David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate )

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love my phone's photos.  We would NEVER recomment that anyone take listing pictures themselves.  There is an art to lighting and angles.   The photos should be Architectural Digest quality.   As a professional, one should value other professionals.  A

Feb 22, 2019 02:16 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

I see way too much of it. We call ourselves professionals and get upset when people don't treat us like professionals and then so many of us turn around and fsbo the pictures instead of hiring a professional photgrapher to do it right.

Feb 22, 2019 02:06 PM
Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

clients deserve professional quality photos, which cannot be obtained from a cell phone.

Feb 22, 2019 02:10 PM
Mary Jo Quay
EXP Realty - Minneapolis, MN
I Move You Home

It is all but unethical to have bad photos on a home where agents receive a $5,000+ commission. When you buy a car for $30K, you get a 4 color glossy book and a 200 page b/w buyers guide on how it works. Yet, when we sell a $300K house, and the agent whips around taking a few terrible shots, and puts MLS sheets in the house, our industry suffers. It's not which camera you use, the camera doesn't do the work, the photographer does. Most agents point it at a window, shoot floors, don't turn on lights, fluff pillows. Even worse they shoot vertical. I have a $2K camera with a $1K lens, lights and flashes, but still use my phone for quick shots. It isn't the camera, it is a trained eye.


Feb 22, 2019 06:32 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

we hire a professional photographer....unless the home is a toilet.... fix and flip.... or teardown.... I just bought a iphone 8Plus.... takes good photos... 

Feb 22, 2019 03:46 PM
Alexis Davis United Country | Ozarks
United Country | Cozort Realty, Inc. - Mammoth Spring, AR

Nothing beats a wide angle lens on a camera in my opinion. 

Feb 22, 2019 02:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh no! I use my phone for fun photos but, all of my listings, no matter the price, have professional photography and videography. It's a small price to pay for making a much bolder first impression. 

Feb 22, 2019 04:09 PM
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'm so old I go back to the days we had to take the film to the one-hour photo shop to be developed.  No professional photographers for real estate. 

Feb 22, 2019 02:54 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

I hire a professional photographer for each of my listings. I want each home looking its best when buyers start searching online.

Feb 22, 2019 02:31 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Nope. My dependable Nikon 800E does the right job

Feb 22, 2019 03:18 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

There are entire websites devoted to the things that occur in real estate that appall many. Much of it is negative and there is no reason to "out" them - we see evidence.   

There are endless opportunities to "stand out" from those who take listing photos with a cell phone instead of having a professional in place.  

Feb 22, 2019 02:34 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Never, ever, ever. I'm a rotten photographer and I hate taking pictures. I don't care how good the phone cameras are... I can never achieve the same results as a top of the line professional photographer. And I don't remember seeing one of them use their phones to take pictures!

Feb 22, 2019 02:11 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We generally take photos with several cameras, then choose the best photos from the collections.

Feb 22, 2019 10:11 PM
Stephanie Meyer
Keller Williams - Tampa, FL
Real Estate Agent Servicing Central Florida

Even if your phone takes a good picture, its not the same quality the professionals using lightroom or other photoshop type software can produce to make the room "pop".   Also is not a good use of your time. If you get in the habit of doing that youself you will cut down your time to prospect for new clients. Finding the "Right" photographer is key...one that gives you lots of angles to pick from and doesn't charge an arm and a leg is a real good thing to have in your pocket. 

A unnamed broker friend in my area hates doing listings but gets referrals all the time because buyers love him. When it comes time to Sell they call him because of the relationship. However, he hates doing listings so he does the min to get by (until this month) when he was forced to pay for professional picures.

He called me because he had a listing around the 350-400K price point that wasn't getting any showings and it was way underpriced for the market standard for new construction.  First thing I did was look at the MLS pics...it was obious he had taken them with his own cell phone.  The pictures were TERRIBLE..only part of the rooms showed in the photos and they were portrait shape instead of landscape. Nothing filled the screen and it was a brand new home with nothing in it. Vacant rooms don't photograph well, esp. with your personal phone.  I suggested he change the photos.  He broke down  and took better ones that weekend and had a contract 3 days after that.  It had been on the market for a month before that with the old pics. 

Image is everything when selling against other "right priced" homes.  What you save in photo fees ($150-$300) you loose in commision when you have to drop price or stay on the market longer and ruin your "selling" stats in the eyes of other potential listing clients that may be thinking of hiring you.

You will get other listings when you are known for providing the extra other agents don't. I don't do drone footage, virtual staging or 3D tours for the less expensive homes but I do pay $150 for good pics for anything 90K and up and my homes in that price range sell in 5 days or less.

I also have begun to stage my vacant houses with little things like towels and shower curtains, inflatable beds, night stands, bar stools, kitchen items etc and anchor pieces in the rooms that are odd shaped to help clients "size" a room up.

I do provide professional pictures even to my 100K homes. Sellers talk so you will make up in volume in no time what you think you are saving by not spending enough on the one home for professional pics.  A fun (and easy) virtual staging site you can buy for $10 a room is http://visualstager.com/ but you have to run it on Chrome. It won't work on Firefox. If you have good vacant room pictures you can get even more views by using virutual furniture. Imagin a room that could be decked out as a dining room, a play room or a living room because of the shape. You can't move all that furniture in and out for real pictures but you can virtually....it gives people without vision enough to see what the room could be for them. We have to be smarter than ZILLOW to protect ourselves....so be better!

Think from a place of abundance not scarsity and the sellers and buyers and the money will come!

Feb 22, 2019 08:57 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Carol Williams I remember taking a whole roll of film, all the same angle of the same house...taking it to a photoshop, have them make duplicates and made flyers out of each photo. Professional photography of all my listings.

