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By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Broker in San Francisco, CA

6 Reasons You Should Google Your Address (or Search it on Trulia!)

It seems almost negligent these days to go meet with a prospective employer, set your kid up on a sleep-over or even add an old friend on Facebook without first running the company's name, your kid's pal's parents or your old college chum through Google -- just to see. But it's nowhere near as common (yet) to Google or otherwise do an internet search for your home's address.

There are at least six compelling reasons it makes sense to do so, though -- especially if it's an address you're thinking of renting, buying or selling. Smart homeowners would do well to search for their addresses, too, and here's why:

#1. To See If Megan's Law Registrants Live Nearby
Safety first, folks. Megan's law requires law-enforcement authorities to make information available to the public regarding registered sex offenders in their neighborhoods. Nearly every state that has a Megan's law-type sex offender registry has an online version that serves up the names, addresses, sex-offense history, and even photos in many cases, of convicted sex offenders who are registered as living at a certain address. Googling your address and "Megan's law" -- or even your city or zip code and "Megan's law" -- will turn up a quick list of nearby registrants. Alarmism is not a good look -- ever, but many homebuyers with young children highly value this information, especially while they are still in their contingency or objection period, before their home purchase is finalized.

#2. To Find Crime Reports and Data for Your Home and Environs

Cities, counties and state law enforcement agencies all post crime data online, but a Google search for your address or city and "crime reports" is most likely to turn up your local police or sheriff's office's crime map. Or, you can check out the crime stats around a specific property on Trulia’s Map & Nearby tab on the detailed page for your home's address. In my town, for example, you can see a crime map of recent incident reports for the whole city, by zip code, by neighborhood or by address. You can zoom in and out, and the map is in color and letter-coded with little icons representing different types of crimes: red is for violent, blue is for drug crimes, green is for property crimes; and the most common specific offenses reported get their own two-letter code. Whether you own or rent your home, if you hear a siren and wonder what happened, Google might be a good place to look.

This is also a good strategy for home buyers to leverage. In fact, when new homeowners Robert Quigley and Jennifer Friberg started developing headaches and other strange physical symptoms after moving into their first home, a neighbor dropped the informational bomb that the home's previous resident had been cooking methamphetamine in the home. In a panicky effort to suss out the truth, they Googled their address and - yikes! - found it listed on the Drug Enforcement Administration's database of meth labs! If you're considering buying a home, or moving to a neighborhood with which you are not completely familiar, doing a quick address search on Trulia or Google holds the potential to reveal some disturbing or comforting crime activity information.


#3. To Detect Scammers Trying to Rent or Sell Your House. In one of those if-only-they-would-use-their-powers-for-good-not-evil scenarios, Internet scammers have taken to ripping off home information and putting together fake listings offering other people's homes for rent or, often, lease-to-own. They often list the home on extremely cheap and easy terms, then ask the would-be-buyer or tenant to please wire or send the deposit money overseas, where the faux-seller can get it while they're traveling in -- you guessed it -- Nigeria. (And, BTW, I have friends from Nigeria who even distrust emails they get purporting to be from Nigeria!)

These scams come to light, most often, only after the homeowner or current resident notices all the bargain-hunting wanna-be tenants start peering in the windows and tramping through the backyard, checking the place out. If you are getting an inordinate amount of street or foot traffic to your home, or someone knocks on the door asking if they can see the place, you may want to Google your address. If you find a fraudulent listing, contact us, identify yourself as the home's rightful resident and ask us to take the scam posting down - stat!

# 4. To See What Your Neighbor's Place Sold for and Possibly Lower Your Property Taxes.   In real estate, the value of your home is largely driven by what similar, nearby homes have recently sold for ("comparable sales," or "comps" for short). That gives every homeowner a valid reason for wanting to know what the neighbor's place sold for (on top of your purely voyeuristic need to know). If you search your address, Trulia will first surface some sort of image of your home, a map, the basic property details from the public records (see No. 5, below), and recent sales data for your own home before listing out the comps -- homes with similar numbers of bedrooms, bathrooms and square feet as yours, near yours, and what they recently sold for. Googling your address, in this instance, does double duty -- letting you satisfy your cat-killing curiosity to know what your new neighbor paid for their place, and track the value of your own home at the same time!

