Have you been viewing real estate lately?
Maybe not. I have something that is new that I have been talking about for the past 3 or so years before taking a real estate buyer into any home to view it.
I am speaking of audio and video recording. I notify my home buyers there may be hidden cameras. I also notify my buyers that it’s up to the seller whether or not they are recording.
There is no expectation of privacy in another person’s home.
The time that caused me to become “woke” was after showing a Valencia home in the Summit to my real estate clients.
The agent called me after we left the residence. I assumed that the Bluetooth KeyBox notified her that I had reseated the key within the lockbox.
She was interested in following up and said that it appeared that my clients were interested because we had been sitting on their living room sofa for over 40 minutes talking.
My light bulb flickered, as she brought up some verbal discussion had by one of my seller’s daughters about the child of the home sellers, apparently they go to school together.
Not only were we being recorded on video, but audio recording also. Now my light bulb was on full blast.
That made me think of the bathrooms, could there be cameras in the bathrooms?!?! Who would know unless made public and what would be the consequences?
I explain to my clients their candid discussions about a seller’s home may have offensive qualities. While you should be able to say what you want, 1st amendment, free speech and all, not all discussion is constructive and of buyer benefit.
“Martha, can you believe that people live this way?” “How do they even think they are going to get close to asking price?” “I know we can get these people to come down in price because I’m so good!”
Ok, let me stop here. If those things are not meant to be offensive, they are in most people’s minds. Even if deservedly so, those are lines that usually don’t get back to a home seller from the real estate buyer.
You can see how much harder that is going to make buyer/seller negotiations if things like that are stated and found out.
The same applies to items that occur during escrow. Even if nothing “out of school” was mentioned when viewing the home, maybe something slips out during the home inspection that gets recorded and shared.
Such as, “These sellers were desperate, I know we can get them to give us credit for the carpet.” “Ha, I know that it’s only a $50.00 fix, Let’s see if they will give us $500.00 – why not, they have been in escrow and don’t want to risk falling out…”
Stuff like that, spoken about with a harmful attitude, within the contract, is damaging to a real estate transaction. Those comments are from folks that don’t know their manners and apparently don’t understand human nature.
LOL – they could also be from folks that don’t think they are being recorded!
When viewing real estate with your agent, make sure that you have the discussion with them, they may not have “woke” yet and it’ll be up to you to shine a light on “what could be” when viewing real estate listings.
I’m Connor MacIvor with REMAX of Santa Clarita – Valencia CA. I’ve been representing both buyers and sellers of homes and real estate since 1998. I’m glad to be at your service. Reach out to me when you are ready and I’ll be here for you.