I am a stickler for quality photos when listing a home for sale. With the pick up in the real estate market over the last few years my go to photographer has hired multiple new photographers to keep up with the frantic sales pace. Unfortunately, some don't have the eye necessary to capture the true essence of a home. Sometimes this could be for details of the interior (much harder) or capturing the exterior can be equally challenging especially if you don't have the proper tools. Perhaps a camera boom or drone is needed in some situations like the before and after example below of a home for sale in Lakewood Ranch Country Club East.
Would you believe this is the same home? As a buyer looking a photo #1, I'm not really feeling it. Am I buying a tree? When I received the pictures back, I was disaapointed to see that there weren't any decent shots of the front elevation. A few years ago my photographer would have mentioned this and suggested some aerial shots or use of a tall boom (20 foot) in order to get a better view. Hey look, it's not as if the first picture is that horrible, but I expect more. It could be worse....You've all seen the blury cell phone pics right? It's like the agent was running through the house snapping pictures. How does a seller not see those and demand better?
I remebered I had just met a gentleman who was new to drone photography so I called him out and the photo above is one of 16 he took that morning for me. I was impressed with the quality and various angles he took of the front, rear and surrounding landscape to give a true "birds eye" view of the area.
Do you feel it's worth spending a few extra dollars to have quality photos for your listings? My experience has been more showings, fewer days on market and higher sales prices compared to agents who use cell phones or old MLS photos for their listings. I'm a true believer in professional photography for my listings. It's a small investement offering big returns.