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Where Do You Draw the Line?

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#RA-0003085 PA#RS347136

As we continue down the social media path, where do you draw the line with what you post? The random pictures of bizarre things seen in houses while out on tour can certainly generate conversation. Conversation generates interest. Interest can generate new business. I do get that.

But where do you draw the line in terms of exposing too much that's personal to a Seller? What you find funny, and what generates buzz... can it generate something negative if the Seller sees it? 

And if you see something that might cause harm, how do you inform, gently but effectively, so the person who posted it will understand or at least try to see if from another perspective?

It comes down to thinking before we post, hesitating before we state things, and looking for humor but with a filter. 

Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Interesting topic Monica. Yes, funny to you may not be funny to someone else. Worthy of thinking before hitting the "Publish" button.Jeff

Apr 05, 2023 10:40 PM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Jeff!

Apr 06, 2023 09:59 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker
Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.
Apr 06, 2023 02:51 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Richard! You, too!

Apr 06, 2023 09:58 AM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent Topic and food for thought. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week. 

Apr 06, 2023 03:58 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Charles! Have a blessed week, too!

Apr 06, 2023 09:58 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Monica - a pause prior to speaking or communicating in any way is a good strategy in life.   On and away from social media.  

Apr 06, 2023 04:44 AM
Monica Hill

I agree, Michael. I heard it said once that words spoken we are a slave to, while words not spoken we are the master of. 

Apr 06, 2023 09:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Monica,

Unfortunately many do not have a filter and when snapping photos while showing a home and something one thinks is funny is posted it may not be funny to the seller. I have seen some post a short video clip while on a property tour of a house they are seeing and pointing out some wonderful features they think buyers will like..I'm fine with it.

Apr 06, 2023 05:06 AM
Monica Hill

I agree, Dorie. I think part of that ability to expect photos of their house to show up is somewhat expected, and it's most likely covered in many listing agreements. 

Apr 06, 2023 09:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Monica... I'm very circumspect about what I post. I'm always very aware that when I list a home, I've been invited to "participate" in someone's personal life and they might not want it splashed all over the internet. I'm also very circumspect about what I post personally.

Apr 06, 2023 05:48 AM
Monica Hill

I'm the same, Nina. Much as I enjoy utilizing social media, I'm cautious about what to post. I've also encountered some buyers who, upon purchasing the house, want all the photos removed from social media for security purposes now that they own the home. Tough to put the water back behind the dam. 

Apr 06, 2023 09:55 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

A seller gives permission for us to post photos of their home online when they've signed a listing agreement. That doesn't include taking photos of things that could be embarrassing to them. Being professional means knowing the difference. And posting something online that they may not like? That's a no-no

Apr 06, 2023 05:50 AM
Monica Hill

I agree, Kat. It just frustrates me when people lose their ability to consider how their photos might impact someone. 

Apr 06, 2023 09:52 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net



Enjoyed your blog page, and I added you as a friend. I would love the follow back. Bill

Apr 06, 2023 06:32 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Bill!

Apr 06, 2023 09:50 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

People get carried away and there are some that look for opportunities of an illegal kind.  People seek those that brag about being on vacation on a date in the future which is an invitation to thieves.

Apr 06, 2023 07:55 AM
Monica Hill

People do get carried away!

Apr 06, 2023 10:00 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Kat Palmiotti nailed it. Professionals should know what is appropriate or not.

Apr 06, 2023 09:49 PM
Monica Hill

I agree, Kimo!

Apr 10, 2023 03:15 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true!  Congratulations on this featured post.  Staying in our lanes is a good way to stay in business and maintain a professional rep in the Rain!

Apr 07, 2023 09:40 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Jan! Staying in our lane sure helps!

Apr 10, 2023 03:15 PM
Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Great post, Monica! Based on what I've seen some Realtors post over the years, they've clearly left their thinking caps off by not realizing (or simply not caring?) what the owner of the home they posted the photo of might think. It seems proper protocol in so many segments of our society isn't the priority it once was, and that's sad.

Apr 07, 2023 03:39 PM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Greg! I agree. It just makes me wonder where people's filters are. 

Apr 10, 2023 03:14 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I like to keep it positive. I think if it’s in the MLS then it’s fair to spread the word. I don’t mind when other agents post pictures of my listings. If I was to post a picture of something odd, then I probably wouldn’t add the location.

Apr 07, 2023 07:43 PM
Monica Hill

I agree that if it's in the MLS, it seems fair. I just would hate to be the one to shine a light on something that might be embarrassing for someone else.

Apr 10, 2023 03:13 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

People just need to stop and think before acting. Does this have the potential to hurt someone's feelings? Will it endanger their security? Better say no.

Apr 07, 2023 09:54 PM
Monica Hill

Great questions, Marte! Thanks.

Apr 10, 2023 03:12 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Apr 08, 2023 07:00 PM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Kathy! I appreciate being featured!


Apr 10, 2023 03:13 PM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Country Living with City Convenience -Wilson Co TX

Totally agree.  Toured a house that was really unusual a couple of years back.  Showed the pics to my niece at Christmas and her remark was OMG.  But it was so bizarre I may post it in the Realtors only section to see if anyone can figure it out.  We couldn't.   Imagine 40 handicap bars in the master bath alone.  Some above the doorways and some close to the floor. I think the master tub had 16.   Had to see it to believe it. 

Apr 10, 2023 05:09 PM
Monica Hill

Sounds like someone really loved their bars!  I toured a house last week that had a bad slope in the living room, which had me curious about what the basement ceiling below it might show. When we looked up at the ceiling rafters below that slope, it became apparent why the floor was so sloped... poorly installed sistering on the joists. Since I'm not an inspector, I snapped a few photos, texted those to my inspector, and asked his opinion. He echoed my sentiments about them. But... I would never post those photos on social media anywhere. 


Apr 10, 2023 06:58 PM
Faye Y. Taylor
StepStone Realty, LLC - Floresville, TX
Country Living with City Convenience -Wilson Co TX

@monicahill;  Been known to send photos to inspectors for opinions also.  But yes the house was unbelievable and the other thing was it had people lined up to see it.   It seemed that a young couple lived there as there was a baby crib in the master bedroom and other items that suggested a baby in the house.  Have to say it was the most unusual one I have ever seen.  Needless to say the photos did not show the bars in all their splendor on MLS.

Apr 10, 2023 07:09 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

I've seen agents make tic tok videos while on tour...ugh. Not for me!  Some agents encourage social media posts by other agents..in any case, better to ask first.

Apr 11, 2023 12:25 PM
Monica Hill

I agree, Mary.

Apr 11, 2023 02:55 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

You make very fair points with this. Have a great weekend

Apr 15, 2023 05:17 AM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Lise!


Apr 16, 2023 05:25 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Monica Hill  thank you for your kind comment and yes I am seldom on FB or Next-door and I do not post  about client's homes only if it is not offensive to anyone.... I have seen on Broker's Open paintings and photos that the sellers should have taken down before the public was about to walk through their homes....Endre

Jun 03, 2023 06:21 PM
Monica Hill

Thanks, Endre!

Jun 04, 2023 07:11 PM