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The Cambrian Park Real Estate Market Update

Cambrian Park Real Estate Market graphicCambrian buyers keep hoping that prices will drop and inventory will rise, but so far we aren’t seeing it. Here are some points of note from the latest monthly data for Cambrian Park single family homes:

  • Home prices are up a hair month-over-month and remain significantly high year-over-year (both median and average prices) for single family houses
  • Closed sales dropped from the month before and have fallen below last year
  • Available inventory was an extremely low 14 houses, way less than the month before and last year

The Cambrian Park Real Estate Market

With good schools and easy proximity to Los Gatos, Campbell, Willow Glen, and traffic routes, Cambrian has that “enduring value” that home buyers seek. Sellers aren’t selling – they like it there and appreciate their low taxes from staying in their homes for many years. The result is a continuous demand that outpaces supply, with prices going to unreal seeming places.

Cambrian single family homes trends at a glance – numbers from the RE Report

It’s a red hot market for Cambrian single family homes! Despite fewer closed sales, there’s not the slightest cooling. Pending sales have risen month-over-month and are extremely high year-over-year. Active inventory has plummeted and days on market sped to 11 days. Compared to last year, it remains a much stronger market.

Please see the whole Cambrian Real Estate Report for charts, stats and more.

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Trends at a Glance

Trends At a Glance Oct 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,647,500 (+8.0%) $1,525,000 $1,370,000 (+20.3%)
Average Price $1,733,170 (+7.1%) $1,618,020 $1,434,300 (+20.8%)
No. of Sales 66 (-19.5%) 82 77 (-14.3%)
Pending 86 (+2.4%) 84 59 (+45.8%)
Active 14 (-54.8%) 31 39 (-64.1%)
Sale vs. List Price 110.5% (+1.0%) 109.4% 104.0% (+6.3%)
Days on Market 11 (-14.1%) 13 14 (-20.2%)
Days of Inventory (-42.0%) 11 15 (-58.1%)

 

Learn about the Cambrian months of inventory, or absorption rate, by elementary school district. (Please note that the months of inventory post is not updated as often as this monthly market analysis.)

The condo and townhouse real estate market for San Jose 95124 & 95118

The townhouse and condo market (also from my Real Estate Report) – with great schools and relatively affordable pricing, this market segment is usually popular and remains hot, although nowhere near as hot as the single family housing market!

Pricing for this market has skyrocketed both year-over-year and month-over-month. With just 18 sales, though, the actual values may not have shifted so much as what properties are being listed and selling. Luxury townhomes are going to sell for over a million dollars, but tiny studio condos may be just a bit more than half that much. If one year a lot of luxury townhomes with 2000 SF sell, but the following year it’s mostly the smallest condos, the numbers would be skewed. So please take it with a grain of salt.

Condos and townhomes are also consistently hotter than last year, but are cooling month-over-month. The market isn’t as hot as it is for single family homes.

 

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The Evergreen area of San Jose

Evergreen area of San Jose (Silicon Valley)San Jose’s Evergreen district is in a strong seller’s market with extremely low active inventory. This article will examine the data from sales and active listings in this residential real estate market with live and monthly updates. Here are a few points from the latest Evergreen single family housing market update, provided in more detail below:

  • October sales moved quickly in under 2 weeks on average, taking just 13 days to sell.
  • The sales to list price ratio is a fiery 106.7% of asking with properties receiving multiple offers and overbids.
  • Sales remain sky high and available inventory can’t keep up!

The Evergreen area of San Jose  includes many newer homes and communities. It is a desirable Silicon Valley community as Evergreen is scenic and most of the district enjoys highly regarded schools, particularly at the elementary and middle school levels. In this article I’ll provide some information on this section of the valley as well as statistics and analysis on the current real estate market trends, which will be updated periodically. Just want the Evergreen real estate market update? Please scroll down!

Evergreen Real Estate Market Report: Single Family Homes

Before we begin, if you’re looking to learn more about coronavirus’ impact on real estate sales please follow the link to my post on that subject. The changes effected to combat the spread of Covid-19 began mid-March of 2020, and while the data in the months since continue to reflect these changes this is just the tip of the iceberg and we will not understand the full effect this has on the market until it is in the rear view.

