“Real Estate, *Real”

Whenever I meet a new realtor client interested in video marketing or in digital platform management, I ask them who they are. Really.

The most successful realtors I know tend to be able to answer this question very quickly. And they also know what I’m really asking.  I’m not asking where they grew up, went to school, their marital status, etc. I’m asking who they are professionally, how they’ve defined themselves to the greater market and how they’d like to be perceived. Successful realtors are acutely aware of their niche, their hook or their special appeal and with any kind of video marketing—personal commercials in particular—it’s my job to highlight this, to communicate it, accentuate and promote it.

Real Estate, *Real with Kristan Rigdon from William Burcher on Vimeo.

Here’s a bitter truth and an unfortunate reality: Real estate representation can be viewed by the market at large as a commodity, as something homogenous and undifferentiated. Everyone charges the same, effectively, for what appears on paper (or a website or Facebook) to be the same services provided. So, if the “services” and the “price” are the same, what’s really different here? What separates one realtor from the next? What’s unique?

You are. You are unique. 

You talk differently, you work differently, you look differently, you treat clients differently. You’re an individual. And potential clients really, really do want to know who you are. Sure, what you do to market a listing is important. Your particular brokerage is important. How long you’ve been in the business is important. But really these things are unemotional and cold, and admittedly probably not that inspiring to a potential client. In this business, beyond the standard and cliché bullet-points, realtors need to market themselves. They need to let the world know how they’re really different. They need to tell the world who they are.

We just finished a personal video commercial for realtor Kristan Rigdon with HomeSmart Realty Group in Colorado Springs. Kristan is an individual. Within a few moments of meeting her, you become aware of this. She has this down-to-earth, straightforward, spit-fire-tough energy that comes across almost immediately. She’s smart and funny and … present. In person, she does a great job of inspiring confidence in her ability to get the job done. These are all pretty attractive qualities in a professional I think. And this is what we wanted to communicate with this video. “I am consistently myself,” she says. “I’m the same way with my friends and family as I am with my clients.”

YES. Yes. Yes. Please. Where do I sign? 

Now, imagine if all of this could be communicated to potential clients within a few minutes (preferably within a few seconds if we’re doing our job right) across multiple platforms, the reaches of which are easily, quickly in the thousands or tens of thousands. This is the power of video. This is the power of smart video, video with a purpose, video aware of its message and its narrative goal. 

Of course, this particular message isn’t going to work with everyone. The beauty, however, is that it doesn’t have to. Another realtor is going to be wholly different. But I guarantee that this person is an individual too. And some client, somewhere, probably on the Internet someplace, wants to know how you’re really different and who you really are.



1489 E Rim Rd, Franktown, Colorado

It’s been a busy month. I chalk it up to a temporary acceleration in the local real estate world—realtors and homeowners wanting to quickly get their properties on the market both before the holidays and while the weather is still nice (we’re experiencing an exceptionally mild autumn in Colorado). I don’t always get a chance to post on the properties 3RD I has had the honor to document, but every once in a while we come across one that really, really stands out.


I’m a photographer, and I shouldn’t say this, but yeah, photos never do a place justice. We try our best, using all the techniques at our disposal to bring images as close as technology allows to what our eyes see—and that technology is getting better all the time—but the ability of the human eye, unaided and simply doing what nature evolved it to do, will always amaze me.

With our video on this one, we wanted to highlight things that photos just can’t, including the location of this estate on 36 acres right next to Castlewood Canyon State Park, a sizeable, unique and enchanting place just east of Castle Rock and within commuting distance to both Colorado Springs and Denver. I was able actually to fly the drone over (and even into) the canyon from the property, and show off some of the beautiful natural space that makes this one exceptional. Val Ross-Coy with ERA Shields did a great job pointing out just how unique this 9,000 square foot estate really is in her interview. All told, we filmed robotic motion-controlled sequences with the BlackMagic Cinema Camera, filmed Val’s interview (also with the BMCC), filmed drone sequences and used a few HDR stills in locations that weren’t necessarily video-friendly. Take a look, and let us know what you think.