The photos of the home were, or could have been, in the real estate publications of the time. That is if the agent had a budget to afford to advertise in this way.
Newspaper ads, magazine ads, postcards, mailers, and flyers – these were the extent of the photos which were out in circulation. Someone would have to save these items for future reference, if they were interested. Usually after a home sells – no one cares anymore about the historical photos, at least that was the case back then.
Today – A transition has taken place where we see within the World Wide Web – the Internet, things never die. Most things life forever in some way, shape or form, within the internet and world wide web.
This includes historical property photos of a residence which was for sale at some time in the past.
For the listing agent and the agent representing the buyers, these photos do little good. Maybe they could be used to have a presentation sent to a potential client, to show our value, etc – that maybe one way in which some of us would save them. But to keep them churning within some online platform, for everyone to see, that serves no purpose for the home “owner / seller”.
The problem is the photos, once the client agrees to have their listings “syndicated = shared” across all of the online platforms for real estate, it’s game over. Those photos now become the property of hundreds of real estate syndication websites.
Shouldn’t the person who bought the home have rights too? Of course, but, as of today, there is nothing they have to sign to “agree to the process” of real estate syndication. At the time the agreement was set into place, the property in question and the photos did not belong to them, they belong to the home seller. It’s a slippery slope indeed…
Just in case you are unsure what the names of some of the real estate syndication websites are – here are some, but not all…
HomeFinder – Homes.com – RealtyTrac – Real Estate Book – Kahping – Land Watch – Foreclosure.com – Lands of America – Keyboom! – Vast – Home Patch – RealSavvy – Wiki Realty – LotNetwork.com – Adwerx for Real Estate – All Acres – Apartment list – Apartments.com – Back at you media – Zillow – Trulia – close2homes – comcast – commercial search – DOD housing network – Dreamhomelist – alookyloo – FindaPlace4me – FindTheBest – FlixFlip.com – Freedomsoft – Guidance Realty – HarmonHomes – Home2me – Homebidz – HomeFacts – Home Spoter – HomeStarSearch.com – Home Winks – House Happy – HouseHunt – HouseValueStore – ImagesWork – Investability – Joyfulhome – Juwai.com – LakeHomesUSA.com – Land and Farm – Learnmorenow.com – Lifestyled – listingvideos – mhbay.com – MyHousekit – MyRenttoOwn – Nest Builder – NewHomeSource – Oprecom – Openhouse – Padmapper – Pocketlistings – Point2Homes – Propertyshark.com – Rad Pad – Realquest Express – RealStir – realtystore.com – retola – renthop – Rentrange – Rentoown – Revestor – Listing2Leads – Showingsuite.com – UShud.com – Ylopo – ZipToHome.com – Zumper and more…
When a listing goes online – when the agent and the home seller agree – it gets distributed to all of the above channels online. Plus MORE – Plus each of the current real estate brokerages get them – Here are some examples of brokerages.
RE/MAX – Coldwell Banker – Prudential – Troop – Realty Executives – Century 21 – Sotheby’s – Christie’s Estates – Tarbell – And a lot of boutique brokerages…
What if the agent, who was hired to sell the home, is not a part of one of these companies above – they maybe able to get their own brokerage to remove the listings (but probably not).
To try to get another company to remove the previous listing photos – That would be very difficult to get that accomplished, if not impossible.
The internet lives forever. Photos that are posted don’t go away.
Someone, will find value in the photos at some point. Such is the case with the internet real estate syndication websites – they use the photos to attract people, to get their personal and private information and then sell it to real estate agents in the form of leads.
I feel your pain as a real estate buyer, one that is now living in a home, but is plagued every time they happen to be surfing the www seeing the “old and outdated” photos and have their privacy violated.
I’m sure in the future there will be more rules and regulation to come down on top of the real estate syndication websites for their “photo archival” practices – until then, I bid you good day.
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