And as an added bonus, if you see a pattern of homes selling for lower than your home's assessed value, you can use those comps to petition your County to lower your own property taxes!

Three birds, one stone - you get the picture.

#5. To See Your Home's Property Records. It's a story as old as homes -- well, at least as old as websites that display home records and listings. Your home's records online are populated from the public records about your home, which are either so old they don't include the upgrades and additions that have been done over time, or they're just flat out wrong for a number of reasons. My last home, while large, certainly did not have the 25 bedrooms one site listed it as having. On the other hand, it also was not a boarding house, which is what that site listed as the property's County-designated use. If you Google your address, or search for it on Trulia, and find that your home's description is riddled with errors, contact us or your County public record agency to correct them; this is particularly important if you're planning to sell your home anytime soon.

#6. To See Your Home's Google Street Views. When you're selling your home, it's especially critical to see everything that prospective home buyers will see. That means checking out how your home's listing looks on all the online real estate sites (yes, even on Trulia), checking out the flier - even stopping by to check out any staging your broker or agent did if you've already moved out. One thing even most savvy sellers don't check out is the way Google Maps Street Views depicts your home. If you're unfamiliar, Google actually hitches up cameras to cars and sends them up and down public streets worldwide, so that Google Maps users can go from an overhead view of a street via satellite to seeing panoramic pics from the street from curb level with one click.

Trust me, home buyers know this, and do this. They often use Street Views as a shortcut for seeing whether a home's photos are just fuzzy, or whether it's next door to the local hoarder's house. Here's the problem: Sometimes, the street views can be outdated. I did a major remodel on my home a few years ago, and the photo was clearly taken mid-construction: with dumpster in front, unpainted siding and all. If you're about to sell your home, and you notice that the street view is outdated, mention it to your agent, and ask them to make a note of that fact in the listing information.

 

Note: This post first appeared on WalletPop.com on 12.13.2010.

P.S. - You should follow Trulia and Tara on Facebook, too!

Comments

By Ed Rudolph,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:28
Well done.
By The Cascade Team Real Estate,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:29
Great posting! Thanks!
By Marybeth Mills Muldowney,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:31
HI Tara, I also google my company and my name to see where listings and articles are showing up. I list my properties on google alerts and then forward to the appropriate owners so that they can see the internet exposure they are getting, also great way to forward my blogs to interested parties, google preference gives them more starability!

MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
Founder and President TradeWinds Realty Group LLC, Massachusetts

http://www.TradeWindsRealtyGroup.com
By Craig Sites,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:32
Thanks Tara, That is great advice to offer clients.

Craig Sites Owner/Broker
281-992-3322
http://www.TexasSitesProperties.com
By Grover Barbaran,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:32
Great Information ! Thanks Tara
By Terry McDougal,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:37
Realtors should google a listings address before entering it into the MLS to be sure the address will resolve correctly and show the property on maps correctly.
By Helen Oliveri,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:40
Great post Tara. Have to love Google!
By David Norwood-Central Coast RE,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:43
Tara- Saved link to my favorites. Good suggestion.
David Norwood - Broker
David@dnorwood.com - http://dnorwood.com
By Davidm,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 11:51
Thanks Tara! Great information.
By Nazir Abdulla,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:09
Thank you. This is great advice.
By Steve Morgan - (302) 541-5363,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:09
Great information I always google phone numbers too ...

Steve Morgan
http://www.bethanybeachlender.com
steve@steve-morgan.com
By Wes Black,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:16
Great information. I will be sure I make all of my clients aware of these points. Wes
By Yehuda Segall,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:17
Excellent advice. I can use this to sell a house and to show the good points for my listings.
By Yehuda Segall,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:17
Excellent advice. I can use this to sell a house and to show the good points for my listings.
By Deborah,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:20
But what if the map of my address is completely wrong?
By Angeline Brown,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:30
Excellent post! Im linking this one to our Browns 1st Class Realty, Inc. Facebook Page.
By Dave Skow,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:32
thanks ...nice post ...fyi ( somehat related):

