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Should agents take their own listing photos? Why or why not?

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Wed Apr 10, 2013

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I do, but that is because I have a background in photography as a hobby. I have seen some very bad MLS pictures of homes though, so it depends if you know how and have the time to give the home justice. If you don't, just hire a good photographer. It does make a difference.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 30, 2013
I really don't think the pictures I take with my $200 camera can compete with the ones my photographer takes with his $8,000 camera. You only have one chance to make a good first impression of your listing and what better way than the pictures you post?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 29, 2013
With todays digital camera anyone can take nice photos.

Providing the photos are clear, and there are plenty of them, I see no reason why an agent should take their own photos.

Kawain Payne, REaltor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 28, 2013
I think you should set the standard of professionalism and take it from there. If you are in demand as a professional photographer, why not take your own photos (unless you can find a more productive use of your time)?

But if you just have some fancy gear, and you've never sold a photo - if nobody would hire you for $150 to do a photo shoot, why would you think your photos are good enough to get a $175,000 house sold?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 28, 2013
I farm this out to a skilled camera man - I just feel it gives the pics an added oomph which translates better to the screen. I can definaltely tell the difference between when I took the pics and when he did- his filters, lenses, and his 'eye' adds to the quality results.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 28, 2013
It depends on an agent's photography skills to determine if he is able to showcase the home's interior and exterior features in the best light and angles. Those agents that don't take good photos should consider using a professional if the property warrants it as it really depends on the listing. It wouldn't be very wise to hire and spend money on a professional photographer for a one bedroom rental listing.

Sellers in my market who have a property in the million dollar plus range (fine homes market) usually expect professional photography and a virtual tour as well. depends on the property..

Laura Feghali
Prudential Connecticut Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
I do, but I edit like crazy. Crop, adjust lighting, etc. For my upper end (above $200K in our market) I'm more likely to hire a professional.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
Yes with proper knowledge of a camera & certainly a quality one at that!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
Yes, but only if they've invested in an outstanding camera and have the skills to take pictures that will show the home off to its very best advantage. Outstanding photos are key for getting a home noticed online that ultimately results in showings and of course, an offer!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 10, 2013
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