Raymond Henson, eXp Realty, Realtor (eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277))

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Virtually impossible to remove. You can take them out of MLS, but I wouldn't... appraisers refer to these for future appraisals. In any event, what's pictured is the seller's home, not the buyer's home. 

Nov 22, 2020 01:10 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't know,Raymond but like you I doubt it.  My thoughts are once it has been online,  it becomes a part of history.  Fact, fiction,  fable, fantasy, frickin fa la la. . .

Nov 22, 2020 01:05 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I don't understand the paranoia that buyers have about pictures of their home with someone else's furniture and decorations in it.

In any event, we have occasionally received requests for the removal of listing photos. Here is our response:

"Pictures are taken to facilitate the sale of a home. While these pictures are critical for prospective buyers, they serve other important purposes as well. When a home is listed for sale, the pictures and sale data become a part of the local real estate historical record. This historical database is critical to Realtors, appraisers and lenders in determining values for homes that will either be coming on the market or are already in escrow. Listing agents need the pictures to effectively set list prices, buyer’s agents need them to write correctly priced offers and appraisers and lenders need them to provide valuations for purchases, refinances and more. Without these pictures, real estate professionals would be operating in the dark. Since pictures from past sales help sharpen the numbers by providing a visual comparison, it is critical that they remain on the MLS.

Currently, local MLSs are exploring ways to ensure that these pictures remain online and, consequently, our real estate team has chosen to act in cooperation with these efforts. 

While we understand the desire to have the pictures removed, we also are aware of the overall value of the pictures to the entire real estate industry, and therefore our answer is, respectfully, no."

Nov 22, 2020 01:55 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The first thing that came to my mind was ... chasing a rainbow. 

My MLS does not allow photos to be removed after a property is sold. 

Once the photos are syndicated ... we have zero control over them.

Nov 22, 2020 04:31 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Collected images, comments, blog posts... like defunct satellites, they continue to circle the Earth long after their purpose is completed Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI !

Nov 22, 2020 03:12 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

You can get rid of many if you have an account with the syndicating company, ( such as realbird) but I doubt you will ever get rid of all of them. Pictures will still be available on googles street view, county websites, and companies that offer aeriel photography, etc. Even if you remove a % of them, you can't remove the photos taken by previous agents or builders.

Nov 22, 2020 02:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Nearly impossible however in time they will lose rank unless you specifically look for that address...What can you do?

Nov 22, 2020 01:35 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Highly doubtful Raymond.  I'd like to say good luck with this but I kind of know the outcome.

Nov 22, 2020 01:27 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is one of the many reasons owners of luxury homes do not want their homes listed!  One of our clients has her sellers remove all valuables (paintings, knick knacks, etc) prior to the place being photographed....And one of our friends who was a recognizable character actor, absolutely refused to have photos...he did not want anyone to know where his kids rooms were...And what Michael Jacobs said.  A

Nov 22, 2020 02:01 PM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

You can from MLS but once the others have them I'm not sure but am tninking no

Nov 23, 2020 02:18 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

It is pretty much impossible. I have found when I go look at the history of a listing, the older pictures have been removed if the history is long and older.

Nov 22, 2020 06:27 PM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

The listing agent can generally delete them if they have a mind to.  My brokerage does it when requested by a buyer.

Nov 22, 2020 02:40 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The short answer is "no."  The long answer is that syndication happens to hundreds, if not thousands of websites (via datashares and IDX feeds) and we have zero control over them.  Once a property is marked as sold and syndicated out, it's not likely that the sites will monitor for any updates.  Removing photos is not in the listing agent's interest, so you are likely to not get any cooperation there either, plus it can hurt the ability for people to accurately comp homes in the future.  If your MLS has a "Private Photos" feature (this is starting to crop up in MLSs for this reason), it will allow the photos to be marked so they don't syndicate but will still keep them on the MLS.


The best the buyer can do is claim the listing on Zillow and then ask them to remove the photos.  Realtor I do not think has this option.


For what it's worth, the one time I was asked to do this several months after closing, I refused and provided them with evidence that the photos for that house, from 3 listings back (over 5 years prior to my listing), were still easily accessible on the internet on agent websites.  Once it's out there, it's out there.