There's a site called SPOKEO.COM that's a new online USA phone book with personal information: everything from pics you've posted on FB or web, your credit score, home value, income, age. You can remove yourself by searching your name, copy the URL of your page, then go to the bottom right corner of the page and click on the Privacy button to remove yourself.
By Christopher Marks,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:36
Also to determine if inaccurate and/or misleading information concerning your property is showing up. This is always a hard one to deal with because even if you find it it can often time be near impossible to get removed or corrected. My home continues to shows up with the wrong school district and all of the sale information for a neighbors home that was sold over four years ago - repeated attemps to get this correct have always failed.
By Ellen C. Connelly,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:37
Great information for buyers,sellers, agents!!!
By David Kurz,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:46
Great post.
By Judy Sexton ABR,CRS,GRI,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:48
Thanks Tara, great information.
By Blake Smereczynsky,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 12:58
Google Street View is a great source for buyers to learn a particular neighborhood! I use street view before considering buying a foreclosure home from the county. Saves a bunch of time!!! As for scammers trying to rent or sell properties, that's also great advice! In the Tampa Bay area market scammers have attempted this many times.

Blake Smereczynsky
http://www.floridachoicehomes.com/
By Roger Kinnaman,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 13:22
Thanks Tara, Good info and also lots of good information posted by everyone..
By Wendy Valko,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 13:25
Great post....Thanks for sharing!
By Jeffery Jasper,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 13:27
Another great post!
What did we do before Google?
By Joe Flores,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 13:30
Thank you this is very usefull information.
By Kathie Sizemore,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 14:30
Fabulous! The dumpster comment is memorable. Thanks!
By Charb,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 14:36
I always google addresses. Even if I am visiting a friends home for the first time. This way I know where to park what landmarks to look for etc. I recently googled a friends address and found out TMI too much info. I found out how much she paid for the home and her realtors name and also how much money she earns per year! Yikes!
By pberkery,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 15:00
Beware!! What is found, Must be disclosed (in CA)! Most brokers frown on suggesting a listing client or an agent check Megan's List or crime stats. I'm surprised there's no mention of this very thorny fact! I teach CA DRE Continuing education courses in Risk Management. This subject comes up all the tim
By Donald Angelilli,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 15:14
Tara, Thanks for thsi very important info... that everyone should know....
By Lisa Ancich,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 15:32
I love the information! However, I do think that people should call their Realtor when wondering what their neighbors house sold for, or for statistics about a particular neighborhood. As we all know in Real Estate, misinformation is sometimes reported on these sites. But, thank you for the great advice!!
By Fiona Tustian,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 15:47
Great reminder to tell our clients of this tool. I might add that I have often googled a client's name and address to see where they currently live and have a better idea of what they would want in a home prior to meeting.
Fiona Tustian, Realtor, Charlottesville, VA
http://www.VirginiaHomesandFarms.com
By David Grbich,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 15:58
Tara - very creative post and information we can all use - I particularly like using the Google Maps street view to do a quick preview of a distant listing but it is good to checkout on my own listings to see what potential buyers may see courtesy of Google. Thanks!

David Grbich
CA Broker
http://www.FindCARealEstate.com
By Carmen Gutierrez,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 16:05
Great information to know! I have used it several times.

Marietta Real Esate Agent
By Kim Ryals,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 16:39
The information on Googling your own address, or one that you may be making an offer on. Knowledge is power for everyone. The information that is returned to you is priceless. Some questions just never get asked and that can be devistating once you move in or figure it out. Kim Ryals Real Estate Specialist serving Santa Rosa Beach , WATERCOLOR Florida http://www.emeraldcoasthomesonline/kimryals
By Ana E. Hlavnicka,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 17:53
Great information ,however........ P berkerey is correct , in CA you must Disclose ..... Disclose....... Disclose........


