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Real Estate Photography Needs To Be Used For Every Listing – Here’s Why.

By Michael Yates Last Updated July 22, 2021 4 min read

Professional real estate photography builds your brand and boosts your GCI.

Key Questions:

  • How important are real estate photos?
    Real estate photos, when taken by a professional photographer, can significantly help real estate agents sell listings faster and for more money.
  • Do realtors pay for photography?
    Realtors and brokerages who want to enhance their brand and marketing strategy use professional real estate photography to help sell their listings.
  • How can I take better real estate photos?
    There are key factors to focus on for capturing a high-quality real estate image. These factors include lighting/exposure, composition, and clarity. Ultimately, -professional photographers are trained to take listing images that help best market the property.

It’s easy to fall into the trap that higher-priced listings deserve better marketing and professional real estate photography. Conventional wisdom tells us that a million dollar listing deserves better marketing than a $200K starter home, right? Actually, wrong.

Your clients (and you) deserve to have the best real estate listing images to market their homes no matter the perceived property value. With 96% of home buyers looking at houses online, the way you visually market your listings is critical to stand out from the crowd. The best way to differentiate yourself and get more showings is with professional real estate photography.

real estate photographer in living room with tripod wearing a red shirt.
Virtuance Real Estate Photography

Did you know that agents who use professional real estate photography make double the average gross commissionable income compared to agents who don’t? 

So, before you start snapping real estate photos with your smartphone, here are the top reasons to hire a pro for real estate photography:

 1. Stand Out Online

Look at your favorite online retail store. The first thing you’ll notice is that they’re using professional photography for every product. From a $5 pair of socks to a $300 pair of designer boots, the product photos they are using are high-quality and consistent.

This is by design. They know that professional photography is a powerful marketing tool that can lead more consumers to click on a product and make that purchase. These companies also know that the images you see on their site are a direct representation of their brand.

These two things should apply to your listing marketing. Homebuyers are looking at dozens of real estate listings online. If your thumbnail photo doesn’t draw them in, you could be missing out on clicks, showings, and a fast close.

A mountain home living room with large windows. Fireplace with fire blazing. Real Estate listing image.

In addition, if a seller sees that you’re only using professional real estate photography on higher-end houses, they may not trust that you’ll use the best tools to sell their home. Great brands deliver a consistent message and product; your personal brand shouldn’t be any different.

2. Professional Real Estate Photos Build Your Brand

\As discussed above, using the same real estate photography company or real estate photographer for all of your listings will create brand consistency. A consistent and professional brand image gives real estate agents, new and seasoned, the confidence to go to a listing presentation and really demonstrate their worth to prospects.

image of a listing brochure back and front with real estate photography statistics
Virtuance Real Estate Photography

Agents who began using professional real estate photography for their listings stated that they experienced an increase in referrals, they attracted better buyers, they won more listings and they elevated their brand.

3. A Great Camera Doesn’t Equal Great Real Estate Photos

Your smartphone camera or DSLR may have all the bells and whistles, but it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to take a great real estate photo with it.

Great real estate photography begins with composition and a true understanding of visual story-telling. Professional real estate photographers take many things into consideration, including:

  • The time of day to shoot to get the best lighting
  • The angles to shoot from to highlight a room’s best features
  • Skipping rooms or features that will not help market a home
  • Which camera settings to use that bring out the best qualities of a photo
  • How to scan a room to make on-the-fly changes, boosting appeal
  • The order in which they shoot rooms to enhance flow

Without professional training, it will be difficult for you to achieve successful results. Professionals use this bullet point list countless times a month to shoot real estate listings. Let them show you the difference their images make!

It’s that simple

Providing professional real estate photography for your listings is one of the simplest ways you can shape your brand and real estate business.  High-quality real estate photos can help generate leads, market your brand, and deliver a memorable client experience. Start making more today by investing in professional photography.

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