How much should a Seller want to see when a Buyer is looking at their home? With a wave of home owners purchasing "in home" cameras, this story has finally hit main stream media. There are three sides to this story that has points of view coming from buyers, sellers and their agents.
First is the buyer. What should they say? What should they not say? Does it mean they should not ask questions any longer? I recently had a buyer agent "Shush" their buyer as they asked questions on a Luxury listing. It is common for luxury homes to have assisted showings. A good listing agent gives a short opening statement and lets the buyer see the home without their interference. As with most homes, this home as cameras. My opinion is by all means buyers should ask all the questions they want. They should not discuss what they may offer though until in privacy with their agent.
From the sellers point of view, they have strangers in their home. Most cameras do not record voice. If they do, in NH you must post at the doors that recording devices are in use. Not for video, but just if you record sound. Some sellers though take it too far. Take a home I showed yesterday where the tilt and turn camera followed us. It freaked the buyers out and the seller lost a sale because of it.
Lastly the agents point of view. As a big listing agent I go over with my sellers the pros and cons of cameras. I let them know the law here in NH. I also let them know they may hear something they do not want to hear. Buyers could not like their orange paint. They may not like their black paint on the hardwood floors and I warn sellers not to be emotional during the selling process. Buyers may have different tastes and they will talk openly how they may make the home theirs, changing the sellers tastes.
In the end cameras are not going away. It makes me a better agent by communicating with my clients this possibility. What to expect and any pros and cons associated with cameras.
My philosophy is simple, provide more personal and professional service to guide my clients through each step of the buying or selling process. All Agents are not created equal and every buyer or seller should take the time to hire the BEST not just the biggest. Those that hire me, find a dedication like no other.
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About the Author: Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of the Godzyk Real Estate Services in Manchester NH. Proud to be locally owned and operated with 32 years of experience, Scott is a leading Agent for Listing and Selling Homes in this area.We are Full Time Agents ready to serve all of your Real Estate needs. Servicing Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack and Belknap counties.