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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Jeff, for my higher priced listings I used to use a professional photographer but I now shoot my own photos as well as videos.  Pros take beautiful shots but don't seem to understand what the buyers are actually looking for.  I believe that a good realtor has a better sense of the shots that attract buyers as opposed to just a pretty picture.

Jan 16, 2015 05:11 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have not so far, but you never know what may happen with a high end listing in the future.


Oct 17, 2017 09:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lauren - one certainly has oe weigh the pros and cons of how we spend our time AND money

Melanie - makes sense

Gabe - that's a good perspective I think I would simply ask the photographer to take some of those particular shots, if they were open to it


Jan 16, 2015 08:37 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Joan - sounds like a great arrangement

Jill - that seems to be the trend for many

Debbie - and I have seen you pics on your blog so I can tell that's true

Jeff - videos of a listing can be a challenge if not done well. Probably better to not have one if it's poor

Jim - pics are essential. It's surprising how often we see listings with very few of them, and poor ones to boot

Nina - that's the way to position it. I have a marketing piece I created called My 10 Photo Commandments


Jan 16, 2015 07:29 AM
Melanie Cameron
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Wilmington, NC
The Cameron Team

For most of our listings, yes. Good photos make such a difference in getting attention and our photographer has a great virtual tour tool that creates a video. For the occasional video walk-thru, I do it myself. I also do my own pictures of lots/land and very cheap investment properties I know are going to sell quickly.

Jan 16, 2015 02:05 AM
Lauren Tetreault
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Concord, MA
Lauren Tetreault

I use a professional photographer and use her images to create a visual tour.  I have a great camera and take great photos myself but frankly, I think my time is better spent selling real estate/negotiating/marketing than worrying about the images!

Jan 15, 2015 10:48 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff... I've never not used a professional photographer. First of all, I'm a terrible photographer. Secondly, it's one of my value propositions for sellers and very popular with them as they see so many bad photos on the web.

Jan 15, 2015 08:54 PM
Jim Joeriman
Coldwell Banker Riviera Realty, Inc - Lacey Township, NJ
Helping Agents Reach New Heights

Looking into more video, not slide shows or virtual circle tours, rather voice over video.  High res pics is still what the consumer wants most.

Jan 15, 2015 08:17 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I take my own photos but not with a cell phone. Video can be time consuming. I've done some but not convinced they are any better than photos. Some videos I've tried to watch make me dizzy because it's shaky and agent I zooming in and out, panning back and forth.

Jan 15, 2015 05:03 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR  - that's certainly good news!

Praful  - let me know how it goes and what you have that person do

Evelyn Johnston Sounds like the right decision. And I guess if Larry does not do a great job you can fire him. LOL


Jan 15, 2015 02:06 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Jeff. I take my own pictures. I have a nice camera with a very wide angle lens. It does a great job, and I can take a pretty decent picture. 

Jan 15, 2015 01:25 PM
Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

I do use a professional photographer to photograph my listings and each listing has a virtual tour.

Jan 15, 2015 12:18 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Unless it is a small condo, I always use a professional photographer.  This company has the option to produce a well-done video which I upload to You Tube and include in my blogs and on my web site. 

Jan 15, 2015 12:16 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Up until last year I did my own photography.  I am not the best, but I do a good job.  When I found out how inexpensive it is I took the plunge.  Larry does all our video output.

Jan 15, 2015 12:13 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Jeff Belonger thinking of video-grapher for my next listing. Yes, I do use professional photographer.

Jan 15, 2015 12:13 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I usually take my own photos and I bring two different cameras and sometimes come at different times of the day because of light conditions.  I've also been taking my own video for YouTube but it takes some time to process, cut, and put them together to make a decent presentation.  Lately, my listings have been going under contract before I could finish the video.

Jan 15, 2015 11:20 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Cindy - and I bet your seller clients (and buyers) appreciate it)

Kathleen - it depends for me too, No professional video person as yet but considering it for some marketing videos. I NEVER use my cell phone for listing pics, only for photos when out and about that I want to upload to Facebook, etc. Sometimes the quaulity is so bad


Jan 15, 2015 09:29 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

It depends on the property.  I certainly don't for short sales. I never use a cell phone to take photos. I have a Cannon camera that produces good results. My photos are never an issue and my listings sell for top dollar.

I use RealBird software which creates a cool presentation.  It works very well for most of my listings.

Jan 15, 2015 09:21 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

ALWAYS. Even if it's a $199K listing. The quality of the photos is so much better...I am honestly puzzled by the fact that so many photos are still taken by agents with cell phones. Photos make or break the listing as far as I'm concerned. For $100-$150 per property, it's the most important money I spend.

Jan 15, 2015 08:54 AM