Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: Beware of Doorbell Cameras When Showing Homes

Beware of Doorbell Cameras When Showing Homes

You know how it is, the client and family leaps out of your vehicle to see a home and dashes to the door. They are chatting among themselves, excited to view inside. You're probably fumbling in your bag or pocket for the device that will open the lockbox, which means as an agent, you might not be paying attention to the conversation. We are always so focused on the task at hand.

Then, after the viewing, everybody returns to the front steps, and while the agent is locking the door and returning the key to the lockbox, the buyers are still chatting. Sharing their intimate thoughts about the home they just toured, maybe even talking about a price to offer. And all of this (motion and sound) is video-recorded for the seller's viewing pleasure later.

You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Buying a Home with a Video Camera on the Doorbell.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Comments

Good afternoon Elizabeth. This is right and appropriate.Buyers need to be quiet at homes until away from them.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 5 months ago

Happy Friday Elizabeth! Door bells with cameras (or cameras anywhere) are becoming more common every day. It is going to take a while to get used to that!

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) 5 months ago

Elizabeth- I love our Ring doorbell but you are so right. If you are a buyer, be on your best behavior when near one. Our Nextdoor app showed a would-be burglar trying to tear down a RingDoorbell. Doofus gave us all a good shot of his face in doing so. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 5 months ago

Sheila Anderson You might find this difficult to believe, but I have known buyers who sit down at the kitchen table to go through the mail sitting there. They don't always know how they are supposed to behave.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 5 months ago

Libby Cousins Yes, imagine my shock when I saw the police standing in front of my Ring doorbell, LOL. I missed them because I was coming out of the gym when I noticed my doorbell had been rung.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 5 months ago

Kathy Streib I love our Ring doorbell, too. My neighbors thought it was useless until somebody ripped off an iPhone from an unlocked car and rifled through their glove box. Now they wish they had one, too.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 5 months ago

Elizabeth, this is always nice to see/hear, until your Internet goes down, and the dang thing doesn't work!   

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

And that is one reason I am always telling my clients to be very circumspect about what they say inside a home or near the front door. You really never know who's recording and where and when.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 5 months ago

Joan Cox I had one of those yesterday. I was driving when I received a Ring alert on my phone. I clicked the app and it took fooooorrrrrr EVER to load. When it finally did load, the video somehow only showed a hand ringing the doorbell. Immediately I thought somebody obviously went into my neighbor's yard and crept along the fence line, staying out view for a reason, and then . . .

reached up and rang the doorbell? No, that was stupid. So I let it pass, and turned out it was a neighbor. I figured out whose hand it was, too, LOL.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 5 months ago

Nina Hollander It's been a while since I've showed property, about 10 years now since I work solely with sellers. But back then, buyers always yakked about the house all the way through. There wasn't a lot of inhome recording devices back then but I do recall a red light inside a teddy bear that was sitting in a living room, a nanny cam, I think.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 5 months ago

Ring or other camera doorbells are increasingly arriving on the scene.  You make an excellent point about keeping thoughts to yourself during showings.  Otherwise, a seller will know how to negotiate with you before words and numbers are ever put to paper.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 5 months ago

Myrl Jeffcoat I sold a home in West Sacramento where that happened precisely. The seller heard everything they said and reiterated it to me. So we pushed for list price and got it.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 5 months ago

Hi Elizabeth - well, I learned a bit more about "Ring" doorbells and battery life along with a an always wise reminder of  some things that need to be a part of a conversation with every buyer.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 5 months ago

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