Dodgy Virtual Tours and How To Avoid Them

Dodgy Virtual Tours and How To Avoid Them

Dodgy Virtual Tours for Real Estate Sales and How To Identify Them.


Marketing residential real estate with a virtual tour can achieve fantastic results for the property owner however poor quality virtual tours pedaled by unscrupulous agents can do more harm than good. Just as with conventional photography a virtual house tour must be produced with the same quality and attention to detail. 

One of the first telltale signs of poorly and cheaply produced virtual tours for real estate is the blown-out window views with little or no detail whatsoever. The other telltale sign is poorly lit rooms that are too dark. Take a look at the room view example below from a property listing virtual tour. It really is a very poor representation of the room and views and a cheap and nasty way present the house. Poor quality Virtual Tours are the result of amateurish technique and/or poor quality equipment. Don't fall for this and if this is what an agent is pushing find another agent.

The screenshot below from a property listing shows just how poor a virtual tour will look when poorly produced. 

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QUALITY VIRTUAL TOURS in the WIDE BAY by JOHN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY - Call 0419716107 for bookings.

At John Wilson Photography Virtual Tours we go to great lengths to produce quality Virtual Tours for the Hervey Bay, Gympie, and Bundaberg real estate regions. Our quality virtual tours have helped to successfully sell many residential real estate properties throughout the region. If you are selling your house please consider contacting us to produce a quality virtual tour or ask your preferred real estate agent to get in touch. A virtual tour usually takes approximately 1-1.5 hours of work on-site and then a couple of days to complete the finished high-quality virtual tour similar to the example below and ready for your property listing on the major property sales websites. 

The Power Of The Virtual Tour For House Sales

You will be surprised to know that one of our clients that sold their property via private sold used only the quality Virtual Tour we produced and a couple of aerial photos we also produced!!

Scroll through the Quality Virtual Tour below produced by John Wilson Photography Hervey Bay : TEL 0419716107
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Noosa Real Estate Photographer AIR BNB Sunrise Beach

Noosa Real Estate Photographer AIR BNB Sunrise Beach

Real Estate and Lifestyle Photography Sunrise Beach

Its great to be able to create real estate photography with a lifestyle feel at Sunrise Beach for Air BnB accommodation website listings. The cute home affectionately named The Sunshine Shack has a real beach house retro influence and is available for rental in its entirity and close to Noosa Beach as well

I always enjoy the challenges and variety of real estate photography I do in and around the Noosa region. Some properties suit the use of natural lighting with their well-lit rooms and spaces while others require skillful use of real estate lighting techniques. All the photography I produce for clients is colour corrected and edited to commercial standards to attain the most prominence for property listings whether they be for sale or rooms for holiday accommodation.

Choosing the best property photographer - Appreciate skill

The best advice for homeowners looking to have their property professionally photographed at Noosa and Sunshine Coast is to not let price be the dominating factor. Good photographers will charge a fair price for the amount of time spent photographing a property and post-production and bring the latest techniques to the work they produce. Cheap operators have a cheap mindset while good photographers are craftsmen and tradesmen. I was amused when a house owner recently contacted us about photography and relayed a comment from one of the cheap wham bam thank you mam snappers they contacted before coming to me. In the cheap guy's sales pitch he said to my client "let’s face it, it takes the same amount of time and effort to take a good photo as it does to take a bad one". I can tell you from 30 years of experience this is not who you want photographing your beautiful home. Good real estate photography does take time and some properties take longer than others for a variety of reasons. Book a good photographer not a cheap one, your house deserves it!!

Leave a message below or Call John for Quality Real Estate Photography in Noosa and Sunshine Beach - Tel: 0419716107





House For Sale Maryborough - 50 Iindah rd Tinana QLD 4650

House For Sale Maryborough - 50 Iindah rd Tinana QLD 4650

Lot 205 RV Homebase Tinana, QLD 4650 House For sale.

Our House of the week is a lovely home on the lake located at RV Homebase in Tinana QLD. The home has two bedrooms plus an office and plenty of room for boat/caravan and car. The open plan design allows pleasant views from kitchen, dining, and lounge across the picturesque lake

The RV Homebase estate located on Iindah road is a gated community with plenty of leisure facilities for residents including large swimming pool area, full-size tennis court, lawn bowls green, craft room, men's shed, golf practice area and meeting room. 

This home has uninterrupted views across the lake which can be enjoyed from the spacious verandah area spanning two sides of the home. Other features of this home are the high raked ceilings which allow beautiful light to filter into the open plan living spaces, the walk in robe and kitchen pantry as well as the spacious ensuite. This is a turnkey home ready for buyers who wish to settle down in a lovely community. For more information or inspection call John 0419716107 

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For high-quality Real Estate Photography that will help sell your property CALL JOHN 0419716107 

Granville Home sold online via private sale and listed for under $500!!