At the start of the shutdown, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM). Therefore these numbers will be off beginning from March 17th through around May 17th, 2020. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory. Data for the current months are now accurate, however those previous months mentioned earlier will be affected by this pause.

The Re Report considers all of the Evergreen district together. Please find the full report on my Real Estate Report for the Evergreen area of San Jose. Further down, you’ll see live charts with more zip code specific details.

The Evergreen area saw some ups and downs in October and overall remains red hot. Closed sales and pending sales grew while active inventory took a dip month-over-month. Compared to last year it’s a more dramatic version of the same – pending sales have more than doubled, closed sales remained high, and available listings are falling behind. The sales vs list price ratio rose to a hot 106.7% and sold quickly averaging just 13 days on market. Evergreen homes are in a clear seller’s market!

Trends At a Glance Oct 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,732,500 (+16.7%) $1,485,000 $1,471,500 (+17.7%)
Average Price $1,919,780 (+15.4%) $1,663,790 $1,623,940 (+18.2%)
No. of Sales 42 (+31.3%) 32 46 (-8.7%)
Pending 81 (+5.2%) 77 40 (+102.5%)
Active 21 (-12.5%) 24 27 (-22.2%)
Sale vs. List Price 106.7% (+0.8%) 105.9% 104.8% (+1.8%)
Days on Market 13 (+11.1%) 11 17 (-26.0%)
Days of Inventory 15 (-31.0%) 22 18 (-14.8%)

 

Altos Research: Evergreen real estate market for single family homes or houses by zip code

95148

Evergreen of San Jose 95148 Real-Time Market Profile

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Mountain View CA real estate market trends and statistics

Mountain View CA real estate market trends and statistics on Mary Pope-Handy's Valley of Heart's Delight blogMountain View’s real estate market is experiencing an astoundingly busy autumn with a prolonged seller’s market that just keeps getting hotter! Here’s a glance at some of what we’re seeing in the single family home market below:

  • Market activity is increasing while inventory continues to fall.
  • Days on market average around 2 weeks at a lighting fast 13 days.
  • The sales to list price ratio averaged an unbelievably hot 117.2% of asking!

The Mountain View Real Estate Market

How’s the Mountain View CA real estate market? This is one of the hottest areas within Silicon Valley and is home to a myriad of high tech companies and is a stone’s throw from others. With a charming and walk-able downtown, easy access to CalTrain, and a vibrant atmosphere conducive to both work and play, it is no wonder that people relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area or Silicon Valley place Mountain View squarely in their target. (Also popular are adjacent municipalities: Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Altos, and Palo Alto.)

All that popularity comes at a cost, though. Prices have been sky high in Mountain View for years, both for rentals and for home buying. The good news, though, for those with property or those who take the plunge and purchase: it doesn’t look like Mountain View is going to lose its appeal anytime soon.

In this article, which is updated monthly, we will include live Altos Charts which automatically update weekly (so bookmark this page!) as well as monthly insights from the Real Estate Report for Mountain View. From time to time I will be adding “in the trenches” commentary to bolster this information.

Before we dive in, it’s necessary to acknowledge that much has changed since March 2020, so this data is going to show some atypical trends due to current circumstances. This month’s data gives us a view into the pandemic’s current impact on real estate, but not the full picture. For more on this, read my post titled Coronavirus impact on real estate sales.

During the first lockdown order, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM) beginning from March 17th until around May 17th, 2020. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory. That means current numbers are accurate while data for those previous months are not.

Overview of the city of Mountain View’s residential real estate market for houses:

See the whole Mountain View Real Estate Report online here.

Single family home (mostly houses, but some duet homes) inventory plunged below the month before, falling to roughly a third of the inventory of last year. Closed and pending sales both rose month-over-month and year-over-year. The sales to list price ratio jumped more than 7% in a month to a scorching 117.2% of list price in an average of only 13 days on market. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like this before! The market is significantly more active than a year ago, which was beginning to come up from the initial lockdown cooling. Mountain View is in a prolonged seller’s market with pent up demand and almost no inventory driving an unusually high level of activity.

