You purchased a Cincinnati area home in the last year or so and you value your privacy. We fully understand that desire, and yet, our site (and many others) includes the information from your home’s sale. Outside photos, room sizes, sales price, and yes, interior photos, and in some cases a LOT of interior photos.
You’d like as much of that information as possible removed and you assume we can just take it off our website, right?
However, it’s not quite that simple, once that cats are out of the bag, they’re out.
Any SOLD information on our site is received from a data stream that ultimately originates from our local MLS. That same data feed supplies major real estate portals (Zillow, Realtor.com), real estate branded websites and individual agent websites such as this site.
It’s an all or nothing data stream for us and we do not have the ability to exclude one particular home nor remove photos from a home.
To edit that information, it has to be done at the source, the original For Sale listing in MLS.
That information is the work product of the listing agent and brokerage the seller hired to sell their home. Part of the listing contract authorized the agent and brokerage to provide marketing materials and publicize the home to the general public to promote the sale of the home.
The market material and photos used are the property of the listing agent and brokerage.
Per our contact at Cincinnati MLS, if a new home owner wants the photos of their home removed, that request to Cincinnati MLS needs to be initiated by the listing agent/brokerage that sold the home. You calling direct to Cincinnati MLS will not work because you are not the owner of photos.
Once they receive the request from the listing agent/brokerage, the interior photos can be removed and typically over the course of several days MOST websites will update and remove the photos. It may not be a 100% effective purge since not every website updates information regularly (or at all), but it will remove the photos from most sites (including ours).
If you don’t remember the listing agent/brokerage that sold your home, your buyer’s agent at the time should be able to assist. Additionally, the brokerage name is listing on settlement statement and the purchase contract.
We hope you find this information helpful!
Bill & Liz