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Is Your Home Buying Walk Through Taped for Intel?

Is Your Home Buying Walk Through Taped for Intel?

It seems that sellers are getting increasingly overbearing these days. Real estate trends point to eyes and ears – both literally and figuratively – on potential home buyers. How bad is it? Holy privacy violations and paranoia, Batman, creepy clients are everywhere…

A Sneak Peek

As it turns out, clients nationwide are becoming a bit too voyeuristic. Perhaps social media has the average Sally Seller thinking privacy is relative, but it is now commonplace for a seller to follow a prospective buyer through the home on a home tour, and even install ‘nanny cams’ and other digital security devices in efforts to track potential buyer conversations and actions. Post-Facebook privacy invasion drama, this rise of seller shenanigans is seriously stirring the pot.

Creepy or Crime?

With home media and security devices becoming more prevalent, including ‘smart’ devices like Siri and Alexa keeping an eye on things, it pays to keep clients in the know – even if it means an uncomfortable conversation. Until such time as the legality of such practices comes to the forefront, advising clients to watch their comments is key. You never know what might be recorded – for posterity or bargaining power.

Tips to Avoid Overseeing – and Overpayment

To prevent sellers from potentially using a client’s desire for a home against them in the bargaining process, creating an organizational-wide guide for sellers touring homes is ideal, noting such surveillance devices. On the seller side of the coin? Ask each seller about the presence of equipment, being certain you completely understand the privacy laws in your area.

Hanging a sign on the door forewarning of surveillance is strongly recommended. Because of this real estate trend’s prevalence, the NAR now offers a best practices tutorial on the subject, with state-specific legislation.

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Stay Safe when You Use Drone Photography and Honor Other’s Privacy

As drones become ever more popular in the business and home entertainment sectors, privacy concerns abound – and incensed Americans are taking offensive action. With some states allowing private citizens to shoot at drones, safety and the protection of privacy and property are becoming an increasingly important facet with drone video usage in real estate marketing.

How Can You Protect Yourself?
New drone legislation proposals are turned in to states and cities daily. In 2015 alone, 45 states considered 168 pieces of drone legislation. Complicating matters, the FAA is maintaining its right to control where drones are allowed to fly, splitting authority between federal and state governments – with additional pending lawsuits/legislation to come.

Avoid Privacy Issues When Flying Drones
Since no one currently holds the authority to broadly protect privacy surrounding drone usage over people’s homes, common sense politeness is encouraged, especially surrounding drone video usage in real estate marketing, to protect your brand image.

Ask for permission, not forgiveness.
Don’t fly over private property, such as around neighbors’ homes for an aerial view, without asking first. 20 states have drone laws, with many on the books surrounding photography/videography. (Oklahoma recently enacted legislation protecting homeowners who shoot down drones not in public airspace over private property.)

Don’t disturb the peace.
Fly at a reasonable hour, trying to disrupt the daily lives of others as little as possible.

Never fly over people.
Or clueless creatures ranging from playful dogs to toddlers, who could become injured – or injure your drone.

Be friendly.
If a public spectator inquires what you are doing, reply in a friendly, accommodating tone. Your actions will have a huge impact on public opinion of drones – and your business.

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