Last week, a budding new real estate photographer enthusiastically showed me his appointment booking web page that he had designed for booking real estate shoots.
I totally understood his enthusiasm about his booking web page since I'm a techie geek and am inclined to use online booking myself. But I had to pass on to him what I've learned by working and living with a top listing agent for many years.
Real estate agents do what they do because they are gregarious outgoing people. So when they need a real estate photographer, their first inclination is to call up the photographer and book the appointment on the phone. I shot all my wife's listings and if I was not with her at a listing appointment, she would call me up as soon as the sellers signed the listing agreement and we would talk about when I could shoot their home so she could tell them right then and there when the listing would be on the market.
My advice to real estate photographers is, even though there are many online booking websites that you could use, you are missing out on an important opportunity to personally interact directly with your clients if you try to automate your booking. Better to use every opportunity available to talk to your clients!