Youtube listings

By
Home Stager with Inspire Realty

I have seen quite a few agents posting videos of their listings on Youtube and was just wondering what the results have been?  I am thinking about dabbling into it, but not sure what the success rate is.  Any thoughts?

Comments (48)

Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)

Lia - I think the SEO value of using YouTube is terrific, especially when used consistently.  It's been interesting to see the comments thus far.

Feb 25, 2010 01:36 PM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Very interesting - I use Real Estate Shows from Jeff Turner, they go on my blogs and you can add them to Realtor.com - that is pretty cool, and they will put them on UTube for you - I think I will go try it.

Feb 25, 2010 03:25 PM
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity

I just  bought a video camera and I'm going for it.  Someone post the link to a tutorial on how to do it from start to finish. I know you all keep saying it's easy, but remember, I haven't even worked a video camera before.  I bought a flip video.

 

Feb 25, 2010 03:32 PM
Billie Hillier
http://702IsHome.com - North Las Vegas, NV
Savvy Home Realty Solutions

YouTube (and other video sites) have benefits:

  • You can use the embed code (sometimes with Wordpress you can have issues with videos so embedding works well)
  • Ability to link back to your site with every video
  • Create a following

You might want to add Posterous to your marketing plan too with photos and videos.


I have several clients who have a lot of referral traffic from social media sites.

 

GO FOR IT!

 

Feb 25, 2010 03:41 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Hi,

I do upload my listings to youtube.  What I have found is that youtube itself is not a hotspot for home buyers.  However, you tube helps me embed the videos elsewhere.  I have a tough time embedding some code into wordpress - so this allows for an easier translation.  I don't know if  you put a lot of local content onto youtube whether it could drive people to the videos.  I think there may be a way to get that to work in the future, but it would take thought an imagination. I guess you would have to establish yourself for something else LOCAL on youtube and then people would also see your listings.

Feb 25, 2010 04:04 PM
David Dee
RMX REALTY - Alhambra, CA
Real Estate - San Gabriel Valley (L.A.) & N. Orang

From the desk of David Dee,

Lia, going to get get started on videos. This is a great idea and as many have stated in the comments, it facilitate adding the video elsewhere using the embedded code.

 

Feb 25, 2010 04:42 PM
Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

Hi Lia, I also upload my listings to YouTube. Its another portal for exposure especially for the people coming from out of state.

Feb 25, 2010 04:46 PM
Claude THOMAS
Rossman Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL

Like virtual tours in the past, video is a tools that can be a good point for listing presentation...

Feb 25, 2010 10:27 PM
Rich Cotton
Rich Cotton The Waterfront Specialist EXiT Preferred Realty - Chesapeake City, MD
Waterfront Specialist Cecil and Kent Counties MD

Lia,

Check out the link below.  It will take you to my You Tube Channel. The featured video is a professional approach to high end homes. I also have some of my own Flip videos there. This is a GREAT listing tool. I have an interested buyer for the featured video from Israel...never visited the home...only seen the video! Let me know what you think.


http://www.youtube.com/user/rcchesapeakebay

 

Feb 25, 2010 10:51 PM
Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ
Weichert - Lopatcong, NJ

Lia,

When I started using "Real Estate Shows," I began uploading my listing to YouTube. Can't say I've sold a home from it but my sellers sure love it!

Feb 25, 2010 11:23 PM
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Lia:

Youtube is great exposure for a property. As a buyer broker, I do not have listings but I use Youtube to process videos of properties for relocation clients and it is working out well.

 

Feb 25, 2010 11:42 PM
Lori Cain
eXp Realty - Tulsa, OK
Midtown Tulsa Real Estate Top Producer

I'm glad to read this, as I'm just starting with YouTube.

Irene, I've had Real Estate Shows before, but isn't that just a tour of your still photos?

Definitely bookmarking this and will come back to read more comments. Thanks for bringing it up, Lisa!

Feb 26, 2010 12:14 AM
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

To answer Gordon's question,  You Tube has an "Insight" feature that will tell you hits, and where they are coming from.  You never know when a non-qualified buyer or someone not in the market sees the video, and then sends it to a friend or relative.  It's just one more form of viral marketing!

To the questions of do-it-yourself or not -- I do all of them myself.  I'm not going to waste a lot of time or money on these videos, but want them to look professional.  Click here to see an example.

 

Feb 26, 2010 12:55 AM
Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD

I hope to find the time this weekend to get one for a new listing I have, I look forward to seeing results.

Feb 26, 2010 12:58 AM
Don Zeigler
Century 21 Four Seasons Select Properties - Bluefield, WV

Our visual tour service recently added a feature to post our listing videos to Youtube automatically, so I figured "why not?" We don't get many queries directly through our Youtube channel but our agents do get several calls a month where the prospect indicated they saw the listing on Youtube. It's just another free, easy way to market properties.

Feb 26, 2010 01:34 AM
Dave Keys
MOVE UP in Google Search Learn How Here - Brea, CA
Chief Search Strategist Real Estate SEO Expert

Lia, I've been dabbling in the video marketing arena for some of my clients with a high degree of success. Since so many people avoid video of themselves, they tend not to think of ways to market their product directly on Youtube. If you treat a YouTube video viewing page like any other web page and do proper SEO on the page itself (by filling in ALL the blanks with keyword-rich content) and some back-links to the YouTube video page, you can sail right past competition and get a Google link that looks like this on page one, making you the only one on the search results with a thumbnail image and video.

La Cresta Result

Feb 26, 2010 04:46 AM
Anonymous
Kevin Marciniak

      I have been doing videos for about 3 years now.  I use it for indexing in Google and Yahoo.  We get a good amount of views.  Can I make a ROI quess no but I know buyers are getting to it. I personally use wellcomemat.com  They have a great platform and easy to use.  Plus the video looks much better on wellcomemat then Youtube.  The more places you can go in this market the better of the buyer will find it.  We also use it to get listings which when you have comments from buyers that they feel like they have been in the home before, it becomes a very powerful tool!  Get you noticed, gets the home SOLD!

Feb 26, 2010 07:56 AM
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Lia Gerke
Inspire Realty - Saratoga Springs, UT

Thanks to all who have posted.  All of these suggestions and comments are great and I am going for it!  Coleen, thanks for the suggestion with Imovie.  I do have a Mac, but I am a recent convert so I am still getting used to the programs.  Please keep the suggestions coming!!

Feb 26, 2010 11:47 AM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Hi, Lia.  Welcome to AR.  Lots of great advice already, and I learned from them as well.  If anything, use it as a marketing tool when you're doing a listing presentation.  Congrats on the feature!

Feb 26, 2010 11:53 AM
Richard Johnston
San Fernando Valley - RE/MAX Grand Central - Sherman Oaks, CA

sounds like a good idea to make a video.  I've done slide shows of my listings. 

Feb 26, 2010 09:42 PM