Nov 22, 2020 10:39 PM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I appreciate all the great feedback.  Thank you all!

Nov 22, 2020 08:45 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Somewhat, however not completely.

You could try replacing them with pictures of other things and hope that the syndication sites will pick up the replacements.

However you will catch a lot of flack from appraisers, agents and assessors who rely on these photos when doing comps in the future.

Nov 22, 2020 07:37 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

I see another disclosure form coming....  LOL!!   We have one for the seller re: internet marketing but your responses support adding a spot for the buyer to sign...! 

Nov 23, 2020 04:25 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Luckily, I have never had a buyer ask such a thing.  I have heard that if the owner of a property reaches out to the sites that the pictures are being displayed they can sometimes get them taken down.

Nov 23, 2020 04:20 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I've been asked to remove photos from third party media sites and we simply have no control there.  You can ask that the photos be removed, but your request may go unacknowledged.

Nov 22, 2020 06:12 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Our forms committee added a statement to our listing agreement stating once the photos have been syndicated, it is next to impossible to remove them.   We can remove prior to the closing, but still no guarantee they will be removed from other sites.

Nov 23, 2020 06:15 AM
Merv Edinger & Associates
Remax Nova - Halifax, NS

First of all, the photos would belong or be licensed for use to the listing agant. Only they would be able, even if it is possible, to remove them. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:48 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

There is no way to delete a picture from all sites with one click. Only once in 35 years has a buyer even insisted of such a thing.  It was someone who bought a REO that was all moldy, fixed and was selling it. They didnt want anyone to know what it looked like before. 

Nov 23, 2020 05:25 AM
Jay McHugh
SendOutCards-Appreciation Marketing Expert - Acton, MA
YOUR SendOutCard Mentor


Yes and no....some sites will take them down by request....I have found the majority will not...part of the world we live in....if GoogleEarth can take pictures without consent, I explain to those with these questions that it is out of our hands etc...hope that helps....Happy Thanksgiving.....



Nov 23, 2020 03:29 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Have you client sue you, your broker, association and franchise for not disclosing this and exposing all to this undisclosed hazard.
Include in the suit that a client who chooses to protect themselves and the buyer from this hazard are placed at a competitive disadvantage because choice and completion is limited.
Further add the punitive additional hurdles placed before those who may opt or non-syndication if affect discourages this option.
Maybe when predators are hauled onto court, the consumer will get a voice.

As you know the answer to your question is 'NO" but the good news is they are leaving so it not their problem...right?

Nov 22, 2020 01:49 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

As they say, once it's on the internet, it's there forever!

Nov 23, 2020 09:53 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Not really. Once the internet gets them they go far & wide. In my MLS, you can choose which pictures stay when it closes. You might be able to remove photos on Z or Realtor.com if it is your own listing.


Nov 23, 2020 05:36 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Is there an absolute assurance of a full on wipe? NO

You 'might be able to' remove ALL pictures from YOUR MLS listing (ours requires a primary photo remain) and they may be updated in the syndie sites. 

One of the things I HATE about Loopnet/Costar is they RETAIN ALL OUR PICTURES and make them available for OTHERS to use with THEIR watermark . . . I'd love to see them get spanked for that. Our MLS upon our upload makes us certify that we know we're releasing them.

Nov 23, 2020 09:33 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI You can delete the MLS and  maybe Z but don't think it's possible to get easily rid of those that have been syndicated.

Nov 23, 2020 09:29 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Just say no.

Nov 23, 2020 08:44 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Raymond, this issue is gaining traction among buyers and sellers for security reasons.  A listing agreement should specify that listing photos are to be removed prior to closing (when it can still be done). And listhub contacted to remove them from syndication. A buyer should be advised in writing that removing photos is not a guarantee that all public sites will comply.  If after closing, buyer wishes to create an account on public sites that require verification of ownership, they may be able to still remove them.  I totally get their concerns.

Nov 23, 2020 08:11 AM
Tony Lewis
RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & Aliso Viejo

Our MLS won't allow any changes once the home has entered sold status.  We can delete our personal posts but have control of the Internet so there will be pictures online no matter what we try to do.

Nov 23, 2020 03:04 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I think you have great responses already.  

Nov 23, 2020 02:21 PM