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Is It OK To Real Estate-Stalk Your Friends And Family? A Hot Trend Explained

Ever wonder how much some people paid for a house, but were too shy to ask them outright?

Then it might be tempting to delve into real estate stalking—the simple and fun practice where you type in their address on a site such as realtor.com® and find out how much their place is worth.

Relax! According to a recent poll of over 500 homeowners by Branded Research on behalf of realtor.com, 52% of respondents confessed that they engage in this innocent form of housing snooping to get the inside track on what’s up with friends or acquaintances.

Most of those snooping are just motivated by simple curiosity—how much someone paid for a property, how much it’s worth currently, even how much is paid in taxes. As self-confessed real estate stalker Anna Davies, a 33-year-old in Jersey City, NJ, tells us, “It’s pure fun. Seeing how much people spent on their house gives you a clue into their net worth. It’s gossipy and it’s definitely something I’ve brought up with other friends: ‘Do you know how much Mary’s parents spent on their new condo?'”

In the past, digging out this info might have involved a trip to the library to search public records. Bor-ing! But today, it’s all just a click or two away. As Davies explains, “The info is so easy to come by.”

And of course, all of this info can be critically important if you’re actually shopping for a home yourself. “Because I’m looking to buy and I’m anxious about just how much I’ll be spending, it’s vastly helpful to see benchmarks,” Davies says.

So who’s doing the snooping?

Not surprisingly, this penchant for finding out your friends’ property particulars is more common in certain age groups than others. The sweet spot appears to be people of prime first-time home-buying age: 76% of poll respondents in the 35–44 age bracket admitted they’ve snooped on their friends’ real estate deals.

Meanwhile, respondents aged 25 to 34 weren’t far behind, with 72% admitting to real estate stalking as well.

On the other hand, homeowners aged 65 and up were least likely to engage. Just 25% of folks over 65 have indulged their curiosity about their pals’ properties.

Age wasn’t the only factor, however. Homeowners in the western part of the United States are much more likely to run a Google search on their friends’ homes, with 59% of Westerners fessing up to checking up on their friends’ real estate deals, compared with 55% of those in the Northeast. Midwesterners are the least likely to poke around.

For the complete article, please see the original article on Realtor.com, by clicking HERE.

About The Real Estate Group

The Real Estate Group (TREG) “Partners in Excellence”

The mission of The Real Estate Group, LLC is to be Hampton Roads finest provider of real estate services. Our goal is to create a company that provides absolutely the best service for our customers by fostering an environment of teamwork and a common vision. The Real Estate Group, LLC consists of an accomplished team of skilled professionals who take pride in their work and their company. We work hard to go beyond the expectations of our customers, agents, and employees.