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Pacita Dimac…, Real Estate Pro in Oakland, CA

Would/should you as an agent provide name of property owner when someone asks online?

Asked by Pacita Dimacali, Oakland, CA Mon Apr 1, 2013

I've seen several questions asked about who owns what property. Like others, I've researched the MLS and tax history to find out who owns the property and what their mailing address is. We have access to this information.

But is it wise to publish the owners names as your response to the online inquiry?

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NEVER. If the person hires you and becomes your client than you can provide the info pribately but never post the owner of a home in a public forum. The buyer or renter can search the town for a tax card themselves and get the info
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 2, 2013
No, I/we should/would not. Most of the time this information can be found with a little digging by the person asking the question.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 2, 2013
Like so many have suggested, knowing the purpose of the question is important.
Be aware, the purpose will not reveal the name but only direct the conversation that follows.
I provide professional real estate services for those who are potential buyers or sellers.
Like any professinal, I require an agreement before I perform my duties.
This is a businesss, not a hobby.

Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, FL
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 2, 2013
Right On!
Flag Wed Jul 3, 2013
"...when someone asks online? Sorry, i'm not authorized to provide that info.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 1, 2013
I would ask why first, but they can perform a very basic search and find everything on line
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 1, 2013
Nope. Wouldn't touch that. You have no idea why they are asking. It could have nothing at all to do with real estate.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 2, 2013

I am waiting to see if the last agent I cautioned NOT to publish this info will respond. If he's smart, he would delete his answer.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
You're right...100%..we are not free private detectives!
Flag Tue Apr 2, 2013
EVERYONE has access to this information by simply going to the county recorder's office and looking it up. Most counties don't publish owner names on public web sites, however, so I follow their lead and won't provide owner's names online. But we submit at least 2 unsolicited offers every month, so if someone is interested in a property and wants to make an unsolicited offer, we'll provide it after 1) they sign an Exclusive Buyer's Rep Agreement with us AND 2) they produce qualifications to follow through on the purchase if their offer is accepted, AND 3) they sign a non-disclosure agreement that protects the homeowner in the event that we enter into negotiations and the deal falls through.
If someone just wants the name of the owner of a property that is in the MLS, syndicated on Trulia, etc. etc. etc., I won't provide any information about the seller until conditions 1 and 2 above are satisfied.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Dear Pacita,

It is my company policy to do Real Estate related work only for those who are my clients.(working with me under exclusive contract.)
If a person is an actual client of mine and is looking at property, the name of the owner will come up in the documents.
I certainly don't feel it is prudent nor is it my responsibility, to supply personal information to an unknown party via the internet and I don't think anyone should.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
John....setting those conditions are critically important. And like you said, name of owners are available on public records. But that doesn't mean we should provide it without qualifying who is asking and why.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
Perla ... That's how I feel too and have cautioned others not to disclose that info online. Glad to see someone else thinks so, too
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
I would never disclose the name of the seller under most circumstances. Why would someone need to know this. Information requested should be list price, sqft, etc....

This is my opinion

Perla Bursztein
Perla international Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 1, 2013
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