Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate  (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I've never been asked but if I were, I would not.... photos aren't removed from MLS after closing...and those old listings with photos, details and prices are easy to look up...

Jan 17, 2018 10:10 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

I have never been asked to remove photos after the property sold.  

Jan 17, 2018 09:29 AM
Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Never happened to me. That's quite paranoid.

Jan 17, 2018 09:51 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I have never been asked to do so.

Jan 17, 2018 09:31 AM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


  I can go into MLS and edit or remove photos after the closing, but I will still need to leave at least one photo.  I can subsitute a sketch or stock photo as long as it doesn't misrepresent.

  It goes without saying that we can't delete pics from 3rd party websites.

   Maybe an issue that should be discussed at time of listing?

Jan 17, 2018 09:18 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

We can do it if we want to after closing. We have a choice by each pic now. I would not do it & actually not answer. The other agent has to take care of that nonsense.

Jan 17, 2018 09:07 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Never been asked and I would never do it and I would never comply it was not their home when the property was listed and their photos are up in the tax records and all over every real estate website...they’re permanently out there.

Jan 17, 2018 08:49 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Not very common in Erie, PA.

Jan 17, 2018 09:10 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have never been asked to remove photos from MLS after the property has sold.

Jan 18, 2018 05:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Not it is not common, Kathleen. You do not need to remove them as they are your and/or your sellers' property. However, it's totally up to you.

I have had this happen and I do make a mental note of these folks - I don't want to work with them when they are ready to sell their home! They're typically a bit whacky!

Jan 17, 2018 03:41 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, if i'm requested, i remove. You can remove before marking it as sold, after that the file is closed and you have to request it to be open and explain why.

Jan 17, 2018 02:40 PM
Kathryn Acciari
Century 21 Real Estate - Shrewsbury, MA
Brand Ambassador and Business Coach

It happens from time to time. Sometimes, they want all Internet photos removed. Impossible, of course. That would be like demanding that all copies of a home's photo in the newspaper be destroyed!

Jan 17, 2018 11:01 AM
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Once in a while a buyer will ask and then I ask them why they want them pulled.  I don't feel the buyer has much say on the topic.  The photos are needed for at least a year or two for appraisers and realtors to use as comps.  (Wait until you tell the new owner that appraisers will be driving by and taking photos!)

Jan 17, 2018 10:14 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Increasingly often. Of course my clients have been properly advised of the hazards and peril to which they will be exposed through the common practice of syndication.

Removing from the MLS is easy. It's getting it off the other venues that is impossible.

A buyer really needs to drag their agent and franchise, the listing agent, franchise, broker, association, regional association, into court for failing to DISCLOSE the hazard the peril THEIR common practice created.

The calls often come about 4 months after closing.

Jan 17, 2018 09:11 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I've only been asked once. And I think once it's closed in MLS, I have no more access to do so. Besides, those photos continue to live on the web in other portals... no control there. Besides, those photos are not of the new owner's home... they are of the previous owner's home... and new owners should have no say in listing data stemming from a listing relationship that had nothing to do with them.

Jan 18, 2018 04:15 AM
Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert
E*Rae Realty - Austin, TX
Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction

Never happened to me.  It's quite helpful as an agent to be able to see photos in old listings.  When you're working with a buyer you can see what improvements have been made to the property since the current owner purchased, and its great for scoping out homes prior to listing appointments.  Also, a listing without photos is harder to assess when looking for comps.

Jan 17, 2018 07:21 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It isn't very common but our new 2018 state contracts state that an irrevocable license is given for photos and data so we no longer have to worry about that even if the listing is pulled off the market.

Jan 17, 2018 06:35 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Only place that I have ever heard of this is from a few folks on AR.

Jan 17, 2018 05:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I've only been asked once from a paranoid buyer but once we close out in the MLS we can't go back in and edit. Sorry..appraisers need the information for one:).

Jan 17, 2018 05:09 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist


Jan 17, 2018 11:58 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I've never had it happen.  

