A buyer has just walked into your home and while you're not there, she and her boyfriend have decided to take multiple pictures of your bedroom, including the one's belonging to your children. What if the boyfriend took pictures & video of the master bedroom along with the master closet? Toss in a selfie and you have a pretty average showing. But is it legal and appropriate?
The sellers home isn't in a public setting, but the interior & its contents are still the personal property of the home owner, so it makes for an interesting debate about both respect and privacy.
I wouldn't appreciate anyone taking pictures of the inside of my home, especially of the kids rooms. If my home were under contract then that would be fine. I would understand why a buyer (who is under contract to purchase my home) would want to take pictures. I would feel more comfortable and less paranoid because I would have the buyers full names on the contract. What I've never understood is why buyers take pictures of bedrooms when actual pictures of the bedrooms are already on the MLS.
There are a lot of people out there who act like they can't survive a public appearance unless they're filming or snapping selfies. The intent isn't always criminal or sadistic, but it certainly raises concern when anyone is in someone elses house snapping pictures and taking video.
What about you? How do you feel? Have you ever taken a selfie by the homeowners pool or vintage sports car? Do you think it's inappropriate to walk around snapping shots like you're at a theme park?
If you aren't under contract to buy a home you probably shouldn't be taking pictures or rolling film. That's my thought. There's a certain amount of privacy you give up when you list your home. You're allowing total and complete strangers to wonder around your rooms. They're using your bathroom, touching your furniture, sneezing in your kitchen and walking on your carpet. It's a germaphobe's worst nightmare. There's plenty to see both online (MLS) and in person. I don't understand the fixation with taking repetitive photo's.
What do you think and why?