Doing business in a Faraday cage.

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Here is a table tent that is now available to purchase from our local Realtor's board.

It touches on a brave new issue.  When you're touring a listing with your buyers, you may be under surveillance, and it may not be evident.

It used to be that video taping devices were large and cumbersome, but today, cameras have gotten so small, that they can be hidden in electric outlets, clocks, teddy bears.  People often install them as "nanny cams", but that doesn't mean they can't spy on you and your buyers, too.

I tell my buyers to treat every home as though we're being watched and overheard.  If we have something private to say, we can say it when we're back in the car.  I never like to discuss a potential purchase nor strategy while in the house.

Yes, this is a nanny-cam.And this isn't news simply for buyer's agents either.  Listing agents should know that their sellers are watching and listening to those showings... and they're going to be coming to you with complaints. "I don't want that Alan May showing my property anymore... he made disparaging remarks about my wallpaper".

They're also watching/listening how you represent the property when you hold Open Houses.  "You didn't tell them about the extra two-feet of landscaping we installed this year".

It's a brave new world, folks.  I hope you're carrying "signal blocking software" on your cell phone.

What's a Faraday Cage?

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- you brought back memories of a home I was touring. Back then it was easy to see the "eyes" that watched you as you toured each room. I'm thinking of getting one of those portraits that looks like the eyes are following you wherever you go. 


Mar 13, 2019 09:10 AM #1
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Speaking of that table, you’re bringing a lot of stuff to it that makes a lot of sense

Mar 13, 2019 11:39 PM #2
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

One must assume whenever you are outside your own home, you can be on video and audio recordings.  If you have Alexa, you're being recorded at home too.

Ah, signal blocking software.  That sounds like a subject for another post. 

Mar 15, 2019 05:15 AM #3
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