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Build Your Team Part 3- Find a great Real Estate Photographer

How do you find a great Real Estate photographer?

In two previous articles, I wrote about gathering the key members of your team to help you prepare for a successful home sale. That team includes a professional home stager, a great real estate photographer and a realtor with your best interests as their number one priority!

Now, here are some tips for finding the best Real Estate photographer and some ideas for what you can do with all those awesome photos to promote your home sale and outshine your competition!  If your realtor pulls out their phone to take photos for your listing, insist on a professional photographer!

Here are some tips from one of Anchorage’s top real estate photographers, Dave M. Davis of DMD Real Estate Photography


Dave M. Davis

Tips for Selecting a Great Real Estate Photographer- Dave M. Davis

4 Tips for Finding the Right Real Estate Photographer

Why are high-quality real estate photos so important? They are the first part of a listing that a potential buyer sees and also the part of the listing that people spend the most time on – 60% on average.

But the most important reason may be that you have about two seconds to capture a home buyer’s attention. A great photo is much better at accomplishing this than a simple written description.

With that in mind, here are 4 tips for finding a real estate photographer:

Choose a photographer who has real estate experience.

There are many professional photographers out there, but you want someone who has specific real estate experience. Photographing a home requires a different set of skills than photographing a person or a landscape, for instance.

A good real estate photographer knows how to highlight the most appealing parts of your home: recent renovations, a cozy atmosphere, and so on. Look for photographers who highlight their real estate experience or actually use the title of “Real Estate Photographer.”

Ask for a photographer’s portfolio.

Reviewing a photographer’s past work and clients is the best way to see if they are a good fit for the job. A photographer’s portfolio will give insights into the types of homes they specialize in, what aspects they like to highlight, and the quality of the photos they take. Do you like the images? How do they make you feel about the home they showcase?

Call the photographer’s references.

References will give insight into the photographer’s process and can give your personal thoughts on what it was like to work with them. Was the photographer reliable? Was he or she able to turn around the images quickly?

Look for a photographer who can showcase a home with more than just photos.

Huh? Isn’t shooting photos what a real estate photographer does? Of course. But some of them do a whole lot more.

As technology improves, new kinds of media give potential home buyers exciting ways to explore your home. Ask potential photographers to see a full range of their services, and look for someone who also shoots videos, provides floor plans, creates virtual tours, and more. Even if you do not use all of these services, having them available shows that a photographer is innvative and always looking to improve their craft.

So what can you do with all those great photos?

The possibilities are endless! Here are a few great ideas.

1. Put them on the MLS on your real estate listing.
2. Create a website for your home sale.
2. Use them for social media marketing by creating a Facebook page for your home sale.
4. Create a virtual tour or video highlighting key elements of your home.
5. Create great flyers.

Let’s look at an example from a recent project I worked on as the home stager on the home seller’s team.

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Exterior photo by DMD Real Estate Photography
1. After the home staging was complete,  professional photos were taken by DMD Real Estate photography for the MLS listing.

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Home staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. Photo by DMD Photography

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Home staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. Photo by DMD Photography

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Home staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. Photo by DMD Photography

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Home staging by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. Photo by DMD Photography

2.  DMD Photography created a website and virtual tour for the home sale highlighting the photographs.

3. I developed my own set of photos and created a Facebook page for the home sale and added photos and descriptions to capture the essence of what made this home so wonderful. I linked DMD’s professional photo gallery, website and virtual tour to the Facebook page, I created Facebook ads to let specific audiences on Facebook know about the home sale.

Facebook page created for the home seller by Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
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4. I created a video of the exterior and gardens for the Facebook page and YouTube to  create a buzz!

5. The realtor created a home sale website and flyers for marketing, which were also linked to Facebook.
This interconnected web of marketing in various forms and on various sites helped get the word out and generate a buzz with buyers! Without great photos, buyers would not have been attracted to view the property in person.

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Mary Ann Benoit

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