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Political Pontificating on Facebook... Yea? Or Nay?

In the comments on my post yesterday about What to Do (and not do) on Facebook, Robert Hicks mentioned that he "gets a little too political" in his Facebook conversations and implied that he might need to tone it down. 

I have some thoughts on the matter... I hope you don't mind if I share...

I lean toward the conservative side of the aisle. Not 100% - I couldn't care less who marries whom or changes their body parts to suit them, but generally, yeah, I'm a right-winger. 

(Lefties, are you already getting a bit ruffled? Fellow right-wingers, do you like me a little more now? Ah, we'll get to that). 

Sometimes when I'm surfing my newsfeed and see an opinionated post from a liberal friend, I get a bit irritated. Not because I don't respect his or her right to his or her opinion, but rather because political posts tend to imply (or outright state) that the "other side" is stupid. And when I'm on the "other side," I feel insulted. And when I feel someone has insulted me, I tend to not like that. Further, since I don't agree with my liberal friend's opinion, I might even think a bit less of his or her intelligence, because, well, I think they're wrong! 

(Stay with me here.)

So, it seems that if that is the case, it would be wise for a self-employed person (for example, a real estate agent) to avoid political pontifications and stick with discussing the weather, what they had for breakfast or their most recent listing. 

Right? Right?? 

Not so fast. 

Sometimes when I'm surfing my newsfeed and see an opinionated post from a conservative friend (as long as they aren't bashing marriage freedom or B/C Jenner), I perk up. I smile. I might even comment positively. And, go figure, I feel complimented because this FB friend o'mine is implying that I'm smart because I agree with him/her AND since I do agree, I think a little bit higher of my FB friend as well! 

So, if THIS is the case, it seems it would be wise for a self-employed person to embrace political pontifications...?

Hmmmm, what to do, what to do?

Your choice! Think about it... if you have strong political views, doesn't it make sense that you might connect better with people who think along the same lines? (however right or wrong you may be, JUST KIDDING). And, further, that you might have "issues" with folks who have equally strong views that conflict with yours?

So perhaps... just perhaps... political pontificating might be a fantastic way to attract the perfect clients for you!?

Thoughts? 

 

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Comment balloon 120 commentsJennifer Allan-Hagedorn • October 19 2015 02:23PM

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I do not discuss or comment on following issues on fb. Religion, politics, sexual orientation. I hide post that show up on those topics. Someone made me a member of Carly F 2016 the other day. I quit the group as soon as I saw it. What makes people think they can sign me up for any political group without asking me first? I don't care who others vote for, that's their business. I also hide real estate posts that agent friends post on my fb profile.

Posted by Jeff Pearl, Full Service Full Time Realtor (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA) about 2 years ago

Good morning Jennifer,

I have to agree with you on publicizing political views and am also some what of a righty.

Some should stand in front of a mirror and read what they have posted whether it is political, religious or a groups ideas.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 2 years ago

Good morning, Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn whenever one "picks a side" you can be assured that someone from the other side will not be happy with you.... politicians are very careful about this...they attempt to stay as neutral as possible for fear of losing votes....we're in the same business...when we lose a vote, we lose a commission.... neutral is how I present myself.... I'm a registered voter and an Independent!!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) about 2 years ago

NAY....

Posted by Judi K Barrett, BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) about 2 years ago

Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn We think along very similar lines regarding this and frankly, my Conservative views remain, and while I do comment on FB from time to time, if I lose a potential client based on my views, I know I have gained at least one to replace the one lost. It still is a free Country.

Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (Realty One Group) about 2 years ago

I keep my political views off Facebook. I have one friend that bashes ( ok post funny cartoons) the other side, he thinks it's funny. If he posted both equally ok funny, but when it's always pointed at one side, Its not funny.

Posted by KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will. ( Hamilton Landon Real Estate) about 2 years ago

I really don't mind sharing my political beliefs but refuse to get in a spittin contest with the left wingers.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 2 years ago

Jennifer,  I tend to stay away from things that might sting or bite me.  I prefer to keep my social engagements light and light-hearted and share things I am passionate about - like nature and animals.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Broker (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 2 years ago

Always said "If they won't use me because we disagree about X, I doubt they would have used me to begin with."

If I have to be someone else to make a sale it isn't worth it. I don't believe in gay marriage, but I have sold numerous properties for a client who is gay.

Posted by Than Maynard, Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862 (Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma) about 2 years ago

I don't dip my toes in to the political realm on-line regardless of whether I agree or not with the author's opinion. I reserve those conversations for face-to-face encounters. It's too easy to get feathers ruffled in the virtual realm because you can't see the other person's facial expressions or hear their voice inflection. 

Posted by Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com (Zion Realty) about 2 years ago

I say Nay. We are running a business. There's no reason to annoy or insult otherwise very good people who could be our clients, neighbors or friends.

Posted by Athina Boukas, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) (Virginia Capital Realty) about 2 years ago

I lean towards being non political on the interwebs, there is too big of a chance of alienating 50% of your viewers.  I get annoyed and even have been tempted to say good bye to a few that swing too far right or too far left.  My general thoughts on politics- if you don't straddle the fence on some topics, you are a nut job.

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) about 2 years ago

Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn Great topic.

I'm quite opinionated about politics (anyone who knows me personally will consider this an understatement).

That said, in my business, I restrict my political commentary to economic and regulatory issues that have an impact on the value and the use of real estate.

I stick to explaining the issue in as academic manner as possible, and totally stay away from discussing people or political parties by name.

I also refrain from name-calling or demeaning people or polticial parties, but try to persuade my reader of either the merits or failures of the issue based on a rational analysis of the issue and its logical, probable outcome.

For example, I speak about such controversial issues as illegal immigration, but from the perspective of how it impacts a general and local economy, the cost in terms of real property taxes, and the effects on communities by citing FBI and other crime statistical sources.

