Getting Pictures for Properties Under Contract in Another State

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Hey there, I'm a real estate wholesaler based out of Austin, Texas. Our primary markets are larger cities within Texas, but I also wholesale in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Colorado, etc. 

Every now and then, I run into a problem securing photos of properties I get out-of-state, where the property is vacant, and the owner also lives out-of-state. 

Do you all have any recommendations for getting pictures of vacant properties that are out-of-state, and the property owner also lives out-of-state? Would you recommend hiring a bird dog or posting a small gig on Craigslist in search of photographers? 

I'm open to any recommendations. I appreciate it!

@Calvin Turner I'm in CA and mostly wholesale in TX.  I usually join Facebook groups that are local to the city I'm working...every city seems to have a trading post and Craigslist group within Facebook.  I usually find people there, and I pay them $40.  I don't book them too far in advance of the shoot date, since the likelihood of them cancelling or not showing up is much higher.  So I try to book them no more than three days or so out from the date of pics.  Usually, I end up finding one person in each city who I can consistently use and not have to find a new person each time.  I treat them well, as far as soon as they finish the job, I pay them via an app, and they seem to really appreciate that and go the extra mile when I need that.

Originally posted by @Calvin Turner :

Hey there, I'm a real estate wholesaler based out of Austin, Texas. Our primary markets are larger cities within Texas, but I also wholesale in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Colorado, etc. 

Every now and then, I run into a problem securing photos of properties I get out-of-state, where the property is vacant, and the owner also lives out-of-state. 

Do you all have any recommendations for getting pictures of vacant properties that are out-of-state, and the property owner also lives out-of-state? Would you recommend hiring a bird dog or posting a small gig on Craigslist in search of photographers? 

I'm open to any recommendations. I appreciate it!

 You should partner with a local Realtor to help you out.

Calvin, I may be misunderstanding the question. If you are wanting more photos of homes you are looking to purchase, asking the seller to provide more photos is the easiest, cheapest(free) way to go. Often times they will do this for you. If it's listed with the listing agent, they should be able to satisfy that for you, pretty quickly.

Hey guys, thank you so much for the recommendations. Teaming up with a realtor and utilizing various Facebook Groups sounds like a perfect place to start. Very worst case, I'll post an ad on Craigslist. I've had the issue of wholesaling out-of-state properties without adequate photos of the property, so these suggestions help.