Protect Your Privacy: How to remove your home photos from Zillow, Redfin, and Realtor.com

More than you realize is public information on the Internet. Here are five private details that anyone can find out about you and your home online.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your privacy. Touch or click to get steps to darken your house on Google Maps and Apple Maps.

If you’re not trying to sell your home, there’s no need to leave interior photos and other details on real estate sites like Realtor, Zillow, and Redfin. Just think how important your floor plan can be in the wrong hands.

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When you sell your home, you want potential buyers to have all the information they need, including condition, photos, floor plans, furnishings, and appliances. But if you just bought a home, you may not want to post all of this information for anyone to see.

Want someone else to see every entry point for every room? This information puts you at risk from criminals who can strategize based on your floor plans.

You might assume that your real estate agent or seller might remove your home information from real estate websites after you close a deal, but this isn’t always the case.

I wonder who your neighbors are? You can walk up and say hello, but you can also find your neighbor’s name on the Internet.

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When your home is for sale, the broker uploads your home information (photos, floor plans, and more) to a multiple listing service. MLS is where homes and photos are posted.

This group then distributes the details to online real estate websites such as Zillow, Realtor.com, Redfin, and others. Brokers and agents who sign up for the MLS for a membership fee have access to all the information.

Real estate agents can also use the information to post their listings on social media and other online outlets.

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Only licensed agents and brokers can access the MLS and make changes, such as removal. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, Have your listing agent close the listing in the MLS. This may not necessarily remove everything right away, but it’s a start.

Just because your home information has been removed from MLS does not mean that it has not been published elsewhere. You may still be able to find it on publicly available real estate websites.

Again, you can ask your listing agent to remove your photos and other home information from websites they have access to.

If your agent is dragging their feet, you can take matters into your own hands and remove information from each site. You will need to create accounts.

You may have to claim ownership of the home before making any changes. This unlocks tools for tracking your home’s value and provides useful information about pricing, including nearby home value, purchase history, and personalized recommendations.

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Claiming your home is also the first step in removing information and photos. Here’s how to do it on a few popular sites.

Zillow

Log into your zillow.com profile and search for your address to find your home real estate page. then:

  • Under more Drop down tab, click Verify your ownership.
  • Verify your ownership by answering a few questions.

Once you claim ownership, you can start removing photos from Zillow.

  • Log in to your zillow.com profile.
  • Click your Profile iconthen select your home from the menu option.
  • Click on the tile of your house to load the property page.
  • Click on Edit facts symbol of Show owner from the property page.
  • To remove a photo, tap an individual photo and tap Remove the image.
  • Remove all of your photos, then select Saving changes.

Having problems getting this done in Zillow? Go to zillow.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new to submit a ticket for help.

Realtor.com

Go to realtor.com/myhome, type in your address and click the magnifying glass to start claiming your home.

  • Follow the steps to verify your ownership, and you’ll be all set.

Now do the following:

  • Log in to your realtor.com profile.
  • Go to the owner control panel below My house tab.
  • tap on Remove photos button.

Submit a ticket at support.realtor.com/s/contactsupport if you need help.

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Redfin

Go to your owner’s dashboard to claim your home.

  • Follow the steps to verify your ownership.

After claiming your home, you can make changes from your Owner Dashboard:

  • Log in to your redfin.com account.
  • Go to your …… Owner control panel Using the drop down menu below your name in the top right corner of the page.
  • Click your home.
  • click edit photosand then Hide menu images.
  • click Yes, hide photos when it pops up.

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