YouTube Thursdays - Introductory Video - Inspiration and Authenticity

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Today, YouTube Thursdays looks for some inspiration to help those of you who are working on an Introductory, or About Me, video.

Here's some tough love before we continue today. If you aren't going to utilize the basic principles to produce a good video - the right equipment - a storyboard - good lighting - and basic editing, it's probably best to hire a professional. You might be surprised at how affordable it is too. The ROI should be pretty high, considering how many ways you'll be able to use the video. Those of you who work in an office with multiple agents might want to suggest hiring a videographer to mass produce introductory videos for the agents.  

Okay, now that that messy business is out of the way, let's move on. We're going to assume, at this point, you are committed to produce your own Introductory Video. That's great! Here are a few examples to inspire you and get the creative juices flowing. 


We can't stress enough, the importance of being authentic. It's the way to win the DIY video game. If you're a goof ball, be a goof ball. Active Rain  member Karen Sanchez has a unique style, and she owns it. I find her likable and approachable. 



Here's one that had us laughing out loud. Sure, a few of the lines sound a bit canned, so what? Once you get into the fun of this one, it's quite entertaining...



And finally, while we can both be goofballs, it's not our main shtick. We hoped to tap into emotional connections when we created this MultiGen "About Us" video a few years ago. This video literally tells a true story - about us. ( Notice: for those of you afraid to talk "on camera," we didn't in this one. Most of the audio is a voiceover.)


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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.

314 NE Cedar Street
Camas, WA  98607





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marti garaughty - Montreal, QC
a highly caffeinated creative type...

marti garaughty, abstract art, graphic design, marketing, WordPress consultant

Feb 08, 2018 10:18 AM #5
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hello Debb and Bernie, fantastic videos, all of them. My favorite character is Mac though, he's a natural. Thank you so much for sharing.

Feb 08, 2018 10:41 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Roy, thanks for the visit.

Marti - thanks much.

Beth Atalay agree 100%! 

Feb 08, 2018 11:00 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Debb excellent post once again! You are inspiring many folks to get going and that includes moi! Thank you! And BTW our guest room is open for visitors who need a sunshine break

Feb 08, 2018 12:27 PM #8
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

One of my goals for the year is to do more with video, these are some great examples and authenticity doesn't seem to be a problem for those guys.

Feb 08, 2018 12:53 PM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Ron and Alexandra Seigel - LOL! I really didn't think Karen was going to take a swim. That is going above and beyond!!!

Feb 08, 2018 01:48 PM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbb and Bernie,

Congratulations on your feature.  We are alway delighted for you.  A

Feb 08, 2018 01:58 PM #11
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

Congratulations on the well deserved featured post! Love the humor..what great examples to show us..we have so much to learn!! Thank you for sharing ideas that work.

Feb 08, 2018 04:48 PM #12
Carol Williams
U.S.: I specialize in helping agents who have been in the business 2 years or less create a thriving business. - Wenatchee, WA
"Customized Mentoring & Marketing Services"

Hi Debb,
Great variety of videos.  I enjoyed them all... especially seeing you and your parents going back and forth.  I love that you live next door to each other. 

Feb 08, 2018 05:36 PM #13
Barbara Murphy
Tartan Properties, Pensacola~Pace~Milton~Gulf Breeze~FL - Pace, FL

What great video ideas, Debb and Bernie!  Thanks for sharing!

Feb 08, 2018 09:20 PM #14
David Wright
Benchmark Realty, LLC - Brentwood, TN
Real Estate Refined

  I am so glad you do Video Thursdays! What a great way to see how others in this industry present themselves.

Feb 08, 2018 09:27 PM #15
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, these videos gave me a great laugh this morning. Karen going into the pool is unforgettable. So funny! I've watched yours many times and watched it again - it without a doubt makes an emotional connection. Always reminds me of my grandparents when they lived with my parents. You're genuine and it shows.

Feb 09, 2018 04:57 AM #16
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce - Short Sale

Always best to know what you don't know !   Professional is the way to go !

Feb 09, 2018 04:59 AM #17
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

I appreciate your sharing examples of the use of video.

Seeing is better than reading a list.

Good selection of examples.


Feb 09, 2018 07:02 AM #18
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Wow! These are all great. I really need Bill to sell my house! Thanks for sharing!

Feb 09, 2018 08:17 AM #19
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

These are great, I think we all tend to be too serious and want it to be just right. 

Feb 09, 2018 02:21 PM #20
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Congratulations - a well deserved featured post reminding us of behind-the-scenes guides for better results.   I especially enjoyed your great selection of samples of authentic & actually entertaining introductory videos.    I'd much rather appear authentic than plastic or egoistic.

Feb 09, 2018 02:26 PM #21
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I need to go back and read everyone of your video suggestions to get better at what I am trying.


Feb 10, 2018 09:49 AM #22
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Debb and Bernie -that is a real scream.  The point is well taken.  Be yourself.

Feb 10, 2018 07:24 PM #23
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I'm always wondering if goofy sells??? The more I watch the more I am inspired

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Feb 11, 2018 02:11 PM #24
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