YouTube Thursdays - Drone Videos for Listings - Yes or No?

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

YouTube Thursdays - Drone Photography for Photos and Videos



We think a bird's eye view can give prospective buyers a better feel for a property, especially if it sits on acreage, and/or has a view of a nearby body of water, mountain, or other pleasing scene. However, we think they are often over-used in the real estate industry.  It makes little sense to send a viewer on a soaring ride to see a rooftop, or the neighbors' houses next door. 

This aerial video is one of my favorites as it really is an awe-inspiring vista. We sold this million dollar home last year. The area adjacent to it is the site for this year's Parade of Homes.  Although, only a few of the homes will be able to enjoy this spectacular view. 



For this situation, we chose to include a drone video in our marketing to better showcase a pond located on this 2.32 acre property. There is also a creek, but in summer, it runs more slowly and it's not easy to spot. People who buy rural properties, often place high import on ponds and creeks. Therefore, it makes good sense to showcase that amenity.  

 ( Next time, we'll make sure the sellers haven't recently treated the roof for moss, and hope for a better weather day. It was a bit gloomy, but again, it shows the pond and the acreage.) 


This one nearly failed the Drone video marketing test, but we wanted to show Vancouver Lake's close proximity to the property. Plus, the backyard is amazingly private, low maintenance, and a perfect spot for entertaining. 



And while we think drone captured photos and videos are a good tool for our particular niche, we will leave the flying and the photography to the professionals. Although, we both admire agents who do this well, such as Sheri Sperry - MCNE® , her husband Rick does a great job with aerial videos. 


What about you, do you use drone photography for your listings? 


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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

You're right that it doesn't always make sense. We live in an area adjacent to Lake Michigan and for homes that are within a few blocks, drones are great to show the proximity. 

Last year I listed a architecturally interesting modern home that looked a little tired. The drone video did such a good job zooming around the home showcasing why it was special. It sold with multiple offers.

Jul 12, 2019 02:41 PM #20
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 I finally used a drone video for a listing that I had had on the market for quite some time. It’s sold in four days Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD.  That says it all for me....

Jul 12, 2019 02:45 PM #21
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I have not used Drone photography yet, but I can definitely can see the advantages for use with the right type of properties.  Enjoyed your videos.

Jul 12, 2019 04:40 PM #22
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

I think drone video or even stills are great to showcase some properties, acreage, waterfront, or other that it will enhande the listing.

Jul 12, 2019 04:44 PM #23
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thanks for sharing your examples of drone video.    I use it when there is something fabulous to illustrate, that still camera shots simply can't capture.    I think some agents over-use the tool unnecessarily though.

Jul 12, 2019 04:48 PM #24
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

We use drone pictures for our listing that have any view like pool, water, community ammenities etc. I enjoyed your videos Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD They are very professional

Jul 12, 2019 05:36 PM #25
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I use drone photography for most of my listings showing the mountains and amazing vistas.

Jul 12, 2019 06:54 PM #26
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Not all Drone videos are created equally. We get som really bad ones...

Yours are quite wonderful and do enhance your marketing.



Jul 13, 2019 12:02 AM #27
Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

They do work well for some properties.  Why is really only the awe factor as in reality few of us would ever actually see that view when enjoying the property.  However it can help in demonstrating spectacular views, expansive properties, etc.  They can work and are beneficial to some properties - I know some impress me.  However at least in our area licensing of drones (both pilot licensing and drone registration) has become more and more of a limiting factor.  

Jul 13, 2019 07:01 AM #28
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb,  I think if it is on acres then I would say they work great but not sure about if in a tight neighborbood.  Great information be you.


Jul 13, 2019 08:28 AM #29
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - For the right homes, such as the ones you illustrated with superb videos, drones are an absolute must! 

Jul 13, 2019 09:28 AM #30
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Drone photography is getting more affordable these days.  I use them.

A bird's eye view can give prospective buyers a better feel for a property, especially if it sits on acreage, and/or has a view of a nearby body of water, mountain, or other pleasing scene. However, we think they are often over-used in the real estate industry.

Jul 13, 2019 11:44 AM #31
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Debb! I am in total agreement with you about drone videos. In fact, some of the tight neighbor shots, to me, seem uninviting. Who wants to live that close to someone? Land, mountainous areas, beaches, lakes, equestrian property - lots of acreage - scream for drone videography though.

Loved the article that Marte Cliff shared - and the proof is in the pudding as Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS cited! 

Jul 13, 2019 03:48 PM #32
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Yes aerial photos and video are very important with rural properties as you say.  Or ones that are hard to photograph from the ground for whatever reason.  It makes a big difference and sellers expect it these days.

Jul 13, 2019 04:10 PM #33
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I think it depends on whether drone shots are beneficial.  Certainly with some rural properties that have significant landscape around them they can be helpful.  For example, I just viewed a listing on a large lot.  The drone shot above showed a wonderful lake behind, and a community tennis court on one side.

Jul 13, 2019 07:30 PM #34
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and and advice on the use of drone photography.

Drones are restricted in the DC area.

Jul 14, 2019 05:36 AM #35
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing-Frye - Naples, FL
Golf Community Real Estate Specialist

They are beneficial to showcase golf course views as well. This is provided the property is large enough that it doesn't make it look like the homes are sitting right on top of each other. Thanks for sharing the examples.

Jul 14, 2019 05:40 AM #36
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ,

So glad to see your post featured. I so agree with you about what properties do best and are a must with a drone video! Your examples tell the story because you can see why buyers want to see the drone video to view the full property and enhancements.

Jul 14, 2019 06:06 AM #37
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Like you, I hire the pros as I don't want to take the time to learn or maintain a drone video camera or equipment. Yours are breathtaking and a perfect tool to showcase a home for it's location.  Well done!

Jul 14, 2019 11:35 AM #38
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - that is ready a perfect use of the drone and perfect cuts between scenes.

Jul 14, 2019 04:43 PM #39
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