As a buyer…

Before you walk into a home, you need to be prepared that there may be a camera in the home. As our technology becomes “smarter”, and can be linked to smart phones via applications(apps), you need to be prepared. Cameras, security systems, motion detectors, and even the “chromes and Alexas” are more readily accessible than they were a few years ago. Even doorbells are becoming more high-tech and video ready. You don’t need to freak out, you just need to be cognizant. 

In the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service (GTAR MLS), real estate agents are supposed to answer the following questions before listing a property:

1. Are there any recording devices in the home? If so, is it audio, video, or both?

2. Do the buyers have permission to record in the home? If so, is it audio permission, video permission, or both?

This is why sometimes I am not able to do Facetime showings, because the seller has not given permission to do so. 

Now, for you as the buyer, I recommend that you ALWAYS behave like you are being recorded. Be completely neutral in opinions while walking through the house.

Lastly, let's wait until we are FAR from the property to discuss negotiations. Even the smart doorbells can pick up on the fact that we are in the front yard dicussing. 

Kelly Raulston

“Reliable and Ready” REALTOR® since 2016. I was born in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Texas since 1997. When I found out we were moving to Plano, Texas, I remember looking forward to riding a horse to school and a brand-new pair of cowboy boots! Growing up in Plano prepared me to be competitive, quick, and to have a strong work ethic. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Axe’em Jacks! That is where my love for East Texas began. The nature, warm smiles, football games, and community values can't be beat! I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I was a middle school math teacher in Tyler, Texas. I met my husband, Travis, in Sunday school, and we have been married since September 2016. I love being a REALTOR® in East Texas! Relationships are genuine, the area is beautiful, and the market is rockin’! I am an involved REALTOR® to better the community. Some of the organizations I am involved with are: The Professional Development Committee, Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee, and Tyler Educational Networking Group. Some awards I have won were “The Hustle Award” in 2016, and “Rookie of the Year” in 2017. When I am not working with my clients, I like to spend quality time with my friends and family doing the following: running, target practice, read and participate in book club, and playing with my dachshund Greta.
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