You May Be Watched When Touring Homes For Sale

Posted on: 19 January 2022

As a buyer, when you visit a home for sale, there is an instinct to blurt out everything you like or do not like about the home to your realtor. However, in these modern times — you might want to think twice. Home sellers have cameras and other technology installed around their homes that allow them to watch and listen in as potential buyers view their property. Most people would like to think otherwise, but what a buyer says and does in the property may have an impact on the seller's offer-acceptance decision. Make sure you know how to be on your best behavior.

Legal Practice

In many states, it is illegal to record someone without their knowledge, but understand that this law does not apply in this scenario. The home you are viewing is considered private property, so the owner has the legal right to watch and even record all your interactions as you make your way around the home. So, even if you do not see a camera, it does not mean it is not there. 

Prized Possession

Every homeowner views their home as a prized possession. As such, they do not take kindly when someone talks down on their home, they take it personally. A homeowner can use these personal opinions to sway their decision on whether to accept your offer. Keep the concept of not saying anything if you do not have anything nice to say in mind. Only comment if it is neutral or complementary.

Beyond the Structure

A big no-no is to look beyond the bones of the home during the walk-through. For example, you should never open drawers or roam around areas that the homeowner has deemed off-limits, stick to the structure. This is a clear violation of their privacy, and again, making the homeowner upset will rarely work in any buyer's favor. 


In the same manner, the homeowner is using technology, you can also use technology. If you do not like something or spot something during the tour that you do not want to forget, you can always text your realtor. Your realtor can then respond right back or use the texts as a note sheet that the two of you can go over once you are outside of the home.

If you have additional questions on etiquette and best practice when touring homes for sale, be sure to ask your realtor for further assistance. If you need help touring homes, call a real estate agency, such as Mary Enck Realty, Inc.