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Pete, Other/Just Looking in Portland, OR

Do you hire a photographer?

Asked by Pete, Portland, OR Tue Nov 27, 2007

Do you hire a photographer to take photos of your properties or do you hire a professional. If you hire someone, how much do you pay and what do you get?

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Have you ever seen bad photos on real estate websites? I have! Not everyone can take great pictures. If you can take great pictures than you can be your own photographer and take the photos. If you do not take great photos then I would hire a professional.

Cost can very based on the professionals experience. You could always contact a photography student... they can probably do a great job for little expense.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 27, 2007
Hiring a photographer can give you consistent quality and save you time. The photos have a large emotional impact on buyers. You will want to top notch photos in order to make that great first impression when your listing is viewed online or in print. If you decide to take the photos yourself here are a few tips to keep in mind and along with some camera suggestions:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Oct 4, 2008
I have a recent minor in photography and I have to tell you that in no way did I ever think it would come in handy with real estate. And it has.

I had a buyer walk into an open house and ask me who the photographer was who took the pics . . . . as they had seen the house before from realtor emails and had never envisioned it as they had when I took the listing. Not trying to toot my horn here, but to emphasize the difference good pics can make. Every survery you read or buyer u interview will tell you how much they rely on the pics.

Rather than spending oodles of money hiring a photographer, I would suggest getting a basic photography book to learn what catches people eyes and what doesn't. (with my focus on my business degree, honestly, my photograpy isn't that great . . .but the basics do help)

However, I do agree with Ian that video seems to be the upcoming trend. Many websites such as are now including it as an option. I'm thinking it is going to replace or one up virtual tours. Ugggh, I have to learn something new . . . . guess so!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 27, 2007
If you use a canned service like CirclePix, you pay around $100 for 12 stills and 4 circular tours. That is the basic, and well worth it for the quality of product compared to what I could do myself. Packages can double that number for more stills and tours. For more upscale homes, one may spend $300-500 for a professional layout. Most agents I know do all or some of their own pictures. If I can get good lighting and quality, I use my own and process the "tours" with Visual Tour.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 27, 2007
I am starting to take video, and put it live on the web...there are still some kinks to work out, but will be up and running within a month. If you have high end properties, it may pay to have a professional take the pics....pricing will vary significantly.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 27, 2007
With digital cameras, it's very simple to take great photos and upload them. For a high-end property, as well as for a virtual tour, we would hire a professional photographer. Virtual tours run about $175-250 for 3-4 rooms, and front and back, with still photos included.
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