Granville Home sold online via private sale and listed for under $500!!

Selling real estate in Maryborough can be done easily and cheaply without an agent commission.

The owner of this older home in Maryborough region QLD couldn't see the value in handing over a massive amount of money to a Maryborough real estate agent just to list her house online, put up a sign and take a few calls. John Wilson Photography photographed the home for the owner and provided quality photography to help get the property noticed online. We also provided some free online marketing which we do for all our customers selling online via private sale in Maryborough and Hervey Bay. 

We made some suggestion to the owner, Jenny, regarding listing her property online and she decided to list the property with AGENT IN A BOX which enables a home seller to sell online and list a property on all the major property websites for a one-off fee. Agent in a box offers a choice of 3 packages with which to sell your house online. The packages start at $399 and the top package is $699. Jenny went with the $499 package had her property listed on the major property websites which eventually led to the sale. No agent commission was involved. Jenny spent under $1500 to get her property sold saving around $10k by not using a Maryborough real estate agent that would have spent around 1.5 hours at the most of low skilled work to sell the house. That is a huge saving!!

We have a free EBook to help property learn how to sell and how much it costs to sell a house online via private sale. You can a copy of our FREE EBOOK HERE. 

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Hervey Bay Unit and Apartment Photography - Renovation Ideas

Hervey Bay Unit and Apartment Photography - Renovation Ideas

Interior design photography Hervey Bay - Unit and Apartment Renovation Ideas

By John Wilson - Hervey Bay Real Estate Photography Specialist

I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to photograph this unit renovation recently. I always enjoy seeing the final results of a homeowners vision when the renovate.

 When I initially spoke to the owner of this unit I was a little skeptical about the look and appearance that was described to me. My first thought was that a black kitchen and earthy tones would make the small living space of a unit feel even smaller. The original kitchen and bathroom were quite dated but had the usual white colour scheme which is popular these days.

The owner decided to take on a totally different colour palette and it actually works very well. The earthy Tuscan colours used and the black cabinetry in the kitchen and bathroom all help to create a warm and stylish ambiance. You can almost forget you are in an older unit complex with the clever use of colours and styling in this unit.

The renovated bathroom is a world away from the original design and looks very stylish. Slate floor and wall tiles have been used and offer a subtle contrast to the gloss black vanity and the earthy wall paint completes the styling story of this room. See the before and after photos below to see how going against the colour trends can really work with a little imagination and clever styling and staging.

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If you would like some quality real estate photography please use the form below call John - 0419716107



Another Private House Sale Success Maryborough QLD

Another Private House Sale Success Maryborough QLD

SOLD in 10 Days - 178 Charles Bruce Drive Oakhurst near Maryborough QLD just sold online via private sale - no agent required!

It doesn't get any better than this when selling a house. Sold in 10 days online with no agent commission gouging a huge chunk of cash out of the sale.

John Wilson Photography helped the owner of this property in Maryborough QLD sell their property with quality photography and FREE ADVICE on how to list and sell privately. Good quality photography is the most important part of creating an effective online listing and our photography helped sell this property via a private sale in 10 days. 

Initially, the owners had intended to use an agent but were told by the agent it would cost them over $13000 in agents commission plus marketing fees, plus sign fee, plus open house fee. When we suggested they look at the information on our website that explains the very easy process to list your house online the owners soon realized that this was all they were paying the agent to do and paying out over $13000 in the process for about an hours or so work they could do themselves. It really is a no-brainer if you want to sell your home for the maximum profit. 

When contacted by the agent in their initial plans to sell the homeowners were told by the agent there were problems with selling privately but he didn't elaborate. The only problem with selling your house online via a private sale is an agent won't get an outrageous commission at the end!!

Final Note: There are some operators to steer clear of even in the private house sale industry. We give free advice on whois the best and who to steer clear of.

The owner's final email, below, to us, says it all and is an absolute vindication of the private house sale process and success. We can help you get started with your private house sale online whether you live in Maryborough or the Hervey Bay real estate region.

"Hi John

Just a brief email to let you know that there is a contract on our house that was only listed on the internet for 10 days, this was done without the use of a real estate agent and was done through No Agent Property one of company's you told us about  that supply all the relevant material re: advertising on all the major real estate internet sites, for sale signage with contact numbers, and excellent back up advice via there web site and at a cost of $650, compare this with the agents commission of $13,380 in our case, a saving of $12730  and this doesn't include the additional marketing costs the agent would have charged us to list the property online, a sign etc.

I would encourage anyone selling there home to take a serious look at this option and speak with John.

Thanks again for your great photo shoot and your advice re the sale of our home.


Bruce & Kathleen Oakley"

Pofessional interior photography Hervey Bay by John Wilson Photography

If you would like to discuss your house sale options and/or need some eye-catching photography to help sell your house online get in touch with me, John. I will give you the FREE ADVICE which I give to all my clients and I will do everything I can to help you sell your property for maximum profit.


