Emily Medvec, Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (eXp Realty LLC)

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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have a shredder in my home office. It gets plenty of use.

Nov 26, 2022 11:43 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I have a shredder next to my desk, and we have recycled pick-up every other week.

Nov 26, 2022 10:32 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I do not have many papers given I went "paperless" in January 2012. 
All files are saved as pdf and stored electronically. 

The papers I do have, I shred. 

Nov 26, 2022 10:13 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Emily we've had everything online for so long now, in two safe places.  As for the old paper files......we did have them shredded after 5 years. But we still had an online file for the paperwork that might be important or necessary when they wanted to sell or buy again.

Nov 26, 2022 09:48 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

ME? I snippet all hard copy anything of value into so many torn/cut pieces and then mix it all with serious garbage. That's all I know

Nov 26, 2022 09:30 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

I have a criss-cross shredder to nuke old paperwork . . . 

Nov 26, 2022 09:26 AM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

I shred confidential paper along with junk mail and non-confidential paper into a bin.  I mix the shreds and when the bin is full I load it into 3 separate bags. 

I take my paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and cans to my local recycling center. I dump each bag of shredded paper into a different spot, not one pile.

I mention on my website that my business is eco-friendly and engaged in recycling, reuse and repurposing of used items to reduce waste, energy, and use of natural resources.

There are green business directories where you can list as an eco-friendly business. They include backlinks to my website which increases my SEO.

Nov 26, 2022 09:22 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

When active had a shredder by my desk and used a professional service to shred dated files.

Nov 27, 2022 03:42 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Every year I shred anything older than 3 years Emily Medvec . I think every State is different but I don't waste any time or space keeping records I don't have to.

Nov 26, 2022 04:56 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It's very common for the local PD and even our realtor association to offer free shredding events annually.  Even some community groups get involved as fundraisers and some local realtors do it as well in their farms.  If I can find one of those, I take advantage of it.

Nov 26, 2022 04:27 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We shred the old documents. 

Nov 26, 2022 04:25 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

We shred.

Nov 26, 2022 01:43 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Our village & township offer these services to us many times a year. Just put them in a box & hand them to a pro shreding company.

Nov 26, 2022 10:55 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It has been a very long time since we printed any of those docs, and the electronic copies will likely be around forever.

Nov 26, 2022 09:58 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hi Emily, I have been sifting through all the closed files, and watching for shred events.   I have been to two so far, and have one full box ready.

Nov 26, 2022 09:34 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have a shredder at my house where I will shred documents that need to be shredded and aren't needed anymore.  I have never used a service.

Nov 27, 2022 04:10 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I am not required to keep any documents, my broker is and she has both hard copies and digital copies.  Her hard copies are shredded when they are 20 years old.  The shreds are then burned.

Nov 26, 2022 11:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have those documents shredded at the office.

Nov 27, 2022 05:58 AM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

I use a shredder.    Works great and super easy/efficient.  

Nov 27, 2022 11:04 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea


Nov 27, 2022 09:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I shed paper all the time.


Nov 27, 2022 09:15 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

We have a secure shredding box at the office. NYC real estate operates differently- so the secure shredding is important. Condo and Co-op Boards typically ask for 3 to 6 months of bank and brokerage statements for the buyer, plus their taxes for 1 to 3 years- all running through the agent as intermediary. I had one co-op ask me for 2 years of bank, brokerage statements and 3 years of taxes from the buyer- and they wanted multiple copies printed for the board members to review. That is a lot of confidential documents. Fortunately, since Covid, many boards are looking for pdf submissions rather than hard copies.  

Nov 29, 2022 09:28 AM
Miriam Odegard
United Real Estate Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
Real Estate Broker Serving Greater Indianapolis

Maybe host a "shred day" for yourself and for your clients--might be a good client touch that's also tax deductible.

Nov 28, 2022 08:21 AM