To share or not to share ?-This is the question

By
Real Estate Agent with Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty


This question is about how much is OK to share on our blogs and if it could possibly be detrimental to our clients, or to us? These questions are How Much to share on a blog post?rhetorical and I am looking for you all to weigh in with the answers.

In their recent post AgentGenius raised a question about providing feedback to the listing agents and how it could be detrimental to a buyer, if you represent a buyer.

This made me think about things we write about on our blogs
. Let me give you some examples.

If I write a post about how to find a bargain in Princeton NJ
, I am giving away this information to the whole of the Internet. including the buyers  represented by other agents. Wouldn't it be to the benefit of my clients for others not to have this information?

There are many posts on blogs of the "buy of the week, month, etc
". If you as selling agent and say that the property is priced bellow the market, is does this present a conflict for the seller? If you are representing buyers, wouldn't you want to share this info just with your clients, and not the whole wide net?

Posts with generic ideas on how to buy and sell real estate are a dime a dozen, so there is no issue there. But suppose you have some clever and unique idea, wouldn't you want your clients only to know -to give them the competitive advantage?

How about competition?
We all have access to the same data. It's the analysis and interpretation that is important. is it to the agents' benefit to educate their competition on this analysis?

If competing agents pass this info to their clients, does it diminish the advantage your clients have because of your knowledge?

Just pondering...I am sure the brilliant minds on this forum had it all sort it out:)

Comments (3)

Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
https://teamcoker.robertpaul.com - Falmouth, MA
Heath Coker Berkshire Hathaway HS Robert Paul Prop

Ahh, the conundrum of the internet - what is useful and what is pollution?

Feb 03, 2009 06:11 AM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi Faina,

Absolutely - it's definitely something I've given some (and probably not enough!) thought to.  And I often find myself shaking my head at some things that end up online.  Many a time I've started typing away and then find myself reconsidering and hitting the delete key.  I imagine it will be an ongoing stuggle and that you have to weigh your goals for your postings vs any potential pitfalls.  As if writer's block wasn't enough!

Liz

Feb 03, 2009 06:43 AM
Faina Sechzer
Henderson-Sotheby's International Realty - Princeton, NJ
Real Estate Expert - Princeton, Montgomery ,Hopewell, NJ

Heath - it could be useful. the question is for whom?

Elizabeth - we must be in the minority... from the lack of response -this must not be on the people's mind:) Thanks for your comment.

Feb 03, 2009 08:00 AM