The former agent may have a complaint, but we've had our photos lifted and re-used, as well as our exact marketing copy for a home used for another nearby home. And you know what we did about it? Nothing. There are bigger fish to fry. When the one agent took our exact photos, and didn't even add one new one, I thought to myself, why didn't he just call and ask. I would have given him my blessing. But if that is the nature of our competition, we will continue to thrive in this business by having greater integrity, better represented homes, greater creativity and greater care for our clients.
What's the difference between pirating someone's photography and thinking it is acceptable to pass yourself off as a false 911 hero? It's all about values, morals and the ability to make good decisions.......10 years, really!
In San Francisco (San Francisco Association of Realtors), this is a fine-able violation of the rules of our association. Our association would need to have a communication from the previous owner or listing agent and our association would REMOVE the photos and send the agent a fine.
The current listing agent probably has no permission from the previous listing agent nor previous owner. If you have the old listing number and the current listing number and send it to the governing association with a complaint. They will deal with it right away!!
It is extremely important that agents represent a property in it's CURRENT condition to the public.
Best of luck
Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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Aside form the realtors point of view though, the seller is the important one in this equation and may feel that their realtor is doing them a disservice by not advertising with up to date photos and information on the property. This could lead to unnecessary time on the market and showings where buyers were "fooled" by older photos and then once they see the property in person may want nothing to do with it. It does not show that the realtor is doing all they can to help promote the property.
As for what can be done by the former owner of a house that went into the history books, perhaps admire what was and reminisce at what might have been. Pursuing something more would be a waste of energy and resources -- but, people have been known to do more for less. With that in mind, call the board of Realtors where the property is located and see what they recommend (probably not too much), and perhaps it may be worth your time to pursue.
Let me know if you have any other questions.