I believe that as a real estate professional, I have a duty to inform the general public about issues that will impact the use and value of their real estate - not from an emotional or idealogical perspective - but, from a rational legal and economic perspective.

Maybe I'm creating enemies. But, if people refuse to see facts for what they are, perhaps I'm not the real estate agent they should be working with.

Posted by Ken Jones, SRES, ASA, SCGREA, Exclusive Buyer Representation (Focus Buyer's Broker) about 2 years ago

My political feelings and opinions remain my own .. known only to those that are closer to me.  I don't make them a part of my postings online.  I made that decision a long time ago and I stick to it.  Professionally and monetarily, I choose not to take the risk of alienating anyone.

Gene

Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) about 2 years ago

I avoided political conversations with clients and customers for decades and generally refrained from commenting on political blog or social media posts. As I approach retirement (not there yet, folks), I do comment occassionally but try to keep passion out of it. There's just no point in alienating half of any potential clients or co-op agents!

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 2 years ago

Jennifer, I think a lot can depend on the local market make-up.  Our county is about 80+% Republican.  There's some hardcore Tea Partiers out there.  You could probably safely post about politics as long as you're aligned with the 80%.  If you leaned to the 20% of the aisle, I think you're not helping yourself gain business in our local market if you make that apparent.

Personally, I'm still waiting for the first person on EITHER side of the aisle to say "you know, your FB post totally changed my mind regarding my political views!", so politics is pretty much a no-fly zone for me.  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) about 2 years ago

Jennifer, much like our Nation the is a division in thought on how to handle our difference.  I am old enough to remember great men of vastly differing views such as President Reagan (R) and Representative Tip O'Neil, (D) Speaker of the House.  Politically, they were at opposite ends of the se-saw   Reagan was Conservative and O'Neil was Liberal.  Both stood their ground, but knowing things Must be resolved for the good of the Nation, they found ways to work things out.  Ego was not the hurdle.  Ideology was; but at the end of the day, they were friend drinking a beer together.  ANERICA CAME FIRST!!!  Republicab s need to remember that about the Guiper, and Democrats need to remember that about the most powerful Democrat in town.  Every congressman, Senator,, and political pundit needs to remember that each Congressman and Senator, as well as the President, is elected to represent ALL of his/her constituants, be they Democrat, Independent or Republican.  We must demand that performance of duty, and end their careers where they fail to uphold their Constitutional duties 

Posted by Fred Cope, Looking For Homes With A Smile (Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN) about 2 years ago

I personally stay away from it and stay neutral, however I believe if was Grant Cardone who said that if you want to be successful or rich all you need to do is get half the country to hate you, if half the country hates you, the other half probably loves you and wants to work with you. The last election was almost 50/50 so it kind of works.

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) about 2 years ago

Hi, Jennifer.

         Politically, I am so far to the right that I am off the chart.  And the only Book that matters to me is the Bible.  Will I discuss this on my Twitter page, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.? 

      Of course I will!

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 2 years ago

I love this post, and I'm one of those that tends to pontificate my political views (which by the way are well-aligned with yours, and I LIKE YOU!)

I've always felt we should speak up and play a role in supporting the positions we agree with.  The downside for me, is that I "restrict" anyone that I'm not sure agrees with me from seeing those posts.  Anything that is general is posted as public so that anyone can see them.  However, it seriously limits the people that I'm interacting with.  Some of my former clients are FB friends and agree with me, others I'm not sure about, so I'm not interacting much with them.

It's a delicate bowl to break and you have to decide what matters most to you and go with it.

 

Posted by Kate McQueen, REALTOR®, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (Realty ONE Group-Lone Star) about 2 years ago

There's another realm out there in the Facebook world than your own page.  It's the candidate posts and the media posts.  Inevitable, if I post my opinion on one of those threads, people that agree and those that disagree will reply.  I've even viciously attacked and vehmently supported.  As a result, my personal Facebook profile photo is an avatar!  It makes it harder for someone that has decided that I'm evil for not agreeing with them to attack me across a broader venue, like my business page.  I also keep my personal page fairly well secure so that unless you are on my friends list, you can't see or know much of anything about me. 

Posted by Kate McQueen, REALTOR®, Tailored service for your real estate needs! (Realty ONE Group-Lone Star) about 2 years ago

Two things I avoid with clients are politics and religion . . . Unless you match 100% it is a no-win situation. Keep your professional life and world views separate.

Posted by Richard Foster, Broker, ABR/M, CREN, CRS, GRI, RRG, SFR (Nevada Perfect Homes) about 2 years ago

Nay all the way. It is suicide to become opinionated on the Internet in anyway. You will always make enemies and is not good for a sales person.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) about 2 years ago

I used to avoid politics and religion. Didn't really think they belonged in a business transaction. But I have to say in the last 7 years, it's almost impossible to avoid. Whether on the phone or someone walking in the door for the first time, they are usually the ones to bring it up. Can honestly say, I haven't found anyone in the last 7 years siding with the leftist side of things. There's a WHOLE lot of anger out there at what the left has done to our country and I'll come clean here, I'm solidly on the right.

Posted by Jeff Getman, Realty Executives (Realty Executives of Ravalli County) about 2 years ago

I do TRY to refrain from political posts, although I'm not shy about Liking subjects I believe it.  Truthfully, I'm so tired of politics that I wish everyone would stop posting politically charged subjects.  It would be nice to just visit and oooh and ahhh over the latest babies, kittens, dogs, horses, and of course, new homes.    

Posted by Victoria C.B. Trees, Principal Broker (Crater Lake Realty, Inc.) about 2 years ago

I find deals go smoother  with the other side if the political points of veiw are not mentioned, But i find lively discussions with both and don't loose because i respect there opinions

Posted by Dale Hite (Integrity Pro Real Estate Services) about 2 years ago

Personally, I think there is enough crap on Facebook.  Of course I know people who "live" on FB and the amount of drivel is absolutely amazing - to me that is.

I guess a lot of folks are just looking for their "15 minutes of fame" as Andy Warhol put it.

