Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.)

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AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Jeff ~ For a Sold listing I leave them all in for the benefit of appraisers & agents to see condition / upgrades to help establish value.  THE EXCEPTION to this are community or common area photos that could easily be used by other agents.

For a canceled / expired listing I delete all of them, as many agents would re-use them in a future listing.  No exterior photo is required for these.

Oct 30, 2019 11:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I leave them. They are helpful to appraisers for future sales in neighborhoods. And I appreciate being able to refer to pictures when I'm doing a CMA. Haven't had a listing expire in so long I can't even comment on what I'd do.

Oct 30, 2019 10:59 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I used to take all of them off then I got a call from an appraiser about him not being able to 'see' condition. Now I leave them.

We have to at least leave 1 which is usually front pic.

Oct 30, 2019 10:59 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

In ALL events I remove all but the required primary photo.

The appraisers know they can call me and I will if need be forward interior shots.

I have had my MLS photos blatantly lifted and one agent thought he could adjust the color and crop and 'no one would know' . . . lazy butt!

I HATE that Loopnet/Costar archives our photos and offers them for use by other agents! Bring on the alternatives!

Oct 30, 2019 11:19 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

When I was active you did not "have to" post a pic. I always left mine up Jeff Dowler, CRS 

Oct 30, 2019 11:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't recall removing photos

Oct 30, 2019 11:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have never removed them.

Oct 30, 2019 11:40 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

One photo can be left up or all. After several complaints of agents copying and pasting the photos paid for by other agents to the new listings, the Board made changes and sent out warnings against that. They are encouraging agents to hire a photographer to take new photos or pay for the existing ones.

Oct 30, 2019 11:29 AM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I leave mine but our MLS will take them off after a certain time frame or at least they used to.

Oct 30, 2019 12:37 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We do not take down photos. We have gotten requests from new owners to do so from time to time. We reply that the photos will be left up for appraisers and others who need comps.

Photos are also one every major real estate website and many minor sites. Taking them from our mls only disadvantages users of our mls.

Oct 30, 2019 11:46 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Your question suggests those photos can actually be retrieved.

REALTORS are required to place images into the MLS. The MLS syndicates to 1,000s of websites in addition to broker and franchise website who often syndicate and let's not forget Zdevil.

Deleting from the MLS does NOTHING but, I do purge my pics to not make it so easy for other agents to leverage my IP.  Nor am I in business to assist appraisers or other evaluation activities. The image that should remain when the status converts to sold should be the agents business card. Yeah, that should work.

Oct 30, 2019 11:09 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I leave them with the exception of the neighborhood shots.

As for expireds, it's been a lot of years since that has happened and I am pretty sure I removed them. I pay for all of my photography (no matter the price range) and I'm not going to give them to other agents to use!

Oct 30, 2019 10:09 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am not that posessive of things that are no longer important to me, they are free to use them.

Oct 30, 2019 12:46 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

when it sells I typically leave them UNLESS it's a condo and then I remove all but the one that is required. (don't want other people snagging my community improvement photos).  If it expires or is withdrawn I remove all but one front house photo.

Oct 30, 2019 12:20 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I leave them on

Oct 30, 2019 12:18 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Great photo, Jeff Dowler, CRS !  We typically leave the photos.

Oct 30, 2019 12:09 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I leave them regardless of the status.  At some point in time our mls department removes all but 1.

Oct 31, 2019 04:07 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I always left them.

Oct 31, 2019 04:06 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

If the listing expires, we remove the photos.

Oct 31, 2019 03:13 AM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

No, pictures are not removed and haven't been an issue very often.  The listing can't be changed once escrow closes.

Oct 30, 2019 10:52 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'm with AJ Heidmann on this.  For sales I leave them in the MLS and for the same reasons.  The one cancelled I had, I think I left them up as well in the MLS.  We are required to have a front shot in the MLS.


As to my site, service providers (like realbird and listingsmagic), and any sites I've posted the photos to... those stay up for ever and ever.  I have denied requests to remove photos and even written a blog on my site about how photos can NEVER be removed from the internet.  I had a couple listings were on the market several years prior and the photos and videos were still online and returning on Google.

Oct 30, 2019 06:14 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I remove pictures, leaving only 1.

Oct 30, 2019 04:56 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

We are required to keep one main photo. If listing closes, I might leave the photos; if expires, photos are mine. Other agents are not permitted to use them. So if you don't think sellers will relist with you, maybe best to take down your photos, if you took them yourself. If a photographer took them, they are his unless you arranged otherwise in writing.

Oct 30, 2019 03:07 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

I leave them up.  They're helpful for other agents when working on future CMAs.

Oct 30, 2019 02:50 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Nice profile picture, Jeff:) 

Depends on the client request, some ask to remove pictures, i simply ''hide'' them and yes, you have to have at least one main picture. 

Oct 30, 2019 02:38 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

1 photo is requirement. 

Oct 30, 2019 02:33 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

The primary front view of the residence must be left on the MLS. I try to remove all others if I catch it in time...

Oct 30, 2019 02:24 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends on the MLS.  Our clients have one in their portfolio on their website, usually of the front of the home...the rest is not posted for privacy reason.

Oct 30, 2019 12:56 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I leave mine, but have seen MANY listings remove all but the first photo.  Not sure why.   The appraisers need them for comps and so we when listing a home in the same area.

Nov 03, 2019 07:44 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I never remove them unless it does not sell.


Nov 01, 2019 01:42 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I keep them in place.  It is important to maintain the integrity of the MLS. Appraisers and agents use that data!!

My MLS requires one front-facing photo. 

If for any reason I no longer have the listing - it did not sell, expired, canceled - I remove all but the required photo. 

Oct 31, 2019 02:43 PM
Eva B. Liland Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service 661-714-1643

I never remove any photos. I don't mind if a new listing agent uses my photos for establising the new listing price. Its also of value for an appraiser.

Oct 31, 2019 10:14 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Remove most interior photos.

Oct 31, 2019 08:54 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

we leave all of it in place..... 

Oct 31, 2019 08:07 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Phtotos can stay but buyers & sellers & agents all move on....

Oct 31, 2019 07:46 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I leave them!

Oct 31, 2019 05:30 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Sometimes. It's case by case, but I never remove all photos. If you paid a professional photgrapher a few hunded dollars and then paid a drone operater another few hundred for aerial photos, then they should be consulted, then it's more likely many of those photos would be removed. Getting them removed from the internet is close to impossible thanks to syndication.

Oct 31, 2019 05:21 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

I typically do not remove them. Most agents here do not remove them. We do need to have at least one photo. I recently tried to get photos removed for buyer clients who closed on a house. They wanted them removed for security reasons. The property had closed. The listing agent tried first and was told no. I sent an email requesting and explaining why. MLS would not remove them without a court order. Where's the common sense in this? 

Oct 31, 2019 04:29 AM
Richard Iarossi
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Crofton, MD
Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate

I leave them in the MLS only if the listing is sold. Not required but helps the appraisers.

Oct 30, 2019 06:05 PM