Paul S.  Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.)

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Nina Hollander
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Yes, I do... but I also stay away from discussing religion and similar subjects with my clients. We are all entitled to our opinions but during a house search or listing process is not the time to focus on those issues. I don't discuss these on social media either. I can't tell you how tired I am of seeing friends go on and on and on pushing their agendas. I just don't care enough about their agendas.  My atttorney, my CPA, my doctor don't discuss such issues with me either... 

Dec 14, 2017 04:02 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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We can talk about whatever they want to talk about, within reason; I can be very open-minded and diplomatic. 😉

Dec 14, 2017 12:24 AM
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Pete Xavier with AffordablePlan.org
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
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Yes, I talk politics..."I don't care if you're a left leaning liberal or an extreme right winger...my job is to protect and increase your wealth!" That's my political talk, no disagreements or backlashes involved (I'm in the investment and insurance field).

Dec 14, 2017 03:07 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
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Everyone is so marginalized on politics nowadays. Unless both sides know that they agree on which side they are on it really ought to be avoided. If I disagree & am forced to listen to their opinion I'll just smile & nod my head a lot. No debating the clients.

Dec 14, 2017 04:57 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Absolutely. The only discussion would be is how it might affect housing.

Dec 14, 2017 03:42 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I just flat out tell people that I don't discuss politics or religion with anyone.

Dec 14, 2017 02:40 AM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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These days? You bet I do.

Dec 14, 2017 06:10 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Depends on whether I agree with them or not.

Dec 14, 2017 05:20 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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I have absolutely no desire to discuss politics. It's fairly rare that buyers or sellers will even bring up the subject with me, but if they do, I change the subject immediately.

Dec 14, 2017 02:43 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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They rarely do, we’re too busy talking real estate. 🏡 But no, I segway out of politics.

Dec 14, 2017 01:42 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
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If they bring it up, I will talk with them but I try to avoid any heated subjects or sharing too much of my opinion. I will never bring up politics.

Dec 14, 2017 08:23 AM
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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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    We can talk politics, religion, sports, physics, art, cats, classical music, whatever you like.   But let's stay on topic, and buy/sell your house!

Dec 14, 2017 07:59 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It depends... First on if we have a signed contract? then depending what they are saying. Some just state a comment, others state facts, some agree with how i fail and some speak way out there. Most often i bite my tongue and keep it business. 

Dec 14, 2017 05:41 AM
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Kenneth J. "Ken" Jones, Associate Broker
VRI Realty, Inc. - Metuchen, NJ
Premium Plus Real Estate Service

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, I'm apolitical, a political agnostic if you will when it comes to discussions with clients.

Neither my political beliefs nor theirs can advance the objective of serving their real estate needs.

I provide a service to virtually anyone who's capable of availing themselves of my services. And, discussing politics has no place in my business.

As Michael told Sonny in the Godfather, "It's business; not personal."

Dec 14, 2017 05:35 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Of course not.

This fear is reflective of how truly unskilled as a society we have become.

There are two incredible ways to approach this.

One is understanding you are never required to reveal what you believe. As agents we know how to smile through everything.  Keep them talking about themselves and keep turning the talk back to them.

OR,

Set the rules. The rules are defining how the one losing will self-identify. This will prove indispensable as the holiday gatherings convene.

Dec 14, 2017 05:25 AM
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Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
Premier Sotheby's International Realty - Daytona Beach, FL
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I prefer not to get into political discussions with anyone these days. It’s an area I prefer not to go to. 

Dec 13, 2017 11:35 PM
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Sharon Altier, SFR
Lawton Realty Group, Inc. - Elmhurst, IL

Absolutely. I keep it focused on business at hand.

Dec 13, 2017 11:20 PM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Yes, I do.  We all have differing opinions, and talking politics or religion for that matter is not the time or place to have those discussions.

Dec 14, 2017 05:51 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Yes, and also the Better Half!

Dec 14, 2017 05:28 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Yes you bet! I change the subject back to real estate right away.

Dec 14, 2017 05:14 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
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Yes, everyone has their own ideas they think are good ones!

Dec 14, 2017 04:58 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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I shy away from clients, family, friends, and even strangers.

Dec 14, 2017 04:56 AM
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Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

Absolutely! I actually walked away from a listing when the seller told me he would refuse to sell to certain populations due to political activities in those countries. Fair Housing.

Dec 14, 2017 04:51 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
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Yes sir that and religion.  

Dec 14, 2017 04:01 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
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No, some people need to be educated and I am happy to help.

Dec 15, 2017 02:03 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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Only if they disagree with my politics.

Dec 14, 2017 03:12 PM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
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Yes, yes, and yes! 

Dec 14, 2017 09:57 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Depends.

Dec 14, 2017 08:34 AM
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Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I let them talk while I concentrate on real estate subjects at hand.

Dec 14, 2017 08:16 AM
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Maria Sapio
Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty - Carlisle, PA
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Thank you Nina Hollander - perfect!

Dec 14, 2017 08:14 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Paul,

I listen and move on.

Dec 14, 2017 07:44 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

There's no need to "shy away" I just say I don't publicize my political views. I speak at the voting booth only.

Dec 14, 2017 07:42 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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I do not debate with clients but will listen to their views.

Dec 14, 2017 07:13 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, It's usually a one way conversation. They do all the talking.

Dec 14, 2017 06:38 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Dec 14, 2017 06:27 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Joe Pryor nailed this one!

Dec 14, 2017 04:49 AM
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
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I don't shy away from it but I certainly do not bring it up.

Dec 14, 2017 06:29 PM
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Tyra Hatcher Mitchell
Alliance Realty - Portland, ME
Southern Maine Realtor

Avoid.  Honestly, I just want to help people and I don't care what their political views are and I don't need to share mine. Having said that, we have hosted candidates for governor at our home so if they becaome friends with me on my personal facebook (very few)- they already know my leanings.

Dec 14, 2017 05:51 PM
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Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Yes, I do. I try to keep as far away from that as possible. Some still try to drag me into it, but I've gotten pretty good and resisting without offending them.

Dec 14, 2017 12:28 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Yes, and other topics too. It’s rare that they come up

Dec 14, 2017 11:39 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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never, never, never talk politics.... you may think you know how they think, but you may not know the true thoughts they have.... never, never, never...

Dec 14, 2017 09:28 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

If someone gets excitable it is a red flag to me and a turn-off making me courteous but not intimate. I will listen until a way-out. If objective and in a Q & A format, I am your huckleberry. People should be able to dialog, converse, exchange & explore and if not they have some personal work to do

Dec 14, 2017 07:35 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I would not call it "shy away" ... I just don't do it. I listen. Then I will say something neutral like ... crazy times ... let's hope for better days ahead.

Dec 14, 2017 07:19 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Avoid ther touchy topics.

Dec 14, 2017 06:48 AM
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Yes, because if they bring it up, they are strong on whatever they want to talk about! 

Dec 16, 2017 02:53 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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Yes, I do. I'll mention something just to answer and switch the subject~ that is usually quite easy. 

Dec 14, 2017 11:29 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I refrain. I don't talk politics with anyone but those very close to me and they have to share similar feelings.

Dec 14, 2017 06:52 PM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Yes. Politics has always been an issue to be careful in discussing, but in the current climate, it is even worse. Regardless of the side you are on, you can run the risk of alienating 1/2 your client base.

Dec 14, 2017 02:31 PM