TikTok has become a creative marketing outlet for scores of real estate professionals. Now it’s facing increased pressure from the Trump administration.

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After more than a month of drama, the Trump administration announced Friday that it plans to ban viral video sharing app TikTok, along with messaging app WeChat, from U.S. app stores.

The announcement follows an August executive order that described TikTok as a “threat” because it is owned by a Chinese company and allegedly “captures vast swaths of information from its users.” The administration’s stated concern, according to the order, is that “this data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.”

The app store ban announced Friday should go into effect Sunday. Additional restrictions, including barring the transfer of funds, are poised to kick in for TikTok on Nov. 12. The Washington Post on Friday called this situation “seemingly unprecedented.”

Inman previously covered the impact a potential ban might have on agents in August. There was a mix of opinions, but the takeaway was that the platform has become an increasingly popular way for agents to show off properties, market themselves and just have fun. The future remains uncertain — TikTok has proposed a deal with U.S. company Oracle to resolve some of the Trump administration’s concerns — but in the meantime here are a few great examples of real estate professionals using the platform.

Real estate history, with a side of celebrities


The St. Urban #kevinbacon #workfromhome #learnfromme #voiceover #french #baconchallenge #fyp #foryou #realestate #architecture #design #apartment

♬ original sound – Corey Cohen

New York agent Corey Cohen has done videos on the Ghostbusters building and the Led Zeppelin “Physical Graffiti” building.

A crazy front yard fountain, with that “interior crocodile” song


Physics took the day off #luxury #home #goals #waterfall #amazing #design #fyp #foryou

♬ Interior Crocodile Alligator – Chip Tha Ripper

This song was literally everywhere on TikTok a few months ago. The video above is a great example of the way people remix different images — including real estate ones! — over the same audio.

The account that markets cheap rural land


#wyoming #wy #land #realestate #forsale #hunting #hunter #hunt #antelope #horses #wildhorses #outdoors #gocamping #camping #wildlife #offgrid #nature

♬ original sound – LANDiO

Some real estate TikTokers are in big cities. Others are apparently out riding fences.

Turning renters into homebuyers


Your throwing money away! I can help you buy! DM me! #lostherealtor #realestate #realtor #florida #floridarealtor #renting #buying #selling #xyzcba

♬ Confusion – Tik Toker

This one is another example of a viral sound on TikTok being applied to real estate.

Adventures with ghosts


#WelcomeWeek #AirheadsDitchChallenge #foryoupage #fyp #timecapsule #haunted #creepy #ghostadventures #randonautica

♬ Suspense, horror, piano and music box – takaya

California agent Daytona Lindstrom has posted a variety of real estate content on TikTok, including a video about the time she was approached about listing a house that may have been haunted.

That Mortgage Guy


My people 🤩 #mortgage #home #credit #house #yeah #oh

♬ Midnight Train To Georgia Performed by Regina Love – Marcel Monroe

That Mortgage Guy is the account of Scott Betley, a loan officer with First Home Mortgage. Betley has racked up more than a quarter of a million followers on TikTok by posting a mix of funny and actually informative videos about the lending process.

“I can’t take it off” — commission edition


I don’t work for free 🤷🏻‍♀️. #fyp #comission #realtor #homebuyer #wirk #adult #realestateagent #4u #mom #dad #realestate #realestateagent

♬ original sound – Samantha Clement

Another popular audio track on TikTok — this time used to defend an agent’s commission.

The frustrated agent


#realtor #realtorlife #bozeman

♬ original sound – Fortnite 💯💚

Just days ago, Montana agent Kelsey Renevier captured the disappointment of working with buyers who decide to take a break.

Big views in Los Angeles


Bedroom & house goals! #realestate #house #home #luxury #design #modern #bedroom #mansion #property #pool #view #losangeles

♬ Toosie Slide – Drake

A lot of real estate TikTok is just about showing off awesome properties in awesome locations.

The local expert


Did you know they WEREN’T cobblestone? #newyorkcity #nychistory #nychiddengems #nychiddengem #meatpacking #district #ep1 #exploring #nyc #history

♬ The Banjo Beat, Pt. 1 – Ricky Desktop

Mike Schulte is a broker in New York City who has used TikTok to post on everything from the best local restaurants to the area’s history to his own struggles with the coronavirus pandemic.

The landlord


getting these rental units of mine ready for tenants and to pay my bill’s! #propertymanagement #propertyowner #essentialworker #grindhardstayhumble

♬ Hard Work – U.S. Drill Sergeant Field Recordings

Landlording may not seem like the most visually exciting job, but a number of property managers have figured out a way to use the platform to show off what operating rentals actually looks like.

Signs of trouble


Structural issues are a big deal! #GlenndaBaker #RealEstate #Dealbreaker Crack

♬ original sound – Glennda Baker

There are quite a few agents and home inspectors that use TikTok to illustrate problems would-be buyers ought to look for when shopping for homes.

Pre-approval shock


What do you guys do for work again? #realtor #realestate #realestateagent #charlotterealtor

♬ original sound – Rebecca Harris

One of the funnest iterations of real estate TikTok is when agents take a popular trend on the platform — in this case using audio from the sitcom New Girl to express shock — and making it their own.

The back and forth


In negotiations, setting expectations is huge. #negotiation #negotiationhacks #realestate #sales #selling #howto #tips #nyc #sanfrancisco #losangeles

♬ original sound – Philip Horigan

One popular trend on TikTok is staging a faux back and forth conversation. New York agent Philip Horigan recently used the format to show what happens with lowball offers.

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