Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty and Management)

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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No stalking, just due diligence.

Sep 07, 2017 05:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Stalk, no! Investigate, yes!

Sep 07, 2017 05:33 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

no, we don't..... as long as we don't see their photos at the post office, we're good with them....

Sep 07, 2017 07:28 AM
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

I don't stalk clients. I sometimes check out what is going on with them on Facebook.

Sep 07, 2017 05:23 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I wouldn't use the word "stalk".  I do check people out as best I can.  You can learn a lot by what people post on social media. It has changed my perception of people and whether I want to spend time or work with them.  

I try to keep in mind anything I post on the internet is pretty much out there for anyone to see.  It doesn't creep me out.  It is what it is.

Sep 07, 2017 07:03 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I use social media for ice breakers on calls or personal note subjects; I'm connected to many of them on Facebook. I'd be a bad stalker, no time for that.

Sep 07, 2017 06:29 AM
Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     Yes.  But only freebies, no paid-for background checks.

     I want to know who I am dealing with!

    Some sites that I search:  Social media.  Clerk of Courts.  Property Appraiser.  Secretary of State (corporations, LLCs).  Name/age/previous address sites.

Sep 07, 2017 06:22 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

No.  The thought of doing that creeps me out.  I know others have "stalked" me and I feel creeped out by that as well. I now it happens. I have no reason to stalk others.  If I did ... that would be a good indicator to me that the relationship, whatever form, is not one I need to have. 

Sep 07, 2017 06:21 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I will let my friend Sweet Brown answer for me

Sep 07, 2017 06:00 AM
Miriam Malave
Kissimmee, FL
Real estate agent serving Osceola County, Florida

It is to know who you are dealing with. I had a walk-in client who gave me a business card but the company didn't exist. Checked his name on google and I was shocked with what I found out about the client.   

Sep 07, 2017 07:52 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Stalk? No.

Check? Yes.


Sep 07, 2017 03:36 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I will Google the phone number and the name to see if they match. Also as a matter of routine we check company information with the governing board for corporations in their state to see if their company is in good standing. Also, I will check the county records for property in their name.

Sep 07, 2017 03:21 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Be careful Nathan, there have been some court cases about denying employment based upon social media activity.  They didn't go well for the employer, if memory serves.  Plus, I'm sure now that HUD has made rules about criminal behaviour, they'll make some about using social media.


I don't check social media.  I'm more concerned with credit and criminal histories.  I think I may add that in again though.

Sep 07, 2017 02:21 PM
shirley cicero
Continental West Realty - Livermore, CO
Northern Colorado Mountain Homes and Vacant Land

haha...stalk...I call it investigate! 

Sep 07, 2017 09:14 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

I believe that (it being amazing what you could discover!), and I understand why you do more to get a truer picture of a potential renter Nathan Gesner.  Totally agree that you will see that person from a different perspective when checking out FB and Google Search.  For our clients, who are not renters but buyers, we do not check in that manner.  I'm thinking you are seeing fewer problems with a more detailed search.  I know that some, are very happy to say anything and everything! 

Sep 07, 2017 08:12 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Joe Pryor ...has a wholesome approach

Sep 07, 2017 07:26 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

FAcebook really reveals what many people rally are like even with great credit.

Sep 07, 2017 06:43 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Nathan Gesner No stalking here.

Sep 07, 2017 06:16 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I don't. Most of my business is repeat and referral, so I know whom I am dealing with. But some of my sellers "stalk" their buyers once we get an offer and contract and report back to me.

Sep 07, 2017 06:06 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like to INVESTIGATE potential tenants, employees or contractors by checking them out

Sep 07, 2017 05:42 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If they follow my advise, all citizens will violate the TOU of all such services and participate under an alias, dba or brand.

Using edge and tor make the 'validation' matrix of social media much more difficult for those 'stalking' others online.

Sep 07, 2017 05:16 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

My leads come in through Follow-Up Boss from my websites - if their email they've registered with is associated with their social media, the link is there for me and yes, I always look before phoning them back.

It helps to get a quick glimpse of who they are!

Sep 07, 2017 05:14 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Nope. Checking Facebook may be a good practice for property managers.

Many past clients from years past are still Facebook friends.

Sep 07, 2017 05:11 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

No. I do research.

Sep 18, 2017 06:11 PM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

No, I don't.

Sep 15, 2017 02:48 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

There are times I do look up a person, especially if they found me online.  This is for safety, not for stalking.

Sep 10, 2017 04:01 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I absolutely do fiddle about, but not much into stalking!

Sep 09, 2017 03:41 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I don't think that is stalking - 

Sep 08, 2017 04:00 PM
Peter Mohylsky
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Let me help you find your path to the beach.

Stalk is a strong word but I do check out my leads on line.  

Sep 08, 2017 11:56 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I do the research, but don't let them know about it.

Sep 08, 2017 09:38 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

I absolutely check out those whom I deal with and I expect they do the same of me. That's just the world we live in. To not do it, is not doing my due diligence. What people tell you about themselves and the actual trail they have left, in some cases, can make your hair stand on end.

Sep 08, 2017 08:06 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Don't stalk, but "check them out".

Sep 08, 2017 06:27 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Vet? Yes

Stalk? No

Sep 08, 2017 05:57 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Nathan Gesner - not to that 'stalking' extent - but I do keep in mind what is going on in their lives.

Sep 07, 2017 10:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No, we stick to the court records, too many fair housing issues revealed on fb.

Sep 07, 2017 09:07 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I do check them out so I know what I am dealing with. My clients stalk sellers and buyers to find out the real story.

Sep 07, 2017 04:11 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am not a stalker, I try not to be.

Sep 07, 2017 02:02 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We do not stalk ever.  We may verify, and fortunately we have not worked with those whose intentions are nefarious.  A

Sep 07, 2017 09:06 AM