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#455692 - 12/01/16 01:33 AM Does anyone use Youtube anymore?
Scott M Offline
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Registered: 12/01/16
Posts: 1
Loc: NC
I was looking around on YouTube and noticed there wasn't many real estate listings on there? I was thinking about starting up a business where I would make YouTube videos / image slide shows for around $25 a video. However after noticing that there wasn't many on there I'm wondering if realtors would even consider this? What are your thoughts?

#455705 - 12/01/16 12:22 PM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
David Hunter Offline
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Registered: 09/27/05
Posts: 1640
Loc: Cleveland, Ohio
Howdy Scott!

Hmm.... not sure... I always say, test-Test-TEST.

I don't think they help sell houses, but it does help sell potential homeowners on listing with you.
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#455741 - 12/05/16 06:12 AM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
gitmonee Offline
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Registered: 10/23/13
Posts: 611
Loc: LA California
no. youtube is nothing more than a platform to host virtual walkthrough/drone videos.

it's not a go-to website to search for real estate listings.

Also, slideshows are super lame these days because they use the same photos that are already on the listing.

#457217 - 04/04/17 07:16 AM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
WolfHouse Offline

Registered: 04/03/17
Posts: 37
Loc: Winter Park, Florida (United S...
No, YouTube is dead.

Just kidding. Of course we're using YT. We have walkthroughs, and marketing vids. We build our YT videos and then promote them so they show up when people search.

Maybe it seems like nobody is using YT because of where/how you're searching. Try looking in other areas and I'm sure you'll find plenty of examples.
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#457809 - 05/16/17 10:13 PM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
DanLuk Offline
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Registered: 05/16/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Canada
Scott, if you search for "houses for sale", "homes for sale", or "properties for sale" on Youtube, there are hundreds of listings there. If you search for "real estate youtube channel", you will see hundreds of Youtube channels of many well-known realtors. Now Youtube has become the second largest search engine just behind Google. People search almost everything on Youtube including buying a home. Realtors take this opportunity and upload their listings on Youtube.
However, if you want to make a youtube video featuring the inside tour of a home, your video must be very good. The video does not need to be a $2,000 production but it must be quite good. Remember, the average home price today is very close to half a million dollars. Your video must be able to impress the prospects.

#458204 - 06/24/17 04:38 AM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
MetroUAV Offline
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Registered: 06/24/17
Posts: 8
Loc: Michigan
Don't forget you can use youtube for putting up great videos but you can also embed the video on your own website. If it's another tool at your disposal and doesn't cost much if anything then why not?

#459093 - 09/15/17 05:08 AM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
simon94bob Offline

Registered: 09/14/17
Posts: 31
Loc: USA
YouTube is not a good way for real estate agent, because there are less people who watch videos of houses, apartments, etc. So there are less real estate promotional videos on YouTube.
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#459974 - 12/01/17 06:54 PM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
FlyerRE Offline

Registered: 11/29/17
Posts: 42
Loc: El Paso, TX
Using YouTube or Vimeo to showcase listings can also be good not only to embed in your website and share in social media but also think about mobile, these platforms look great on most devices and are really easy to browse through. Nowadays most home/property searches start on mobile devices, so it wouldn't hurt to be prepared.
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#461308 - 04/24/18 11:07 PM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
kirastan Offline

Registered: 04/14/18
Posts: 31
Loc: United States
I'm not sure, I think people are not searching on Youtube when they want to buy a house.

#461392 - 05/07/18 10:29 AM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
LuG Offline

Registered: 05/03/18
Posts: 11
Loc: Quebec, Canada
Posting a video onto Youtube and then embedding it on your website or in your article is a great way to get your information ranked higher on Google, as YouTube is owned by Google, and Google favours their own products.

Videos originating from YouTube tend to rank higher in Google search engine results than those hosted on other platforms.

Short slide shows of images taken of a property might interest some, but people are getting more sophisticated these days, with drone footage, 360 degree video tours and walkthrough tours as well as a personalisation overlay where each individual viewers name and sometimes location is added to the video as they view it.

If you're thinking of providing a service, something in the higher end that provides those kind of services might be a better way to go.

#461398 - 05/07/18 07:44 PM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
VABroker Offline
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Registered: 11/02/10
Posts: 1087
Loc: Virginia
I used YT when I was "required" to use it by asset managers. Otherwise, I don't use it. The number of views was rarely over 8 views (not much payback for the time it takes to create one). Even when I look at listings in the MLS, videos take TOO long to view so I don't view them at all. I view the pictures in album style when available. You have to remember, you only have a few seconds to REALLY capture someone's attention. Videos, for me, take too long to view so I would imagine buyers would find them taking too long to view, particularly in their entirety.

I like photos and I like them taken in order of when I arrive at the house, step inside, go the very next room and if there's a room connected (or a doorway), I like seeing that too so I know they are connected. I want to know if the kitchen is connected to the breakfast nook, the breakfast nook connected to the family room, etc. I want to FEEL I'm in the home, moving from room to room and where each is in relation to the others. Nothing worse than when agents upload their photos and they are just a hodge-podge in terms of order. That 4th picture (agent states it is a bedroom), is that on the main floor, second floor or the basement? Upload photos in the order you would be actually viewing the home.

#461641 - 06/08/18 02:26 PM Re: Does anyone use Youtube anymore? [Re: Scott M]
Jessica Lambert Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 05/25/18
Posts: 2
Loc: AL
It works best for marketing and most certainly will be more enticing to customers if you make design your product around information that will help THEM. In this case, test your idea and see how many views you get. Create a Youtube channel all about things you want to know before looking into purchasing a home, hiring a home inspector, etc. promote it, see where it takes you and if your idea seems to work out, start marketing the idea to customers. Just my two cents. smile


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