My Favorite Listing Photos of 2010

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Real Estate Agent with Blackwell Real Estate License# 641163

     For me, the hardest (and DEFINITELY longest) part of adding a new listing is adding the pictures.  It is also the part I most enjoy.  I love the challenge of translating the great features of a home into a cohesive set of pictures that really give buyers an very good idea of what the house actually looks like.   I feel like the showings we get are stronger by giving buyers the best opportunity to see what the house looks like.

      I take an average of 90 pictures per listing.  Yes... that's not a typo... 90.  I want to make sure when I get back to the office I have lots of material to work with and I can showcase all of the house's features.. not just the kitchen, master bedroom, and front yard.  

     Those 90 pictures have to be whittled down to 30 as that is the max our MLS will let us post but a good majority of the rest are still used on other sites and in the virtual tour.

      I know that there are agents who take a listing, slap a picture of the front of the house into the MLS and call it a day.  Heck, I saw a blog post yesterday of Keisha Hosea's called What NOT to do when selling your home- Lesson #1 where an agent took a drive by picture of the front of the house (complete with her car side mirror prominently featured).  It hurts my feelings.  Someone is paying you their hard earned money to sell their home and you can't even be bothered to get out of the car and take a picture??  Don't get me started...

Without further ado..  here they are...  I am proud to say I took all of these pictures and even more proud that we sold/rented all of these homes and more :)

My favorite listing shots of 2010.  Homes for sale in Crofton, Odenton, Crownsville, and Severn Maryland

 

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    Christie Lane Craven - Long & Foster Real Estate

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Joan Valverde
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Christie,  It sounds like you are quite the photographer.  I try to take lots of pictures to, but can't say I take 90!  Have a great New Year, and hope you get a buyer soon on your new listing!

Dec 31, 2010 07:28 PM #1
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Cameron Novak
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Christie - Thanks for posting.  I totally agree with you on the "get out of the car to take a picture" comment.  Amazing how lazy some agents are!  Did you take all those pics yourself?

Dec 31, 2010 07:29 PM #2
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James Dray
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Nice what camera were you using

Dec 31, 2010 08:17 PM #3
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Joan- I take 90 to make sure I end up with at least 40 that I love.  It's an Internet based world now and I want them to see as much of the house as they can in pictures.  I think it makes for stronger showings for us and wastes less of everyone's- buyer, seller, and buyer's agent's time!

 

Cameron- It's sad but true.  I have actually gone back to a house a second time to take pictures.  Particularly if the sun is at an awkward angle and makes the outside shots challenging.  I am proud to say I did take all of them myself!

Dec 31, 2010 08:19 PM #4
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Yes, I keep meaning to do the same thing - put a photobook together of the year's beauties.

Dec 31, 2010 09:01 PM #5
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Good Morning Christie, thanks for sharing the photos, best wishes for 2011!

Dec 31, 2010 10:45 PM #6
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Christie Lane Craven
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James- I used three different ones this past year. All were Canon point and shoot types, nothing expensive.  What I lack in equipment, I make up for in patience and editing :)

Michelle- It was fun to look back through all of the years photos and think about the clients associated with them.

 

Dan- Thanks, same to you!

Jan 01, 2011 06:55 AM #7
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Lori Mode
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Christie - great photos and I love the way you put these together on the post.  It would be fun to look back through the photos from 2010.  I'm off to do that right now with my listings.  Thanks!

Jan 01, 2011 01:33 PM #8
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Christie Lane Craven
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Lori and Bruce- I truly was a fun way to spend my New Year's Eve.  I had pre-gamed a little bit as I knew it would be hard to narrow down the photos, but it was really a nice way to sit back and reflect on the year, the homes we sold, and the people we dealt with.  I think this post will be a new tradition for me!

Jan 01, 2011 01:39 PM #9
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Hello Christie and some wonderful photographs, and did you know I have several photography groups at Activerain? Welcome to Night Owls and I have "Highlighted/ Featured" your post at one of my favorite groups at AR ...

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Jan 01, 2011 05:24 PM #10
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Christie Lane Craven
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Vegas Bob- Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment.  I enjoy your pictures- you have the ability to tell a story with a single photo!  I will definitely check your Groups out.

Jan 01, 2011 06:51 PM #11
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Your very welcome Christie and are you sticking your tongue out at Vegas Bob in your profile pic? "Cute" ...

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Jan 04, 2011 06:22 AM #12
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Bob & Leilani Souza
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Christie, I don't know exactly how many photos I take of every listing, but I'm pretty sure it's slightly under 90! I even take the same photo 2-3 times at slightly different angles and/or with flash and no flash. That's the beauty of digital cameras...the number of shots is virtually unlimited! :)

Leilani

Jan 12, 2011 07:27 PM #13
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Christie Lane Craven
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Leilani- Oh my gosh!  I thought it was just me!  I also take the same photo 2 or 3 times... especially flash or no flash.. or trying to get more in the shot.  so thankful for digital cameras!  That way you can make sure you get the shot (most of the time.. there have been some outside front exteriors I've gone back to re-shoot just because I'm not 100% in love with what I have due to weather).  

Some of the listing shots in our MLS (as I"m sure would be the same as any) make me very sad.  Sellers are paying you to market their house, and if all you have are 6 or 7 dark blurry photos, how do you accomplish that??  What do they use for websites?  On their flyers?  It's an internet driven world and people are busy.  They don't have the time to make an appointment to see if that master suite that is represented by one dark out of focus photo on the MLS is actually what they are looking for.  They're going to go look at the houses they are more certain will be a match for them based on the other houses MLS presentation.  

 

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