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Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
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No and in addition to what Ron and Alexandra Seigel said, children do not belong in profile photos. And I dislike profile photos that don't show a pic of the person but a flower or tree or view instead.

 

Jun 11, 2016 04:24 AM
Rainmaker
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

John,

In our opinion, no...and that includes, the dog, the cat, the bird, the horse, etc...just our opinion.  A

Jun 11, 2016 04:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Probably not, it makes it look like you are a team!

Jun 11, 2016 05:09 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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It can be confusing, but if both of you are using the account then it would be nice.

I suggested that my wife Sally Crane get her own account so that she could play in the rain too.

Jun 11, 2016 04:34 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

No, it gives the impression you are a team and both work in the business. Business and personal should be separate.  

Jun 11, 2016 04:22 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

No, I would not recommend it.  1) It's confusing, 2) you can't see the person's face as well.  I agree w/ Ron and Alexandra Seigel 's point - just the person, nothing extraneous such as pets.  (I'm a huge pet lover).

Jun 11, 2016 04:59 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Absolutely no. Not taken with a dog or cow.

Not here or there or anywhere....

Jun 11, 2016 04:42 AM
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Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
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My husband &I worked for same company for twenty years but never in business photos unless it was entire company.  He was commercial agent and I managed a residential office. Our focus was different but we referred business back and forth to each other.

John DL Arendsen Sounds like the dual profile photo works for you & your wife so why change what works?

Jun 11, 2016 05:31 AM
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Esther Preston
Heartland Realty - Redmond, OR

I think you need to promote yourself and leave the other people and animals out.  

Jun 11, 2016 05:19 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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I think it's your call.  Though, my wife would divorce me if I included her photo in my branding. 

Jun 11, 2016 04:44 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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I personally don't like it and would not do it but it is their choice and decision. I don't think children or dogs belong either but have heard some agents get business this way so if it works why not?

Jun 11, 2016 11:30 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
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No.  If they're not in the biz, they shouldn't be on the photo.

Jun 11, 2016 11:24 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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John DL Arendsen No, I believe Ron and Alexandra Seigel have the right answer. All due respect to your Wife if she isn't an agent.

Jun 11, 2016 05:24 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I wouldn't.

Jun 11, 2016 05:23 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
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It is good to give your wife credit for putting up with you!

Jun 12, 2016 12:49 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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IMO nope, and leave the rest of the family out of it as well - don't mix family with business

Jun 11, 2016 10:08 PM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I don't... no spouses, no dogs, no kids, no grandkids. This is a business. I want to offer a professional demeanor that I run a successful and serious business.

Jun 11, 2016 09:55 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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John DL Arendsen - if the spouse is not a part of your business, why should he/she be on photo?

Jun 11, 2016 03:37 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
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I don't include my wife in my profile and she is in Real Estate.  She has her own profile.

Jun 11, 2016 01:46 PM
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Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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My husband IS a real estate business and I do not display a photo of us together.  I use to, but don't any more.  After saying that, I see many couples photos, it doesn't bother me whether they are both in real estate or not.

Jun 11, 2016 01:02 PM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

no

Jun 11, 2016 12:53 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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It's not my choice.

But other people are going to do what they want to do.   That's their decision to make.

 

Jun 11, 2016 07:41 AM
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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
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My profile picture on social media is often me and my husband, but sometimes me and my mother or the kids or the dog or whatever. On AR, since we are a team, we use a picture of the two of us. If we weren't a team, we wouldn't use a picture of both of us.

 

Jun 11, 2016 06:33 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I think that is a personal choice and while so so-called experts may have something to say about it ... I say it is none of their business.

Jun 11, 2016 06:28 AM
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Leanne Carpenter
RE/MAX Realty Professionals - Mobile, AL

I think it shows you are a family person and that might help because it can appeal to someone looking for that kind of agent

Jun 14, 2016 02:33 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

No. Fine to show your personal side in your blogs and even your busines FB page, posting something with your family and/or pets, etc.

Jun 13, 2016 07:07 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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It is too often spouses, kids, pets, signs. I choose a solo image. 

Jun 12, 2016 05:34 PM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Can never hurt. gives a team look.

Jun 12, 2016 01:34 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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You can include anything you like, if that's how you want to be viewed. Caution: not everyone considers it professional.

Jun 12, 2016 01:12 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It's a personal decision.  

Jun 12, 2016 12:19 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It depends on the individual. If it shows who you are, than it is nice to see. How about a picture with one's cat, dog or other pet? I say out the picture out that you like

Jun 11, 2016 11:20 PM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Just licensees IMHO

Jun 11, 2016 11:04 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. The profile picture should show only the individual.

Jun 11, 2016 10:22 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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I do not know the answer. I agree it may give the impression you are both licensed and work as a team.  

Jun 11, 2016 09:43 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
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I think it's okay.  I work in a laid back lake market where people are casual and neighborly.  They love that I love my family and my pets.  And if I lost a client because I happened to have a profile picture at the moment that wasn't a professional head shot then I probably didn't want that person for a client anyway.

Jun 11, 2016 02:46 PM
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John DL Arendsen
CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments - Leucadia, CA
Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer

I realy love, respect and appreciate the mixed bag of opinions, attitudes and even philosophies that are being shared on this thread. It just goes to show how different and individual we all are and have a right to be. 

It really boils down to personal choice and perhaps even demo and psychographics at the end of the day. If you live in downtown Manhatten where the prescribed performance suggests a 3 piece suit and polished black shoes then I would imagine taking up space with your wife, children or pets could be deemed inappropriated. 

On the other hand if you live in a SoCal beach community where it's common to see folks in Levis, flip flops, a T shirt while walking your dog I would think it would be very openly accepted perhaps even necessary.

It's never hurt me as far as I can tell. If it has I don't know it and really don't care. It's who I am which is very important in this type of an environment. I certainly have never made a decision based on Fido and hope I never do.

Doncha just love A M E R I C A!!

 

 

 

Jun 14, 2016 12:13 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

a professional photo should be presented without the family and pets.... that's for facebook profile photos....

Jun 12, 2016 11:35 PM
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Carol Wilson
Your $imple Home - Toronto, ON

It boils down to where the client's focus is wanted, and how willing you are to stand on your own where clients can see you and know who you are. Knowing that my picture here would be visible to people across the planet, I had to do some real alteration of myself to be and remain truly present for the photo.  It was very positive, affirming work.  Difficult, but totally worthwhile.

Jun 11, 2016 06:04 AM