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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would focus on the property, unless you are doing a video specifically for buyers or sellers. The reality is they are going to meet you anyway!But if you cannot do a decent video in person, don't do it. Most people can

Jun 24, 2016 02:07 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think it could hurt.  But you can get some coaching on how to act in front of a camera or microphone and it could make a huge difference.

Jun 24, 2016 01:45 PM
Anna Hatridge
R Gilliam Real Estate LLC - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with R Gilliam Real Estate LLC

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so sometimes it is wise to let the photo's do the talking for you.

Jun 24, 2016 03:36 PM
Nicholas Crane
Woodland Companies - Cadott, WI
Managing & Appraising Forest Land


I do not think that it would hurt to not be in front of the camera, but hearing you is a little more important.  I guess it all depends on the type of video you are making. 

Jun 24, 2016 01:58 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

It could hurt you Debbie. I think that the decision of you being "good or not so good" is subjective. You should ask people you trust to give you their opinion. In the end if you are not comfortable, hire a professional to create the video. Remember you are a Professional Realtor not Debbie Reynolds as in "Tammy".

Jun 24, 2016 01:55 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

If you are nervous that is natural. The hardest part is your head went blank do not recall your script.

Jun 24, 2016 01:47 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

For me it would be a source of humor. I do not do well in front of a camera, but one on one I am great.

Jun 25, 2016 06:55 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

If you won't be good in front of the camera, stay behind it!  Me, I hate how I sound and look on camera, so I won't get in front of one.

Jun 25, 2016 05:36 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It will hurt if they see and hear me.  I would use a stand-in.

Jun 25, 2016 05:33 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

You can do all sorts of videos that do not require you to be photographed . I did a cartoon version on my business website at http://www.

Jun 25, 2016 05:17 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

If the appearance and voice are a distraction, then definitely hurt!

Jun 25, 2016 02:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Never hurts you,  I have a face for radio and it could hurt me.


Jun 25, 2016 02:35 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If you don't come across well in the video then either stay out of it or hire someone else to do the talking

Jun 25, 2016 12:57 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Like Patricia Kennedy said, I would get coached and madeup and properly dressed.  When we have appeared on TV, we were coached as to what to wear, and sent to makeup...However, if you never appear in a video or have videos for your business, you can still make a lot of money.  I know several people who do in the high 6 figures and one who does 7 figures...and they don't do videos...A

Jun 25, 2016 12:35 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I don't know.

Would showing a messy garage image hurt or help the sale of the house?

It all depends on how ugly it is.

The talents discomfort is entirely different than not good at delivering the message. To be honest, the "LESS SLICK" one appearance is, the more believable they will be perceived.

Know what you are going to say. Don't start making stuff up when the camera is recording.

If the audio is not well recorded, you may want to skip this addition completely.

DO not vocalize punctuation. That mean No, not even one, 'ahhh.'

Be your genuine self.

Many here on Active Rain do not understand the difference between vulnerability and weakness.  You should have the courage to show vulnerability. It makes you real, not your typical 'smiley face' slick real estate agent.

Please be aware, it does not matter a whit what I or any other real estate agents thinks regarding this issue. We are all highly biased towards the way WE prefer to do business making our opinion equally biased and most likely, incorrect.

So, in the greatest exercise of vulnerability, make a few demo's and start soliciting opinions from those around you. Be sure to include a few strangers in that assessment. It is what they say that matters, not what you read here.


Jun 25, 2016 12:28 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I always say real estate is a people business. They want to see you on the video.

Jun 24, 2016 11:58 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie Reynolds I believe it will initially hurt your business. It takes practice and skill to be in front of the camera.

Jun 24, 2016 11:53 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not know.

Jun 24, 2016 11:51 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Shoot the property and narrate! Usually with coaching and practice you can wing it!

Jun 24, 2016 11:34 PM
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

If you are not comfortable on camera, shoot the property and just narrate. You can even write & rehearse the script in your own natural way of speaking and simple read it. Rehearse & plan. I plan my shots around the story I want to tell. I also try to keep video 1-3 minutes maximum. You can take 2-3 versions and edit too; editing software for video comes free on every PC, it's what I use.

Jun 24, 2016 11:13 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

What Anna Hatridge said...

Jun 24, 2016 11:01 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Depends on your charisma or realness. Note: There is a buyer for everything

Jun 24, 2016 10:43 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If you are not natural in fornt of the camera, step back! You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Ask some friends and acquaintances to review it.

Jun 24, 2016 10:41 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

it will not help your business... you'll not be remembered as being a powerful person....

Jun 24, 2016 10:37 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

If you can talk directly to a client and they do something based on your recommendation then your video will be fine. People are looking for authenticity so the real you is a good thing and the information you impart is the real thing.

Jun 24, 2016 10:09 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I think it can hurt your credability. I remember once being asked to 'critique' a video from a women from the south. I thought she was too 'down home southern' for my tastes & many others agreed. She thinks she's special.

I believe you have to act & LOOK comfortable in front of the camera no mattre what region you are in.

Jun 24, 2016 09:57 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

First impressions are everything IMO

Jun 24, 2016 09:55 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I think you can pull it off - it won't hurt your business

Jun 24, 2016 09:29 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It could hurt. I've seen videos that were so awful and annoying that I had to stop them after 30-60 seconds.

Jun 24, 2016 09:07 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Poor quality can create negative impressions.

Jun 24, 2016 08:43 PM
Toronto, ON

As one person I know said about this topic (paraphrased) "They are going to see and hear you in person when they meet you anyways."

Jun 24, 2016 05:10 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not think, anyone want to hear or see the agent, they are shopping for a house, this is what they want to see. The rest is just marketing yourself. 

Jun 24, 2016 04:59 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Debbie Gartner - well, being a camera shy goes away once we have 2-3 videos! I am still not there - so I use animantion in my video market reports.

Jun 24, 2016 04:22 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I often prefer those without the person, so if uncomfortable, just show the home or other subject.

Jun 24, 2016 02:19 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I made mine short and stayed behind the camera.  Had good feedback, next time I may get in front of the camera.  

Jun 26, 2016 01:49 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I don't know the answer to your question, but I do know that not being good in front of a camera is solved by being in front of a camera.

Jun 25, 2016 10:22 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Get the focus off of you and on what you are selling. Shine by being great at presenting the property.

Jun 25, 2016 06:53 PM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I think most people are not good at being in front of the camera at first, but in time they become more comfortable.  It may be a good choice to make some videos and practice on the members of AR until then.

Jun 25, 2016 11:52 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I think it would hurt. 

I know you aren't talking about yourself. You are a natural in front of the camera. 

Jun 25, 2016 11:39 AM