I'm a big advocate of using a painters pole to get some extra elevation on your front exterior shots. You can use a light weight camera and a painter's pole, that you can find in any hardware store, to get your camera 10 to 15 feet in the air. It makes a huge positive difference in the front shot for many homes and for some elevated homes it is essential. The problem I've had in recommending painter's poles to people is that it used to take some mechanical hacking to get the right size bolt attached to the top of the painter's pole securely. Not difficult, but it's not something that everyone is prepared to do.
John Hokkanen, a real estate broker in San Diego has started manufacturing some painter's pole accessories that make putting you camera on top of a painters pole much easier. See PolePixie.com for complete details and ordering:
After refitting my painter's pole with these three items and using them for the last few days . I think the PolePixie is absolutely an necessity. It's the best way I've seen to mount a camera on a painter's pole. Before I discovered the PolePixie, I had my camera mounted on my pole with a special bolt. It took a while looking through hardware stores trying to find the right size bolt that would thread into a hole that I drilled in the plastic top of the pole. Mounting your camera on a painter pole with the PolePixie takes about 10 seconds. You just screw it together.
Thanks John for providing a source for much these much needed PAP accessories!
Update on May 6, 2010: Jon's question below in the comments alerted me to a mistake I made in identifying the PolePixie as metal. I just checked with John Hokkanen and it's "high density plastic" and he is in the process of creating an aluminum model. John says it will be 30 to 45 days before he gets any production units of the aluminum model.