Looking for feedback on my videos

Real Estate Agent with Access Homes NC

Hi ActiveRain community,

I just did two videos for my listing that has received very few showings and I want to get your feedback. The house is turn key and spotless. It is in a desireable neighborhood. I feel like I have done all the right things of blasting it all over the web. It presents well and it is a good price for the amount of sq ft and all the upgrades. It was a former model in the subdivision.

 Please take a look at my 2 videos and give me feedback. I could not fit it all on one video and stay under 2 minutes which is what is recommended so I did the 1st floor and the 2nd floor.



 Second one:

Thanks for your help! Karen Barbour 919 931-1939

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Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
Realtor, Homes, Farms & 55+

Karen,  Honest Abe here, the house is beautiful but the videos look like you were doing the Charlston while taping.  I'd use a tripod with wheels for a more professional look.

Aug 12, 2010 02:16 PM #1
Keith Bennett
Premier Mortgage & Real Estate - Santee, CA

Very jumpy.  I think you could do the same video with a few different clips and then splice them together.

1) if you have a stabilizing option on your camera, use that.

2) move slower, it looks like you are in a rush to get to the next room.

3) I think if you stand in one place and take the video while pivoting you can capture the entire room smoothly with your camera.  Then stop the camera while moving to the next room.  Repeat.  stand in the center of the room (for example) and piviot 360 taking video.  Then stop and move to next room, repeat.

4) If you like to use photos instead of video you can, just fade them in and out, zoom in and out if you like.  You can still place all your photos into a video and stream it.

Just a few examples to make it better, in my opinion.

Beautiful home though.  Just that the video did not look professional.

Aug 12, 2010 02:25 PM #2
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening to you Karen

Karen, not sure what you did different when you did the second video, but its a lot better than the first one. The first kind of looked like it was done while riding a weave. The first ones that I did looked like the top video. It just takes a bit of time to get use to using them.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Aug 12, 2010 04:29 PM #3
Andy Chaudoir
Professional Inspection Services - Georgetown, Texas - Georgetown, TX
Your Home Inspection Connection in Central Texas

Hello Karen - As other have mentioned, the videos are too jumpy.  Investing in something that can stabilize the camera sounds like a good idea.  Good luck with the listing and the videos.

Aug 12, 2010 04:36 PM #4
Ray Lane
OpenHouseHD - Salt Lake City, UT

Hi Karen,

As mentioned above the video is very shaky, and you move around far too quickly to get a look at what is essentially a beautiful home.  You need to remember that any video you put out (or photograph, or business card) is a reflection on you and your business.  A wild video like that tends to give a very unprofessional look.  

Video is the strongest medium out there for truly representing a home and representing you as an agent.  A bad video is worse than no video at all.  I would highly suggest that you find a local videographer that can come out and do a nice video with a stabilizer or tripod.  They will also be able to keep proper iris and white balance control.  The pro will also be able to do a nice edit, and add some supporting graphics.  All of this can be done pretty inexpensively, and will free you up to do what you do best....sell more houses.

Also, one of the strongest things you can do with video is to promote yourself on the video.  Only one person out of all the viewers can buy that home.  EVERY viewer could hire you, as long as your info is there.  Furthermore, if you are actually in the video talking at the beginning/end, it allows the viewer to 'get to know you'.  And, if that viewer keeps seeing you over and over on a bunch of home tours, he will remember you and come to think of you as the true expert in the area.  


Aug 12, 2010 07:32 PM #5
Ray Lane
OpenHouseHD - Salt Lake City, UT

Take a look at this video to get an idea of what can be done


Aug 12, 2010 07:38 PM #6
Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California
Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer Coun... - Roseville, CA
Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals

Karen, I have to admit that I concur with the advice of everyone above (and I'm taking notes myself for future reference!) I use Animoto.com to put together my listing videos and they do a very professional job of turning photos and short video clips into a complete presentation. Here is an example:



Aug 12, 2010 08:07 PM #7
Karen Barbour
Access Homes NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC ePro

Thank you all for your feed back. I really appreciate it, and will post an update once I have applied some of the things I have learned here.

Aug 13, 2010 09:58 AM #8
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