

I do google people...they google us too! plus buyer google sellers and sellers google buyers.Or they find them on Facebook and see what they have to say and do! 

Mar 08, 2018 10:27 PM #49
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