A Fun Look at Home Buyer Inspections in Oklahoma

Real Estate Agent with McGraw Realtors

If you've been in Real Estate very long, you know that there is a huge push to jump into video.

Everyone says, "You gotta do video."
"Video is the way marketing is going."
"Get a drone and do cool video fly around stuff!"

But the problem is that video is tricky.

I mean, we've all seen those videos we've tried to do where we walk around and talk about the house right?  How interesting can you be when you're holding a camera in front of you and talking about a bathtub that is from the 70's?

The other problem is that being in front of the camera is tricky. 

What do you say?
How do you keep it interesting?
Should it be serious or can it be fun?

Recently I came across a very cool video by the awesome Terry Waggoner.  It was so good, Inman picked it up and wrote up a cool article about it.

You can watch it here

So, inspired by Terry, we decided to take the leap and jump into the world of video.  I decided to shoot the first one at an inspection I attended for my kiddo Sheldon Haywood.

I found immediately that knowing where to look is surprisingly hard.  I was shooting with my Iphone and kept looking over at the button you push to start recording.  Looking into the phone feels weird at first.

Also, thinking up what to say and how to shoot stuff makes you think outside the box.
WAY OUTSIDE the box.

All in all, we're prety happy with our first attempt in the world of video.  But we'd like some feedback from you.  Would you do us a favor and go check it out and then let us know what you think?  

Thank you!  

Looking forward to your comments!


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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience.

Have a great Friday and an outstanding weekend!

Jun 09, 2016 11:03 PM #1
Shawn and Angela Miller
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Amabassador Real Estate - Lincoln, NE
Lincoln and Omaha, NE REALTORS®

Good video!  My feedback would be normalize the voice and music to the same volume level.  It was like when a commercial comes on and it is twice the volume as the show you were watching.  Other than reaching for my volume controls on my computer a few times, it was good!

Jun 10, 2016 01:15 AM #2
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Thank you Shawn and Angela.  We'll work on the sound levels!

Jun 10, 2016 01:59 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Love it!  Very creative & fun not the typical boring video by a long shot. I would want to work with you if I was buying a home in Owasso OK!

Jun 10, 2016 06:15 AM #4
Bob Haywood
McGraw Realtors - Owasso, OK

Thank you Anna.  The feeling is mutual!

Jun 10, 2016 07:08 AM #5
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

You said in your video that you with the home owner.........Now, there's the power of positive thinking that I love so much, as I believe he was the buyer.  Judging from the video and favorable inspection, I would assume that by now he is the home owner.  Great job on the video!

Jun 10, 2016 09:34 AM #6
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Great video!  Thanks for sharing and sparking another idea!

Jun 10, 2016 10:10 AM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Random fun in the middle of the country is pretty awesome for everybody in America and everyone at AR!

Jun 10, 2016 12:22 PM #8
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I love how ideas spark other ideas just in the comments here. Love and light to everyone! :)

Jun 10, 2016 12:25 PM #9
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

I suggest to move the camera a bit slower talk about what you do like finding out hidden troubles initially.  

The initial music can be modified as I do not know what to expect.  Tell people at the end what you intially was going to say and then say it saves a bundle by spending little. 

Rest is quite good. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 10, 2016 03:20 PM #10
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Good job on your first video!

I thought it was a fun take that could have used a little more in the way of details (in other words, a buyer who really doesn't know what is included in an inspection probably still wouldn't' know for sure). But I liked the conversational theme and the music, especially during the termite part. And for the record, in most of the homes I've shown, 90% of the people who go in the attic are men. Women usually have no interest. That being said, there were some women who went while their male counterparts shivered and said, "no way." I've also had women who were more interested in the garage than the men, but it's usually the other way around.


Jun 10, 2016 07:48 PM #11
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Thanks for sharing Bob Haywood - being in front of the camera is not for everyone :)

Jun 10, 2016 09:50 PM #12
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I just set up my own real estate brokerage. My focus will be blogging and vlogging. I am setting up a green room in my office.

Jun 10, 2016 11:54 PM #13
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The video. Should it be functional? Entertaining? Informative? Selling? Telling? Each one has to decide who they are and who they want to reach and how.

Jun 11, 2016 12:06 AM #14
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Hi Bob, nice leap into video! With a little editing, it will be perfect. My first attempt at video made me nauseous when I was watching it (camera movement, not content). Question - did you need permission to use all that music e.g. Abba's Mama Mia?

Jun 11, 2016 03:05 AM #15
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob Haywood so true, video is the way to go - however, where to go is a big question - and valid concerns for listing videos or even selfies!

(I don't look good on video - I know....)

Jun 11, 2016 01:14 PM #16
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

You are a hoot! I would buy a home from you! that was great... lots of fun... kept my attention and I suspect will get you more attention! Good Stuff!

Jun 11, 2016 06:13 PM #17
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