Why I use professional photography?

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Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 PA License - AB067198
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I like to think I am creative and artistic and used to take all my own listing photos. Now I use a professional photographer. A professional photographer has more experience and tools at his disposal than I do. The cost of hiring a professional is minimal to the return I am getting.

Rather like what I advise clients, the cost of hiring me brings so many benefits it is worth it. Likewise, hiring a professional photographer removes lots of headaches for me. I get better photographs, better lighting, and most importantly the listing receives better marketing as a result.

Today most buyers see a listing on line first, those photographs provide the first impression. You have seconds to make that first impression, from what photo you use first to what order you place them, it is all important. If they are dark, unfocused, tilted what does it say to the potential buyer. But if they are light, straight, bright and focused it says come look at me!

26 Cypress Lane

This photo sold the house, everyone who saw it and came to the house mentioned this room and that it was the main selling point of the home. It is why we got multiple offers.

So, yes, I now use a professional photographer and it may mean delaying the listing of a home by a few days because of how hard it is to get an appointment with the photographer. But we want to make sure we get those photos up with the listing, because we don't want to list a home without photos because people think you are hiding something. We want the house to have the best chance of receiving the most offers in the shortest time and for the highest price. We don't want any secret listings, we want wide open marketing to bring in as many buyers as possible.

If you want your Tredyffrin Easttown home marketed to the most buyers then contact Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, with Long & Foster Real Estate, Nick@VandekarTeam.com, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, website www.SellingTheMainLine.com.

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Nick, professional photography is so important in today's market.   Some of the photos in the MLS are downright embarrassing to the Seller.   GREAT post.

Sep 27, 2017 06:26 AM #15
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am with you on that and certainly appreciate the value that professional photos bring to my listings!

Sep 27, 2017 06:58 AM #16
Rainer
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Nelson Torfin Real Estate Group
Positive Realty - Brainerd, MN
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Good photos can make or break it!  In this day and age with everyone looking online, those first impressions are everything!

Sep 27, 2017 07:16 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Joe Pryor totally agree on that, we have a couple, they both have different styles, I prefer one over the other but if he is really busy and he often is I can defer to the other. But, once you find that great photographer hold onto them.

Kathy Streib thank you, your local photos are always beautiful and make your home Delray Beach sparkle.

Debe Maxwell, CRS considering we are charging thousands of dollars to sell their home, a few hundred on photography is a minimal investment.

Jennifer Fivelsdal and Kat Palmiotti thank you, when people walked into it as well they just stood there taking it in, it is a pretty dramatic room with great light. 

Sep 27, 2017 07:50 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Nina Hollander I agree using a good professional saves time.

Joan Cox I always love those posts of the worst photos,makes you think what was the agent thinking...or not.

Brian England good photos are fantastic, and in our area you really need to step up.

Nelson Torfin Real Estate Group that is very true, that first online impression is big.

Sep 27, 2017 07:53 AM #19
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good Morning Nick and Trudy - you have to walk the walk. If you tell I client I am worth the investment you must follow through in hiring a professional photographer. 

Sep 27, 2017 08:24 AM #20
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Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
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It's always clear when agents hire a pro vs. when they do it themselves 

Sep 27, 2017 10:31 AM #21
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It is no different than dating or job interviewing. What catches on best or gives us optimum opportunity should come out and go to work. Pursue that first. Then, the problem (s) (if any) lie elsewhere after that. 

Sep 27, 2017 01:15 PM #22
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
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Nick and Trudy, I am a fan of professional photos...if I have time to get them taken before I get an offer! That photo is just good looking, what can I say more about it than you did? WOW!

Sep 27, 2017 02:32 PM #23
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

As a professional home stager I have one word....AMEN!

Professional photos mean professional marketing and a faster more prosperous sale!

Sep 28, 2017 06:17 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Grant Schneider totally agree.

Luke Acree generally I agree, sometimes you can mix and match a couple of other photos in, but a good professional should give you what you need.

Richie Alan Naggar Yes, I agree.

That is somewhat true here, but I would not list without havingthe photos in hand. Wanda Kubat-Nerdin 

Sharon Tara yes, like staging if I can persuade my clients to do it.

Sep 28, 2017 11:27 AM #25
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Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
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It's almost worth having a professional photographer on the payroll! Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Sep 28, 2017 12:54 PM #26
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Corey Martin if I had a bigger team with more listings that would be a good investment. We had a young millenial who joined us for a time, who was a photographer and he took good photos just not experienced yet with real estate needs. Then he left to go to Japan.

Sep 28, 2017 01:19 PM #27
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Debbie Reynolds
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Good photography is a must but great photography sells houses. Thank you for your post.

Sep 28, 2017 07:31 PM #28
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 "A professional photographer has more experience and tools at his disposal than I do. The cost of hiring a professional is minimal to the return I am getting."

Fully agree - professional photography is well worth it!

Sep 29, 2017 07:17 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Debbie Reynolds I think it is getting to the stage that you cannot do without it.

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers must be that English sensibility

Sep 29, 2017 10:20 AM #30
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Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
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I think I take pretty good pictures....better than the average realtor and a lot better than many of the pictures I see in my MLS. But I would definately use a professional for a high end home. There are some homes that even a professional photographer isn't going to be able to make look good. 

Sep 30, 2017 06:19 PM #31
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Totally agree with you on this statement Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA 

 There are some homes that even a professional photographer isn't going to be able to make look good. 

Oct 02, 2017 11:35 AM #32
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

The value of professional photos can't be trivialized in the real estate marketing arena.

Oct 03, 2017 04:44 AM #33
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

There is a great deal of value in the quality of photos of a home. The visual representation is the first thing a potential buyers looks at when deciding which home to buy. And most of the times buyers search online. 

Nov 24, 2017 11:17 PM #34
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