Please Remove My Home From the Internet

Real Estate Agent with Nest Realty


Interesting topic - I have lots of thoughts on this and will be putting something together soon.


Original content by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities BRE# 01147470

I sold a property last fall and last week I received a request from the buyer, now the homeowner of record, asking me to remove his home from all my marketing blogs, videos and ads on the Internet. 

Who knew Internet Sleuth was a new facet of an agent's job description?  Okay, it was easy to switch the YouTube video to private and remove some interior photos (although the furnishings in the pics belonged to my seller and were posted with his consent).  A note notifying the new owner of the removal was met with appreciation AND a long list of links where he found photos of his property.

Yikes, some were on personal websites of other agents, some were on sites that pick up listings from the MLS and so on and so forth.  Josh, my business partner, removed pertinent photos from our website and numerous blogs.  Needless to say it was a time consuming task, but I have to admit we were pretty impressed with the depth and breadth of our marketing efforts.  My former listing had worldwide exposure!

I understand the new homeowner's concerns.  He feels his privacy is compromised.  It was no small feat to locate and eradicate all traces of the lovely listing I once sold.  I'm sure we missed a few sites. 

Will other  buyers cringe when their new home continues to show up on various Internet sites?  Will agents soon be required to remove all traces of listings that went viral?  What is our obligation to the new homeowner?


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Comments (4)

Shawn Murray
Omaha, NE

Wow!  This makes you think about how the internet really is world wide.  I always pull my clients pics off the MLS when it sells and the few times it does not sell I also remove pics.

Jun 10, 2010 04:00 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

WOW is right!!!!!  Are we going to have start using a disclosure?  Hmmmm....

Jun 10, 2010 05:51 AM
Joe Colón, Jr.
Jenny L Colón, PC - Chesapeake, VA

I guess my question would be, does the same "viral" result happen if and when the listing is deleted from the primary sites? Meaning the same domino affect.  I know we want our information to be plastered on as many walls we can get them on, but is our repeated blog just a carbon copy or is it connected to the host somehow?  I sure hope these questions make sense...

Jun 25, 2010 07:24 AM
LaNita Cates
REMAX of Joliet - Joliet, IL

But is it REALLY our job to go and do this? I think it's nice you did it but OMG! I can't imagine trying to do this and adding another job to my already full plate of things to do! I would probably NICELY tell my buyer that if he feels that strongly, he needs to do it himself.

Jul 04, 2010 09:49 AM