Photographing an ENTIRE subdivision

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Real Estate Appraiser with AmcAppraisalsinc.com
I recently started a new practice for doing field reviews.  When I am in the neighborhood, I may not yet have discovered better comps to use and I don’t want to have to drive back by the homes for new photos.   So here is a solution:

You could individually photograph the entire neighborhood as you drive, but then you have to remember where you were, which house was which, etc!

OR – you could use the video setting on your camera, and just video the entire drive!   I recently took video of a whole neighborhood, commenting along the way about homes, house numbers, which cross street I was at, etc!

Then, back in the office, I play the video full screen, skipping forward to where I want to be, and then pause the video on the frame of the video to be use.  In this case, I wanted a certain house number, and paused the video right in front of the home.  

Next, using Jing (screen capture) – I simply hit the hot key (F8) and grabbed a screen shot of the home:

 

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Not bad, right?!  And this is MY personal photo instead of an MLS photo.  So I can certify I drove by the home and I even have the video recording in my workfile for support!

You can get Jing (for FREE) at http://www.techsmith.com/jing/free/ or pay $14.95 a year for the PRO version.  The pro version allows you to edit video screen captures, save in multiple file formats, and even upload directly to Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter!   It’s a great program!

And now – I have on file – and ENTIRE subdivision which I drove anyway to get familiar with the area!  Don’t tell PITA….but I killed 2 birds with 1 stone!

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Ilyce Glink
Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host.
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What a great idea, Richard. Google Street View is also a really handy thing to use before you even do a drive through.

March 10, 2011 11:08 AM
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Christopher Johnston
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@Douglas, the snipping tool has been around since XP, I believe. Jing is a little bit easier to use though and it has some better functionality for annotating the image.

March 12, 2011 10:06 AM
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Jennifer Cote
Realtor, Nashua NH Area Homes for Sale, Everything
RE/MAX Properties Nashua

This rocks!  I have always taken pictures of houses listed for sale while taking my comp photos anyway.  The video is an excellent idea.

 

Thankyou,

Jenn

March 14, 2011 12:11 PM
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Marjorie Taylor
New Homes in St. Augustine Florida
Landon Homes

Jing is a great tool.  I never though about using it for clipping video!

July 05, 2011 07:09 PM
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Richard D. Ferris
Florida State Certified (FHA) Appraiser
AmcAppraisalsinc.com

Thanks! I did also find recently that when playing the video back in QuickTime, all you have to do is stop it on the frame you want, press CTRL+C and copy the frame, then paste.

I do video now on my walk through the homes too - so I can have the audio narration of the walk through.  I am using a Kodak Zi8 now - although it records in widescreen - the photos and video are acceptable for the appraisal reports!  I have to get a wide angle lens for the future - but this is a keep now for sure!

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