Damon Botticelli, Realtor - Las Vegas Real Estate (Silver State Realty & Investments)

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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Paying for professional photos is an expense I undertake for my listings. It's part of the cost of doing business. There is no way I could calculate how many of our listings use professional photos, but it's certainly not the majority.

Feb 03, 2016 07:14 PM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Damon I would say as an agent get used to paying for everything!

Feb 03, 2016 07:03 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

The agent is almost always covers the cost of photo/video service since it is a part of marketing. 

Feb 03, 2016 02:58 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Danon,

We have worked with two wonderful agents who work in different areas in the Las Vegas Luxury market.  They both pay for their professional photos, and do not expect the seller to do so.  I have not heard of any seller doing that.  Here in Santa Barbara, the same happens, and thus far every market we have consulted in the US, Mexico ,Canad and Costa Rica, every agent has paid for the photos.  A

Feb 03, 2016 01:35 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Buyers in my area expect that to be included in the commission so if the property warrants it then the commission should be high enough to cover it. 

Feb 03, 2016 01:22 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My cellphone...is free. They want better pics than that...they get the bill

Feb 03, 2016 10:39 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

In my market it's the agent.  It's the cost of doing business.

Feb 03, 2016 01:18 PM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Most agents here get it in their broker package. Some companies want agents to use XYZ company.

I've never had a seller pay for photos.

Feb 04, 2016 12:50 AM
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LUXURYSOCALREALTY COMPASS La Jolla
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

The agent and here along the coast in San Diego it's so competitive for listings that almost all photos even $200k condos have professional photos.  

Feb 03, 2016 11:48 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I use professional photos for upscale homes and initial new construction communities, often the agent pays for them. Some times i meet a seller who has a portfolio of pictures already done though

Feb 03, 2016 10:22 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

As an agent, I do.

I have no idea of the percentage.

Feb 03, 2016 10:17 PM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the agent pays for all of the marketing..... the agents for whom I market send me beautiful photos....they have good equipment including expensive drones that take great aerial shots....

Feb 03, 2016 10:02 PM
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908,818
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It depends, but I think mostly it's the agents that pay. Occasionally the seller thinks they are a professional photographer, or has a friend or relative take some photos that they want me to use.

Feb 03, 2016 09:54 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I pay for the professional photos. Its a service I offer. My sellers feel it's of value.

Feb 03, 2016 09:12 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I do...

Feb 03, 2016 09:06 PM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not enough professional photography in our area!

Feb 03, 2016 08:51 PM
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Women of Westchester Working Together
Women of Westchester Working Together - West Harrison, NY
Women helping Women get ahead

Generally, it's the listing agent that would pay that.  That is part of the marketing cost.

Feb 03, 2016 08:26 PM
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622,682
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

As an independent contractor  the agent should pick up the cost, and in our market place if you are competing for the listing, professional photos better be in your arsenal.

Feb 03, 2016 08:11 PM
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Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

My company picks up the cost of a professional photographer.  I might get some other shots if the pro doesn't get them.  Beach, pool, surrounding areas.  I can use these other photos for marketing pieces. 

Feb 03, 2016 08:00 PM
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Curtis Evans
Cabin Realty LLC/ USA, Licensed in Louisiana - Golden Meadow, LA

This is not for everyone, but many years ago before the digital age, I took up photography as a means for a second income. I do all my own and help my agents when they need it. It would pay anyone interested to take up a photography course. 

Feb 03, 2016 06:15 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

From what I understand, most the time the listing agent does.

Feb 03, 2016 05:08 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends on the contractual arrangements, if any, between the various parties.

I am not aware of anyone or any organization that tracks the statistics that you want.

Feb 03, 2016 04:01 PM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

The cost is usually part of LA's marketing expense. I want to say that 25% of LA are using the services of professional photographer.

Feb 03, 2016 03:27 PM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Damon - It is common for agents to pick up the cost for professional photos in my area. However, you still see a lot of non-professional photos on the MLS.

Feb 06, 2016 01:41 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Generally, in our area it's the listing agent that chooses to pay. 

Feb 04, 2016 07:48 AM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

In our office, it is the agent

Feb 04, 2016 06:09 AM
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

The agent pays for the photos it is a cost of doing business.

Feb 04, 2016 05:18 AM
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Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

The listing agent pays. Not enough agents spend their money on these services. It is too bad; they are affecting sale prices.

Feb 04, 2016 03:55 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The agent usually pays for their own photographs. 

Some brokers do arrange for photographers to come to the office.

Feb 04, 2016 03:00 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Professional photos are a cost of doing business. Listing agent covers that cost. 

Feb 04, 2016 02:21 AM
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Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

In my market, usually its the agent paying.

Feb 04, 2016 12:37 AM
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Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

I pay for them.  It's part of what differentiates me from others.

Feb 04, 2016 12:13 AM
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42,620
Fred Hafdelin
Weichert Realtors - Mountain Lakes, NJ

We bear the cost of professional photos.

Feb 03, 2016 11:41 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Damon Botticelli The agent pays for professional photos as part of the marketing plan.

Feb 03, 2016 10:46 PM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

The agent

Feb 03, 2016 09:42 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

As Associate Brokers, we do.

Feb 03, 2016 09:40 PM
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

In our office the agent pays.

Feb 03, 2016 09:28 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I take my own photos and  sometimes sellers like to  take photos and provide them to me.

Feb 03, 2016 08:04 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

The listing agent usually pays for professional photos, if they choose to go that route.

Feb 03, 2016 07:36 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Who wants them the most?

May 04, 2019 10:21 PM
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

We pay for the photos when we hire a professional. Not sure what other agents do.

Sep 17, 2016 11:51 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I pay for them. And we are seeing more and more of them. But there are many who really SHOULD be using them

Feb 07, 2016 10:19 AM
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5,850,312
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Absolute use professional photos, and have used the same photographer for years. 

Feb 05, 2016 02:34 AM
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1,498,608
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

The agent or the broker, depending on how the office is setup.  Seller should NEVER pay for marketing their home!

Feb 04, 2016 11:54 AM
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80,653
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I pay for professional photos.  I have just started doing professional photos.  I am anxious to see the results.

Feb 04, 2016 09:03 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't know of anyone doing professional photo's but with over $2000 in camera equiptment, I do very well

Feb 04, 2016 08:19 AM