Trends At a Glance Oct 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $2,505,000 (-14.2%) $2,920,000 $2,110,000 (+18.7%)
Average Price $2,598,890 (-10.4%) $2,900,520 $2,295,060 (+13.2%)
No. of Sales 27 (+28.6%) 21 25 (+8.0%)
Pending 48 (+26.3%) 38 28 (+71.4%)
Active 15 (-37.5%) 24 48 (-68.8%)
Sale vs. List Price 117.2% (+7.1%) 109.4% 102.8% (+14.0%)
Days on Market 13 (+4.0%) 13 17 (-23.5%)
Days of Inventory 17 (-49.7%) 33 58 (-71.1%)

 

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Sunnyvale real estate market trends & statistics

Autumn is on fire in the Sunnyvale real estate market with accelerating activity and plunging inventory! Buyers are competing against growing multiple offers for practically every listing in this raging seller’s market. Here are a few quick points from the single family home market below:

  • The sale to list price ratio is blazing with homes selling on average at 115.2% of asking. That’s a red hot sellers market!
  • Properties continue to sell lightning fast in an average of only 10 days.
  • Since October 2020 prices were up by around 14% on average with a median price increase of 13.6%.

First a quick note before we dive into the Sunnyvale market trends and statistics. A lot has changed since March 2020 and while a reaction to the pandemic is visible in this data and analysis it will take a long time for us to see the full impact on the market. To read more about how the pandemic has affected real estate sales, please read my post: Coronavirus impact on real estate sales.

In spring 2020, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM) between March 17th through roughly May 17th. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory for those past months, but not current data.

Sunnyvale Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics

The Sunnyvale realty market varies by location (east of El Camino is generally not as desirable as west of it), school district (the portion with Cupertino schools is likely the strongest part of the market), and price point. Being too close to train tracks, being in a flood plain, or other location issues will make it more challenging to sell. Every property is unique, so take all these averages and trends with a grain of salt! This data is not meant to pinpoint the pricing on any individual home, but to understand the direction the market is heading. And on that note, let’s dive right in!

The Real Estate Report numbers for Sunnyvale (entire city), single family  homes

Feel free to visit the same statistics, trends, and more at my ReReport page.

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Sunnyvale realty market statistics

Trends At a Glance Oct 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $2,215,000 (-5.7%) $2,350,000 $1,950,000 (+13.6%)
Average Price $2,253,280 (-1.8%) $2,294,290 $1,976,090 (+14.0%)
No. of Sales 52 (+10.6%) 47 61 (-14.8%)
Pending 94 (+9.3%) 86 58 (+62.1%)
Active 15 (-54.5%) 33 58 (-74.1%)
Sale vs. List Price 115.2% (+1.7%) 113.3% 105.7% (+9.0%)
Days on Market 10 (-19.5%) 12 16 (-41.8%)
Days of Inventory (-57.5%) 20 29 (-69.7%)

 

October was another red hot seller’s market with extraordinary competition for homes! Closed and pending sales continued to increase from the month before while active inventory shrank to less than half. Compared to last year, inventory is roughly a quarter of what it was while pending sales grew sky high. Home sales sped to a 10 day average, and offers soared above list price averaging a blazing hot 115.2% of list. It is a raging hot seller’s market for Sunnyvale homes!

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Saratoga CA Real Estate Market Update

Saratoga, CA real estate is in a fierce seller’s market like never before, with a high volume of sales fighting for a small pool of available inventory. Detailed data and analysis on the current market is available below and updated monthly. Here is the latest snapshot for what’s happening with single family homes in this city:

  • The sales to list price ratio is a raging hot 110% of asking! No matter how hot Saratoga’s market has been in the past, I’ve never seen numbers like this in October!
  • Available inventory is persistently low and well below 2020 levels, possibly the lowest I’ve seen!
  • Listings are selling lightning fast in an average of only 16 days on market.

How’s the Saratoga California real estate market?

