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Topic # 61050 7-May-2010 21:55
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If I see say a property advertised in the newspaper for sale, could I post the address of it on line and solicit comments from the public? i.e. what do others think if it, or what it might be worth?

I would argue "yes" because they have put it in the public domain.

Could I quote say the trade me ref, or real estate agents ID in the post?


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  Reply # 327844 7-May-2010 22:13

Nothing illegal but I wouldn't want my house being discussed on a forum to be honest.

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  Reply # 327856 7-May-2010 23:10
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IF you aren't making money from it and it is genuinely for the purpose of discourse / discussion

THEN I can't see any legal problems with re-typing the information or providing a web link to it.


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  Reply # 327917 8-May-2010 11:15
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There is a chance that someone will contact the seller, and tell them that the house is up for discussion. I'm the type of person to do that, because I think that if someone's possessions are being discussed, the owner has a right to know about it.

You could always ask the seller whether they mind the house being discussed (I'd bet on 90% saying "yes").

If you're considering this as a commercial website, I don't think it would fly, because not many people would know that the website existed (unless you spent a couple of million advertising it), and you'd end up with subscribers with no one else to discuss things with.

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  Reply # 327938 8-May-2010 13:26
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Interesting... If your house is for sale, you should expect it to be talked about........

If it isnt, I agree it would be 'rude' to say the least to post it anywhere.

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  Reply # 327943 8-May-2010 13:44
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I would assume that if you have listed the address/house in the paper, where anyone can see it, then online wouldn't be much of an issue.

But to be honest, I don't see it being any different to someone discussing say, a company they saw on the main street of Auckland and asking for peoples opinions on it (online).

Maybe you don't agree, but thats how I see it.

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  Reply # 327975 8-May-2010 15:21
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maknz: Nothing illegal but I wouldn't want my house being discussed on a forum to be honest.

Surely if the house was for sale, you would want people to discuss it on a forum. I know I would. Its basically free advertising.  

Now, if it wasn't for sale, yeah, I could see the issue. But I'm sure the OP is talking about houses for sale. 

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