What? You were spying on me?

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Real Estate Agent with Springer Realty Group

I spent a Saturday showing homes to a client.   I spent a Monday explaining to my Broker why my clients had made a lot of negative comments about one particular (outdated....think brown paneling, avocado green carpet, etc.) home.

 

Why was I having to explain this?   Because the seller had called my Broker to complain about the negative comments my buyers had made while touring the home!!   This was a lesson well learned in this day of technology.

 

It turns out the Sellers were next door listening to our every word on their baby monitor and when they didn't like the negative comments they called to tell my Broker how "unprofessional" I am!   I was appalled to say the least.   They felt no shame in eavesdropping and felt quite justified in lodging their complaint.   Needless to say my buyers did not buy that house, nor have I ever shown it again.  The last time I noticed it is still for sale.

 

The moral of this story:  I now enter ever house I show under the assumption that I am being watched and/or listened to through the large variety of "spying" devices now available to the general public.   Not that I needed this experience to be professional and do my job in an above board manner however, I am super sensitive now and remind my buyers that the possibility exists.   I still feel my original buyers were more than entitled to voice their opinions about the "product" they were viewing, however, why borrow trouble?  We can talk outside when the showing is over.

Debby Singleton, 610-496-9094

RE/MAX Results Realty, 610-489-7355

Collegeville PA

Licensed in PA since 1993

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  1. Cheryl Ritchie 09/01/2011 04:48 AM
  2. Donne Knudsen 09/06/2011 03:07 PM
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Debby, I am here because of Donne's Re-blog and just like I said to her I am going to say to you: Ironically I have been saying this for the past 15 years to my buyers, once we leave the property that is when we should discuss the pros and cons of the property. I did not know that this type of behavior exists, I always like to err on the side of caution. So from these observations looks like there are a lot of Secret Agents Sellers out there.

So with that said now I will read what others had to say:)

September 06, 2011 04:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Liane Thomas - Corona & Riverside Real Estate
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OMG! I would have never thought of that! Thank you for sharing!

September 09, 2011 07:23 PM
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Mary Hillerman
Crye-Leike Realtors®

Good Morning,  The seller's should have appreciated the timely and honest feedback they received!  I advise all of my buyers that the nanny cam could be on and only make comments you would to the seller's face.

October 18, 2011 08:13 AM
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Jane Peters
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That is terrible, Debby.  No wonder the house is still on the market, because these sellers are nuts.

December 13, 2011 10:18 PM
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Matt Robinson
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Debby, I would have called up the complaining sellers and told them that if they didn't like my clients comments about their ugly house, then they should do something to make their house less ugly.  But I'm somewhat of an antagonist, so I realize it's probably not the most professional thing to do.

If they're eavesdropping on showings, it certainly wasn't the first time they had heard it...so getting upset about it is just ridiculous. 

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