Who Will Benefit
Everyone: You, the MLS, and your clients!
How it Benefits Agents:
You will no longer need to delete photos, videos and virtual tours to prevent them from being seen by the public. You’ll be able to mark photos as private to remove them from public view, while retaining value for other members as they use listing photos to build CMAs or conduct appraisals. You can also mark the photos as private while off market, which will only change the photos to private when your listing is in an off market status. You won't need to remember to change privacy settings every time a listing goes on or off the market.
How it Benefits Your Buyers / Homeowners:
Your buyers / homeowners will no longer have privacy concerns about photos of their home on the internet. This addresses a question we often hear about removing photos from online portals and other sites after a sale has closed.
How it Benefits the MLS:
This enhancement will help the MLS retain important historical records and keep listings intact. Visual media support the value of the MLS and helps make the market work.
How It Used to Work:
Listing photos, videos, and virtual tours are always visible to the public. They can be viewed anywhere the listing information is available, including consumer portals, on IDX websites, and on third-party sites such as Zillow and Realtor.com. The only way to prevent them from being seen on the internet is to remove them from a listing.
How Private Mode Works For Photos, Videos and Virtual Tours
You are now able to mark photos, videos, and virtual tours as private, which means that they’ll be viewable by MLS members only. They will not be available to the public via the consumer portal, subscription emails, or shared links.
Marking a Photo, Video, or Virtual Tour as Private
All photos, videos, and virtual tours will be public by default. However, any member with permission to edit a listing can change the privacy setting for any media on that listing.
When editing the photos for a listing, a new, red Mark Private button will be available. To mark a photo as private, simply select the photos you want to make private and then click on the Mark Private button. (Important Note: Primary photos cannot be made private.)
Photos that have been marked Private will appear with a red outline and the label PRIVATE. Select photos and click Unmark Private to remove the Private designation.
A similar Private button will also be available on the Videos page and Virtual Tours page for a listing.
Viewing a Private Photo, Video, or Virtual Tour
When a photo, video or virtual tour has been marked private, a Private tag will be displayed when members view the media in search results. In addition, private photos will be displayed only on the private version of listing reports.
In Flexmls Pro for iOS/Android/Mobile Web, private media will also display a Private tag. Private media will not be available via the consumer portal or app.
Why Are We Making These Changes
Making photos and other listing media private helps the MLS retain important historical records while also protecting the privacy of homeowners.