The problem is they just haven't given up looking!

If you are in business, I say keep it separate from your politics.  There is a good place for both and you don't have to compromise either one.

 

Posted by John Dotson, The experience to get you to the other side! (Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC) about 2 years ago

If it relates to legislation related to the real estate industry, then yes.  

If it's pure politics, then I don't think there's any place for that on AR.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) about 2 years ago

I keep my political preferences to myself in the public forum and social media. I don't want to annoy any clients or ruin the chance of meeting future clients just because our plotical views differ.

Posted by Rajeev Narula, My Services Are All About You! (iPRO REALTY LTD.,Brokerage) about 2 years ago

If it is an issue that I am passionate about, then I will share my own thoughts.  I really do not expect that anyone will be convinced to change their views about the issue at hand, but maybe just maybe they will be able to acknowledge that not everyone processes information the same way.  That is why two people can look at a dress and debate the color.  Personally, I don't care what you put on Facebook, unless you can tell the political candidates to PLEASE stop calling me during dinner.  Then I will be all over that post and share it shamelessly!  

Posted by Anna Hatridge, Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty (Goodson Realty) about 2 years ago

i'm in South Orange County, but a life-long liberal - pro gun control, pro Obama, pro choice, pro marriage equality, pro Democratic socialism, ( Ala Bernie Sanders.) and so on.

At first, I attempted to avoid political discussions, but being in Orange County, I was being bombarded by Facebook & Twitter "friends" (Fellow agents or loan reps.) who were spouting lies they'd heard on extreme right wing outlets like Faux Noise.

Eventually, I began to challenge their obstinance and general stupidity, and when I did, I soon found some NEW friends, who thought like I did. Over time, I've managed to cull the in bred tea billies off my friend's lists, but gained some fellow liberals.

In the long run, I've gotten rid of some totally regressive, and negative "friends", but gained some friends I actually LIKE - and do business with, happily.

Posted by Bob Phillips, CDPE, SFR, South Orange Co., CA (Realty ONE Group) about 2 years ago

Just say No.  Really.    Depending on your area, you are at risk of offending up to 50% of the people who read your post.  Perhaps more than 50%.  You may lean right but not right enough for some, etc, etc.

I am not here to validate someone's political persuasion.  I am here to give them excellent advice on a major financial transaction.  So I don't discuss politics or religion with my clients.  On line or off.

Posted by Margaret Mitchell, Seacoast Maine & NH Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Yorke Realty) about 2 years ago

This is very timely. Because I just opened my new brokerage, I emailed past clients. I quickly got a response back from one of our local school administrators I sold a home to a dozen years ago. He said he was looking again, but due to my "public remarks" on Facebook against a school referendum that he was for, he would look for another agent.

Posted by Mike Schmidt, Brownsburg and West by Northwest Real Estate (Schmidt Realty Co.) about 2 years ago

Political discussions bring out the worst in people.  Everyone has their opinion and they can be vehement and strident about it.  To wade into that as a real estate agent is risky since we know we'll alientate half of the people we know.

 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) about 2 years ago

Nay

Posted by Ron Aguilar, Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995 (Continental Mortgage) about 2 years ago

LOL, I just read all the other responses, and see that I'm clearly in the minority of this thread's political preferences. I find it difficult to understand how Realtors and loan reps could POSSIBLY back the fiscally irresonsible party that nearly destroyed our economy, less than a decade ago - but I digress.

I actually have clients who have an opposing view to mine, and since we each enjoy our business relationship, we each tend to not rub our views in the other's face, and while it can be a bit testy at times, the business relationship works for each of us. Go figure.

Posted by Bob Phillips, CDPE, SFR, South Orange Co., CA (Realty ONE Group) about 2 years ago

So many lengthy answers to your post/question.  My short answer is 'Nay'.  As Richard Foster stated .... two things I don't discuss are politics and religion.  Both topics are too personal.

Posted by Christi Farrington, ~ Your representative in Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate - Wilton, CT) about 2 years ago

I think it's wise to do business with people whose views align with your own, if for no other reason than you can respect their intelligence! Fortunately, when the subject comes up, I find that almost all of my clients are on the right. 

Like you, I'm a conservative, but there are a few issues I really don't care about and at least one that I disagree with completely. 

I don't often go to Facebook, but I expect my leanings do show, since I'm apt to share an essay by Ann Coulter or Michelle Malkin. 

 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 2 years ago

I have strong personal views about politics and religion that are known to me, my immediate family and some friends. Politics used to be about consensus and people also used to respect the separation of church and state. Now it seems that every identifiable religious group wants a theocracy and too many politicians forget that they are to work in consensus for what is ultimately the nation's best interest. As a broker I always prefer a deal to have two winners.

Posted by Leslie Campos ( Copper Ridge Realty) about 2 years ago

Do whatever make happy! Just respectfull !

Posted by Ian Lazarus,CRS, Jersey Shore 2nd Home & Financial Specialist (The Landis Co., Realtors) about 2 years ago

I think it's a personal decision. I agree with you, I'm a fiscal conservative and I do get frustrated at times with the liberal drivel some of my friends spew. But the difference is that I don't have clients or prospects on my Facebook unless I truly consider them friends, not business. So I have the luxury of doing what I want. :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 2 years ago

Ralph Gorgoglione She was talking about Facebook, I agree with you that politics is not a good idea on AR. 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 2 years ago

I don't discuss religion or politics with family or friends...unless I know the friends hold the same or close to the same opinions.  On FB I have been tempted to speak up a few times but bit my tongue.  I have stood up for LGBT rights openly.  I don't believe a discussion with someone of opposing opinions is going to change anything but our disposition and perhaps relationship.

Posted by Sandra Matson (Baird & Warner, Chicago) about 2 years ago

I restrict my Facebook profile so it limits who gets my opinion. Do I care if I say something that may cause one to not buy a house from me? Not really...but that is just my attitude problem I guess.  I spent 20 years in the Navy and another 10 in management with a in few companies health-care. Then I had to limit what I said...now I don't. 