Jan 17, 2018 11:56 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Not common. I would not do it.

Jan 17, 2018 10:52 AM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

Not common here, have never been asked to do so.

Jan 17, 2018 10:37 AM
Pete Xavier
Investments to Luxury - Pacific Palisades, CA
Outstanding Agent Referrals-Nationwide

After working on real estate teams as a Realtor I didn't notice anyone having that issue on the teams, but I know it does happen. I'm guessing somewhere under 1% of all transactions that this would be an issue. IMO

Jan 17, 2018 10:28 AM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I have never been asked to remove marketing photos.  I'm sure our MLS allows us to remove.

Jan 17, 2018 10:13 AM
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Pro Ledger Online Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Pro Ledger Online (owner)

no, has never happened to me...

Jan 17, 2018 10:05 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've seen it rarely.  Our MLS does not allow editing once the listing is closed and even if it did it wouldn't matter as the RPR platform, Zillow and Realtor.com would all keep archives of these photos as well as many other sites.

Jan 18, 2018 06:00 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is very rare and in our MLS, after marking it as sold i can olny go back and edit in for a mere couple of days than it is frozen for life 

Jan 18, 2018 05:49 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Once - and no - it didn't happen...

Jan 18, 2018 05:18 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

not common.

Jan 18, 2018 04:28 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kathleen Daniels - not so much! Even Zillow keeps the pictures after the sale is completed.

Jan 17, 2018 10:37 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

very rare, however as a rule I removed interior photos a few days before closing.

Jan 17, 2018 09:09 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not common for me over the years!

Jan 17, 2018 06:56 PM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Not common, but I have been aware of a few who did. 

Jan 17, 2018 06:27 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

If photos show a vacant house it is a good idea. Scammers target vacant house closed photographs to list them on craig's list etc. Common practice in Orange County, we must have more sneaky people here. Leave one curbside image

Jan 17, 2018 02:23 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

It has not happened to me. Believe our MLS requires one main photo to remain, but I have seen all vanish.

Jan 17, 2018 01:24 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Once once for me and that included the youtube video.

Jan 17, 2018 12:42 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have only had that request a couple of times.

Jan 17, 2018 12:10 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Hasn't come up

Jan 17, 2018 10:15 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Yes, great question. 
And the answers too. 

Nov 17, 2018 01:22 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Intersting question and great answers. Thank you.

Nov 17, 2018 01:09 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I had 2 phone calls about it in 2017.


Jan 19, 2018 02:36 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

When we put photo's on thee mls they become sole ownership of the MLS so we can't do anything about removing them

Jan 18, 2018 06:21 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've had it once, about a month past closing.  The answer was no.  They repeatedly asked and got the same answer.  They even got upset and threatened to "get their lawyers involved."  I told them no and eventually called the broker and told them to tell their agent to stop harassing me about it.


The reasoning given for the no: These photos do not show your posessions, they are owned by the seller and the agent and are crucial to the agent's ability to attract new business based off of past performance.  They help other agents accurately comp the house for condition in the MLS.  Contracts that were signed all state that the photos once posted live on various sites the agent does not control and will not be able to remove them from.  What eventually worked is I showed them a google search of the address and how photos from the two prior listings were still available online within the first couple of pages.  I also then showed some model match listings that had floorplans attached.  That ended the conversation.

Jan 18, 2018 09:52 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Rare. I sometimes remove some of the photos even if i'm not asked. it's more common for agents to remove them if they had hired a professional photographer to take them. I bet soon, agents will begin using other agents drone videos without asking.

Jan 18, 2018 09:01 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is exactly why some luxury sellers do not want their homes on the MLS, or if they do, they censor the photos and some of the description for the sake of privacy.  A good friend of ours who was a character actor (meaning he worked, but was not famous) did not allow the agent to take pictures of the inside of the home.  He was worried about the safety of his children,  And, by no means was this a luxury home.  A

Jan 17, 2018 03:49 PM