This decade has started off unlike any others, yet the market remains in the seller’s favor for the Saratoga, CA real estate market. Much of the market strength depends on the price point, school district, and condition – today’s buyers generally prefer recently remodeled homes. (A few years ago, I showed a home that was remodeled less than 10 years ago and my buyers found it to be dated.) In response to this strong preference, many sellers have begun moving out and getting their homes updated prior to going on the market.

That being said, the real estate market today is not the same as it was as of March 2020. While the complete impact of the pandemic won’t be seen for a long time, we can see some of the results in the data and analysis below. To learn more about how Covid-19 has affected the real estate market, please check my post: Coronavirus Impact on Real Estate Sales.

At the start of the shutdown, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM). Therefore these numbers will be off beginning from March 17th through around May 17th 2020. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory for those months. Current numbers are accurate.

Orchard and Hills in Saratoga, California - photo for article on the Saratoga CA real estate market

Orchard and Hills in Saratoga, California

First, a quick glance at the Altos Research market profile for a quick summary of the market conditions. Altos uses LIST prices, not sold prices, for this chart and the others, below.

Real-Time Market Profile Saratoga, CA 95070

In the latest update, November 8th, Altos shows a strong seller’s market with elevated market action and extremely low inventory.

Next, let’s turn to the closed sales from last month. This time we’re using data from a subscription service of mine to the RE Report.

Here are the real estate sales statistics for closed sales last month among houses and duet homes (if there are any) in the 95070 zip code (click on link to read the full Saratoga Real Estate Report for houses). Bottom line is that most livable homes in Saratoga will run between $2.5 and $3.5 million if they are mid sized (2000-3000 SF) and in the best schools area (Saratoga or Cupertino). Homes in the Campbell schools area, which have very strong elementary and middle schools, are very rare and generally more affordable, closer to $2 – $3 million (and occasionally lower), but depending on size, condition, and location they can be significantly higher.

Trends at a Glance for the Saratoga CA Real Estate Market

Saratoga had some ups and downs in October and remains a hot seller’s market! Prices held relatively stable month-over-month, and remain higher year-over-year. Closed and pending sales and active inventory all dropped below the last month. Compared to last year, closed sales are stable, pending sales are up, and active inventory is persistently low. The sales to list price ratio rose to a scorching hot 110% of asking – an unprecedent ratio for overbids, especially at this time of year! Properties are selling lickety split with an average of only 16 days on market, just over 2 weeks. Limited supply combined with ample demand are propelling the blazing hot seller’s market in Saratoga, CA!

Trends At a Glance Oct 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $3,680,000 (+3.7%) $3,550,000 $2,975,000 (+23.7%)
Average Price $3,653,140 (-6.1%) $3,889,510 $3,363,740 (+8.6%)
No. of Sales 27 (-30.8%) 39 27 (0.0%)
Pending 41 (-4.7%) 43 32 (+28.1%)
Active 23 (-8.0%) 25 40 (-42.5%)
Sale vs. List Price 110.0% (+0.9%) 109.0% 103.8% (+6.1%)
Days on Market 16 (+13.6%) 14 18 (-15.8%)
Days of Inventory 26 (+37.5%) 19 44 (-42.5%)

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The real estate market in San Jose’s Blossom Valley area

Pan of Santa Teresa and Blossom Valley

Pan of Santa Teresa and Blossom Valley

Blossom Valley real estate heating up again, and remains a red hot seller’s market. Active inventory is shrinking and the best properties (homes in good shape which are priced aggressively) are selling quickly and regularly above list price in this red hot seller’s market. It can vary based on price point, schools, zip codes, etc., but the entire area is in high demand! This article contains the latest monthly updates for the residential real estate market in San Jose’s Blossom Valley area. A few points from the single family housing market this month include:

  • Sales continued to outstrip available inventory in October with heightened market activity compared to last year.
  • The average listing took only 11 days, around a week and a half, to sell.
  • Overbids ran high with sales happening at an average of 111.7% of asking!

It’s a red hot market! That being said, a lot of changes have happened to the market since March of 2020. Not everything will show in the charts below, so for a better understanding of how the pandemic response is affecting the market consider reading my post: Coronavirus impact on real estate sales.

At the start of the shutdown, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM). Therefore these numbers will be off beginning from March 17th through around May 17th, 2020. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory of those previous months, but current numbers are accurate.