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) about 2 years ago

Jennifer, you have given us a very thought provoking post. From the above comments it is obvious we all have differing views on life and politics. I chose not to be political in my postings, I see that as what is best for my business. 

We should remember that we each run our own business so we can individually choose our policies. I just wish that those who feel giving their view on politics would be a bit more gentle when they disagree with the other side.

Posted by John Wiley, Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA (Jones & Co. Realty) about 2 years ago

I will post or comment on real estate matters that are either state or national but as far as the topics that the presidential candidates discuss, I stay away. I once commented as someone posted a hot topic issue.Several years ago I wrote 2 paragraphs about one of these hot topics and it has haunted me ever since. I do not want anyone to read something I commented on and get their feelings hurt. I have learned to stop and think before I click and many times I back it out.

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind (Keller Williams Realty) about 2 years ago

I lean heavily to the right and yes, I do like you better now.  I don't bring up politics very often with clients, as a rule.  But when a client shares a view with me that I agree with I will happily support them.  People like when others agree with them.  If my client says something that I disagree with I usually just smile and if they ask me what I think I will tell them that we really don't want to go there.  With a smile.  And they get it.

Posted by Derrick Guevremont, Rochester MN Homes for Sale (Counselor Realty of Rochester) about 2 years ago

If it's just Facebook, then I consider that to be open territory.  FB is a community free-for-all site, anyway.  So post whatever you like.  Just be prepared to get as good as you give.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) about 2 years ago

I live and make my living in Kern County, an extremely right wing county. I am a political junkie, I know a LOT about the issues.....but I never share these ideals on FB as I want to continue to make a living here.

Posted by Debbie McKnight, Mentoring to the future stars... (Deborah McKnight Real Estate) about 2 years ago

Jennifer,

Great topic for discussion!

While I agree politics is a risky subject for business related sites, and for interaction with clients, I do cross over that line on Facebook. I feel it is appropriate to share your views there, with mostly personal freinds, and present an honest depiction of yourself. I do have many clients who are aware of my conservative nature, and disagree with it on a personal level, with one client who actually takes glee making political comments he knows I disagree with. My observation from the comments is, those conservatives who know you better now expressed their greater affection for you, while none of the liberals have vowed to shun you! 

Posted by Steve Baklaich, Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always. (RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate) about 2 years ago

Facebook is a forum for "friends".  When we, as REALTORS, "friend" people on FB who are also our clients, we blur our relationship from Professionals to "friends".  I would NEVER think to share pictures of my grandkids, or jokes, or cute dogs with my Doctor, CPA, Lawyer, etc., nor my political or religious opinions.  However, my FB page is going to reflect my personality because I feel I can be myself there because I am surrounded by "friends".  And although I do not post on religion or politics, I sometimes share articles about such.  And I often respond to my friends opinions on politics. 

I personally have recently set up a FB Business page that I would ask clients to follow.  It is professional, about issues that affect the Real Estate market in my area.  

In short, I guess my question is, do you see yourself as a Professional to your clients or as a friend?

Posted by Edith Raney (Raney Realty, Raney Continuing Education Online) about 2 years ago

Short and sweet. No.  I just talked about this issue today in a class and I highly suggest agents be very careful before they chose to talk politics online.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS,CRB, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 2 years ago

NO NO NO - and of course I dont always heed my own advice but I should! Therefore I resolve not to be baited in anymore!

Posted by Scott Leaf Personal Real Estate Corporation, Scott Leaf & Associates Real Estate Team (Keller Williams Elite Realty, Port Coquitlam, BC) about 2 years ago

One additional comment is this: I'm sure that many agents - like me - have more than one F/B account. I have a personal account, which tends to have more real friends on it, and is more "personal", as I discussed in 2 comments above.

I also, though, have two business accounts, one for regular buying & selling homes in my area, and another strictly for rentals, as I do a lot of rental business in my area. It is rare for me to post anything political on either of those sites.

That MAY be a way to have a presence on F/B, but keep personal posts out of your business account. By the way, ALL agents SHOULD have a separate F/B business account.

Posted by Bob Phillips, CDPE, SFR, South Orange Co., CA (Realty ONE Group) about 2 years ago

The only political comments I think we should write...Where to vote, When to vote, issues to vote on ect. I also don't want to here about your sexcapades or even what you feel or don't feel about religion.
Although, recently I became involved in Carlsbad CA about putting a Nordy's and a Disney style mall above a costal lagoon in the middle of a big strawberry patch. As a life time local, I think a Nordy's would be better suited in the existing mall that is going through $300 million in renovations and has plenty of room. I may have alienated those that want a mall on the coast next to the beach over the natural lagoon in the middle of a big strawberry patch. But I don't care in this instance.Go figure.

Posted by Michael Blue, REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad (Home Smart Realty West) about 2 years ago

Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn Indeed a provocative post, but one that has obviously garnered a lot of attention.  For me, personally, I do not engage in political nor religious debates nor post such things on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, here on AR, etc. To me it is diminishing returns.  I have friends who are died-in-the-wool liberal Democrats and friends who are right of the tea party, yet I play well in the sandbox with ALL of them.  They are all entitled to their way of thinking and political preferences, yet when they say something or send me something that I believe is BS, I call BS!  It's all good, though, as if you are a reasonable person and willing to hear what others think it can actually be enlightening if not entertaining!

Posted by Greg Mona, YOUR Local Real Estate and Design Resource in AZ! (RE/MAX Platinum Living) about 2 years ago

if you cross the line on facebook you are sure to come out swinging or end up with both eyes black and blue.. no more middle ground in anything and these days there have been a flop... right is wrong and now wrong is right....

