Is it a good idea for sellers to Google buyers (or vice versa)?

  • Although some believe it's a potential Fair Housing Act violation, learning more about the party on the other end of the transaction has never been easier.

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A seller received an offer on her listed home and, curious, she Googled the prospective buyers, a couple. What she found gave her more leverage than the buyers probably would have preferred. The seller pulled up the wife’s Facebook page, where she’d posted photos of the house and told her network that it was her new home.