There is more public information online than you realize. Here are five private details anyone can find out about you and your home online.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your privacy. Tap or click for steps to blur your home on Google Maps and Apple Maps.
If you don’t want to sell your home, there’s no reason to leave interior photos and other details on real estate sites like Realtor, Zillow, and Redfin. Just imagine how valuable your floor plan could be if it fell into the wrong hands.
When you’re selling a home, you want potential buyers to have all the information they need, including condition, photos, floor plans, furnishings, and appliances. However, if you just bought a house, you probably don’t want all of your information posted for anyone to see.
Do you want another person to see every entry point in every room? This information puts you at risk from criminals who can strategize around your floor plan.
You might think that your real estate agent or seller would remove your listing from real estate websites after you seal the deal, but that’s not always the case.
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When your home is listed for sale, the broker will upload information about your home (photos, floor plans, etc.) to the multiple listing service. The MLS is where homes and pictures are posted.
The group then distributes the details to online real estate sites like Zillow, Realtor.com, Redfin, and more. Brokers and agents who subscribe to this MLS for a membership fee have access to all information.
Real estate agents can also use this information to post their listings on social media and other online channels.
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Only licensed agents and brokers can access the MLS and make changes, such as deletions. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, Ask your listing agent to close the listing on the MLS. This won’t necessarily delete everything at once, but it’s a start.
Just because your home’s information has been removed from the MLS doesn’t mean it hasn’t been posted elsewhere. You can still find it on publicly accessible real estate websites.
Again, you can ask your surrogate to remove your photo and other family information from websites they have access to.
If your agent is stalling, you can do it yourself and remove the information from each site. You will need to create an account.
You may have to claim ownership of the home before making any changes. This opens up tools to track home values and provides helpful pricing information, including the value of nearby homes, purchase history, and personalized recommendations.
Claiming your home is also the first step in removing information and photos. Here’s how on some popular sites.
- under more drop down tab, click Verify your ownership.
- Verify your ownership by answering a few questions.
After claiming ownership, you can begin removing photos from Zillow.
- Login to your profile zillow.com.
- click on your profile iconthen choose your home from menu options.
- Click on your home’s tile to load the property page.
- click edit facts icon from owner view property page for .
- To delete photos, click an individual photo, then click the delete photo.
- Delete all photos, and select save Changes.
Having trouble getting this job done on Zillow?go zillow.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new Submit a ticket for assistance.
go realtor.com/myhomeenter your address and click the magnifying glass to begin claiming your home.
- Follow the steps to prove your ownership and you’ll be all set.
Now do the following:
- Login to your profile Realtor Network.
- Go to your owner dashboard my home Label.
- click delete photo button.
Submit a ticket support.realtor.com/s/contactsupport If you need help.
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- Follow the steps to prove your ownership.
After claiming your home, you can make changes from your owner dashboard:
- log into your account Red Fin Network.
- Screw you Owner Dashboard Use the drop-down menu under your name in the upper right corner of the page.
- Click on your home.
- click edit photoThen hide list photo.
- click yes, hide photo when it pops up.
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