Posted by Doyle Lee Austin Davison Iv, 28+ years serving Investors/Banks/Buyers/sellers (Surf City Realty 714-968-6767) about 2 years ago

You need to just be you...  :)  Like all business people, you have a variety of "you" depending on situation and company.  Examples - You may drink another beer when with family, but decline that extra pop when with clients or associates.  You may crank up that old NWA cd in your car alone, but not when your doctor buyer is in the car.  LoL!  

 

As for politics #TRUMP2016...  Hahaha!  I mean really?  We all have to get up and sell some real estate whether it is President Obama, Clinton, Trump, Bush, Sanders or ______.  So, to get too involved or too upset or too upsetting is probably not going to benefit your real estate business as much as other activities have the potential to benefit your business.  :)

 

Party on!

Posted by Ken Patterson, Roseville Real Estate, TOP Rocklin Realtor (TPR Properties) about 2 years ago

Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn ,

 

I once won a listing because the seller looked me up on facebook and said that I never wrote anything negative about anything. That they passed on several others because they didn't want anyone negative representing them. 

Posted by Vera Gonzalez, Gonzo For Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban, Inc.) about 2 years ago

I do make my politics known; and if people ask me I'll tell them my opinion. There's no question politics is emotional and although I don't make the decision to do business with someone because of their politics, I know there are people who do. Some of the comments here have said so. I try to learn from others' opinions because I know I don't have all the answers and try not to look at politics as having only two sides. It's safe to say that Republican voters may not agree 100% with the party line. I would think it would be the same with Democrats. There. I just spilled the beans. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) about 2 years ago

As long as I am working with the public I choose not to share my personal political beliefs.  I don't choose my clients by their politics so I do not believe that publically stating political opinions  has a place in our business.    I would not want to lose a client because my political or other personal beliefs are either offensive to them or because they think less of me.  It is difficult sometimes not to respond when people's public remarks are hateful.

Posted by Judy Golland, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR (Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors) about 2 years ago

IMO - staying out of the political arena is just plain smart business. Where I draw the line is someone who tries to get me to violate our code of ethics. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 2 years ago

It doesn't really matter what side you are on. Strong opinions having nothing to do with business should be avoided. Many years earlier when I bought my first house, I avoided using a friend agent because his political insistances were opposite mine. The truth is you never know who you might inadvertently offend and how it might hurt your business model or objectives. After reading through this thread I decided to stop using a service I have used in the past. Best option is to stay out or stay neutral.

Posted by Billy Jenkins, Residential Real Estate Agent serving Carmichael (Thomas & Turner Realty) about 2 years ago

While political conversations most likely shouldn't be part of a business plan, they do happen!  I can imagine that as we progress through this campaign cycle, it's going to get interesting.  It can be disconcerting when your "friends" get into heated political debates on YOUR Facebook.  

I have learned to "unfollow" (not unfriend) a few of my friends, who border on the lunatic fringe with their political beliefs.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 2 years ago

I say definitely "Nay!"  Political expression has become so vehement, and it is clear the amount of disdain and anger for those who disagree.   If I'm being honest, I find myself with either hurt feelings or indignation when I see a friend or client or colleague go off on those who disagree with their viewpoint.  I strive to learn as much as I can about the issues, and make my own decisions.  My opinions have not changed much over the years, and I agree with others who have posted here that no one ever changes their political beliefs because of something they read on social media.  But a lot of people change how they fell about someone because of a rant posted here or there.

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) about 2 years ago

I might also add that I am an Independent voter.  I try really hard to not get hammered in between the Democommies and the Republinazis.  It's getting more difficult all the time!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 2 years ago

I believe it is important to be honest. If you use your personal page for marketing, be yourself. I enjoy reading about, thinkingabout, and talking about politics and religion so I keep that in my personal page and keep business on my business page. Not because I am hiding anything (I definitely don't do that), but I have a business with nine people in it and my opinion does not reflect on everyone.

Posted by Nathan Gesner, Broker / Property Manager (American West Realty & Management) about 2 years ago

Oh my goodness, I just got home and saw all this activity. Wow! Thank you all for your comments. 

Interestingly, during the show in question where I raised the topic of politics on Facebook, I was of the opinion of the majority that, duh, you shouldn't discuss it, especially if you have strong opinions. But literally in the middle of expressing that particular opinion, it occurred to me that while pontificating on your particular platform might alienate some, it would also very likely attract others... and those "others" are going to be people you'll have more in common with. And the ones you attract may be far more "attracted" to you since you obviously have something in common that means a lot to you both. 

I'm not really saying I recommend this approach - I haven't decided for myself, but I thought it was an interesting topic for debate. And apparently it has been!

Posted by Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul (Sell with Soul) about 2 years ago

Good question Jennifer, Any time you make your beliefs or opinions known you're bound to make someone mad. On the other hand, if you don't speak up someone else decides or the fix is already in. Kind of like 'your money or your life.'

On the subject of Democrats and Republicans... Anyone who thinks we have a two-party system should read the last few pages of Animal Farm again lol!

Posted by Andrew Jones, LA Beach Cities Homes 310-399-3740 (Horizon Pacific Realty ) about 2 years ago

Ah Joe Petrowsky to think we might have missed this one.

I've been dubbed the #CaffeinatedConservative on Facebook and let me tell you - it's driven a tremendous amount of business...and exactly the kind of business I want.  :)

Posted by Kyle Reyes (The Silent Partner Marketing) about 2 years ago

No one ever accused me of being political correct so I do not hide my opinions or feelings.

Posted by John Rakoci, North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas (Eagle Realty) about 2 years ago

Hi Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn   Great blog and thoughts.  The first reply also had some great thoughts as do many of the others.

For me...I have blocked the feeds of those who are too far away from my thoughts when they start to rail on a subject. 

I tend to not share a ton of political baggage although everyone who knows me knows that my Mom was adopted when she was one day old...and I have never found the greatest woman who ever lived...my birth grandma...the woman who gave birth to my Mom at a home for unwed Mothers... I hunt and own guns and think everyone who is mentally stable and not a convict should have the right to do so...I believe that if you can work you should work...   so you can see where I am heading here.

