Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals)

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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

 I have no problem with it.  I prefer to have my pastor in my picture.

Jun 28, 2017 11:00 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

I've heard a pet is somewhat of a reflection of you....I'd need a pitbull....and it would probably challenge me to a real dog fight!!!!!!!!!!  

Jun 28, 2017 11:29 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

allergic.... How about holding an alligator? Image result for holding an alligator

Jun 28, 2017 10:57 AM
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Leslie Scholfield
HomeSmart - Centennial, CO
Realtor

With no offense intended.  

Only if you are selling Dogs... 

I believe a Realtor should be presenting themselves as other professionals that deal with big decisions.  IE. Lawyers, CPA's and Financial Advisers.   I do not think pets, family members, hobbies or pastors have a place in your Profile Photography.  Every Client knows someone on the personal side that sells Real Estate (family and friends).  They are picking agents based on an agents Experience, Professionalism and Knowledge of the Industry.

I do have a dog, family members, hobbies, and pastors... however, I do not want to be choosen as a Professional Realtor because I advertise these things.   

Letting your clients see your personal side should be done once the professional relationship has been solidified. This can be done with future inter action.  I think clients find it more genuine.

Jun 28, 2017 11:33 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

His dog is so cute. I can tell you that mine has sold more real estate than the bottom third of agents in our association. I don't care if I turn off people that don't like dogs because I don't want clients that don't like dogs. Fortunately, a lot of people in our area own dogs and love them.

Jun 28, 2017 11:12 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Bend is considered "Dog City USA." Having your pet as part of your profile makes you more accesssible to certain people - especially other pet (dog) owners. However, it may not appeal to others. But if your market is very friendly to dogs, I think it is a plus.

Jun 28, 2017 10:58 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Often they want to deal with him instead of me. Kidding aside thanks for the reference.

Jun 28, 2017 04:57 PM
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Andy Madrid
Hawaii Coast Realty, LLC - Kailua-Kona, HI
Expertise, Professionalism, and Service

I think it adds a personal touch and you will connect with people on another level. It can create instant rapport....looks like I'll need a new business card!

Jun 28, 2017 01:19 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

You turn off anyone who isn't a dog/cat or other animal lover (for those who have pet snakes, lizards or bunnies.)  Then again, you signal to those who do have dogs or cats, or others, that you are pet friendly.

Jun 28, 2017 02:55 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I guess I think it is an okay idea....-Kasey

Jun 28, 2017 02:43 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I know of several agents where it was an integral part of their branding. I say if it works for you, go with it.

Jun 28, 2017 11:16 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

I think it's great if that's your target audience.  My pet is my golf clubs.

Jun 28, 2017 11:06 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It does not work for me.

Jun 28, 2017 10:42 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Whatever works for you is fine with me! I just prefer NEW photos each year so I can recognize you when I meet you!  LOL

Jun 28, 2017 09:46 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It works for some, my dog did not show up for picture day so it is just me in the profile photo.

Jun 28, 2017 09:23 PM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I have no issues with it.  Some so called "experts" will say it is a no-no.  I say poo-poo on them 

Jun 28, 2017 03:01 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Roy,

Joe Pryor and Henri are an elegant duo.  I don't mind it.  If it works, don't mess with it.  

Jun 28, 2017 02:55 PM
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Lynda White
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How - Louisville, KY
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty

I don't see anything wrong with it. There are a lot of pet lovers out there! 

Jun 28, 2017 11:57 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I like it & don't mind it at all. There was an agent here who had 2 labs & her pic was the greatest. I use mine on another site.

I do think it would be stupid to sit next to your pet turtle though ....

Jun 28, 2017 11:50 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, whatever makes you feel good about yourself, do it. Many agents have kids or pets on their professional pictures, or do not have a personal pictures at all. 

Jun 29, 2017 04:34 PM
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

If I tried to fit my two dogs in the photo with me, there would be no room for my mug.  I like Joe Pryor 's photo.  I bet it is a great conversation starter for him.

Jun 29, 2017 02:07 PM
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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

whatever works to close DEAL$

Jun 29, 2017 08:59 AM
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Janice Zaltman
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL
South Florida Residential Real Estate

Know an agent here who built her brand with her dog over 25 years ago. Now it is very popular as well as dog ownership. Go for it if it is important to you. 

