Valley realtors using cameras to watch potential buyers

Posted: 10:55 PM, May 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-06 05:50:22Z

A new trend growing in the real estate industry is sweeping across the country and the Valley: Sellers are using in-home security cameras to watch potential buyers in their homes.

"We are in a world now, where there is no privacy," said realtor Pam Goodmansen.

In the evolving digital age, Goodmansen has a warning for people searching for their dream home. 

"When buyers go into a home, they should always be careful of what they say," said Goodmansen. "They might be on camera. They might know it. They might not know it."

In-home cameras and security systems can now pull double duty, recording potential home buyers. Realtors suggest not disclosing any strategy tactics. 

"You don't want to go in and say, 'Oh wow. This is wonderful. This is perfect. This is exactly what I want,'" said Goodmansen. "Because, when it comes to negotiations, then the seller will say, 'Wow, this is awesome. We are going for top dollar.'"

And it's not necessarily against the law to watch people in your own home.

The National Association of Realtors just put out new guidelines on its website. 

In Arizona, recording is allowed if a notice is posted in a location where a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. The home could fall in a gray area, where an individual is not expected to have privacy in a public setting of an open house or showing. 

Realtor Shawna Warner expects the trend to ramp up.

"I think it's going to happen more and more," said Warner. "We don't see any new construction right now that's being built without some type of camera system or smart home system that can adapt to cameras."

Warner says it can also help a seller to hear critiques straight from buyers, like the need for new floors or countertops. 

"I think it's very easy to for a seller to be able to see honest feedback, that a realtor can maybe not provide as clearly as what they see on tape," said Warner.

And keep in mind, your conversation could cost you the house. 

"Some sellers are very emotional because this has been their home," said Goodmansen. "So if you say something derogatory, they may not want to sell to you."

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