This Instagram Reel by Paige Steckling is a 10-second masterclass on listing video hooks — the key to creating videos you can’t help watching on repeat. 

If your videos aren’t getting the attention and engagement you want, watch and learn. 

Why is this listing video hook so effective?

Right off the bat, the video has us wondering, “What is that woman dumping in the sink?” Cut to “Ouch!” when the bucket hits the guy’s head and syncs perfectly with the drum beat of the trending audio in the background. 

More than one element has us watching the video over and over again. 

Fast-paced trending audio 

The trending audio provides the perfect background for the images in this short video, setting a pace for the images and for Paige’s brief action scenes, tying everything together in a 10-second Reel that you just want to keep watching. 

As always, stick with audio with no lyrics—or as little talking as possible. This one just has the initial “Hey,” which helps tie the bucket scene to the rest of the video.

Quick flurry of images

Obviously, that first image calls attention to more than the sink. From there, we see the bucket make contact with the poor guy’s head, followed by a flurry of indoor and outdoor images of the property, including a breathtaking view of the mountains nearby. 

Inside, the home is immaculate, spacious, and modern, with quick glimpses into the bathroom, closet, home office, kitchen, and living room. We see only quick snapshots of each, along with micro-clips of Paige’s walk-through, making us want to watch the video again to see if we can catch more details—or just to enjoy how well the images and audio work together. 

It’s weirdly soothing. 

If your video makes your audience think, “Wait, I need to see that again,” they’ll just keep watching it over and over (like we did with this one). That, in turn, signals Instagram to promote the video to other people—including those not (yet) following your account. 

Short Caption with Added Value

When people read the short caption, it’s clear why they should care about this video—the property is listed at a new price. (This text is also flashed on the screen at the exact moment the bucket hits). 

In the caption, Paige provides a few quick details about the home, followed by a CTA for those who want more info.  

Those first few seconds

Yes, that bucket-to-the-head scene looks painful. It also gets you watching to see what will happen next. And even after you know that what follows doesn’t tell you more about the poor guy and why on earth the woman threw a bucket at him in the first place, that scene still compels you to keep watching. 

It’s genius. Those first three seconds hook the viewer by getting them to feel both confusion and sympathy, as well as curiosity as to what this video is all about. 

And even after you’ve seen the rest, part of you wants to see those first few seconds again, even if you’re not actually looking to buy a house. 

If you are, this short video somehow trains you to think, “This house makes me feel relaxed—and not at all like I’m developing a sympathy headache.” 

Like I said—weirdly soothing. Watch the video yourself and share your thoughts.