House of the week for sale - 15 Castaway Court, Toogoom QLD 4655

House of the week for sale - 15 Castaway Court, Toogoom QLD 4655

House of the week for sale - 15 Castaway Court, Toogoom QLD 4655

Stunning designer home for sale at Toogoom near Hervey Bay. Toogoom real estate photographer John Wilson photography photographed this home for the owner. The savvy owners are selling the property online via private sale which increasing numbers of our clients are now choosing to do because it is so easy and saves thousands of dollars in agent fees. NOW SOLD

UPDATE: This house has been sold via private sale using Owners saved close to $20K by not using a real estate agent and paying out a huge commission to simply list the house online and put up a sign. The owners listed online themselves and ensuring they had high quality photography to attract buyers which we provided to them 

I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely home for the owners recently and the designer home close to Toogoom Beach will not disappoint. It has style and a modern design making use of cathedral ceilings in the living areas to create a spacious feel throughout. A beautiful kitchen looks out onto a delightful alfresco dining area great for entertaining and for indoors the clever kitchen design serves both the separate dining and lounge areas. 

A large master bedroom that will impress with a generous ensuite with spa bath and walk in robe. 4 bedrooms in all plus a study and a triple car garage all make for very comfortable living with a luxurious feel.

If you would like some more information on the property please call John 0419716107


If you would like some FREE INFORMATION about how to sell your house online with no agent commission please get in touch with John and get a copy of our FREE EBook with all the information you need to get your house listed and sold online.





5 Newcastle St, Burrum Town QLD 4659 - House For Sale

5 Newcastle St, Burrum Town QLD 4659 - House For Sale

5 Newcastle St, Burrum Town QLD 4659 - House For Sale - Investor Opportunity, AirB&B Opportunity or relaxing 3 bedroom rural retreat.

Howard real estate photographer John Wilson Photography photographed this lovely property at Burrum Town for the owners recently.

Burrum Town is a small community adjacent to the town of Howard about 3 km to the north. The well maintained older style home offers the savvy buyer a great opportunity to generate additional income from rent or AirB&B use as the upper and lower levels are 2 separate living spaces with kitchen, bathroom etc. A great  AirB&B opportunity exists as the home is located in a very quiet area but with very close access to the main Bruce highway taking travelers north and south along the Qld coast. The main townships of Hervey Bay and Maryborough are an easy 20 minutes drive away for major retail outlet shopping while Hervey Bay airport accepts flights from both Sydney and Brisbane. hervey bay is also the gateway to incredible Fraser Island and the Great Sany Straight for boating, fishing and whale watching. Scenic drives west into the Burnett region is also possible from this great house location.

For the buyer looking for a green change, this lovely bush retreat is well suited. The property is not too big to warrant great maintenance effort but big enough to enjoy the rural outlook and wildlife that abounds in a very quiet setting. For more information on this property please call 0419716107

Property Features:

Two separate levels of living space provide endless scenarios for, guest accommodation, teenage retreat, extended families or perfect B&B with rental potential of $500 pw. That's a great return.


2- Kitchens
2- bathrooms
2- living area
3- balconies
2- carports
3-4 bedrooms
Town Water
Call Cheryl to arrange an inspection available 7 days a week.


  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Polished Timber Floors
  • Entertainment Area
  • Garden Shed
  • Built-ins
  • Workshop


For Great Real Estate Photography that will help sell your property use the form below or CALL JOHN 0419716107


19 Ritchie Rd Torbanlea QLD 4662 For sale, rural acreage, large home solar powered.

19 Ritchie Rd Torbanlea QLD 4662 For sale, rural acreage, large home solar powered.

19 Ritchie Rd Torbanlea, QLD, 10 acre property is for sale in the Hervey Bay Maryborough real estate region.

A large solar powered home on rural acreage. The lovely high set Queenslander style home has 4 bedrooms with built in wardrobes, spacious kitchen, air conditioning and high ceilings with spacious verandahs front and back.

Home buyers who love pets, horses and or gardening and landscaping will find this 10 acre property a dream come true. The property is a level block and sits on rural acreage with front and rear street frontage. The living space is attractive with 4 large bedrooms and plenty of options for expanding accommodation or office space. Under the house is plenty of space with concrete floor for storage, workshop or could be made into additional accommodation. A large agricultural garage/carport structure can easily shelter multiple vehicles and horse trailers. Horse owners will appreciate a holding yard while gardeners will appreciate the level block with good soils.

The property is an easy 30-minute drive to large shopping centres at Hervey Bay and only 20 minutes drive to Maryborough. Fraser Island is also easily accessible from River Heads adjacent to Hervey Bay. Wongi State Forest is nearby and beautiful drives and scenery into the South Burnett region are easily experienced from Toebanlea. Winerys exist a short drive to the north at Childers.

