In Michigan, homeowners can legally record potential buyers who tour their home. As a buyer, there are a few things you should avoid saying if you want that house.


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Today I want to give some advice about what a buyer should and shouldn’t say when touring a house here in Michigan. 

I should preface this by saying that I’m not an attorney; I cannot give you legal advice. That said, as of early October, it is legal in Michigan for a homeowner to record buyers who tour their homes. They can record you using video or audio tapes, so keep that in mind when you’re walking through a house. 

I’ve seen people use baby monitors to record buyers, but more recent technology makes it easier for homeowners to record people in their homes. 

When you walk through a home you want to buy, I recommend that you avoid making any comments that insult the house or the decor. As you look at other homes, it may come to pass that the property with the bad decor is the one you want to buy. When it comes time to make an offer, you could be in a bad position if you have offended the seller with your comments.

Don’t insult the house but don’t sound too excited, either. 

On the other hand, you wouldn’t go into a car dealership and get all excited about the car you want to buy, right? Being too excited would impact the price you pay for the car. The same holds true for a house. If you walk through the house talking about how awesome it is and how it’s a great fit for your family, those comments will probably impact your agent’s ability to negotiate on your behalf. 

Keep in mind that the seller is not doing anything illegal by capturing your feedback on tape, so be careful what you say when you’re out touring houses. If you have any other questions about home showings or the home buying process, give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!