In my area, my beliefs are in the vast majority so not sure if sharing political thoughts help or not...but I am not worried about losing a potential client who has beliefs different than me...they can go live somewhere else and we both will be happier I think!!

Posted by Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker, Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700 or 800-241-3940 (Mike McCann - Broker, Farmland Broker-Auctioneer Serving Rural Nebraska) about 2 years ago

Without a shadow of a doubt, political pontification does not belong on Facebook. 

 

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 2 years ago

in this polarized environment, I strongly recommend to never mention politics - other than joking generally about the political system. Attacking either party alienates up to 50% of the audience and I recall an agent in FL who took a strong position and my client walked from him because they disagreed. The agent lost a $35,000 commission opportunity

Posted by Paddy Deighan JD PhD, Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D (TimeshareLawyers.pro) about 2 years ago

A very interesting topic indeed.  We all have our beliefs and they are based on our upbringing, our family and friends and experiences.  I am not one to get up on my soap box, however, depending on the situation I will not back down on something I know to be right.  If I see a debate coming I admit I usually just sit back, listen and learn.  And oh there is much to be learned ... Can't wait to see what happens in the next year or so ... there are many voices fending for our attention ... for now we still have the freedom to speak and share and while some stand back and watch, others get in and fight.  

Posted by Diana Dahlberg, Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563 (1 MONTH REALTY) about 2 years ago

I have a weekly radio show on a local station here in the "Wine Country" of Sonoma County, California and we regularly take up the gauntlet of private property rights but not to the point of screaming doctrine and dogma. We try and show both sides of the issue. Currently our NorthBay Association of Realtors if fighting the creeping allure of rent control by our City Council Council (oops--just realized I crossed a political line here!) as a quick fix to the lack of affordable rentals in our area instead of fast tracking more affordable housing. I'm currently working with a teacher who was a tenant for 20 years but just got an eviction notice. I feel empathy for her and she was the financial wherewithal to purchase. So when we speak of rent control we try to balance our viewpoints knowing that we have represented many a tenant in the past but also many an investor. Do I post to AR about these things? NOT often but when I do it is with our client's rights as a homeowner or future homeowners viewpoint. How's that for a split personality response!

Posted by Mike Kelly, "One of Sonoma County's Natural Resources" (The MJKelly Team) about 2 years ago

I appreciate that people have the ability to speak personally on social media. I do think though that it can be a slippery proposition to do so.

Posted by Chuck Willman www.UtahHomes.me, UtahHomes.me (www.UtahHomes.me) about 2 years ago

I think a Realtor is better off  keeping their opinions to friends and family  and  not so much  with the sharing  of political thoughts  while being in the pubic eye.  Unless one is super motivated out of conscience and can not keep silent I think its best to keep business dealings separate from private thoughts. 

Posted by Nancy Robinson Ranked #111 by Real Trends/Wall Street Journal, #10 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World (Century 21 Town and Country) about 2 years ago

I am personally not comfortable posting my personal political opinions on Facebook.  You are correct that you may attract some while alienating others, but you never know who you may alienate that could bring you business.  The best solution, in my opinion, is to be neutral in what you post for everyone to see.  But you can "like" posts by those of similar persuasion, and then those friends will know your opinions while the rest of the world will only see you as a nice neutral professional.

Posted by Sue Ellis (BHHS Florida Properties Group) about 2 years ago

Hi again, Jennifer.

    I am enjoying the comments on your Blog. 

    For those who say, "I never discuss politics or religion, because I might offend customers", my thoughts are: 

    Is money (your business income) so important to you, that you will not defend your religious beliefs, you will not defend your children against an oppressive Federalist State that is bankrupting your Country, you do not care that Obama and the Republican Congress are making America defenseless against its enemies? 

     Will you sell out your conscience and your children for a commission check?

   

 

 

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 2 years ago

I have two FB pages, one business and one personal. And never the twain shall meet. There are NO non real estate comments on my FB business page. And if I hear some outrageous and/or illegal words from a buyer as regards race, religion, etc., those folks are escorted to the curb.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) about 2 years ago

Good morning Jennifer. My friend Kyle Reyes shared your post with me, glad he did. Love the topic and always willing to speak "politically", I see it as a responsibility even though it gets people upset.

Great job with your post!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 2 years ago

Being fearless is a virtue regardless of the circumstances or consequences because taking action to prevent, change or to educate IMO is a responsibility, especially when opposing views are either misinformed or uninformed.

Political or religious beliefs are usually impossible to change but expressing your beliefs opposing others shouldn't be deterred because of how it affects your business. You may not agree with my beliefs but when expressed, the reaction can be acceptance, rejection or inconsequential to a relationship. 

We have the fredom to expression and because of political correctness, should we  be silent? It's a choice or decision, yet, not to take action because of adverse consequences IMO doesn't demonstarte leadership or conviction.

Posted by Kimo Jarrett, Pro Lifestyle Solutions (WikiWiki Realty) about 2 years ago

I have Facebook business pages dedicated to my political action. I post things there that I will not post on my personal pages.

I belong to AR Groups that have members who agree with me. I follow a lot of AR members with whom I agree.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) about 2 years ago

I never discuss my political opinions online, nor do I respond to others' political posts. I'm in business to help people buy and sell houses, and I don't care what they believe politically.

My main problem with political pontificating is it seems to me that people have moved away from politely discussing their beliefs, and have moved towards attacking others for any different beliefs. Those are two totally different methods - the first I'm fine with, the second annoys the heck out of me.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 2 years ago

There is no question that my FB friends know my stance on the issues.  However; they are usually  presented in the form of shared posts, jokes and what I "like".  I usually don't rant or pontificate(most times). Oh, and all of this is on MY personal page and not my business page.

Posted by Chris Lima, Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you. (Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise) about 2 years ago

Many have mentioned that they keep business and personal separate - thus it doesn't matter that much what they post on their Facebook personal page. 