David Popoff 

Feb 22, 2019 08:39 PM
Vickie Teel
Allison James Estates & Homes - Port Charlotte, FL
Sharing Florida sunshine one homeowner at a time!

No, professional pictures only.  The listing only gets one chance to make a great first impression online.

Feb 22, 2019 05:56 PM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

My photographer takes the pictures with a “real” camera with lens to optimize the first impression my roperties. 

Feb 22, 2019 04:55 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We use a professional photographer to take high  quality pictures of our listings in order to entice the buyers who see our listings on their phones to want to see them in person.

No photos taken with a phone camera from inside the car showing the rear view mirror in the photo for us.

Feb 22, 2019 04:50 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Many times I use a professional photographer. 

Feb 23, 2019 06:16 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

No I have professional photos done. 

Feb 22, 2019 09:31 PM
Joyce Marsh
Regal | Christie's International Real Estate - Ormond Beach, FL
Regal Christie's International Real Estate

We only use professional photographs.  My clients deserve the best and the highest quality for their properties. 

Feb 22, 2019 07:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD


Feb 22, 2019 02:19 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

I use a professional to take photos

Feb 23, 2019 05:04 AM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

All my MLS photos are taken by one of pro photographers... in HD. I'm the marketing director, and I create the photo storyboard.

Feb 23, 2019 03:35 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

No, professional photos are still my preference!

Feb 23, 2019 12:16 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Unless you are an expert with your cell phone, your clients, paying you a lot of money to best market their home, should expect top marketing from you.  Anything other than professional photos is a disservice, in my opinion.

Feb 22, 2019 09:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Nope, never have, never will. I use a professional photographer, but will take supplemental photos with an SLR camera.

Feb 22, 2019 08:58 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

My secretary and I would do listing photos together and I'd use my Panasonic SLR and she used her iPhone. I was happy with her pics but mine won out most often David Popoff .

Feb 22, 2019 07:37 PM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

I don't use my phone for listing pictures.

I have a 'nice' camera that I'll take a few initial pictures with. These will be replaced  with the professional photographer's as soon as they are available. Our office also offers drone shots and 360 degree 'tours' for all listings.


Feb 23, 2019 10:05 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Like Carol Williams I'm from the days when you would take the photos yourself on a film camera and rush to the nearest 1 hour photo place to get them made so you could get them to the board in time for the weekly MLS update book.  I had a giant flatbed scanner to scan the photos to make flyers.


So no, I don't see anything wrong with taking your own photos.  I'm in the minority here (and on most sites), but my phone has an amazing camera that can take 4K UHD video, huge wide photos with over 12mp.  It can also do panoramas and photospheres.  On top of that, I can review the photo right then and there and I have Snapseed where I can manipulate the photos on the spot!  If I need more, I have GIMP and Darktable at home for greening up grass (or adding in grass), making twilight shots, etc.  Plus I have video editing software, should there be video worthy content at the house.  To top it all off, my phone's camera is far better than the physical camera I spent over $400 on (on sale of course).


I've done a lot of traveling on vacation last year and to conventions the years prior.  Less than 1% of the regular people there have a camera other than their phone.  They take vacation photos and photos they want to keep and share with their phone.  The stigma of using a phone for photos is long gone.

Feb 23, 2019 09:17 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

When my camera's pixel resolution was overtaken by cell phones, I decided to just use professional photography.  Cell phones just aren't wide angel enough and the attachments that make the wide angle just make the pictures fish eye.

Feb 23, 2019 08:04 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

My Iphone takes amazing pictures, better than decade old cameras for sure. The one thing though. NEVER EVER should pictures be taken up and down. They should be horizontal and many new agents have not figured that out yet

Feb 23, 2019 05:31 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I NEVER take my own photos, I hire a professional.

Mar 08, 2019 11:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I still use my Nikon 5100 

Feb 26, 2019 12:57 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 24, 2019 07:24 AM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

No and I suspect my customers would be appalled if I did. If I take a listing on the weekend or holiday that has to go live in the MLS immediately, I use my Sony camera to take temporary photos then later replace them. Our MLS rules require listings to be active with photos w/n 48 hours after the agreement is signed so I will use the Sony but not my iPhone on those occasions.

Feb 23, 2019 09:49 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Some of my phone photos have better res than my aging Nikon..., but I do not use the phone for listing photos.

Feb 23, 2019 03:10 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

No. I currently use a Sony with a couple different lenses depending on the shot I'm taking. My Sony 24-105 G master lens gets a lot of use. And whether you shoot raw or jpegs, the camera files are larger and give you more file to work with if you need to crop and/or edit.

Feb 23, 2019 03:10 PM
Steven Nickens
Wailea Realty - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I hire a professional, but I have used a few photos that I took that I really liked mostly outdoor shots.

Feb 23, 2019 02:08 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Yes, iphone picture are awesome, but I make pictures only for my leases, not for sales. 

Feb 23, 2019 12:29 PM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

I use a high-end camera or hire out depending on the property.

Feb 23, 2019 10:20 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

No, I totally think it is unprofessional.

Feb 23, 2019 10:00 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

No. We hire out a professional photographer. We did use to take photos ourselves because John is a trained photographer, went to school for it and has the equipment for it. But after some time we decided, despite his ability to do it, it was a way to leverage our time, show value to our clients, and separate what we do as a professional real estate agent. -K

Feb 23, 2019 08:54 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't.  

Feb 23, 2019 08:44 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Interior images need flash lights (often multiple). The CMOS takes average lighting and the camera flash confuses the CMOs.

Feb 23, 2019 08:15 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I use mine all the time.

Feb 23, 2019 07:56 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

No, I don't.

Feb 23, 2019 07:31 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Pictures are the first impression of the home.  They should be good quality.

Feb 23, 2019 06:30 AM