Not Just Superstition Any More

I’ve long suspected that at least a few home sellers were eavesdropping on prospective Buyers with listening devices.

wall earsBut I just, umm . . . heard (through the grapevine, as they say) of a substantiated case in Minnesota.

Apparently, the Seller overheard the Buyer say how much they would pay for the home.

When the Buyer offered less, the Seller said “no,” and the Buyer ultimately came up to the “overheard” price.

The takeaway for Buyers (and their agents)?

Be careful what you say and where you say it.

Not exactly a news flash for veteran agents (or anyone with common sense) . . .

P.S.:  Can Sellers legally eavesdrop on Buyers viewing their home?

While I haven’t seen any discussion of that in Realtor circles, the safe assumption — at least for prospective Buyers — is “yes.”

See also, “Shadowing the Buyer and Their Agent”; and “Overheard at Barnes & Noble.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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