For me personally, in my real estate business, there was no clear line between my personal life and my business - the vast majority of my clients came from people I knew and met in my day-to-day as opposed to from any sort of mass marketing. And those clients would very likely be or become FB friends with me. But that was just my business model. 

Someone mentioned that they will "like" a politically charged post instead of actually posting about the issue themselves and so far, that's been my approach as well. I'm not ashamed of my worldview and yes, I tend to have more in common with people who share it, but it's not really my nature to put it out there with the expectation of starting a debate (or a pissing match!). 

Posted by Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul (Sell with Soul) about 2 years ago

Here is an example of the sort of thing that is insulting to half of your audience, lol. No, I'm not voting for Hillary but NO I am not making this statement... but Jeez... I think you can be politically opinionated WITHOUT outright calling people stupid! 

Posted by Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn, Author of Sell with Soul (Sell with Soul) about 2 years ago

Jennifer, I wrestled with this for a while. I only posted safe stuff. My humor was only self deprecating but not professionally... I was miserable.
I took a social network class (thanks Desire Savory). It came out that nobody cares about my real estate slogans. They want my passion.
I unloaded all my conservative, christian beliefs. My soccer coaching and kids were there too. I am sure I have lost people. I have wonderful clients whom disagree with me but stat FB friends and recommend me. My conclusion is honest and passion wins the day if you stay respectful.

Posted by Tony Barker (Premiere Home Realty - Tony Barker 832-867-0835) about 2 years ago

oops....

Posted by Robert Hicks (United Country River City Realty) about 2 years ago

I have spirited conversations with my family, and we often cancel each other votes out...but as it comes to business. I keep an open mind but a closed mouth on the subject of politics 

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 2 years ago

Freedom of speech is a right.  I am proud and confident of my views. I will not be afraid or silenced for my thoughts. If someone disagrees with me and would use that as a weapon against my business, that is their problem. I would never harm a person or their family via their business for what they believe about politics or religion.

People that use politics or religion or any type of thought as a weapon, are weak minded, uninformed, and just plain bad actors. I try to explain, and not judge.  Millions of Americans wake up every morning hoping, yearning, praying to be offended. I am only happy to oblige.

Posted by Phil Hanner, Phil at http://www.findahomeinportorange.com/ (Keller Williams) about 2 years ago

When some one asks me what party I belong to, I tell them my party/independent. First time I voted, my parents had a fit. They were staunch Democrats and I was not but also not a staunch REpublican. Parents told the clerk it was my first time voting so I may need help. I was good though. If you can imagine a target with a bunch of holes all over andthrough it, that's how my ticket would look. I rarely see much gray area, mostly black and white on every side. Had a couple tell me they didn't like my opinion. I said that's ok but what are your thoughts on this property? We moved on to closing and agreed to not discuss politics. We still agree to disagree but they call me when they have aquestion concerning real estate. That is what matters.

Posted by Theresa Akin (CORPUS CHRISTI REALTY GROUP) about 2 years ago

I don't agree with anybody so I would be in a pickle if I tried to filter friends based on their views. 

Posted by The Derrick Team - Indy Metro Realtors, Your Pet Friendly Realtors (Carpenter Realtors) about 2 years ago

Always respect others, respect yourself; be polite. It's OK to disagree, and a sign of intelligence when one can without degrading another person.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) about 2 years ago

Whether I agree or disagree, I do not want to read political comments on Facebook.

Posted by Doug Kaller (Academy Mortgage, Reno, NV) about 2 years ago

We NEVER post politically oriented posts on any social media. Yes, it might attract like thinkers to you, but it could also do the opposite. I can rant politically with the best of them, but there's a time and place for everything, and we simply don't think Facebook is the place. The potential for damage is just too great. That's our story and we're sticking to it...

Posted by Pat & Wayne Harriman, Broker/Owners, Wallingford CT Real Estate (Harriman Real Estate, LLC (203) 672-4499) about 2 years ago

I do not write as much on politics and faith as much on my blog as I used to.  However, I do on Facebook.  Facebook is the town square of the digital age.  My Faith and my Politics are more important to me than Real Estate.  Now I do try and avoid knock down dragouts that turn into name calling - that does not sway anyone.  On occasion I challenge people on an issue.  Admittedly the facebook form is not made for anyone with an attention span or for any kind of deep thought, but you can connect with people there.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 2 years ago

I have been defriending or defollowing a lot lately and that includes REALTORS®. When I see extremism or people resorting to ad hominem attacks I don't want to see it. I think Facebook as an open network used to be a fun place to go and share, but now I stay away.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 2 years ago

On occasion I'll repost something that reflects my political view (conservative) but never if I think it may be insulting to folks on the other side. But largely I keep from it.

In the past there are posts from extreme "progressives" that I've come across and as much as I try to resist I just have to respond to, it's like my fingers just take over. In those cases it just seems I'm being unfair to myself if I can't defend my positions just because I'm a salesperson. That said I try to keep it nice.

When I find that these "extremists" have post, after post, after post that are pushing their agenda, especially if they try to make me feel stupid for not agreeing with them I'll simply block them. Who needs the aggravation?!!!

Posted by Dave Hymes (RE/MAX Gold) about 2 years ago

I would have to say its bad for business. just reading the comments here have made me perceive some people differently. I am not saying that one should not have political opinions and/or not discuss them with anyone, but the question was Facebook, a public place which from what I've seen encompasses a ton of wackos! I will say that I have good friends from all parties and we agree to disagree, but thats different from publicly proclaiming your beliefs as truth!

Posted by Karen Hurst, Rhode Island Waterfront! (RICOASTALLIVING.COM) about 2 years ago

Perhaps because I'm OLD(!) I have given up being politically correct.  My twitter handle is "leftofu" if that tells you anything.  If someone wants to insult Hillary, that's your business but you are supporting "Rape is a gift from God" REALLY!  I post Liberal political things all the time and have some very conservative clients.  They can continue to hire me or not but we actually don't discuss politics in our business relationship so I've pretty much never encountered any negative from posts on my personal Facebook page.  The clients who return for my expertiese know who I am and know that I represent them above all, which has nothing to do with my politics!   I'm happy to work with both sides but not worried if Conservatives want to work with another Conservative.  I love Real Estate as my business but am not hiding who I am to get business I probably don't want! 