Ana Hlavnicka
CA Realtor
By David Vearon,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 18:14
We know what you mean by a good neighborhood. The better the neighborhood is inversley proproportion to the number of Black and Latino people there.
By Pat and Steve Pribisko,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 18:18
Very good suggestions.
By Acrtcmerck20,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 18:59
HOW DO I GET MY HOME OFF TRULIA.COM? LOTS OF WRONG INFORMATION ON THE SITE! WHO DO I CONTACT TO ELIMINATE ALL INFORMATION AND PICTURES? IS THERE LEGAL RECOURSE IF TRULIA.COM DOES NOT COMPLY WITH REQUEST?
By Estika,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 19:13
I wrote many times to Trulia to correct information about our house and there is no correction to this day, so what is it good for?
We took over seller's mortgage and paid second mortgage to him for 5 years, Trulia claims that we bought our house only for the amount of second mortgage.
Check for yourself: 9951 Earlston St., Orlando.
Thank you for reading.
By Honest Broker,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 19:29
someone is always watching? have we become a society of spies like those in china that spy on their neighbors except now we are using the internet? what kind of society have we become. this is very scary!
By Honest Broker,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 19:33
what if the information is wroing? could you be destroying someones life?
By Rob Dandrea,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 20:27
Great Post.
By Norma Laine,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 21:50
Thank you for the suggestion.
By Stacy Jenkins,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 22:22
Thanks to Dave Skow for the information on Spokeo.com. It is disturbing that there is so much about us available to anyone with a credit card for a low yearly rate. I do think that it is important for clients to find out as much as they can about their possible home purchase but as stated before some of the information may be wrong or misleading. I think Realtors should be the buyers first resource as we know our areas and actual sales amounts and information.
By Michael Adams,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 23:08
Regarding Megan's Law in NJ, I would caution potential buyers against relying upon upon any website listing sex offenders. You have no way to judge how current or complete the information may be. For more information regarding NJ's law, I would direct you to your local prosecutor's office. Here is a link: http://public.findlaw.com/library/state-district-attorneys/NJ.html
By Voices Member,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 23:15
I'm currently living in my mothers home. We are currently fighting a foreclosure. (Very long process! ) She bought this home in 2004, and we've been living here since. When I first checked out Trulia about 6 months ago, I fell in love and started to follow closely. For curiosities sake, I looked up our address and to my surprise, found it. It was listed as SOLD! This property apparently "sold" on Aug. 4, 2010 for $62,200. The information about the home was listed correctly but the google acquired picture and map was incorrect. The home even had a Realtor listed!!! So I attempted to contact the Realtor by phone and email to find out what was happening but no response from her. By the way, this is not the first time I try to contact a Realtor for more info on a home that I was interested in on Trulia. NOT ONE has answered any of my questions! Back to the point, no the home I live in has not been sold, we currently reside here, and it is still my mother's property, not the banks! We double checked this with lawyers. Tara is right, you should double check all of these, but the info is not always correct. Also, to all the realtors that dont answer back, why advertise homes here if you have no intentions of trying to sell it???
By Judy Sharma,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 23:24
Thank you, Tara
By Michael Adams,  Thu Jan 27 2011, 23:25
BTW - Google will be removing real estate listings from Google Map, effective Feb. 10th - http://www.housingwire.com/2011/01/26/google-to-take-down-real-estate-listings
By Tim Schuck,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 04:41
Any REALTOR not responding to leads from Trulia, or any other leads, in this market is wasting their time.
Buyers are scarce enough as it is......and any REALTOR not responding is giving the rest of us a bad name.
By Tean Wong,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 05:40
Always looking forward to your new post.
By Pamela Dale,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 07:29
This is soooo good!!!!
By H20ski,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 08:22
All I came up with was a pic of my place, no other info found, but good idea I guess.
By Susan K Talarico,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 09:04
Thanks Tara! You always have such excellent post with valuable information. I am going to TWEET this post today!
By jackmcoach,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 09:04
By Jack Muratore, Coach Realtors, Smithtown NY Jan. 28, 2011
Tara: Great Post! Great Advise To Home Buyers & Sellers Who Need Help With Their Real Estate Needs.
I Have Been Helping People Sell & Buy Homes For The Past 29 Years And I Will Pass On This Information To All Who Need To Know.
By Voices Member,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 11:31
Great article! I tried to Twitter it and the address was to long unfortunately :(
By Voices Member,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 19:11
great information I took some notes
thanks
Beatrice
By Danauito,  Fri Jan 28 2011, 19:37
Google ROCKS!

