First of all, unless you're a Realtor or appraiser, you couldn't sign up for a Supra key (here, anyway).
But even if you could, why won't agents accompany you to photograph their listings?
I love to be there (to me, it's part of my job), and will offer my suggestions for shots and do a bit of fluffing pillow or straightening up if necessary.
Isn't it s courtesy to the homeowner?
I also don't "get" anyone saying if they have to let you in, they will take their own photos.....how do they explain that thought process to the seller?
OK, so that's my take on it........it probably doesn't help you much, but maybe an AZ agent will come along who can offer a suggestion.
If an agent hires you to photograph their listing then they should provided you access the same way that home inspectors gain access by being present at the property.
It reflects poorly on the agent if they hire you then not want to give you access. That is completely crazy...
But, should you want to pay all the fees to have a Supra then you should contact the local board of Realtors as they are the ones who issue the Supra. Also, note the I phone version only works on Bluetooth Supra boxes. I know in my area Supra boxes are often not Bluetooth and I find many agents unable to gain access even though the pay for the service. I suggest get the Supra e-key. Makes life easy...
The agent should WANT to be there, so they can make sure the shoots that are taken are the ones they want to MARKET and SELL the property. Even though you are a professional photographer, its ultimately the agent that is responsible for proper marketing!
It sounds like you have been working with a lot of lazy agents, and that is unfortunate for all parties involved.
Yes, you can contact the local Realtor board to see if they will issue a Supra Key, but be prepared to pay several hundred dollars for it.....
Nicole Fedorchek, Realtor
I will make one comment the agents who tell you that if they have to meet you there they may as well take the pictures themselves should be ashamed of themselves. Apparently their lazy and clearly not interested in doing whats in the best interest of the clients. I use professional photographers exclusively and have for years. I show up at every photo shoot as I want to make sure the shots are perfect. Most home owners don't do a good job of getting their house ready to be shot, 99 times out of 100 I need to clear counters, move things around to get he shot framed, open or close window blinds, etc. While I'd love it if the photographer knew exactly what I wanted and was willing to move things around and then put them back after the pictures were taken; I accept that none of them are mind readers, and none of them want to accept the liability of moving my clients things around. It sounds to me as if unfortunately your working with some poor quality Realtors.
Talk to the local Board or MLS that handles Supra in your area to find out if there are options available for photographers. Agents and Appraisers can get them, but I've never heard of photographers getting them, but that doesn't mean it's not possible. The only reliable answer will come from the local office that handles them.