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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Yes, I hire a Pro every time and it may or may not "sell" the property but it does earn me new listings.  I have one photographer who specializes in Architectural Photography and the other provides drone shots and floorplan video tours.

Jul 08, 2016 12:05 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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Yes

Jul 07, 2016 11:40 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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I love those Bad MLS photo websites!

Jul 08, 2016 09:40 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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No, I just take lots of shots and pick the best from what I have.

Jul 08, 2016 04:58 AM
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Corinne Guest
Corinne Guest, REALTOR® | Barrington Realty Company - Barrington, IL
Barrington Lifestyles

Not all Realtors are hopeless with photos. High end cameras, the right lenses and even a drone, with a reasonable amount of knowledge can present "better" photos. I find some pros, photo shop too much, see lots of over exposure and as a buyers agent am constantly at the end of buyers calling that out.

So no I do not always use a pro, in fact I often do not. Yes I have and fly a drone.

Jul 08, 2016 12:20 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No.  My photos are really good and my camera is awesome! 

Jul 08, 2016 09:23 AM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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I never do unless the seller demands it.  My problem is turn around.  Usually my sellers want to rock and roll with the listing and I can't wait a week to get the photos back.  I have a pretty fancy camera and it takes nice photos.  In our market, the listings go so fast, there just isn't time for nice brochures and professional photos.

Jul 08, 2016 06:40 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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 I do professional photography as a pass-through expense to my client so if they want it I will provide it at cost .....

Jul 08, 2016 05:15 AM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Yes, I always hire a professional.  Not all of my agents do though.

Jul 08, 2016 04:40 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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it was the condition of each of those properties...."the eye buys" and after looking at those homes, the checkbook closes....everything sells but for the right price!!

Jul 08, 2016 03:14 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Wayne & Jean - YES! We have a professional photographer take pictures no matter what price range the home is in.  It makes a HUGE difference in marketing online. Honestly I can't believe most agents haven't figure this out yet.  As we all know there are so many bad, really bad MLS photos out there on any given day. I haven't had any home not sell, thankfully.

Jul 08, 2016 02:35 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
PREA Realty - Laguna Niguel, CA

I hire a professional photographer for my sale listings.  I photograph my lease listings myself. 

Jul 08, 2016 02:00 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There are dynamics that help or hinder sales no doubt about that. In the end, supply & demand may just have the final say

Jul 08, 2016 01:35 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

No, I do not hire a professional photographer for ALL my listings.

And some would call me stupid.

Others know better.

Jul 08, 2016 12:58 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Yes,  we recommend that professional photography is used each and every time.  A

Jul 08, 2016 12:30 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Typically yes. Haven't had any issues with a listing selling for quite some time. Last issue was price

Jul 08, 2016 12:00 AM
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Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

No, not all my listings. I do have a high end camera for the ones I do myself and sometimes when I hire a pro I'm happy sometimes I'm not.  Not on my listings but I have seen some listings with photos that the agent did not do their cleint any favors by allowing/choosing poor (or even horrible) photos.

Jul 07, 2016 11:38 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Yes except for lease listings.

Jul 07, 2016 11:32 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
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Absolutely. EVERY time.

Jul 08, 2016 09:41 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl - yes I do - and I see the difference it makes.

Jul 08, 2016 03:56 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I hae $2000+ in camera gear and I know how to use it.  I more than pay for my fear by taking my own photo's

Jul 08, 2016 01:04 PM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I have an SLR with a wide angle and do pretty good photos Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl.

If it is a million dollar house that needs a floor plan or they request it I get the professionals. 

Jul 08, 2016 01:00 PM
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Tina Calci
Barristers Real Estate Advisors - Providence, RI
Realtor serving all of RI; multi and single family

I do not hire photographers.  I have a SLR camera that is amazing. 

Jul 08, 2016 12:21 PM
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Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

We mostly take our own photos as Nestor is quite good at photography. We take hundreds of photos and then edit them to look great. 

We do hire a drone photographer for aerial shots. 

We have not had a problem selling a home due to photos. 

Jul 08, 2016 09:58 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I've seen some pretty bad photo's on the MLS; there is no excuse. One does not need a professional photographer to take decent shots. For multi-million-dollar properties, the sellers might expect it.

Jul 08, 2016 09:00 AM
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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

I do not.  I take my own photos.  Hopefully, that's not what's keeping some from selling.

Jul 08, 2016 05:17 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We do our own, since I was trained as a RE photographer. In regard to those photos you posted; definitely all good reasons why people with more money than sense should spend it wisely and hire pros to do the job

Jul 08, 2016 03:48 AM
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Ron Climer
Keller Williams Realty Mountain Partners - Tryon, NC

If the seller believes that the pictures in the MLS ae the problem, suggest that we drop the price $50,000 and leave the same old dull dreary pictures.  I will bet a lower price will change things more than new pictures.

Jul 08, 2016 03:07 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That is where the agent makes it or break it. 
No, I am the professional photograher and my photos are free to my clients.

Taking crystal clear photos.

Jul 08, 2016 12:32 AM
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Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

Hopefully someone will turn this agent in for stealing photos from her mls. Not only is it unethical but it is illegal.

Jul 07, 2016 11:57 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Remember, you can't fix stupid!

Jul 07, 2016 11:39 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Wayne and Jean - I do think that professional photos make a difference, especially as the home values increase.

Jul 10, 2016 04:38 PM
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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

I've used professional photography for years!

Jul 10, 2016 01:53 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I take shots for rents or properties that look just bad... otherwise I love my photographer. He has great lenses and yummy soft-wear:) 

Jul 09, 2016 06:20 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think that professional photography is crucial.

Jul 09, 2016 03:47 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

There is no excuse for poor photographs.

Jul 08, 2016 10:35 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Always have from day 1... helps sell the property, helps sell me as an agent to the home seller, and I've been the second agent in on more than one listing, where all I did was provide professional photos to get a home sold.

Jul 08, 2016 09:53 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

No I do not for all listings and no it wasn't - I take fair photos however for very high end listings yes, I hire a professional photographer

Jul 08, 2016 09:34 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I do my own pictures. I'm not a bad photographer. I'm not even sure if we have a professional real estate photographer in my area. 

Jul 08, 2016 03:16 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
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Nope and I take great photos

Jul 08, 2016 02:41 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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I do not but feel I deliver professional photos to my sellers. They are always impressed. Bad photos hurt the selling process.

Jul 08, 2016 02:27 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Under 300,000 no over yes.

Jul 08, 2016 02:27 PM
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Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

my pet peeve is the agent that takes a picture of just a toilet because they dont have a wide angle lens. Like we don't know what a toilet looks like. hehe

Jul 08, 2016 01:44 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

Yes, we do have a fellow realtor/photographer do our home pictures, though if she is out of town, Roger will do multiple pictures and only post the best ones, which we both go over first Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl.  Photos that show a home to it's best advantage, both inside and outside are huge! 

Jul 08, 2016 01:31 AM
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Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
Local Knowledge & Global Network

Yes, my agency requires all photos be done by one of their recommended professional photographers. I think it definitely is an important part, if not the most important part, of marketing.

Jul 07, 2016 11:42 PM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Not common in Erie unless upper price range especially lake front.

Jul 07, 2016 11:35 PM