Jun 29, 2017 08:36 AM
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I'm a firm believer in the "You do you" philosophy. If you want a dog in your photo, have a dog in your photo. If you don't, that's fine too.

Our broker has pretty rigid rules regarding out business card photos but doesn't care what we do for profiles, etc.

Jun 29, 2017 07:00 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I like people to show their personality. As long as it's not 20 years old, I'm happy!

Jun 29, 2017 06:28 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

You have to be you.

A pet may connect you to other pet owners.

I would never do it professionally as a "head shot", but I do include Peroni, my dog, in a lot of my Blog and Facebook posts

Jun 29, 2017 05:49 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It's OK by me, but my pet lizard won't stay still long enough for a photo.

Jun 29, 2017 05:36 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I have no opinion.

Jun 29, 2017 03:59 AM
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Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I see nothing wrong with it. I think it shows a softer side of a person.

Jun 28, 2017 07:11 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Why not? My cats refuse to pose, however.

Jun 28, 2017 05:54 PM
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Fred Griffin, on leave of absence from ActiveRain
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 

     The master of using "pets" in advertising was the late Cal Worthington.  When I lived in Phoenix, I saw his TV ads for his car dealerships.

Jun 28, 2017 03:54 PM
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Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

My one year old Italian Mastif would love to sit in my lap for a photo shoot.

Jun 28, 2017 02:44 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If you are a pet lover, it may attract other pet lovers. Could scare away some and could attract some?

Jun 28, 2017 01:35 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I love my Brandy but some people do not like animals.

 

Jul 02, 2017 08:05 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

 I have two cats, but prefer only a photo of me.

Jul 01, 2017 05:57 AM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I know for Joe his pooch is a very special "person", so it's fine. It does tell something about the individual and might break the ice on a cold call. But, it's not for everyone. Can look too "cutesy".

Jun 29, 2017 10:21 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I leave my personal life out of my business life - but that's me

Jun 29, 2017 07:56 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Roy Kelley If it works for you go for it. I do have to agree with Leslie Scholfield on this one. I do have pets at home.

Jun 29, 2017 06:31 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

We do not

Jun 29, 2017 06:02 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Not for me personally but whatever floats your boat.

Jun 29, 2017 04:49 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Works for some, but i wouldn't do it. What happens when your pet dies? Do you have to keep replacing it with a look a like pet? Suppose you want a cat after your dog dies? How will that affect your branding?

Jun 29, 2017 04:39 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Roy Kelley - definitely, if your target market is per lovers - why not?

An instant connection you can establish if you have a pet in your profile picture - like what Joe Pryor has.

Jun 28, 2017 10:56 PM
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

If it works for you..go for it!!

Jun 28, 2017 07:29 PM
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Bob Force (REALTOR®)
Weichert - McKenna & Vane - Mount Airy, MD
The FORCE in Maryland Real Estate

I am not sure,  I can see it both way

- I love cats/dogs and he/she does too, so lets use them.

- I have a dislike for cats/dogs, so lets not use them.

I realize we want to draw attention to ourselves (stand out), but it can hurt too.

Jun 28, 2017 05:27 PM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

I see nothing wrong with humanizing. Who is that strange guy holding Joe in the photo?

Jun 28, 2017 05:18 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Pet lovers like knowing their agent is a pet lover too. For their marketing or niche it may be what drives business to them and provides a common bond.  

Jun 28, 2017 03:35 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I am not in favor....but that is me

Jun 28, 2017 03:20 PM
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John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

I'm indifferent to the idea.  I think it can appeal to dog lovers, and turn away those who aren't into pets or may find it less than professional.  Win some, lose some.

Jun 28, 2017 01:04 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

His could be a stuffed animal and we wouldn't know. On the subject matter itself, the question is: What message is the pet in the picture really saying? Doing? Expecting? Public Relations? Marketing? Life-partner? Cuteness?

Jun 28, 2017 01:01 PM
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Susie Kay
Ultima Real Estate - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Whatever works! To some people that shows their personality and dog lovers may be interested to contact Joe. 

Jun 28, 2017 12:57 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I was going to have a bald eagle and Harambe in my photo, but that was just too much 'Merica! for the internet to handle.

Jun 30, 2017 05:07 PM