The Virtual Tour

The Real Estate business is pretty busy for February.  We’re not sure if that’s a result of the tax incentives, the market rebounding, or a little of both.  Either way, I guess it’s good to be busy.

As a result of the incresae in listing activities, it’s become painfully obvious that photographing our own listings and building our own virtual tours is simply the right thing to do (financially).  So as I posted a couple of weeks ago, we’ve added some camera gear to the arsenal and have now landed on a Virtual Tour provider.

This week, I put together the first virtual tours and published them online.  I’m sure we’ll get better at this the more we do, but take a look and let me know what you think.



Real Estate Photography

When the Mrs. first got in the real estate business, we knew that we’d need to be able to take good digital photos of the properties that she lists.  I acquired a Canon Rebel XTi but that really only provides the basis to work from.  A good wide angle lens and flash is required to be able to get good interior photos needed to properly display and market the properties.  At first there weren’t enough listings to justify the additional gear.

But over the past year, business has been good and it’s no longer cost effective to pay someone to shoot the photos.  So after my usual over analysis and over thinking the problem, I borrowed a wide angle lens from a good friend of mine who’s a much better shooter than I’ll ever be (See Colin Wright Photography).  That sealed the deal and I realized that it was time for the lens and flash.

So this week, I picked up a Sigma 10-20mm lens, a Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash, and a Gary Fong C3 Cloud Lightsphere II Kit.  Sample shots of our own house seem to indicate that this setup will perform really well.  The real test though, will be tomorrow when Carie shoots some of her listings with the new gear.

Be sure to check out Carie’s listings at for the results.