About Blossom Valley

The Blossom Valley area of San Jose is on the south end of the city and covers the 95123 and 95136 zip codes. For our MLS, it’s “area 12.” A more affordable section of Silicon Valley, Blossom Valley has much to offer in addition to more reasonable housing prices. Many areas enjoy views of the Santa Teresa Foothills or the Communications Hill knolls or even the coastal foothills in the distance, as with the photo above. One corner of it sits alongside beautiful Almaden Lake, too. Another corner is located at the crossroads of Highways 85 and 87, making it an easy commute destination for those working in downtown San Jose. And there’s an abundance of shopping and dining opportunities.

95123 real estate market trends, automatically updated weekly:

Blossom Valley Real-Time Market Profile by Altos Research

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Los Gatos Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics

Leo or Leona - the mascot of Los GatosThe Los Gatos real estate market shows a clear seller’s market with summer cooling after ramping up to extremes in spring. Once again the “in-town” (95030) zip code is less active for single family home sales than the 95032 zip code which continues to be in high demand. Here are a few quick points from the Los Gatos single family home market detailed below:

  • Closed and pending sales inched upwards while available listings quickly dropped!
  • Most properties are taking less than a month to sell, averaging 23 days on market.
  • The sale to list price ratio cooled to a still hot 106.4% of asking.

However a lot has changed since March 2020. We can see some of the result of the pandemic on local real estate markets in these monthly analyses, but it will take a while before we can get the full picture. For more on how Covid-19 was impacting our local real estate market, please check my post titled Coronavirus Impact on Real Estate Sales.

During the shutdown so far, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM). Therefore these numbers will be off beginning from March 17th through around May 17th. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory from those months indicated. Current numbers are accurate.

This post will include info from both Altos Research, which uses LIST prices, and the RE Report, which uses listing and closed sale data, for the “in town” areas of Los Gatos (95030 and 95032).

From ALTOS – a view of LG 95030 (these are updated automatically a few times a month):

Altos Real-Time Market Profile Los Gatos, CA SFH 95030

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Cupertino Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics

How’s the Cupertino real estate market?

Cupertino’s active inventory is chronically low with buyers competing fiercely for the best homes. The sale to list price ratio keeps climbing and most homes took just 1 week or less to sell – it’s a raging hot market! Here are some of the points on the single family market that we will see in the following article:

  • We are seeing an extremely active market with listings taking an average of 20 days on market to sell
  • Average and median home prices are up 10.1% and 14.3% respectively compared to last year
  • The sales to list price ratio is a jaw-dropping 117.5% of asking!
Cupertino - view from Ridge Vineyards

Cupertino – view from Ridge Vineyards

Cupertino often represents how the best markets in the valley are performing, as it offers a short commute to major tech centers, fantastic schools, and homes that are (generally) not too elaborate or wastefully luxurious. If Cupertino’s doing well, you’ll have a pretty good idea that the market in the more affordable price points in Los Altos, Saratoga, Los Gatos, etc. are likely also doing well. And if it is faring poorly, that is not a good sign for anywhere!

 

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Willow Glen real estate market in San Jose

Willow Glen real estate market is a strong seller's market. This Willow Glen sign is from the downtown business district.The real estate market of Willow Glen in San Jose remains extremely active with no signs of cooling down this autumn. It’s a red hot seller’s market for these homes! This article will provide data and analysis for the residential markets in this area, updated monthly. Here are a few highlights from the single family housing market update:

  • Perpetually low available inventory and a high volume of sales are fueling a red hot seller’s market!
  • Compared to October 2020, the average and median price rose by 2.7% and 0.6% respectively.
  • Home sales averaged a rapid 13 days on market and overbids at a raging hot 107.2% of list price!

The Willow Glen Real Estate Market

Willow Glen is perhaps the most charming residential area of the city of San Jose with its old style architecture, tree lined streets and quaint downtown area on Lincoln Avenue and nearby. For folks working in downtown San Jose, the Willow Glen area (roughly the same as 95125 zip code, though a bit of 95124 is included also) is extremely convenient.

