MLS pictures

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Trombley Real Estate

What should happen to those who use your pictures from your MLS listing?

I pose this question, because I once had a listing that expired. OUCH.

The listing of course went to another listing firm. In posting the property back into the MLS system, the agent decided upon themselves to use some of my pictures that I took and used in advertising this property for sale.

I called the MLS and asked what the property protocol was? My response was that unless I gave written permission it is a no no. I said well OK then there has been a no no committed! I was then asked the address MLS numbers which I could and did supply them I asked what their next steps would be. I was told that they will call the listing agent and let them know that they have 48 hours to move my pictures otherwise they would be find. WHAT? Giving anyone 48 hours to make it right.

And now you know the rest of the story.


Susan Trombley


Youngsville Realty, Inc.

Cell #919-395-2868


Comments (9)

George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Susan, I am not a Realtor, but it seems to me that the proper thing to do would have been fine that Realtor and have him/her take the pictures down ASAP.

Dec 30, 2008 01:15 AM
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs

Yes George I totally agree with you. When you take the listing I would think most would be there at the home. Take the picture then even if it is with your phone camera.

Dec 30, 2008 06:31 AM
Diane Aurit
LKN Realty, LLC - Mooresville, NC
Lake Norman Real Estate

That was a big no no!  I'm with George on this.  I just stopped by to wish you a very Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2008 08:11 AM
Ginger S
Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC - Wilmington, NC
Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~

Susan, 48 hours to take it down is way too lenient! Have a wonderful 2009 Susan! great to see you back on the Rain!

Jan 01, 2009 03:43 PM
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

That is the sign of a truly lazy realtor. How dare they use your pictures as opposed to taking their own??  You should contact that agent's broker immediately!


Jan 04, 2009 06:48 AM
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs

Diane, I guess I was hoping for more than you get 48 hours to change the picture or else. Lazy agent goes to thought.

Ginger, I agree I to hope you have a wonderful 2009!

Renee - Yes I am tired of the lazy way out. You need to do the work you will get paid for the good work you do. Yes I agree with contact their BIC. I should have done that in the first place. My BIC suggested contacting the MLS, but I should have done both so the BIC know what is under her.


Jan 04, 2009 07:14 AM
Kathy Toth
Ann Arbor Market Center Keller Williams - Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor Real Estate Experts - Kathy Toth Team

Whatever happened to the person who stole your photos?  Did they take them out of the MLS?


Jan 08, 2009 01:00 PM
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs


In less than 8 hours all the photos were updated.

Jan 10, 2009 04:00 AM

Hi Sysanh~

My son is a professional photographer. He has seen photos he toll of listings used by other folks. I will be sure he gets a link to your post!

Sep 06, 2009 02:13 PM