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Are you spying on potential buyers? And do you need to disclose this surveillance information to your REALTOR® ?

This is a question that comes up more and more often when preparing a home for sale on the market.  This is a discussion you, the homeowner, need to be prepared to have with your REALTOR® when listing your home for sale.  This is a topic you will want to explore. This is a legal area you will want to become familiar with, in your state, and how to apply these laws in the day to day activities involved in selling a home- from broker open houses, to public open houses, to private showings, to inspections and appraisals.  No doubt there is a lot to know in order to not run amuck of the legalities of the business of both protecting your property AND selling your home.

Connecticut is a -1- Party state- and this summary of CT laws gives you an overview with which to begin the conversation.  It is taken from NAR.realtor Law & Ethics section  Video and Audio Surveillance Survey

A person may record oral conversations where either  the person is a party to the conversation or at least  one of the participants has consented to the recording.
A person may not knowingly photographing, filming or  recording in any way another person’s image without  consent in situations where the person is unaware of  the filming, not in plain view and has a reasonable  expectation of privacy

In June 2016 Realtor.com published an interesting article on the same subject, one all sellers- and buyers should read PRIOR to beginning the process of selling or shopping for a home.

Looking to buy or sell? Or currently listed For Sale By Owner and thinking ‘this is not what I thought it would be’?  Searching for guidance and a buyer ready to purchase YOUR home to you can move onto YOUR next journey? Then reach out and let’s chat about it-

Dawn McNary
REALTOR®
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices – New England Properties
Essex CT
860-575-5001 
@DawnMcNary on Twitter
“Making YOUR real estate dreams a reality!”
 Licensed in CT & TX

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