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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It's up to the individual. I typically prefer to wait until the egg is hatched but it doesn't matter to me what someone else chooses to do.  

Nov 26, 2015 04:16 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

By reference at the most....Isn't always our own hand that slaps us?

Nov 26, 2015 04:16 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

No, I don't for many reasons, but one of them would be karma.

Nov 26, 2015 10:42 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I don't comment on them, either. You never know what can happen during the course of a transaction. The situation can change rather quickly. 

Nov 26, 2015 10:00 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I only post my postcards that announce sale pending, after a p/s is signed....

Nov 26, 2015 08:33 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Depends on the comment.

An in-progress transaction may motivate an agent to ask right here on AR - I am in a sort sale transaction with B of A. Does any one have the telephone number of the Servious asset manager for Tampa Area?

Or, seller absconded with refrigerator! Where have other agents purchased refrigerators at the best price?

Or, "Have a listing but neighboring house is a shambles. How can I get the neighbor to 'fix er up!"

Or  "Party A and Party B are non-married co-owners of 123 Main Street. Party A is suing Party B to compel them to take ownership if the 125 lb Rottweiler. What can I do?"

Depends on the question.

Nov 26, 2015 09:09 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington I agree, it isn't wise to talk about works in progress. I also don't think it is wise to comment on closed transactions unless it is something positive.

Nov 26, 2015 04:30 AM
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I guess I'm a little superstitious (did I spell that right). I think it's bad luck to comment on a transaction in process.

Sep 03, 2016 03:24 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Paul - I don't write about open transactions, and rarely write about anything to do with my transactions, unless I feel it may help others in the future.

Nov 30, 2015 02:35 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, GRI,SFR, REALTOR®

Good morning Paul,

It is not wise to talk about it during or after.

Nov 29, 2015 09:43 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Tacoma Washington that is a great idea. Though I have started posting 'Under Contract' posts for listings - it's a public information in our MLS - and is perfectly fine to do so.

Nov 27, 2015 02:42 PM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, MD, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

I sometimes talk about issues that present a learning experience.  I write about them immediately only because I write better when it's fresh

Nov 27, 2015 01:56 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The public likes to sign on with a busy successful agent, so these are good marketing.

My clients would rather that I do not mention their projects by name so I do not, but for those whose clients do not mind it can be a good thing.


Nov 27, 2015 03:21 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 said...

Nov 27, 2015 12:13 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Not sure what you mean by "open transaction." Are you talking about a property in contract? I post about new listings and when they sell.

Nov 26, 2015 11:43 PM
Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

No, I see no upside here and plenty of downside.

Nov 26, 2015 10:51 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

If it is sensitive, I agree, wait until it is closed or dead.

Nov 26, 2015 10:25 PM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I assume you mean commenting on them through social media?  If that's the case, never.  

Nov 26, 2015 09:35 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I post Active, Pending, Closed but no details. It actually has brought me business. 

Nov 26, 2015 08:55 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not wise. I always tell clients not to discuss any deals that are in progress,

Nov 26, 2015 08:05 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Paul. I'm not sure why it makes a difference, I really don't see it as an issue and believe it is up to the person sharing the post.

Nov 26, 2015 06:26 PM
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I have said for years-count the commission and it will not come.

Nov 26, 2015 06:10 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Friday morning Paul. Interesting comments.

Nov 26, 2015 05:14 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I post updates: active, pending, sold, etc. but not about any issues. Yet, I might ask a question ( no specifics). 

Nov 26, 2015 03:58 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It all depends on what the post is about and what you're saying.  You should be careful that what you write not upset any of the parties to the extent that it could put the transaction at risk.  

Nov 26, 2015 03:01 PM
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

For me to discuss an open transaction on Active Rain would not be advisable.  When I need advise on a transaction I talk with experts that I trust and tespect from past experience.

Nov 26, 2015 12:40 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Absolutely NOT!

Nov 26, 2015 11:46 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

No. Bad practice. Breach of confidentiality and potential evidence. OK to reference in general terms, redacting anything remotely recognizable.

Nov 26, 2015 11:04 AM
Toronto, ON

I only discuss open transactions with the relevant and necessary parties and participants and only the relevant portions with those people.

Nov 26, 2015 10:58 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

No, there is always a chance someone could leak it out, even if it is members only.  It just happened to a members only question.

Nov 26, 2015 10:13 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

As long as you do not use names, speak in generalities, and are not slanderous, I do not find it unacceptable to talk about works-in-progress. You might even learn something from the new perspectives that are offered in the comments.

Nov 26, 2015 09:04 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I would never post details about a pending sale, but posting a home as pending sure does attract new listings. 

Nov 26, 2015 08:26 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.


Nov 26, 2015 08:21 AM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I'd rarely if ever post about open transactions.  I may use an element of a previous transaction as an example in a blog post, but nothing with great specificity that could easily identify a transaction. 

Nov 26, 2015 06:48 AM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

I think it's fine to post a notice that a sale is pending but would not publicize any other details. Even if there is an object lesson I would wait until the egg has hatched as Michael Jacobs said.

Nov 26, 2015 06:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is always best not to comment on current transactions.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2015 06:08 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I belong to many agencies where talking about things in progress is verboten, so I try to keep the same with real estate.

Nov 26, 2015 06:02 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Paul, that is an interesting question since I have never thought about writing about an open transaction. I think it might be a good idea if things are going right and there is an object lesson. I see way too many negative post by REALTORS® on Facebook.

Nov 26, 2015 04:58 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

Not publicly. Sometimes, it may be wise to seek advise from a broker, peer or lawyer...






Nov 26, 2015 04:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I agree with you, we never did except among ourselves and our agents.  This was helpful in solving issues, etc.  No discussions ever found themselves outside the office.  Many times, we had to sign and NDA, even after a deal closed.  

We never counted our chickens till the check cleared the bank.  A

Nov 26, 2015 04:30 AM