Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker

Spam prevention
Michael Blue
Home Smart Realty West - Encinitas, CA
REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad

I take my own! Reading other comments here, there is a misunderstanding. It's not the camera, its,the photographer with the proper lens and the hi resolution is also wrong. The photos will usually be taken in RAW by the pro, converted and resized for the client and MLS. It's unfortunate there are so many bad photos of homes on the MLS and all over the internet. A good exterior  shot  should not have the street, the neighbors home and be free of other objects  such as trash cans. 

May 14, 2015 04:39 AM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

I have used a professional photographer when a listing has several fabulous features that my photos will not do it justice.  When I photograph my own listings I still try to take as many photos as possible and emphasize the best points of the home.

May 14, 2015 01:22 AM
Becky Gregory
Keller Williams Realty DTC - Centennial, CO

Richard, I always have a pro do it, no matter what the list price. A $130-$150 investment makes a world of difference as that is what the public looks at first and foremost the majority of the time. My clients value it as well. 

May 14, 2015 12:29 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I hire a photographer, who's also my client, (I sold him a house and he's sent me 3 referrals that closed escrow, so heck yes I do). However, if it's under 1500sqft, I shoot those my self. I also shoot all my own video, regardless of size. I've seen some bad i-phone photography on the MLS. I've also seen only 8 photos used, when we can post 25. C'mon folks, they're spending 6%, let's give them some Wow!


May 14, 2015 12:21 AM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

For higher priced listings or those with open spaces that I may not be able to capture on my own, I hire a pro. Mine are quite good, but not always good enough.

May 14, 2015 12:04 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I am a trained professional architectural photographer so guess who takes care of the photos?

May 14, 2015 12:02 AM
James Brockway
Brockway Realty, LLC - League City, TX

Professional photographer.  There is such a significant difference compared to how I take pictures.

May 13, 2015 11:58 PM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I use a professional photographer on my listing at 150K and above. 

May 13, 2015 11:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I prefer professional photographs. There is no excuse for poor quality photographs in marketing materials.

May 13, 2015 11:41 PM
Robert Boerner
Gecko Realty - El Cajon, CA

In our area, about 1/3 of the listing agents use a professional photographer.  From personal experience, I know it helps my listings get more attention and is very worthwhile.

May 13, 2015 11:36 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

We do all our marketing including pics and videos.  

May 13, 2015 11:18 PM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I use a professional photographer, always.  I prefer to let the experts do what they do best. 

May 13, 2015 10:30 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

In most cases, I hire a professional Richard Weeks - however, there are some homes where it is not worth spending money on using professional services!

May 14, 2015 05:31 AM
Cindy Davis
SD Home Source Realty - San Diego, CA

I use a professional...well worth it.

May 14, 2015 12:27 AM
Dex Hubbard
Murphy, NC

I use a semi-proffessional, my assistant. I've sent her to photography classes and continue to do so. 

May 14, 2015 12:24 AM
Renee Paray
Coldwell Banker Realty - Blue Bell, PA

I use a professional photographer of listings over $100,000+. 

May 14, 2015 12:11 AM
Teri Pacitto
Compass - Westlake Village, CA
Real Estate, Your Style...Your Home...My Specialty

I have a great camera and in a pinch I take a few temporary photos however I always hire a professional photographer to take photos for my listings.  Professionals deliver high res for brochures and print and low res for MLS and on line.  The reason is that I am not a master of all trades and would rather hire a professional to do the job which frees me up to market and sell the property.

May 14, 2015 12:10 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

There can be any combination of the two or either Richard. It's easier to pick up the phone but sometimes I like to capture natural light at various times of the day to portray certain architectural aspects.  

May 14, 2015 12:06 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I take my own up to the $1,000,000 mark.  After that the pros are brought in.

May 15, 2015 01:26 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

We do both, but are using a professional more than we have been.

May 14, 2015 01:56 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I have a really nice camera with a wide angle lens. I take my own listing photographs. I don't even think we have a professional listing photography service in my rural area. 

May 14, 2015 09:32 AM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
New House Utah - Utah Hero Homes

I hire professionals almost every single time unless it's a fixer-upper type that is being marketed as an investment property in which the potential buyer just needs to know the general condition of the property.

May 14, 2015 07:57 AM
Sharon Mastrianna
Long and Foster Realtor - Fairfax, VA

If its a big house I would hire a professional but it it's a smaller home or condo I do it myself.  I don't use my iPhone though, I use a good digital camera and make sure the shots look good.  I've seen some crazy one's and have tried to figure out what I'm being shown.  Ah look a toliet - wow....

May 14, 2015 07:31 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I have the equipment to take the pictures but it is now policy for all our brokerages listing to use a Real Estate Photographer. 

May 14, 2015 06:18 AM
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I take my own and I care how they look.  I purchased a cameral with a great lense, software that allows me to work with the pictures to get a realistic, but desireable presentation.  While I'm not a pro, I prefer my pictures over some "professional" pictures I see.  

May 14, 2015 04:54 AM
Bill Dandridge
MKB, Realtors - Roanoke, VA
GREEN, ABR, GRI, EcoBroker

I take the photos myself, and tell my clients that if they are unsatisfied with the quality, I will gladly hire a professional.

May 14, 2015 04:40 AM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Richard, I handle all my photos and marketing. My staff  and Agents are very professional too and use their TLC in the Field with the Cameras.

May 14, 2015 04:07 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

my team members have quality cameras and take their own....

May 14, 2015 02:02 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard Weeks I have a good Nikon DSLR and take my own photos.

May 14, 2015 01:43 AM
Jillian La Rocque
St Thomas, VI

I take them myself ... too costly to hire a pro.

May 14, 2015 01:01 AM
Raoul Loustaunau
EXP REALTY - Phoenix, AZ

great question; at this time i take all the pictures , when it comes to video if the property is over 250 i use a professional anything under that i take and edit my own video still learning but i have a good time with it. have a great day

May 14, 2015 12:50 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I take my own for most listings, though I do use professionals for some higher-end listings.

Dec 08, 2018 05:30 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Door #2 - except for aerial photos which we take ourselves - licensed and insured drone pilots!

Nov 29, 2017 03:36 AM