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#456109 - 01/01/17 10:44 AM If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you
Matt M Offline
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Registered: 09/04/15
Posts: 5
Loc: Michigan
If you have ever hired a professional aerial photographer and/or videographer for your listings, I need your help!

I am considering starting a drone-based aerial photography/videography business with a focus on residential real estate, and I'm currently in the market research phase. My market is YOU the Realtor who sells residential or commercial property so the information you can provide is INVALUABLE to me.

If you'd be so kind, I would really appreciate it if you could answer any or all of the questions below.

THANK YOU, sincerely, for your feedback!

-Matt

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1) Why did you choose to hire a professional instead of doing it yourself?

2) What are your top three frustrations with photography/videography companies?

3) As a customer, what do you wish more photography/videography companies did?

4) What's something you have never seen a photography/videography company do/offer that you would love to have done?

5) When you are looking for photography/videography services, how do you begin your search?

6) What is the biggest reason you refused to hire any specific photography/videography company?

7) From a marketing or customer service perspective, what could your current or previous photographer/videographer do better for attracting and retaining clients?

8) What were the top three factors that you considered before hiring your photographer/videographer?

9) What could your current photography/videography company do to make you happier with the quality of their service and customer service?

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#456197 - 01/07/17 11:36 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
gitmonee Offline
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Registered: 10/23/13
Posts: 588
Loc: LA California
i have a question that's been bothering me.

How does flying over a roof help sell a home?
That's not a view anyone normally has.

Does anyone really need a birdseye view?

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#456198 - 01/07/17 12:01 PM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
Vermont Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 7676
Loc: Vermont's North-East Kingdom
Originally Posted By: gitmonee
". . . How does flying over a roof help sell a home? . . ."

If the Parcel involves more than a few acres, an aerial is helpful to get an orientation for the Home's positioning on the Lot, its Boundary Lines; the surrounding area and any local geographic features.

I have a Pilot Friend who has to put in his flying hours each year so I'd develop an itinerary of 100 to 150 properties to photo (my own listings and some of the competition's); pay for the fuel, and go fly over them at peak foliage season.

I might take 500 to 600 photos in the course of 2-3 hours, not covering the same territory twice.
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#456219 - 01/08/17 01:34 PM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Vermont]
gitmonee Offline
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Registered: 10/23/13
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Loc: LA California
yeah but these aerials are being used for small 9000sqft lots in LA.
There's just no need.

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#456427 - 01/24/17 10:53 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: gitmonee]
KW Gerald Offline
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Registered: 02/08/15
Posts: 23
Loc: Texas, USA
Originally Posted By: gitmonee
i have a question that's been bothering me.

How does flying over a roof help sell a home?
That's not a view anyone normally has.

Does anyone really need a birdseye view?


Yes, it helps. There's a bazillion homes for sale with the front of the house and a bunch of other pics.

It's just a way of sticking out amongst the sea of other homes.

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#457268 - 04/07/17 05:35 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
AgentAlam Offline
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Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 15
Loc: Southern Ontario
In my view, aerial view is important for bigger homes with large lots and for farm houses etc. For average single family home in a subdivision, I don't see much use for it.

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#457560 - 04/28/17 04:36 PM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: gitmonee]
BpoBill Offline
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Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 2304
Loc: US
Originally Posted By: gitmonee
i have a question that's been bothering me.

How does flying over a roof help sell a home?
That's not a view anyone normally has.

Does anyone really need a birdseye view?


If you can get a good aerial photo it will draw in additional impressions and click throughs on websites. Same reason why people take night photos, or photos of pools, or something else that's interesting.

I bought a Mavic a few months ago and have been using it. A client that bought a home from me on 10 acres appreciated photos of his land I was able to get. Sellers like the photos too.

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#457565 - 04/29/17 01:36 PM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: gitmonee]
SWFLRealtor Offline
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Registered: 03/23/17
Posts: 5
Loc: Bonita Springs, FL
Being in Southwest Florida, we have a lot of water.. canals, lakes, bays, oceans. It's a great marketing technique to show from other views that are hard to get... and views from the water or sky with water views are amazing compared to views out of the house toward the water.

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#457574 - 04/30/17 11:14 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
FlyingSeller Offline
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Registered: 04/30/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Florida
Anyone who thinks an aerial photographer or videographer is not valuable is behind the times. Just go back to when the on-line viewing of real estate first came out. Old school realtors did not think it would help sell...WRONG!
I agree it is not applicable in all cases, but if your competitors are doing it why would you not?
I have been an aerial photographer using a drone for the past year, and the realtors who I worked with feel it is critical to their selling. It is more appropriate in larger homes and commercial properties, but I have had a number which have had me do a video of a condo to show the surrounding area.
"There is no standing still because time is moving forward."


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#457581 - 05/01/17 12:22 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
Vermont Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 7676
Loc: Vermont's North-East Kingdom
I find that Google Satellite Imagery has replaced the need for most aerial photos. It's true that you can't use them for inspecting the shingles on a roof; but they're always available immediately, and they're cheap (free for the moment) !
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#457587 - 05/01/17 10:27 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
Z06Fanatic Offline
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Registered: 08/06/16
Posts: 251
Loc: US
you know what's the most effective sales technique for selling a home? pricing it right!

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#457609 - 05/02/17 08:43 PM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
Barbara Herbert Offline
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Registered: 04/18/17
Posts: 31
Loc: Grove City, Ohio, United State...
aerial images helps by showing the surroundings of the house. But this are the things that can have little boost to your marketing.
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#457643 - 05/03/17 02:47 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: gitmonee]
WolfHouse Offline
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Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 37
Loc: Winter Park, Florida (United S...
Originally Posted By: gitmonee
i have a question that's been bothering me.

How does flying over a roof help sell a home?
That's not a view anyone normally has.

Does anyone really need a birdseye view?


Good point. Why put 200% of your focus on something that will have 0.05% chance of increasing your sale of a property?

Maybe if you want to show off a huge ranch it will have more impact. But who cares what their house will look like from the air? I doubt they plan on helicopter landings.
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#458203 - 06/24/17 04:32 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
MetroUAV Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/24/17
Posts: 8
Loc: Michigan
Photos help sell houses. Without good photography, your house can be on the market a long time. Aerial photography on listings that are high value are invaluable.

I know agents who overlook this and have multi-million dollar homes still on the market. We offer drone photography service for real estate and the homes we photograph sell faster than homes without pictures.

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#458874 - 08/23/17 11:27 AM Re: If you've ever hired an aerial photographer/videographer, this is for you [Re: Matt M]
austinalice1 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 08/23/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Texas
Like the original poster, I am also considering setting up a real estate drone photography business. For larger homes on land or with views, I think this could be super helpful for the listing.

Here is my question: Who pays for the drone video? Would you as the realtor pass that through to the home owner when you take the listing, or would you simply refer the home owner to a drone photographer so the home owner pays directly? If so, would the realtor want/expect a referral fee?

Thanks for your insights!

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