Posted by Neal Sanford (Realty Kings Properties) about 2 years ago

Interesting  topic. I get that it's good to be natural and "real" on social media, Pontificating on the other hand, that's just a step too far in my opinion. I'm pretty sure my friends on FB know my views, without me doing much except being myself. Like attracts like and unsurprisingly most of my clients are on the same wavelength as me. Nonetheless, I try to make sure my conversations are only lightly peppered with politics or religion. (And never initiated by me). It's too easy to step over the line. After all, we are talking clients and business relationships here, not family. Once we screw it up with a careless remark there is no going back. 

 

Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) about 2 years ago

I think after reading your post that our political leanings are pretty similar.  I try not to ever purposefully hurt anyone with what I post, but I also do not try to hide where I stand on issues.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 2 years ago

If I didn't need Facebook for family overseas and the groups I am in, I would leave Facebook for the very simple reason - I detest seeing politics there. If you want to argue politics go and create a group and do it there.

Posted by Corinne Guest, Managing Broker, The Choice of Professionals (Barrington Realty Company) about 2 years ago

It is always best to stay out of politics and religion unless you are discussing it with someone that you already have some idea what their beliefs.  Otherwise you can get in a true overheated mess.  All it does is end up upsetting people.  

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) about 2 years ago

Sorry... I still come from the school of thought that it's better to not discuss politics or religion in a business environment. Besides, I have fun working with people of all different pursuasions so really wouldnt' want to limit myself to attracting like thinkers.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Area Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) about 2 years ago

I'll be discussing politics with prospective home buyers or seller as soon as I lose my mind.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 2 years ago

I get tired of the people that just keep posting the same agenda constantly.  I like facebook to keep up with family and friends and the fun things they are doing. I know you support a certain cause, so please limit the number of posts about it.  It just becomes white noise and I quit reading your posts. I also hate the people that constantly complain about others.  And I never reply to the guilt trip posts of like this or you are an idiot posts.  I post a few business things, but try not to do it more that once a day.  Make me smile and I will read your posts.

Posted by Kevin Flinn (Platinum Realty LLC) about 2 years ago

I wonder of geography has a way of loosening and/or constraining political commentary depending on ones location.  I highly doubt that a publicly pontificating right-wing Realtor could be successful  in San Fransisco, Seattle, Minneapolis or New York.... or a left-winger doing the same in Salt Lake City, Omaha, Oklahoma City, or Mesa. 

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) about 2 years ago

Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn well, this may be one form of 'branding' or....to be precise - let's call it 'Niche Marketing' ....lol!

Luckily for me, I have a big excuse - I don't know much about American Politics....(and can get away with that....)

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (eXp Realty) about 2 years ago

Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn If someone wants to know what I think about any particular subject all they have to do is ask---in person. If your request is genuine I'll probably tell you.  If I believe you have an agenda I'll probably tell you that it's none of your business. As to my business Facebook page, I'll keep my personal preferences personal and ask that others do the same. My personal Facebook page is for family and friends. My business page is for business and I'm certainly not going to open myself up to a variety of potential claims, Fair Housing or otherwise, based on something I've posted on FB.

Posted by Nancy Laswick, Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun (United Real Estate) about 2 years ago

My mother always taught me never to discuss these things with people you don't know well: religion, politics, and money. Many of my Facebook "friends" are people I don't know well, so my mother's doctrine seems to apply there. The worst offenders, of course, are those people who repost incendiary and flippant quotes and other material, which cannot be part of any intelligent dialogue. 

Posted by Anne Peck, real estate agent in lovely coastal Georgia (Hodnett Cooper) about 2 years ago

I don't go on rants on facebook but I think that my political leanings as a conservative in fiscal matters but total liberal in staying out of people's bedrooms and personal lives comes through.  I have had several of my prospective buyers and sellers check me out on facebook as well as my Active Rain profile and they have said that because they think along the same lines as I do, they chose me.  Again, does not always work for everyone but it is working for me.

Posted by Marnie Matarese, Showing you the best of Sarasota! (DWELL REAL ESTATE) about 2 years ago

It is Ok to disagree, but there is no need to disrespect those you don't see eye to eye. Choose to be the better person.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Eastvale Team Realty & Property Mgmt) about 2 years ago

Jennifer - my answer would be "it depends."  If you want as many clients as possible don't be political.  However, if your business tends to cater to one or the other than do it.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 2 years ago

I have been thinking about this recently, I am fairly political in my personal life, I have (and I'm sure I will in the future) volunteer time for campaigns I feel especially strongly about. My plan (once I am licensed) is to keep my business page politically neutral, I can post any political opinions on my personal page. I have found that people tend to assume that my views are similar to theirs, and typically I find something I can agree with them about even if they are on the other side of the spectrum. I really don't want to discuss politics at work though!

Posted by Sharon Lea about 2 years ago

Good morning Jennifer Allan-Hagedorn ,

An interesting take on being political on Facebook. I have to admit I don't have a lot of time to get caught up on Facebook and this years elections are so disturbing I probably stay off Facebook because of all the political ranting.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 1 year ago

Hi Jennifer!  A big Nay from Charlotte, North Carolina!  I have clients on both sides of the aisle and I would never offend them by pushing my political views on them.  Just my humble opinion!

That said, I noticed this post was from 2015 - Now that you've seen the horrific nastiness on FB the last few months, have you changed your stance on this?

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) about 1 year ago

Living in New Hampshire, we get it sooner than any other state the lead up to a presidential election seems to start right after they count the votes from the last one.... I can't wait for it to be over.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) about 1 year ago

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