That said, I'm with Realtyexec, I've said here many times some people are too quick to give out information on the board.
You have to pay for full reports, but for FREE you can type the name of anyone and get their age, names of family members, and places they lived. A bit disturbing for my tastes but perfectly legal.
I think I'd be a bit upset if a focused online discussion popped up with my specific address, name, and details of personal discussions I had with a realtor/buyer/seller. But if I ended up in a list of 5 homes with just the address and price sold ... well, really there's nothing much there that isn't already very easy to find even right here on Trulia and sites like Zillow.
What realtors have easy access to is very current and easily searchable data - but other than the fact that it's current, there's nothing really special about it! This is always an interesting topic to me - public data in small pieces is innocolous, but when all the bits are collected together it becomes a bit more intrusive. At what point does it become a privacy issue?
I can understand your question and sometimes I have the same question. It is definitely something we all should think about. Thanks for brining it up.
No I'm not to concerned with being compensated of even breaking a code so to say. I think educating and helping people is a amazing tool in this forum. But when someone just can throw out an address without any reason or actual basis other than information. How are we actually helping them. I know where to find listings on craigslist for rent, but when someone asks where can i find a rental in so and so. I dont actually go to craigslist do a search and cut and paste the information.
The people asking questions should do some of the legwork themselves.
We are also just giving information without no reason or filter, are we really helping them. Thats all.
As Realtors we use these tools everyday, for our clients and for for our own research. But i think there are reasons why some records are displayed on public forums. If a client needs help i am glad to do some research and probe them to why they actually need that info, i get more out of that than i do just handing over the information. Usually there are deeper reasons and more questions that they need help with. By asking questions and communicating it is easier to help people.
In my eyes spitting out information without any communication is the wrong thing to do. One question does not equate to communication, some back and forth is needed.