This property is for sale by owner so no real estate agent is involved which means potential buyers are dealing directly with the owner for a pleasant sale process. Please call John for more details 0419716107.

If you are interested in selling a home privately please read our FREE ADVICE PAGE on how to list and sell your property vis private sale. PRIVATE HOUSE SALE ADVICE HERE

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5 Steps To Sell Your House Privately

5 Steps To Sell Your House Privately

5 Easy Steps to Get Your Home Listed and Sold Privately

Homeowners wishing to sell their homes in Qld don't need to use a real estate agent to sell their home and it is not required by law. This can be confirmed by a phone call to Fair Trading. In fact, there are record numbers of homeowners selling property privately. We work with many homeowners selling property in Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Gympie, Sunshine Coast and in regional Queensland that has decided to sell and successfully sold houses privately. 

What are the benefits of selling a house privately in Qld?

The big benefit of selling a house privately is the huge cost savings. In some regions of QLD and particularly in areas such as the Wide Bay, agents are charging some of the highest agent commissions in the country. Sellers are forking out anywhere from 10-20k just in commission fees and then another 2-5k in so-called marketing costs. All this for very little work and work which can be done by the homeowner themselves. Another benefit of selling a property privately in QLD is that you are dealing directly with the buyer and can answer their questions directly with full knowledge of your property. An agent will probably have several properties on the books and sellers won't know if the agent has their property on their list of priorities regardless of what they tell a seller at sign up.

Beware of the scare campaigns about selling privately

There are no laws requiring a house owner to use a real estate agent to sell their property and the real estate agent is simply offering a service to list a property for sale. Sellers wishing to sell privately will come across all sorts of information aimed at scaring them off a private sale. This information is generally put out by agents or from websites that benefit directly from real estate agents business. They list reasons such as "private sellers won't understand the complex legislation that goes with selling a house" and "complex paperwork and documentation" and price appraisal is difficult. This is all baloney and a smokescreen to limit private property sales. As for the complex legislation and paperwork etc, this is all handled by a solicitor whether you sell through an agent or privately. A property sale will require a Contract of Sale which is easily obtained from a solicitor for approximately $900. As for price appraisal being difficult, this is also hogwash as the private seller can access all the property reports an agent' uses and by doing their own market appraisal online and by looking around their local area private sellers can make up their own minds on a sale price. An agent will most likely want to give a seller a higher evaluation in order to get a listing knowing they can swing the seller lower when a property isn't selling at a given price and they'll still be collecting a hefty commission. The private seller can adjust pricing and negotiate without an agent's input.

Property research


The steps below are a common sense process to get your property listed and sold privately with a minimum of fuss.


Assess your property for any repairs or general improvement that need to be done and get these completed


Estimate your selling price - do some research from the comfort of your home by looking through the main real estate websites of and for properties in your area. Do some driving around your area to see how people are preparing their properties for the prices being asked. The price you decide on is not the be all and end all. If you find you are a little high you can always adjust your pricing easily, its all part of the process of selling.


Get some good photos of your property. This is probably THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP in getting your property listing noticed and statistics prove absolutely that houses with professional quality photography sell for more. Your house photos are THE FIRST POINT OF CONTACT a potential buyer will have with your property and statistics show you have about 20 seconds when a buyer looks at a listing to convince them to look further and make an inquiry. You can do your own photos but the cost to get a professional in is a minimal expense in the scheme of things to ensure your property will look its best. The professional real estate photographer will have the lighting and editing skills to ensure a high standard of images are produced to gain maximum attraction from your listing. Don't skimp on this.


Talk to your solicitor to arrange a Contract of Sale. This is something that is prepared for any property sale and is required by law whether or not an agent is involved. Solicitors will have a pricing range for this service and currently, we have seen pricing of around $900 but your solicitor will guide you through what you need for your sale. An agent is not required for this.


Decide how you will list your property. It is possible to go and list your property on the major real estate websites listed above and there will be different prices for the various listings on each website. The most popular process is to use one of the several websites set up to help private sellers list on all the main property websites for a one-off fee. The list below shows the websites our clients have used to list and successfully sell their properties. If you don't want to get a For sale sign made up yourself, some of these sites provide a service for this also.

For Sale By Owner Websites

Did you know that almost 100% of potential buyers look online first when looking for a property to buy? The largest property websites attract the bulk of all homebuyers and not individual real estate agent websites. You can see this for yourself by googling houses for sale in your area and see what comes up in the search. The websites of and are the main property websites your house will need to be listed on and the For Sale by Owner websites listed below offer one-off fees to get listed on these and other websites that can help with your sale. They are also the websites our client have used to list and successfully sell their properties privately.





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