HIDDEN CAMERAS and home showings

You’ve heard of the “nanny cam,” but you may not have heard of the “showing candid camera.” If you haven’t, that probably means that your showing conversations are not upsetting your sellers, because if they were, you’d be out the door and never know what hit you. According to a Bankrate.com survey of sellers active in today’s real estate market, the ease of home surveillance has the number of sellers using undisclosed recording devices to monitor their agents’ performance during showings on the rise.

“It’s curiosity,” said one associate broker, adding that sellers often want to make sure that the agent is presenting the home in a manner with which they are comfortable. It’s also perfectly legal as long as the seller is monitoring their own home. However, some agents and many buyers say that they are not fond of the practice. “No one likes being followed around,” said one agent, adding that buyers may actually opt out of pursuing a sale if the monitoring is detected. “I don’t think homeowners are doing it to be nefarious,” another added, pointing out that such surveillance also can help prevent theft during open houses if buyers are aware that it could be going on.

Do you think that monitoring your home during showings is a good idea? As a real estate professional, would you like it if one of your sellers did this?

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Carole Ellis is editor in chief of the Bryan Ellis Investing Letter. Under Carole’s leadership, the Bryan Ellis Investing Letter has grown to over 700,000 subscribers, making it one of the largest real estate newsletters in the world. Each day, Carole directly impacts the daily thinking and conversations of real estate investors worldwide by providing thought-provoking analysis and commentary on news topics relevant to serious real estate investors.

Carole has a strong background in research and in the management of respected publications. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Georgia, and has substantial research experience in plant biology. She is the former editor of and writer for the University of Georgia’s Research Magazine. She’s also the author of hundreds of articles and multiple books and home study courses published under the names of her clients, many of whom are well known, highly respected real estate entrepreneurs as well.

Carole makes her home in Kennesaw, Georgia with her husband Bryan and 4 children.

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  1. Jerry says:

    You are risking federal prison acting this way and you are risking a lawsuit for encouraging others to break federal law. What you suggest is in violation of Federal wiretap laws. While you are allowed to video monitor anywhere within your home and even away from your home for if it can be casually observed, it can be recorded. BUT a audio recording of a conversation is a very different thing. Once you monitoring the conversation of other persons, even in your home, you are committing a crime. A conversation is personal and intimate. If you are using electronic devices to eavesdrop on a personal conversation in a location where there is a REASONABLE EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY (a closed room – not an open street) you are in violation of law and the penalties include imprisonment. Actually YOU do not even need to do this to be found guilty for you have encouraged other people to do it which make you complicit. I am in this business and I do know what I say is true, we have lawyers who follow these laws very closely. I do suggest that you consult an attorney and show him this discussion. If you ask me, I will provide you with people who are expert in this law.

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