The number of products available to homeowners to keep an eye on what is happening in their home has grown exponentially over the last couple years – Nest, Piper, and Canary are just a few.  Doorbells that allow you to see and talk to the person on your porch are also gaining in popularity.  What does this mean for home buyers and sellers?

When a seller is listing their home the best practice would be to notify your agent that you have video and or audio surveillance in the home.  Agents should be asking as well.  Posting a notice at the front door alerting buyer’s and agents about the presence of cameras.  Listing agents can post in “private remarks” (remarks not broadcast on the internet) that the home has surveillance putting the buyer’s agent on notice.  These things would put buyer’s on notice that they may be under surveillance and should not expect complete privacy while viewing the home.

As a home buyer you should understand that the seller may be listening and watching while you are viewing their home.  As agents, we are discussing this possibility with our buyers and discuss how to handle comments.  We advise that we should keep comments about the property and buyer’s interest in the property to be discussed once we are outside and away from the property.  Buyers would not want to give sellers an unfair advantage having them hear how much you love the home.

The Shocket Team works had to stay on top of the latest trends in real estate in order to help our buyers and sellers.  If you are buying or selling in the Reno-Sparks market we can help.