Vacant Land for Sale - using aerial photos to advertise

Real Estate Agent with Florida Future Realty, Inc. BK3071625

Vacant Cape Coral LotI have a question.

Anyone who sells a lot of vacant land - do you use aerial photos in your listings? If you do, do you ever add to them? I typically use aerial photos on my vacant land listings but just recently started adding additions like the one to the left.

Basically, the land is located very near Charlotte Harbor & the preserves & instead of just telling prospective buyers about this I decided to show this.

 A picture is 'worth a thousand words' right? I have used aerial photos to add 'approximate dimensions' & that has worked nicely too.

By the way, this lot is only listed at $44,900 - great commission or referral offered as well. If you know anyone interested let me know!

Vacant Lot in Cape CoralOh yeah, it's assessed by the county at $72,000 & its the least expensive vacant lot currently listed in NW Cape Coral, Florida.


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Christopher Smith
TREGO REALTY - Cedar Rapids, IA
Susan, good post!  Is there a website that you can go to?  Most of us are visual learners, and this would be a great tool to add to our marketing toolbelt.
Sep 15, 2006 05:21 AM #1
Scott Gormley
Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing - Chico, CA

Hey Susan,

I think using aerial shots is a great way of letting potential buyers see the the property from a different perspective. Good post!


Sep 15, 2006 05:22 AM #2
Susan Milner
Florida Future Realty, Inc. - Cape Coral, FL
Cape Coral Real Estate Broker, FloridaFutureAgents


Our county appraiser's office gave us the permission to use their photos. I got the first one from Lee County Property Appraiser's Site & the other one from Cape Coral's site.

You could also choose to use national providers, i.e. google earth, etc. Just make sure you review & understand copyrights.

I edited the first one on my computer in my photo program.

Hope that helps!

Sep 15, 2006 05:29 AM #3
Carlos "Chaz" Mena
RE/MAX Premier Associates - Weston, FL
How much do you have to pay for the Airiel photo?
Sep 15, 2006 06:15 AM #4
S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL
United Realty Group, Inc. - Davie, FL
Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist
I do the same thing -- use photo editing software to write appropriate text and draw arrows to the property and such.
Sep 15, 2006 07:11 AM #5
Teri Isner
Keller Williams Realty at the Lakes - Orlando, FL
Have you used google maps?  We also pay for aerial shots..
Sep 15, 2006 08:32 AM #6
Alexander Harb
Knights Investing - Mesquite, TX
Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing
I used google earth for my aerial shot..... worked out great.... take a look at go to the mls and listings did not cost me a penny to do....
Sep 15, 2006 10:54 AM #7
Linda Mardi
AuctionFirst - Austin, TX


I use aerial photos for vacant land - it's super important to show this as a visual. I will overlay graphics onto the photo to show the apx perimeter and may also identify nearby highways/streets/landmarks.


Sep 15, 2006 03:27 PM #8
Karen Hurst
Rhode Island Waterfront!
I think the idea of aerial photos is a must for land that is near any kind of water to show the proximity. I know I personally always look for the water! Is this lot on your web page? I may have someone who might be interested. I'll check it out.
Sep 16, 2006 03:55 AM #9
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
31 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Hi Susan


Are the aerial photos provided by resources through you MLS, Google or what? I agree it's a good way to feature unimproved land listings, so long as the costs don't get out of hand. Another way I have attacted prospective "suspects" is to team up with a builder or two and also offer the lot with a new home for $$$. Good luck! 

Sep 16, 2006 06:49 AM #10
Jay Thompson
Zillow - Seattle, WA

Our tax recorders office provides satellite images that we use in all our land listings. We use a program called Snag-it to overlay arrows, roads, features, etc. We sell a lot of remote desert land that can be difficult to get to and difficult to find. We've actually been able to locate some specific remote parcels by the geographic features on the images.

Here's an example (it looks far better in the website listing):

Sep 16, 2006 11:12 AM #11
Ken Stampe - Grow your e-Profile & Brand - Dallas, TX

Susan, I think the photo looks great! I'm surprised with this many comments none of them have made an offer on that lot!

 Ken Stampe

Sep 18, 2006 02:16 AM #12
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