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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

We all make snap judgements Merv Edinger & Associates , it's part of human nature. That snap judgement may lead us to look into things futher or run like the wind. I can tell you I'm much more likely to look further with a picture then a logo.

Feb 20, 2019 11:24 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

I always ask the photographer to try and make me better looking. I slipped the last guy $5. I don’t know if it helped.

Feb 20, 2019 11:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

No. However, poor photographs do not project a professional image.

I would not use a logo for my profile photograph on ActiveRain.

Feb 20, 2019 11:54 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Sort of .... like if you don't have one & are a blue head you usually get blown off. I would say we prefer faces.

Feb 20, 2019 10:41 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am sure first impressions affect a lot of people's attitudes but content is king.

Feb 20, 2019 10:15 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

As Barbara Todaro has been known to say - the eyes buy.  Yet content is also relevant. Transparency is important to me. We cannot help what we look like unless we are willing to spend thousands on surgery, fake eyelash extensions, bleach for hair, etc.  I care most about what is in one's heart and head. Phony bologna does not work for me. 

Feb 20, 2019 02:40 PM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Not so much on quality (although good quality is preferable) but more on whether or not they have a personal profile photo as opposed to none or generic.

I think it's especially important in real estate to have a personal photo since people do business with those they know, like and trust. I would not feel comfortable referring business to or working with someone who did not have a personal photo posted.

If you are asking about non-real estate, depending on the line of work the answer may be different. Those in professional industries should have a decent photo posted while it is less important for those in ancillary services


Feb 20, 2019 11:14 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I try not to judge, no matter what the situation..... however, I think a profile photo on any site should be a quality photo.... doesn't need to be professional, but should be quality ... 



Feb 20, 2019 10:43 AM
Ken Jones
Kenneth J. Jones, Inc., REALTORS® - Springfield, NJ
Real Estate Broker/Owner

Merv Edinger & Associates "Quality" is a rather broad term.

My judgment is certainly based on "quality" which I define as:

1. For a graphic, I judge the level of attractiveness in design, layout, appropriate level of detail (not being blurred) and color scheme.

2. For a photograph, I judge the level of attractiveness in terms of composition, clarity and colorization.

My idea of "quality" has to do with both the quality of the physical appearance of the item as well as the appropriateness for the intended purpose.

A profile image is the first thing people see; it's one's first impression.

And, as we (should) know, we NEVER get a second chance to make a first impression.

Hope this answers your question.

Feb 20, 2019 12:45 PM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Some kind of photo on a dating site seems important and a basic rudiment, but other than that type of group a photo doesn't matter to me.

I think a photo helps one beceome more "real" to readers in any forum.

Feb 20, 2019 12:30 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I don't rate photos but do not pay attention if there is no photo!

Feb 20, 2019 12:10 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Several leave you in the dark about their actual Location ???

Feb 20, 2019 11:49 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not really, but people judge by appearances whether we like it or not. That applies to people, cars, and homes.

Feb 20, 2019 11:29 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I don't wish to be judged; therefore, I don't judge.

Feb 20, 2019 10:48 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Blue Heads an AR are not-favor winners.

Other stuff, I mostly don't give it much thought.

Feb 20, 2019 10:45 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I think you should have a professional picture on a professional or business website if you want people to think you are a professional. 

Feb 20, 2019 06:34 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat


Of course, to add to that short answer. It's kind of like online dating. You get two profiles. One has a photo, a description of some sort (that you can connect to), and the grammar and spelling is correct with a way to contact the person. The other has a fuzzy photo and a description that makes no sense and no contact information. I'd opt for #1.


Feb 20, 2019 04:44 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not personally, but I suspect that my subconscious may be discriminating on some people who fail to put in an inviting photo showing their smiling face.

Feb 20, 2019 01:09 PM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Yes, I do.

Feb 20, 2019 12:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


The road to hell is paved with judgments.  I look for professionality and veracity.  A

Feb 20, 2019 12:26 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

In the realm of "first impression" all things are counted....richfuscious

Feb 20, 2019 10:38 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No. I know too many older agents/other professionals who are very busy, yet, they have little or close to none online presence. 

Feb 20, 2019 10:17 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

No but, I'm sure there are people who do. It's not about what I look like but, what I have to offer them. They can very easily find their answer anywhere online. 

Bear in mind, they aren't just looking at one online/social media site either. They find us here or on our websites, they're going to search LI and FB for us too. 

Feb 20, 2019 07:05 PM
Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

I don’t pay so much attention to those things

Feb 20, 2019 05:56 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast


Feb 20, 2019 04:59 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes.  I make a judgement based on the professionalism of the profile pic.  Are we on Zillow/Realtor and you have a picture of yourself skiing or a portrait pic?

Feb 20, 2019 12:44 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

SOMETHING has to get my attention.

Really good and Really bad are equally effective.

ONLY then (got my attention) does the content of the profile matter.

Those who 'put themselves out there in SM' have consented to be judged. Make the most of it....and......HAVE SOME FUN!

Do I judge? If ones actions are to attract attention, judgment is part of the mutual agreement.

Feb 20, 2019 12:14 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Smile, you are on stage!

Feb 21, 2019 06:45 AM
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PeterMarkSEO - Holiday, FL
Full Time SEO, Local GMB Expert

Nope, it would be like judging a book by its cover. But a home buyer or seller might be. I would have a professional photo done.


Do you judge a home buyer or seller by their profile photo, header &/or lack of?


I do however judge sites by their SEO ranking, time to first byte and how many iframes they use.

Feb 20, 2019 10:17 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

If it's impressive I will notice it & might even remark positively on it. If it's poor quality I am not going to judge it. Judgy people are generally discontent. 

Feb 21, 2019 09:20 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

On occasion, I do.

Feb 21, 2019 06:22 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I try not to.

Mar 05, 2019 09:12 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I do not but I know of some people that do.


Feb 23, 2019 12:08 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel


Feb 21, 2019 02:59 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

I judge more on content than appearance but profile pictures do make a statement.

Feb 21, 2019 02:00 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think it is natural one looks at a picture. Some will make quick assumptions. Some may judge, some will compliment, some will keep o clicking and others wil stop and check it out to learn more. 

Feb 21, 2019 11:37 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Only when there is no head shot

Feb 21, 2019 07:40 AM