How is POLITICS on Social Media affecting the Real Estate market?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Godzyk Real Estate Services NH License 033394

This is not a political rant and I am not taking sides. This is a story how social media is affecting some real estate sales. Lets take a situation here in the Manchester NH area.  In social media, keyboard warriors and those that like to complain are growing. Many people think that if it is online, it must be true.

 

We have a few local community pages here in my area. When something happens, you will see it on social media long before the "news" reports it. You will get assumptions, guesses, social media detectives and those adding their quick 2 cents.

 

Lets take politics. No not national... but local. People are quick to bash the Mayor, the police, hospitals, teachers, unions, road crews and drugs. Many subjects a Realtor wont touch with two eight foot poles. I find myself answering more questions than ever on Social media from locals looking to sell to buyers from all over, looking to buy in my area.

 

Rule #1 is do not feed the trolls, which means i dont argue with anyone on social media. No matter how right or wrong anyone is. I do answer questions in the comments section, in private message, email, phone calls and people I see anywhere i go. It has opened up many opportunities by being both neutral, patient and knowledgeable. 

 

As a city of 120,000 people we have it all. The good, the bad and the great. First off, we do not have big city problems like Boston, New York, Chicago or LA. We have small city issues. We have many more positives which i Will get into. Online users bash anyone with out the thought of repercussion. Politics falls into who or what, they may be complaining about.

 

 

Being in Real Estate, these social media pages have real life repercussions. Home Owners who are scared with instant notices if there is a crime. Home Owners fearing increasing taxes as the city government proposes more and more spending. Someone yesterday said, "It is not a bad thing you are getting more homes to sell." My answer it is more than just selling homes. There is a seller behind the home and i built a relationship with my seller. Why are they selling and where are they going to move to? SO when i hear "i saw on social media", I cringe.  

 

On the other side of the coin is home buyers. I have two different stories. First the buyer that says they wont buy here because of all the issues. I ask what issues and the response is always "what i read on social media." I have gone s far as taking relocation buyers in my car on a tour. To see down down, to see schools, shopping centers, the river and suburban neighborhoods. Everyone has learned how wrong social media was.

 

Lastly, is the buyer who i moving to NH to escape the crime or politics they live in now. They often laugh at posters who they say "have no clue what real big city problems are." To the buyer who bought because their child could actually walk to school. To their not being barb wire around the school. To larger streets. To how clean all the home are. They noticed everything. Health, safety and lack of big city traffic. 

 

 

In the end, if i can get the chance to talk to anyone, whether in person, instant message or email, i can give the "real" 411 and overcome social media stigma. 

 

 

 Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT message is to share with every consumer that my philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.

 

To CONTACT Scott Godzyk please call 603.661.2121 or EMAIL: Sctprop@aol.com .

 

About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties. 

 

    

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Rainmaker
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Lottie Kendall
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Best advice ever, "do not feed the trolls,

Nice feature post, Scott.

Aug 02, 2019 08:23 AM #19
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Clay Greathouse
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I have in the past gotten sucked in by Trolls, and guess what, after all the bantering back and forth, no views have been changed, only thing changed is my Blood Pressure.  Really is just a big waste of valuable time to no conclusion.  I find my self just blocking the obvious Trolls to avoid the temptation, there are plenty out there that will pick up the flag and argue with the Trolls, best of luck to them!

Aug 02, 2019 09:15 AM #20
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Well said Myrl Jeffcoat and when used right it can be a help but does come with added stresses

Aug 02, 2019 09:26 AM #21
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Exactly Kathy Streib but some people take everything as it is written no matter what

Aug 02, 2019 09:29 AM #22
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I so agree Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Aug 02, 2019 09:29 AM #23
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I see other local agents getting right in the fray.... i cringe Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 

Aug 02, 2019 09:29 AM #24
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Patrick Willard
Rio Rancho, NM

Some people, many of my friends included, over share. And I'm not just talking political opinions. I had one friend post a picture of his bulldogs when they followed him into the bath room. You could see his bare legs and he told us he was on the toilet (I unfollowed him after that).

I find it sad that some people are so desperate for attention they'll post anything & everything and constantly have to "check their likes". I've also got a couple of Army buddies that are on disability and while they don't post particularly divisive stuff they post constantly. Had to unfollow them too because every third post in my timeline was from them, and it's the same old stuff all the time.

Aug 02, 2019 11:44 AM #25
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Marte Cliff
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If people realized how much they undermine their own physical and mental health by being negative, they might think twice about it. But... if you told them they wouldn't believe it.

Aug 02, 2019 11:55 AM #26
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John Henry, Florida Architect
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Scott, very interesting examination of the distortions of social media.  Everyone now can be a political pundit, a social scientist, a poseur, a musician, an artist, an expert.  I never thought how SM could affect real estate like this and it really is alarming.  Thanks for bringing this subject to light!

Aug 02, 2019 04:42 PM #27
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! 

Aug 03, 2019 05:36 AM #29
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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I do see the same thing Kimo Jarrett 

Aug 03, 2019 05:37 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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That is true Lynn B. Friedman 

Aug 03, 2019 05:38 AM #31
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Greg Mona
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So true, Scott Godzyk. I suppose my biggest concern is the amount of bad information out there. Some of the questions I am asked in my day to day real estate life make me just shake my head. When I ask "where did you hear that?" or some similar question, most likely the response is "I saw it online".  Like the other challenges in our profession, it is yet another hurdle we must clear.

Aug 03, 2019 07:05 AM #32
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Leanne Smith
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My congrats as well on your feature.  Social media can be a powerful tool.  It is good to keep professional and personal posts separate. What I have learned is how to continue to strengthen my emotional intelligence by how I respond.

Aug 03, 2019 08:48 AM #33
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Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
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I refrain from any mention of politics on my social media--local, national, whatever. Every city  has issues of one sort or another. 

Aug 03, 2019 01:26 PM #34
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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I get most of my news from alerts on my phone. The rest comes from listening to all-new radio in my car. It is prudent to filter what I hear and the alerts I get through my own prism of reality and not buy into every opinion that is provided.

Aug 03, 2019 03:55 PM #35
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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We see real estate suicide all the time when agents think their "personal page": is somehow hidden from the public and blasting everyone who is not of the same mind is acceptable...not.

Aug 04, 2019 02:45 AM #36
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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I don't put a whole lot of credibility in social media when it comes to the trolls. I prefer to do my own due diligence. Get out there are see what is happening yourself. Do your own research. Shop in the local stores at all times of the day. That is how you check out an area. 

Example - If I see bars on windows and it is more the norm than the exception, I am probably in a high crime area. 

Aug 04, 2019 08:41 AM #37
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Scott I stay away from such groups, writers etc. not wort the aggravation and the bad karma, Endre

Aug 04, 2019 11:07 PM #38
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Kimo Jarrett
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We have the freedom of speech in the USA, so, people usually can say or write about almost anything. When I hear or read about something that is idiotic, I refrain from responding, however, when a topic is being discussed with comments or solutions that are contrary to my beliefs, I respond with my comments without regard to my business.

Being fearful is a detriment IMO, so, speaking up and standing up to diversity or comments is a right for every citizen. The silent majority needs to wake up and change the direction of where we are heading as a nation without fear or reprisals. 

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