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rgs

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Property Releases for Real Estate
« on: August 13, 2018, 02:20:00 pm »

I do a good deal of real estate photography and I'm considering sending out some of my better real estate photographs to my stock agencies. Here are some questions:

1.  Has anyone here sent RE images to a stock agency? How do they sell?
2.  Will a property release from the current owner still be good after the property is sold?
3.  Can a real estate agent sign a release for the owner?

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Re: Property Releases for Real Estate
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 03:40:32 pm »

Good questions and I'm curious too. Although I imagine only the property owner could sign the release. If they are selling maybe they won't mind so much.
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Re: Property Releases for Real Estate
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2018, 06:58:03 pm »

I do a good deal of real estate photography and I'm considering sending out some of my better real estate photographs to my stock agencies. Here are some questions:

1.  Has anyone here sent RE images to a stock agency? How do they sell?
2.  Will a property release from the current owner still be good after the property is sold?
3.  Can a real estate agent sign a release for the owner?

I am not legal expert.

There are no specific laws in the US that require a property release. Therefore, such a release is cya practice.
I would think that the only valid way a real estate agent could sign a property release is if the property owner
had given them specific legal authority to do that, and I do not think that standard listing agreements do that.

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Re: Property Releases for Real Estate
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 10:02:07 am »

If we are discussing interiors...this is a weird scenario.  Generally licensing and commercial releases are because we have an expectation of useful life in the images beyond the client.  Stock, licensing, etc...  generally a building for example that goes under new management or ownership will look the same.  The new owners may want to license images to continue using them. 

However, a residential home interior that was staged for instance may look nothing how the first owner had it.  If they sign the release you are good to license those images as is.  If they sell a week later, the new owners won’t have the house looking the same necessarily and probably have no use for the images.  So most licensing will be external to ownership.

That brings me to my point...selling those as stock is a scenario that neither old or new owner would feel necessarily connected to for any kind of opposition I can imagine since the property may not look like or represent their dwelling anymore. 

I would still feel better selling stock with a release...but you would need the owner or the property management for sure.  Not the agent in my opinion. 

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