YouTube Thursdays - Show off the Flavors of your Neighborhood

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors


Community Videos are powerful tools for real estate. Simply put, they are evergreen workhorses - pulling their marketing weight twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, year after year.  Buyers often look into communities and neighborhoods long before they decide to look for houses. Consider the advantage you'll have with a library of videos reflecting the character and flavors of your local communities and neighborhoods. Bringing a location to life is much easier with the use of motion and sound. 

We encourage you to compile a list of all the local sights and sounds you want to share with potential viewers (prospects!). To help you get started, we'll share a few of our ideas with you.


Parks and Trails

Local Eateries ( Target demo matched) 

Local Towns

Where to find the ViewHomes Neighborhoods in Clark County 

Events such as, Camas First Fridays, Farmers Markets, Gardening sales...

Local Businesses ( Target demo matched) 

Local Wineries 

Musical Events 

Local Business owners ( Target demo matched)


We've seen a lot of videos with a camera on the dashboard as the agent drives through a neighborhood talking. It's really not the best way to engage your viewers or potential clients. We think you need to get out of the car and soak up the sights and sounds. Dare to ask a few passerbys why they love the neighborhood or park, or local business - they'll do the selling for you. And you never know, you may strike up a connection with someone who needs a real estate pro. 

Don't forget the basics of good video production too - and be sure to create a story board that is either entertaining or informative or helpful, or all three. Be sure to take advantage of the natural sound too, be it a waterfall, children playing, or the buzz of a busy restaurant. Sound is another element that adds to the overall experience of watching a video. 

A library of good community videos will win you business - and good will with the locals.  What's not to love about that? If you already have a community video, please share it in the comments section - and leave a link to your YouTube channel for mutual subscribing. 


If you're not a member of YouTube Thursdays, please join! 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.

314 NE Cedar Street
Camas, WA  98607





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John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks for the great ideas focusing on the community.

It even sounds like it would be fun.


Mar 03, 2018 03:20 AM #25
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD great instructions on how to show off our neighborhood. Several years ago I started a collection of photos of neighborhoods I sell in. I need to change to videos.

Mar 03, 2018 06:11 AM #26
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Debb,
Another great post.  I love how you use videos.  I retired 6 1/2 years ago and video wasn't at all common then... at least not here.  I imagine it helps streamline the process while working with prospects and clients. 

Mar 03, 2018 06:24 AM #27
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks, Debb and Bernie.  This is excellent advice and something that I need to work on a bit more diligently.

Mar 03, 2018 06:25 AM #28
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Sitterle Homes - Richmond, TX
Sitterle Homes


 Good advice, I hope you guys are having a great day and ps I am going to join the group!

Mar 03, 2018 02:54 PM #29
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Congratulations on the feature. It is well deserved. You give great tips on a fantastic marketing tool. 

Mar 03, 2018 03:56 PM #30
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Wonderful information and congratulations on the feature, Debb & Bernie! The neighborhood informational videos are truly some of the best and most sought-after videos for those looking for a home. I need to get back on that horse again - I think if I had an extra hour or two in my day, this would be the filler for that time!

Mar 03, 2018 11:38 PM #31
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

It's on the "gotta do" list for getting more involved in video...just did one (the photographer did) for our new listing....we'll see about our own "talents" in this area.

Mar 04, 2018 06:45 AM #32
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great post and ideas, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD. I'm a bit more inspired now to get out to work on video as weather improves this spring.

Thanks for sharing,

Mar 04, 2018 07:11 AM #33
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great advice, and some good ideas to put to use.

Mar 04, 2018 07:42 AM #34
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

More great advice guys. Lots of buyers search info on communities and getting in front of them early is so important. Community videos are great for just that.

Mar 04, 2018 04:45 PM #35
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists

Your YouTube videos are outstanding and you definitely show off your community flavors in a vivid way!

Mar 05, 2018 04:10 AM #36
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

This is so right on, Debb. People want to know what is happening in their neck of the woods.

Mar 05, 2018 05:41 PM #37
Thom Abbott |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living - Atlanta, GA
Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale

Video, video's a must. I should save for Thursday, but got this one done last night!

Carver Hills Grand Opening


Mar 07, 2018 06:05 AM #38
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Good Thursday morning. I hope you are enjoying a most productive week.

Mar 08, 2018 08:22 AM #39
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Great ideas for local posts!

I did a video (Animoto video, so it's actually a compilation of pics) years ago with pics of local restaurants. It was fun taking all the pics.

Mar 09, 2018 11:31 AM #40
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I have never thought of showing my neighborhoods flavor through video. It is a classic example of selling the sizzle...

Mar 09, 2018 07:32 PM #41
Eva B. Liland with Century 21 Doug Anderson
Century 21 Doug Anderson - Lancaster, CA
Glad to be of Service

Sometimes I feel like its totally ok to live here so I guess the moral of the story is, do the best you can do for the time being.

Mar 09, 2018 07:49 PM #42
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Great post Debb. As always! 

I like blog posts about communities we live in: amazing flavors, bright colors, local events we love~ bring a feeling what it is like to live there. 

Mar 14, 2018 11:36 PM #43
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Some neighborhoods are kind of Vanilla....and others have whipped cream, cherries and sprinkles...good way to showcase an appetite for a new home !

Mar 15, 2018 04:51 AM #44
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