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Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558

Do you put home tours on YouTube.com?

Asked by Ruthless, 60558 Tue Sep 4, 2007

I've seen a fair number of Real Estate videos on YouTube.com but have you ever heard of anyone going there to look at one? Is the quality even good enough to bother? Or is it just another check list item to let your seller know you are trying everything?

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I agree the quality is not "top notch" but I have used it as a marketing device to embed videos in some of our advertising that allows for HTML and I provide hyperlinks to our site. It is a free device and the video already exists for us to upload so why not? You never know where a buyer might come from ... With youtube, you know most are going to be able to view the video. With all of the other videos you never know if they have quicktime or windows media player sottware already installed.

So basically I used it only as another device to embed our video of photos on HTML advertising.
I don't think people go to YouTube to see real estate videos, but use it for embedding videos on sites.
I may be wrong.
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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Ruth-

I have used YouTube, but I am walking and narrating at the same time. It is effective, but keep your target in mind. 20 somethings with short attention spans. You have ten seconds to get their attention and two minutes max to deliver your message. Another thought.....when the local media shoots me for television, I make sure to do it in front of one of the homes I have listed. The phone rings off the hook. Look for an agent to whom the media turns for market advice.
Web Reference: http://www.lgbthomes.com
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Cindi Hagley…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Congrats to Heather on best answer.
Ruth
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Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558
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I haven't used youtube for RE; what I have used is onetruemedia.com - I make small presentations for my listing appointments. I load it right onto my ipod - keeps me from having to lug my lap top.
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I'm all bummed out at my videos! I just converted mine to a mp4 so it wouldn't skip and uploaded it to my website and YouTube. But the website now makes you download it instead of just playing a Quicktime movie, and on YouTube it is taller and skinnier. The quality is better than I expected except for the first couple of seconds. All of my videos have trouble with the first couple of seconds. Sorry, anyone have technical advice for me? Here is my youtube.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XARppf97x3Y

Will, I'm mac too.

Heather, you are completely right. I've had a series of videos I couldn't watch because it said I didn't have the plug-in. So I downloaded the plug-in and it said I didn't have enough room on my computer to load it. So I spent two hours cleaning up my computer so I could load the program. I log on, click on the program and don't get the video, just music. Then I see, "If you have a Mac, click here." So I click and it wants me to download it instead of viewing it. I canceled and never even saw the video.

ARRGGGG!!!! And now my website is just as bad.
Ruth
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Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558
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Ruth I have never tried it ....but it couldn't hurt if it gets positive feedback, you never know where your buyers is gonna come from..... I know you have your FSBO you should add it to listingvue.com ....it's free.
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Yes, we had an agent out of our Berkeley office put up a video of her listing on YouTube and sold it from the video within a relatively short time. She sold it to a 20 something buyer. Her marketing and sale made the 6 o'clock news and she received some good press. It works.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Absolutely! There are a number of reasons why. First you will almost instantly be able to find the home on the web with a simple search of the address. It usually takes less than 24 hours for Google to grab the link.

You will find that your clients will send an email to everyone they know if you do it well. This has lead to some referral business.

I think you have to do everything you can. How can an agent say they are leveraging the technology if they aren't using video?

Realtor.com just released the use of video for listings. I think you will find that they would not have invested in the technology if they didn't think it would make a huge impact in the future.

Depending on your technology you can do an excellent quality. I have been a Mac user for a few years and they have really dialed in the technology with their latest release in software.

Remember we are all fighting to be at the top of the search engines. Who owns Youtube? Google!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2007
Put your real estate and community event videos on youtube and use other platforms too. Embed them in your blog posts, link to them in emails, on your website and salt and pepper them around your social media garden. Real estate videos use the eyes and the ears, make a lasting, deeper impression. They show how the pieces, all those images of the place flow, fit together. Your buyer is not just local anymore so the community local videos are huge for showing the area, the first step needed before that out of state, not your zip code or time zone buyer moves to the next step with you on what do you have with this, this and (long list of criteria).
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Awww. Thanks Ruth. :-) I sincerely appreciate it.
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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I have not put listings on YouTube, or any of the like. We do put video on some listings and put it on the single property sites that we create for our sellers. When more mass is achieved and more buyers are looking on YouTube, and the like, we may consider adding that.

For us to include these sites, there must be a potential return. At this time, most buyers are looking at one of the many options avaialable to them for real estate searches.

We are not ruling it out of the future, but it is not on the top of our list for right now. I may revisit and research early 2008.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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Ruth,
Great house! I would never have thought of putting a listing on youtube. I will have to get my kids to show me how to do this. Don't laugh, I have a myspace and a facebook, because my kids do and I like to keep an eye on things. I cannot work around int the myspace like the kids do. They put videos up that they have made all of the time!

I love this place! So many good ideas!
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Sorry to do this in stages, but website works fantastic, minus "watch the video." That stopped right at the get go. Like the photos. Quicktime is so beautiful, but so haphazard for PC users. I have done so much research on Quicktime compatability with PCs and it has given me a headache. I have heard you have uninstall and reinstall Quicktime, I have heard of saving it to a different type of file format (like you mentioned) from your movie creator. You risk of "active x" pop up window coming up too with quicktime for PC users.

Here's an idea for people with access to Realtor.com and listing modifications ... if you do have access to Realtor.com, you can throw that video you put on YouTube, and upload it to Realtor.com in the "enhancements.". There are three different sizes of movies you can load. And there, it comes out very clean and non-pixelated.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2007
Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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Yes, I have iMovie but the size is much larger if I do it that way.

Pam, yes, virtual tour. What would you think of for a movie? I do have a 7 minute plus documentary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgVamtCSTXY
Web Reference: http://www.oak-park-il.com
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Ruthless, Other/Just Looking in 60558
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All I have to say is ... let's Sttaaaaay togethAh ... loving you forever . Ruth, if you are on a Mac, do you have iMovie? There is an export function that makes it setup perfectly for YouTube (as far as dimensions). Something funky going on in the beginning, but once it gets going it looks great! SUCH a beautiful home.
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Steve Ostrom, Real Estate Pro in Roseville, CA
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Ruth...

I just clicked on your YourTube. The quality is good but is more like a virtual tour than a video. Was that what you intended? By the way, great music!
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Hi Ruth,

I put one of my homes on YouTube and was not pleased with the results. I feel the quality of the video was lacking and didn't showcase the house as well as I would have liked. I believe that to do it right, you need to have some high end equipment and/or hire professionals to film. I'd only do that if I had a fairly high priced listing that was very unique and would probably incorporate the homeowner talking about their home and why the loved living there. Emotion and quality sell!

The listing that I had on YouTube didn't get as many visits as I would have hoped, but that was probably a good thing. It did sell quickly and for top dollar so it was not impacted negatively.

If I dig up my YouTube feed, I'll come back and will post.

Great question!
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