Invasion of privacy or not??

Real Estate Agent with RETIRED 200305001

A couple of years ago I had a couple deals get heated when the Buyers took pictures inside my listings. Our MLS allows for 32 pictures online,that should about cover it.

I take 2-3 picture of the kitchen from different angle so you can verify the included appliances were not changed out for cheaper ones.

I set up a  showing for a home that is NOT a listing of mine. My Buyer said "I will bring my camera for more inside pictures". Its a  pricey home and the occupants have not moved out yet, as planed,  I said NO, "its an invasion of privacy".  Your Thoughts??

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Rob Shepherd -  ABR, GRI, REALTORS® for Florence Oregon Real Estate
Expert in helping those buy or sell Florence Oregon property and retire in Oregon. Call me anytime or visit my website for local listings and information on Florence Oregon.
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Comments (4)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't encourage buyers taking photographs of homes they are looking at... it is an invasion of privacy. Typically, there are enough photos in mls. If I have a buyer who wants to do this as a matter of course, I get permission up front from the listing agent.

Jun 15, 2019 06:15 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Rob - you handled it correctly unless permission has been asked and granted.  

Jun 15, 2019 06:16 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Rob and so nice to see you again. I tend to agree but if you ask, I think you are good if the sellers agree.

Jun 15, 2019 08:59 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Locally the Ohio Assn of Realtors has stated you need written permission from the sellers/listing agent for the buyers to take additional photos.

Jun 15, 2019 04:31 PM
Maria Jones

Is it an invasion of privacy for the new owners when the listing agent has not removed all the photos of the house showing the physical indoor layout of the house (except the listing photo) ? This also presents a safety concern.

Jun 15, 2020 06:38 PM