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One of those “just when I thought I heard it all…” moments while showing a house in Macomb County

September 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Buyers agency, macomb county mi real estate market, tips for home buyers, tips for home sellers

Several months ago I read an article written by another real estate agent (in another part of the country) about an incident she had while showing homes to a  young buyer couple. The house was empty (the sellers left for the showing) and the buyers looked at the home thoroughly, even though they really weren’t interested after viewing the outside.  The home lacked curb appeal, and it also looked like it hadn’t been maintained well from the outside.

As the buyers and their agent toured the inside of the home they were chatty, discussing each room, weighing the pros and cons of buying a less expensive home with much work needed, or bumping up their price range to view homes that were in more “move in” condition.

Later that day the agent received a call from the sellers agent, wanting feedback.  When the buyers agent said her clients weren’t interested in the home, the sellers agent said something like “The sellers know your clients didn’t like the outdated kitchen and old linoleum, but they would be willing to give an update allowance.”    That was a lightbulb moment for the buyers agent.  Why?  The only way the sellers could know about the kitchen /linoleum is if they were there and overhead the conversation, or had some kind of listening device in the home.  The buyers agent then remembered about the baby monitor that was on the kitchen counter, and became upset.  She told the sellers agent that a private conversation that her buyers had with her should have been private, and having their conversations eavesdropped upon without their knowledge was a rotten thing to do.

I was blown away when I read what happened to those buyers and her agent.  I also remembered about this a couple of weeks ago when I entered a home in Macomb County with my buyer clients that had laptops set up in 3 rooms, with winky blinky lights flashing on them.

Were those laptops set up with video/recording monitors?  Quite possibly.   Was I offended?   A bit.   First and foremost I believe that a home owner has every right to secure their home.  If monitoring strangers coming in to their home when they are not there is part of their “feel good” security then that is ok with me.  What I do not find ok is it being done without the knowledge of the people in the home.

One of these days I fully expect to see a sign on the front doors of homes for sale stating “You are being videotaped while you are in the home”.   Hey, I’d be all for that!   Full disclosure after all isn’t offensive, secretly recording people is.

~Kris Wales~  A partner for your real estate needs in Macomb County MI
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