Today's real estate broker, agent is not working at Caveman Realty.
The more advanced, sophisicated listing, marketing, selling of real estate property listings means keeping up to do it better.
Always thinking of what the property buyer wants, listing seller expects and knowing both are pretty darn busy.
Have zip for free time and big plans that involve real estate. The reason they picked you as the real estate professional to help them meet, exceed their goals.
Saving up for a Robinson 22 helicopter, adding it to the arsenal of real estate marketing tools will eat up a little time.
They cost about $270,000 new. $40,000 and up "pre-owned".
That is a lot of books of green stamps to lick and stick. Returnable containers to round up. If you live in a state like Maine with a can and bottle redemption law. Where we bag 'em and tag 'em. For the cash them in.
So in the meantime, the pitches, yaw, rolls. To collect aerial stills, video footages of property listings, the local area highlights. Means having a different kind of helicopter in the real estate hangar.
Flying a helicopter to collect the aerial stills, the real estate video loops to use in the online marketing presentation means becoming skilled at the basics. Playing Halo, commandeering the Banshee. Being behind the flying controls under enemy fire with the two sons, their friends on the big screen. Wearing a headset for team guidance, ground and air support in the basement rec room has not hurt the steady hand and eye coordination either. REALTORS are really just big kids with more expensive toys.
Have taken lots of aerial photography with a friend in an ultralight which is ideal to lean out, go slow and capture from every angle. But tying another up to fly while you shoot the images and video makes for pre-flight bottlenecks with scheduling. And the weather in Maine that can be iffy when you put on your silk scarf, leather bomber's jacket, polarized aviators. To trot out to strap in under the plexiglass for lift off before dusk happens. The sun falls down, the stars take over.
Enter the DJI Phantom, securing the GoPro 3+ video camera under its belly for lift off.
Have a new property listing in Houlton Maine on Washburn Street. That already have the video storyboard written in my head. Can see the hovering overhead the Meduxnekeag River up a couple hundred feet.
With a slow pan, steady hand on the helicopter stick to fly, pivot to show the park, tilt toward the high school location to the east.
The shopping center and hospital to the north and west. Then to begin the descent slowly to approach from the large deep back yard lined with trees.
To edit, splice in the street scene video loop from the Phantom four blade helicopter, drone and GoPro real estate video combination.
But don't want snow banks that linger, the look of brown, dead grass from a long Maine winter to make the video capture.
So the flight is schedule for a sunny, calm day. When wind does not cause added vibration, choppy distortion to the video capture. When green grass happens. For the sun to be high enough to naturally light above that row of trees that shade the backyard.
And being boy scout careful, prepared to avoid getting tangled up, wrestling with any power lines or guy wires, cable drops that would wreak havoc with the four vertical, pointing skyward, carbon fiber whirling rotor blades.
The on board GPS will let me hover steady as a rock to capture the video, aerial stills on the GoPro 3+. And to set down near the Jeep so we can store the copter in the back hatch cradle. To move on to the next video production "quiet on the set" showcase for another property listing presentation. I am good to all in the wolfpack, my video army crew.
And in addition to this fly over video capture for the real estate property listing production, other intro video loops for three more new listings being chewed on mentally. Will be on the "flight plan" for the same day we go up. Flying a helicopter, one more skill to add to the real estate broker in Maine set. The tools hanging off the utility belt with the blue and gold R on the buckle.
Where the Phantom helicopter and GoPro 3+ video camera tag team really shock and awe, provide the eye candy vistas is on large farm acreages, waterfront real estate listings.
To approach and circle from above a new lake listing in Maine we just took. The farm spread of open fields, mixed woods, a pond and stream. Lots of buildings collection all make aerial photography, video such a helpful marketing assistant.
You can write the narrative about the real estate listing features.
But the quickest, most memorable way to convey what the property is all about, is to show and tell using the eyes and the ears.
Video is the easy way to market best your property listings, your special local area community flavor. Don't keep it a secret. Blow it all wide open with video and natural sound for the "you are there". Real video, not a slide show with music bed.
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