Updated as of 8/29/04.
Whitcombe & Co., and its managing broker and attorney Joseph P.
Whitcombe respect your privacy, period. Although our duties (including the
California Rules of Professional Conduct promulgated by the California Bar Association)
require us to keep your information private, we have nonetheless published
information will be kept private.
We may change this policy from time to time, so please check back
periodically. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or
1. What personally identifiable information is collected and how it is
2. What general information is collected and how it is used
3. With whom personally identifiable information is shared
4. User choices regarding collection and use of information
5. User access and ability to update information
6. Security measures used to protect personally identifiable information.
1. What personally identifiable information we collect, and how we use
Generally, Whitcombe & Co. asks you to provide, and collects,
personally identifiable information reasonably necessary or related to our
efforts to respond to your requests for our products and services. Depending
on the services you request, this information may include, but is not
limited to, your name, address, zip code, e-mail address, telephone number,
and whether you plan on buying or selling property, or both, information
about the properties in which you are interested and the criteria you
provide in relation to these activities.
You will be asked to provide personally identifiable information at
various places in our web site, including, but not limited to, the
Asking us to provide you information or contact you: If you wish us to
contact you, we collect information including your first and last name,
address, zip code, telephone number, email address, preferred method of
contact, best time to contact you, as well as information about your
motivation and goals in wishing to communicate with us.
Newsletter: If you wish to subscribe to Whitcombe & Co.'s Market
Trends Newsletter, we will collect your first and last name, address, zip
code, telephone number, email address.
Property Value Estimates: If you wish for us to provide an estimated
listing price for you property, or to estimate the fair market value of a
home you are interested in, we will collect information reasonably necessary
to provide the requested service.
Information collected in the course of representation: If you choose to
interact with Whitcombe & Co. or one of our agents, we may collect
information in the course of providing our goods and services. Because
providing real estate brokerage and legal services is a complex and involved
task, this information may include a wide variety of personal information,
including but not limited to, your name, address, zip code, e-mail address,
telephone number, social security number, credit history reports,
information about your property, including liens and property
characteristics, your history of litigation, and whether you plan on buying
or selling property, or both, information about the properties in which you
are interested and the criteria you provide in relation to these activities.
2. What general information is collected and how it is used:
Apart for the information listed is section "1," above, we do
3. With whom personally identifiable information is shared:
Your personal information is maintained by Whitcombe & Co. in order
to fulfill our legal and regulatory requirements and to provide you with the
information, products and services you have requested. As a general rule,
Whitcombe & Co. will not disclose your personal information to any third
party except with your permission or under special circumstances, as
Whitcombe & Co. will disclose to interested parties information
pertaining to the sale of a house listed with us. This information will be
posted on our web site and in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
By requesting information or services from Whitcombe & Co., you give
us permission to transfer your information, as reasonably necessary, certain
persons and entities, such as the title insurer, lender, appraiser, escrow
or settlement provider or inspector participating in your transaction(s), so
that they can fulfill your request and provide you with goods and/or
Your information may also be transmitted to other parties in a
transaction or their agent. Our Agents are independent contractors licensed
by the California Department of Real Estate, with contracts to perform
services for Whitcombe & Co. All personally identifiable information you
provide to Whitcombe & Co. will be made available to your Agent and
other Whitcombe & Co. employees that reasonably require the information
to perform their designated duties.
Generally, your Agent oversee the disclosure of your information to third
parties, in accordance with the customs and practices of persons engaged in
the real estate industry. The various lending institutions, title companies
and other service providers involved in your real estate transaction may
each have their own privacy policies governing how they handle your
personally identifiable information. Whitcombe & Co. is not responsible
or liable for third party privacy policies or the actions of any third party
with respect to your personally identifiable information.
Whitcombe & Co. will not sell or lease personally identifying
information to any third-party, provided however, that in the event that
Whitcombe & Co. refers you to another real estate agent, attorney, or
real estate broker, or to a lending-related entity, title insurance company,
escrow company, or other real estate-related good or service provider,
Whitcombe & Co. may provide information to such entities as is
reasonably necessary to competently provide service to you.
If you came to our website through a link on another website
("Third-Party Website"), Whitcombe & Co. may be
required, as part of our agreement with that Third-Party Website, to provide
them with aggregated data or some personally identifiable information.
Whitcombe & Co reserves the right to disclose your personally
identifiable information in certain circumstances when we have reason to
believe that disclosing such information is necessary to contact, identify
or bring legal action against someone who may be intentionally or
unintentionally causing injury to or interference with our rights or
property, our users, our employees or anyone else who could be harmed by
such activities. We may disclose personally identifiable information when we
believe in good faith that such disclosure is required by law. We may
disclose personally identifiable information to a multiple listing service
if the multiple listing service suspects that a person is involved in breach
listing service's rules. Additionally, we may disclose personally
identifiable information in response to a valid subpoena or court order.
Our web site provides links to other web sites. Unless otherwise
specifically noted, these websites are not sponsored by Whitcombe & Co.,
and Whitcombe & Co. is not responsible for any personally identifiable
information collected by these websites, and is generally not responsible
for the content of, or services provided by these websites.
4. User choices regarding collection and use of information:
If you wish Whitcombe & Co. to refrain from contacting you, or for
Whitcombe & Co. to delete all of your personally identifiable
information from their databases and files, or from Whitcombe & Co. to
return any documents in their possession related to their representation of
you, Whitcombe & Co. will comply with any request that we take such
action, subject to legal and regulatory provisions that require Whitcombe
& Co. to maintain certain records regarding our representation of real
You are free to refuse to provide any of the information requested on the
Whitcombe & Co. web site. However, if you choose not to provide the
requested information, we may not be able to provide you with certain
Whitcombe & Co. goods and services.
5. User access and ability to update information:
You may gain access to, or update your information maintained by
Whitcombe and Co. at any time by telephoning us at (530) 219-1000, or
emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing us at 3500 Anderson Road,
Davis, CA, 95616.
6. Security measures used to protect personally identifiable information:
We restrict access to Whitcombe & Co. computers and the personal
information we store there by using a log-in process. Documents containing
your personal information are maintained in our office, and are made accessible
only to authorized persons.
Unfortunately, no e-mail transmission over the Internet is absolutely
secure. Whitcombe & Co. cannot guarantee the security of any information
you transmit to us from our website, and you do so at your own risk. Once we
receive your transmission, we take reasonable measures to ensure its
security on our system. Finally, we store all data on our system in a
password protected database system, which is protected by a firewall.
issues in general, please feel free to contact us.