When was your professional Realtor photo taken?

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Real Estate Agent with ZipRealty

Man with a shaggy 70's haircut leaning on a AMC Gremlin I didn't want to write this post, but I felt impelled after meeting an agent earlier this week.  When I first saw her website and photo, I remember thinking that she needed to update her hairstyle a little, but she looked very professional.  When she walked into my office, I thought she'd sent her mother (who coincidentally had a modern hairstyle).

My point is that she was still an attractive, well presented, professionally appearing Realtor.  She just appeared to be a completely different person than who I was expecting.  I just don't understand why many Realtors don't update their photos more often; at least every other year.

I guess my point is this: if you look at your professional photo and it looks like the photo to the left, or if in the photo you have roller-coaster bangs and are wearing shoulder pads, you should consider getting an updated photo.  I believe our clients are expecting us to look like our picture.

Please feel free to disagree.

 

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Ray Garrett

Independent Real Estate Recruiting, Training, and Marketing Consultant
ZipRealty
cell:  804.615.4378
www.ZipRealtyCareers.com

Licensed in Virginia

Member: National Association of Realtors, Virginia association of Realtors, Richmond Association of Realtors.

 

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Robert Rauf
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I just called a photographer to get new pictures taken for my office... we found a local photographer that just charges us an hourly sitting fee for the office and gives us a digital copy.. perfect for business pix!

March 30, 2010 10:51 AM
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Beth Lester
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Home Staging Designs of California

I finally got a professional headshot this year, but I've had people tell me that I look the same as I did in high school (in my late 40's).  I guess that's both good and bad!

And btw, I bought a brand name dress yesterday (at Ross Dress-For-Less) and it had small shoulder pads!  My teenage daughters weren't impressed.

April 02, 2010 09:10 AM
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Ann Allen Hoover
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL
RE/MAX Advantage South

I LOVE the photograph!  It sure brings back memories of my teenage years. :o)

April 05, 2010 10:16 AM
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Stephen Arnold
CRS, GRI, SFR
HomeSmart International

If you are going to have a photo on your marketing material...it should be somewhat (within 3-5 years) current!! 

April 06, 2010 11:52 PM
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Wayne B. Pruner
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Mine needs updating. I really hit home when the lady making my business cards said my pic was too old!

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