Tuesday, May 18, 2010

"You Will Be Personally Penalized” Said the Census Worker



Census Bureau workers are regularly calling and asking my office for confidential information about Destin Florida properties we have listed for sale. They are getting sneaky, too. I’ve instructed my office not to answer confidential questions on behalf of any of our sellers.

Yesterday one of my team was threatened by a Census Bureau worker that she would be "personally penalized" for not answering questions. They said, “Not your office- YOU will be penalized!” I am serious.

How sneaky are they becoming? The Census Bureau worker calls for me, will not say what the call is regarding and leaves a first name. Of course, my team is alerted that this is probably not a legitimate business call. We call back, and they start on the census questions, “Is the home occupied or vacant?” (Gosh, can’t they look in the window?) When we don't answer their questions, they start to get pretty ornery.

Why won't we answer confidential questions? How do I know if this caller really works for the Census Bureau? How do I know it is not a thief or scammer? How do I know if my seller would choose to answer these questions? Do I have permission to? I don’t, therefore I won’t.

Would you?

It's Wendy!

Wendy Rulnick, Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.

Call toll-free 1-877-ITS-WNDY (1-877-487-9639) or local 850-650-7883 ext 204

Email Wendy: itswendy@rulnickrealty.com

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