The Willow Glen real estate market for single family homes remains in a long-term seller’s market despite recent cooling.

But things have certainly changed since March of 2020. We have a partial view of the affect those changes are having on this area’s real estate market with this month’s update, though not the complete picture. For an understanding of how Covid-19 has affected the local real estate market, please check my post titled Coronavirus Impact on Real Estate Sales.

At the start of the shutdown, the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) stopped the timer on all Days on Market (DOM). Therefore these numbers will be off beginning from March 17th through around May 17th, 2020. In the data below, this will affect any numbers related to the days on market, the absorption rate, and the days of inventory for those previous months, though current numbers are accurate.

1. Willow Glen Market Trends: Single Family Homes

October heated up month-over-month and overall remains a red hot seller’s market. Closed sales shot up, active inventory rose a hair, and pending sales fell sharply from the month before. Looking back a year ago, closed sales remain a little short while active inventory and pending sales are extremely low. Far more homes are selling than are currently available, a sign of the blazing seller’s market that’s putting the pressure on buyers trying to compete. The sales to list price ratio rose from last month and remains leaps and bounds above last year at a fiery 107.2%. Overall the market is experiencing an extremely active autumn and Willow Glen homes continue to be in a raging hot seller’s market!

Here are the most recent housing sales statistics from the RE Report.

Click for the complete Willow Glen real estate report:

Trends At a Glance Oct 2021 Previous Month Year-over-Year
Median Price $1,680,000 (+0.6%) $1,670,000 $1,614,000 (+4.1%)
Average Price $1,826,380 (+2.7%) $1,777,980 $1,789,960 (+2.0%)
No. of Sales 70 (+42.9%) 49 73 (-4.1%)
Pending 58 (-31.8%) 85 86 (-32.6%)
Active 26 (+13.0%) 23 77 (-66.2%)
Sale vs. List Price 107.2% (+0.9%) 106.2% 102.3% (+4.7%)
Days on Market 13 (-16.1%) 16 26 (-47.5%)
Days of Inventory 11 (-18.1%) 14 32 (-64.8%)

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Remove photos of the home on the internet

Laptop computer showing a house - remove photos of the home on the internetOnce the home sale closes, will the listing agent remove photos of the home on the internet? No, not automatically. This is not something like the for-sale sign coming down, and home buyers may be surprised that the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) does not facilitate this after closing.

Recently I’ve done a bit of a deep dive on this topic. Here are a few quick points:

  • There are 3 broad categories covering where the listing images show up:
    (1) on the MLS itself
    (2) on any sites to which the MLS feed syndicates (Realtor.com and many other sites) – this is most of it
    (3) and to any other websites to which the listing agent may have uploaded the photographs directly (such as a virtual tour site, their Facebook or other social media sites, etc.).
  • After the sale is finalized and the status on the MLS is changed to “closed”, the listing agent can no longer edit anything, including which photos are displayed. Any changes must go through the customer support department at MLS Listings.
  •  The MLS will not remove photos after closing, but it will agree to turn off syndication to other sites. I just learned this recently myself – it was something I  have had done in the past, but apparently it’s no longer an option. If syndication is turned off, the listing will entirely disappear (not just photos). Many listing agents and their brokerages like to showcase their sold listings, and may refuse that request.
  • The listing broker is not responsible for removing the images after the sale. If you bought a home in California, you likely signed off on the Statewide Buyer and Seller Advisory, which includes this:  “Buyer and Seller are advised that Broker has no control over how long the information or photos concerning the Property will be available on the Internet or through social media, and Broker will not be responsible for removing any such content from the internet or MLS. Brokers do not have expertise in this area.”
  • The photos (and videos, if any) actually belong to the listing agent, who paid for them to be shot. Asking for removal is a favor and not a right.
  • Contract update on this issue: As of late December 2021, the new California Association of Realtors purchase agreement states in paragraph 21 that the media (think images, videos, floor plans) belong to the listing agent, and “are not in control of the buyer. Buyer acknowledges that such information will not be removed after Close of Escrow, and Seller and Seller’s Agent shall have no obligation to remove such items.”

What can be done to remove photos of the home on the internet?

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