Real Estate Encyclopedia for 2011 PDF
http://d2tkabpwf7wkmx.cloudfront.net/RealEstateEncyclopedia2011.pdf
By Richard L. Sanderson,  Sat Jan 29 2011, 08:33
Item #4 To See What Your Neighbor's Place Sold for and Possibly Lower Your Property Taxes. I would stress the word "possibly." It's all a meter of timing. Current sales may influence the upcoming assessment more than the current assessment. Most assessed values are determined as of December 31st or January 1st each year and not revisited (as far as an "effective valuation date") until the next reassessment. But all in all the change in market value should affect the assessment since most states require that assessed values follow market values (unless you live in California or another state where limits have been placed on assessments and they now don't resemble market value.
By Jeremy Gulish,  Sat Jan 29 2011, 15:03
Very smart thinking. We ran into problems of people confusing a rental of ours with another "Road" and not "Avenue" of a similar name. Always good to keep an eye out!
By Tommycooker,  Sun Jan 30 2011, 11:21
great site!
By Jane Grant,  Sun Jan 30 2011, 18:12
Great post, Tara: I am going to comment just so it's bookmarked!
By -,  Wed Feb 2 2011, 14:25
Very informative. Thanks
By Amy and Dan Schuman,  Tue Feb 8 2011, 12:31
Very thorough post here, Tara, especially #1 and #2.
By Gerard Current,  Thu Feb 10 2011, 09:39
Awesome job, Tara. Its just like checking your credit report. One has to make sure the facts surrounding their lives are correct.
By Janet Sebile,  Thu Feb 10 2011, 12:44
You listed items I never even thought about. This is a great post and one to pass along. Thanks
By Paul A. DiSegna,  Sun Feb 13 2011, 04:33
Thank you
By Kaira West,  Sun Feb 13 2011, 21:58
This is great information, Tara! Thanks for posting!
By Brenda Feria,  Thu Feb 17 2011, 00:20
Great post, Tara. Good useful information.
By Allan Erps,  Thu Feb 17 2011, 04:17
Fantastic Post! Great info here!! Thank you
By Aaron Schreiner,  Thu Feb 17 2011, 15:45
You never know what your potential home's history could hold. Google it! Great post.
By Mark Weber,  Sat Feb 19 2011, 20:10
Some great points. I also Google the listings I have at first and then every week to see if the Address is increasing in number of pages present online. Maximum exposure on every site out there is what we aim for when listing a home.
By Allan Erps,  Sat Feb 19 2011, 21:30
Tara, To reiterate, Great Post! No wonder you get the big bucks!
By Vicki Holmes,  Sun Feb 20 2011, 11:42
Great article! Something we should all be reminded of!

Vicki Holmes
By n/a,  Mon Feb 21 2011, 16:34
Tara. Excellent article. Excellent advice! Thanks.
By Kaira West,  Tue Feb 22 2011, 20:30
This is really valuable information, Tara. Thank you so much for sharing!
By Faith Greenwell,  Wed Feb 23 2011, 13:37
Great information Tara!
By Su Guerzon,  Thu Feb 24 2011, 09:57
Great info-Thanks for sharing!!
By Eve Deloney,  Mon Mar 7 2011, 00:59
Thank for sharing such informative info Tara, really appreciate you. Endles Blessings.
By Jan Milstead,  Mon Mar 7 2011, 06:32
Very good advice.
By Timothy M. Garrity,  Mon Mar 7 2011, 06:51
Nice post as always, Tara. Thanks.

TG
By Max Sabo,  Sat Apr 9 2011, 20:38
Great post Tara! I'm definitely going to Google my home.
By Gus Pishue,  Wed Apr 20 2011, 15:45
Nice post Tara. thank you very much.
By James Miele,  Mon Apr 25 2011, 06:57
I placed my google maps address on my ad and found it to be helpful.
By Wes Waltenspiel,  Tue Apr 26 2011, 19:09
Tara, thank you for the great information and the well writen post.
By Jerry Cibulski,  Tue Apr 26 2011, 20:17
Lots of great resources. Very informative
By David Akram,  Wed Apr 27 2011, 08:58
Great article, thanks for sharing.
By Michele Henderson,  Mon May 2 2011, 10:44
Great article!
By Judi Monday, CRS,  Wed May 4 2011, 10:39
Thanks for sharing this extremely important information with us. I appreciate the various resources that you provided.
By Brian Petrelli,  Fri May 6 2011, 11:00
Great post. Thanks for the info.
By Gerard J. Carney,  Sat May 21 2011, 11:13
Awesome Blog, yes the start of a seller or a buyers adventure.
By Tni LeBlanc, JD, MA, Broker,  Sun May 22 2011, 14:09
Tara -

There are a lot of people snagging pictures from the MLS and putting those homes up for rent on online classified ad sites. It is so common. This is a good reminder to keep track of what is being done with your address!

