It is about the consent to pictures, even if these are the pictures of the interiors of the properties for sale. In the ensued discussion, the overall tone is that we gotta be careful as we do not know who walks through these homes and how they are going to use the pictures on the Internet.
An interesting part of the discussion is that whether the home inspectors are allowed to take pictures without the expressed permission of the Seller.
And while there are some valid points, I can't get rid of the feeling that we are simply paranoid. I go to preview the homes and I tell the agent that I need to send the pictures to my clients BEFORE they decide to fly-in and look. I also routinely take pictures when we show multiple properties, as practically in 9 cases out of 10 Buyers get confused, and pictures help them to straighten things up.
And yes, there are pictures and many of them on Realtor.com, so why is the concern in the first place.
And by the way, we do know who walks through the house.
As for inspections, they come with a lot of pictures showing every defect, and this is the only way for the inspector to document his findings and the only way for the buyer to understand what the inspector is talking about.
Bob in the beginning stated that when he worked in education, they ended up with a policy of not having any pictures of children on the website. I understand where he is coming from.
The whole idea of having a site about a school and no children's photos there sounds ridiculous to me. Just think about the absurdity of the situation. And if you want to tell me that there may be some legal problems, then there is a bigger absurdity in the society.