Monday, June 22, 2020
Illinois Eavesdropping Act - Do you have cameras in your home or a Ring doorbell?
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I've had a few instances where I have had clients either list
their home or view a home with security or nanny cameras or a Ring (or other similar) doorbell and comment on being recorded,
or having recorded a showing. So what does the Illinois Eavesdropping Act say about these situations?
The Illinois Eavesdropping Act says that a person violates the law when they secretly
use an eavesdropping device to listen in on or record all or part of any private conversation without the consent of the conversation's
participants. Furthermore, the law prohibits the use of the information received from that conversation.
So what does that mean if you are listing your home and you have a
Ring doorbell or security cameras?
been any court ruling or case law that I have found, as of the date of this article, to give a specific answer. The Mainstreet
Organization of Realtors has also provided its members with a disclosure sheet which can be signed by the parties at showings
to disclose that they may be being recorded.
who is viewing a property who may have a Ring doorbell or other cameras should be aware that they may be being recorded. Keep
in mind that devices such as the Ring doorbell can record you even as far as the street, both video and audio. Beware of having
any private conversations with your Broker until you are away and out of earshot of the property.
My recommendation would be that the Seller disclose and receive consent from the
Buyer for any recording taking place on their property, or turn off all recording devices prior to the showings.
For more information on this, consult your lawyer or real estate broker.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
How Have Closings Changed?
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Many people have asking me how closings are taking place since the COVID-19 pandemic has begun. The
easy answer is, they are still taking place, and for the most part, they are taking place mostly like they were before.
The only real difference now is the number of people that may be attending the closings. Most title companies
are asking that only the essential people (i.e. the buyers that need to sign closing documents at the table) attend closings.
That means, real estate agents are no longer there to lend moral support or help with last minute questions. That also means
that real estate attorneys for both buyers and sellers are for the most part not attending closings, either.
For representing the Seller, it is not that huge of a change. Sellers normally presign their closing documents
and do not attend anyway. Seller's attorneys may or may not customarily attend their closings, because most, if not all, of
the work for their side is already done. Seller's attorneys can either remotely sign or pre-sign what needs to be done at
closing as well.
For representing the Buyer, things are different, but I don't feel it's
had a huge impact on my closings. I have been doing all of my closings remotely since the beginning of March. I am in constant
communication with the lender, title company and Seller's attorney about closing prior to the closing even if I do attend,
so all I am doing now is getting copies of ALL documents that my buyers will see on the table, in the same order, sent to
me securely prior to the closing.
When the buyers get to closing, I'm either FaceTiming
or phone conferencing during the signing with them, giving my spiel, going through documents, answering questions, and doing
all the same things I would normally do as if I were present at the table. We still get to have the same level of communication
that would happen if I were sitting there. If you have questions about this, I'm always happy to discuss it further.
Friday, June 5, 2020
More great reviews!
Just so excited and happy for the two new awesome reviews I had posted on Yelp! this week. I work so
hard to keep my five star rating there solid, and the good things that my clients have to say about me mean so much. You can
click here to see them. Have a great and safe summer weekend!
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