Tni
By David Chiles,  Sun May 22 2011, 21:15
Thank you for highlighting a growing problem in the real estate industry. Awareness is key to preventing this form of scam.
By Carmen Brodeur- Top 1% Realtor,  Mon May 23 2011, 17:33
Good ideas. I would have never thought about some of the scams these days.
By xx,  Tue May 24 2011, 06:23
great stuff!
By Jennifer Ratcliff,  Wed May 25 2011, 17:14
Great post!!! Always look forward to them from you. Never even heard of #3!!!
By Jerry Cecil PLLC,  Wed Jun 1 2011, 08:54
Good info. Thanks for the post.
By Michele Henderson,  Wed Jun 1 2011, 18:03
Good article, with excellent remarks!
By Irina Riley,  Thu Jun 2 2011, 15:42
Thank you for the post, Tara. Great information.
By FrancTx,  Fri Jun 3 2011, 12:25
thank you Trulia!
By Ray Acevedo,  Fri Jun 3 2011, 20:21
Great Post. Alot of great information
Raymond Acevedo
Realtor,REO, RES.NET Certified
Cell: 407-579-9990
Fax: 407-393-5597
Keller Williams Homestead Realty
13538 Village Park Dr.
Suite 135
Orlando, FL 32837
http://www.raysellscentralflorida.com
http://www.raysellscentralfloridarealestate.com
By Courtney Cooper,  Sat Jun 4 2011, 14:17
Tara - you are such a great blogger:) Thanks for another informative post - looking forward to more:)
By Brian Petrelli,  Mon Jun 6 2011, 08:52
Great post, Tara. Again. Thanks.
By Carmen Brodeur- Top 1% Realtor,  Tue Jun 7 2011, 22:07
I would have never thought about #3 - check for scammers who may try to sell or rent your home. Great tips.
By Karen Parsons-Fiddler,  Thu Jun 9 2011, 19:36
So sad that you even need to write this post...but I loved it.
By Jerry Cibulski,  Mon Jun 13 2011, 21:56
Never thought of this.
By Michael Carnahan,  Tue Jun 28 2011, 06:24
I actually had a listing that was a rental scam victim. Sadly, the scam person didn't realize they could get someone shot by sending them to the home of an ex-Marine to "look through the windows" of the supposedly vacant home. Fortunately, no one got hurt.
By Jack Liebsch,  Wed Jun 29 2011, 08:06
Good advice!
By Voices Member,  Sun Jul 3 2011, 18:42
Good informationTara! I also recommend googling your phone numbers- cell and home- because they will reveal personal information such as your home address. As an active blogger, I do not want my home address flying around the web. So I use a personal Post Office box tied to my cell number.

Wishing you the best!

Christine
By Oliver von Gundlach,  Mon Jul 4 2011, 10:49
Tara, great post and advice.
Happy 4th, Oliver.
By Alejandro Suarez-Solis,  Tue Jul 5 2011, 20:52
Tara what a great blog, thanks. I usually do this to satisfy my own curiosity but I had never thought of applying it to my Real Estate projects. Thanks for the info.
By Lisa and Goran Forss (Broker),  Mon Jul 18 2011, 19:18
Your posts are always enlightening and worth reading, thank you for taking the time!!
By David Chiles,  Tue Jul 19 2011, 00:50
Great advice. I recommend visiting government websites to see if any sex offenders are in your area as well. I have done this for neighborhoods I have lived and for clients.
By Manisha Jain, Broker, Realtor,  Sun Jul 24 2011, 06:52
Googling yourself is not common. But its good for checking yourself once in a while. And thanks for giving reasons
By Paul Adams,  Sat Nov 26 2011, 02:06
Nice summation of different views… Loved the individual posts shared… Seems l just like moth to flame as said ........

service.ztronics.com
By Gwen Janicki,  Mon Jan 2 2012, 05:34
Great advice, Tara. Thanks!

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