If you are just thinking of beginning your home search, something really big has probably changed since you last toured homes. More and more homes are taking advantage of home technology and installing home cameras.
It used to be that you might see an occasional 'Nanny Cam,' or a security camera--in a very
high-end home. As costs have dropped and technology has become more readily available, more and more folks are installing cameras
that they can monitor when they are away from home.
As a buyer, remember, part of the success of these cameras is that they are very, very small. You may have no idea that you are being recorded. This is not intended to foster a discussion about what is right and what is wrong from a legal standpoint. My intent here is simply to raise awareness.
Besides being 'creepy' to some buyers, sellers who record in the home may be privy to information that you assumed was between you and your Realtor.
I remember one recent listing that was obviously using cameras. The cameras were located throughout the house and not all that well hidden. Frankly, it gave my buyer the creeps. Instead of looking at the house, he spent most of his time pointing out the cameras to me. Even if he might have been interested in this house, the cameras were a big distraction. He later bought a house down the street in the same neighborhood.
If you are selling your home, the temptation to keep the cameras running might be strong. Remember, however, that while they might make you feel safer, they could make potential buyers wary and/or nervous.
If you are buying a home, remember that everything you are saying may be recorded; be careful not to say anything that could give away your negotiation position. You never know who might be watching!
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