Is it Okay if We Borrow the Pictures You took of our Property?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington 0788174

It was a relationship that the clients and I had mutually ended. We decided to to take it off the market last year because of the forthcoming cold season. It was a seasonal property. Hence, the reason was definitely valid. 


When I took the sign off, I also ordered for the yard post removal. This was a glaring sign that I did not expect to list it again nor did I want to relist it when the spring comes.


Just this morning, I got an email from the previous sellers/clients asking if the new agent can use the pictures I took in the past.


It was a mixed of amazed and surprised feeling. First, I was amazed that they do value my pictures and they took the courage to ask for them.


Secondly, I am surprised that the other agent would allow himsellf/herself to utilize other agent's works or masterpiece--for that matter. :)


I am not a professional photographer but I do take time in trying to capture the right angles and features of the properties I list to show them in the best light. 


I take pride in what I do and with the results especially if my clients give me nice reviews of the presentation. 


If you are the agent who would be using other agent's photos even with the sellers instruction, wouldn't you feel slighted?


Where is the pride in doing so? Each one of us should bear this pride. That good feeling that emanates from toiling hard. That amazing feeling of triumphant and victory for creating the presentation you can brag about.


Our works speak highly of ourselves. Or,  conversely. You choose.




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        Maria Gilda Racelis 

      "It is the ability to make a difference that differentiates me." 

         Serving Hartford, Tolland and Middlesex Counties








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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Maria Gilda Racelis,  Once in Florida I stopped to get a flyer from a FSBO.  They had copied the MLS sheet deleting the information that showed it was from the MLS,  the very idea!

Feb 20, 2015 02:13 AM #5
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Maria you asked "If you are the agent who would be using other agent's photos even with the sellers instruction, wouldn't you feel slighted?"  Someone who takes pride in their work would feel slighted, but I doubt the Sellers took it upon themselves to as for the pictures.  My gut feeling tells me the other Agent probably suggested that they ask for them.  This sounds like a lazy Agent to me who is probably going to provide bad service to your past Sellers.  You may be getting another call in a couple of months when they fire him/her.

Feb 20, 2015 04:44 AM #6
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Maria - the same person that has no pride and copies web content will also use someone elses pictures.  I see you said no.  Good for you.

Feb 20, 2015 10:10 AM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria, WOW, am surprised an agent would not want THEIR OWN photos.   I am listing a home that was listed last year, and would NEVER think of using someone else's photos.

Feb 20, 2015 10:38 AM #8
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That's a lot of moxie on the seller's part to even think to ask, and not much in the way of the new agent to even allow them to ask.

Feb 20, 2015 11:23 AM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I've had this request in the past, Maria.  I will gladly sell the pictures to the new agent.

Feb 20, 2015 08:12 PM #10
Maria Gilda Racelis
Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington - Manchester, CT
Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen!

Gabe Sanders - that is what my husband told me.. LOL..

Feb 20, 2015 08:15 PM #11
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

You married a smart man, Maria.

Feb 20, 2015 09:02 PM #12
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Maria. I can't even imagine that another agent would even ask. The simple answer would be no for sure. Stay warm.

Make it a great weekend.

Feb 20, 2015 10:45 PM #13
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Maria, you don't want Barbara Todaro upset with you . I'm glad you said 'no.' I freely give my pictures to the sellers after close of escrow.

Feb 21, 2015 12:54 AM #14
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Maria...if someone asked to use my pictures I might reply with...have them call me...we can work out a price for my work.

Feb 21, 2015 01:21 AM #15
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Lottie Kendall  ha....I'm the first one to cry....ask my grandchildren.....i'm more afraid of Maria Gilda Racelis than she would be of me!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb 21, 2015 01:54 AM #16
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Maria Gilda Racelis I'd expect compensation for the photos. If I did not want to relist the property, the asking price would probably be less.

Feb 21, 2015 04:50 AM #17
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I would offer to sell them the photos. My photos are done professionally and it costs me. I've had this request and amazingly when I've offered to sell the photos, they go away 100% of the time! Now let's have a discussion about the agents who've "borrowed" my photos without permission!

Feb 21, 2015 08:07 PM #18
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Wow that would be a big resounding NO and like Nina said I don't think I would offer to sell them either.  If they don't feel their new agent could take or supply adequate photos what they heck are they hiring them FOR?

Feb 21, 2015 11:03 PM #19
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Maria - It was ballsy of them to ask you for the photos and you were right (in my opinion) to decline.  We are not in the photo business, but that of selling real estate, so if we mutually agree to part ways, all of my work and efforts related to marketing go with me.  


Feb 22, 2015 06:00 AM #20
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I have had agents offer their photos to me but I say no thank you I have my own routine and that includes taking dozens of photos. That was quite bold to ask.

Feb 22, 2015 10:22 PM #21
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I like the idea of agreeing, based on their paying for the pictures.  Otherwise, NOPE.

Feb 23, 2015 10:52 PM #22
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I'd say it's downhill from the moment a seller wants to use another agent's photos. Answer is no. 

Feb 24, 2015 12:33 AM #23
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

HI Maria - I had the SAME thing happen to me when the seller asked me for my photos (like you I had taken them myself), and thought mine looked better . . . I said NOPE! It was awkward, and I thought the sellers had gall and so did the agent that had listed it after me!

Feb 26, 2015 12:03 AM #24
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