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Why Listing Photos Matters

Whether you’re an agent or you’re selling a home, listing photos is very important part of advertising in real estate.  Especially nowadays buyers are often busier and may not have the time to drive by not unless they are really serious in buying a home. Listings with great photography will surely caught the attention of the homebuyers online. Because typically when a home buyer is looking for a home at online listings; the first thing that they look is the photo. If the photo does not look good buyers would definitely not bother to click on the listing and will just move on.

Appropriate Equipment

A poor quality images is one of the common mistakes that I’ve noticed when I look at the homes for sale on the internet. Appropriate equipment should be used in order to achieve properly lit and high-high resolution photos. It’s worth spending to buy decent equipment.

The Brighter The Better

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The most important part of the picture is the light. When taking a photo, if it’s possible try to schedule it on a sunny day and make sure to open the curtains to allow the natural sunlight in. Nowadays in the internet age, you only have one chance to make a first impression. If your images look so dull and gloomy you will lose the interest of the people who are viewing your property.

 Staging and Prep

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Since first impression is very important, real estate agents and sellers should also spend more time on photo shoot as they do in creating a curb appeal or when staging an open house.  As a seller, getting the right photos for your home is very important because this will help you to attract homebuyers online. So you have to make sure that your home is fully cleaned and free of clutters before you schedule a photo shoot.

Take Pictures Of What Really Counts

Creating good visuals is an important part of advertising. This is the first thing that you should prioritize when you are marketing your listing on the MLS. This way, you can attract people to view your listings and can have the possibility of making an offer. So, when you are taking a picture you have to ensure that the house must be free of clutter and reasonably clean. You have to allow the person or the home buyer who is seeing the pictures to visualize his or her things instead of seeing someone else’s.  You may also try to include colorful things in the photos such as flowers, artwork etc.

Make Improvements If It Is Needed

There are several ways that can now use to enhance any pictures that you might need a little improvement. With the use the free software on your computer you can now enhance the photos that you want to improve.

Size Matters

If you’re uploading an image on the MLS it would be better if you would shrink your images first using a photo editor before uploading the file to optimize the photos. You can also use Photoshop if you have one.

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It is also a good idea to crop and resize the photo on your end before uploading the picture. This way it will look better compare to the other one.

 

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Tips For First Time Home Sellers

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Credits to: Mark Moz

Selling a home is not an easy process especially if you haven’t done it before. There are a lot of things that you have to consider before you move forward with your sale. There are several things that you must deal with if you want your home to sell quickly and at a good price.

Prepare your home for the market

Preparing your home before selling it is one of the important things that you need to consider. You have to make sure that your home is ready and well cleaned as soon as it’s listed for sale. You can also do a home inspection in order to correct some problems. This way it will greatly decrease that a deal may fall apart.

Another way of preparing your home is to improve your home curb’s appeal. Just a few tips on how to improve you home curb’s appeal before selling your home include;

  • Painting your front door
  • Create an instant garden
  • Replacing the old hardware
  • Replacing your mailbox
  • Paint the garage door

There are also dozens of small and inexpensive ways that you can find on the internet to improve your homes curb appeal.

 You need a professional real estate agent

Trying to sell your home on your own is not that really easy especially if it is your first time. That is why in general; hiring a professional real estate agent is highly recommended. Although you need to pay for a real estate agent commission however in the long run its worth paying for. Hiring a professional real estate agent will help you to set a competitive selling price for your home, Agents can also perform many task all throughout the Real Estate transaction process. They know your interests and needs, and wants. Real estate agents can help you to communicate with other people connected in the negotiation. Lastly, professional real estate agents are familiar with the all the paper work so don’t have to worry that much and you can ensure that the process goes smoothly.

Fair market value

As a seller, this is one of the most important factors that you should give consideration “PRICING”.  Pricing is one of the hardest decisions of every sellers make. Not only pricing is difficult, it’s risky. You must consult your professional real estate agent to assist you in pricing your home. A professional real estate agent can perform an accurate study by doing a comparative market analysis or the CMA. This way it will help you to determine the on how you will price your home.

Know your closing expenses are when selling a home

As a first time home seller you should be ready for the expenses that are associated with the home selling process. As a seller there are a lot of fees that you need to pay for. Generally, the estimated price is about 8.5% of the purchase price aside from the expenses that you need to spend to get your home in a good shape.

Create an effective marketing plan

Having a marketing plan is a sure way to attract potential home. Professional photography is one of the best marketing strategies in order to have an impressive image for your home. These images can be used on your listings online, blogs, fliers, brochures, posters and other social media sites.

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Tips To Improve Home Curb’s Appeal

First impression is important, especially if you’re planning to sell a home. Making your home more attractive can caught the attention of the homebuyers. This could also add thousands to its value and helps you sell your home faster.

There are several ways that can help you improve your homes curb’s appeal

Give your front door a makeover

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A front door that pops can create a great impact to draw the attention of the home buyers. Make a statement by painting your door with a color that burst. It will look modern and inviting. However, if you don’t want to paint it, just clean it. You can just remove any dirty spots around the door knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures to enhance its beauty.

Paint the garage door

The garage area takes up a lot of space to your home. Making it more visually attractive will definitely draw the attention of everyone, including potential home buyers. Just make sure to match the color of the painting to your house style.

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Planting flowers along the sidewalk, in front of the house, flower boxes and hanging plants adds a welcoming feel and colorful effects to any home exterior. Planting flowers is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to create a big impact to your homes curb’s appeal.

Replace the old hardware

Don’t’ just overlook the simple things that can help you enhance your home curb’s appeal. A dazzling door knocker and a glossy paint door can make the plainest door look very sophisticated. You can also place new porch light or you can just upgrade the ones you already have. This will help you add some style and interest to your home exterior.

Replace your mailbox

If you think that your mailbox is a bit old, replacing it can create an immediate impression. Mailboxes are practically inexpensive just make sure to get a mailbox that matches your home style. You can also try to plant around its base to add more appeal.

Cut back trees and bushes

No matter how lovely your home is if no one can see it doesn’t make sense. Tree branches and bushes that obscure your home features makes it look darker and uninviting to homebuyers. In addition to that trees that rub against your house can damage your siding; it will also limit the amount of sunlight that can go through your windows. Cut away anything that covers your windows or anything that rub against your house. This way it will show the beauty of your home and adds attraction to homebuyers.

There are dozens of small and inexpensive ways that you can do to improve your homes curb’s appeal. You can also find additional ideas and tips on the internet. Just make sure when you decide to make some upgrades to your home, consider what it currently looks like and what improvements you can do to make it look great.

Enhancing your homes curb appeal will not only make it easier to sell, but also it will give your house a personality in which you can take pride in as a home owner. Enjoy!

 

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Benefits Of Open House

open-house-778_1920Selling a home is not an easy process it is time consuming and can also be frustrating. So as a home owner we wanted to sell our home as quickly as possible. What a listing agent usually do in order attract home buyers to buy the property is to expose their listings to the widest possible audience. One way to get it done quickly and efficiently is to consider an open house.

Here are just some of the reasons an open house might result in a sale

Seeing Is Believing

Nowadays, it’s too easy to search for a home for sale on the internet. With just a click and it will give you the information you needed. However, in buying a home the experience of seeing the property for yourself and walking through that home is much better compare to viewing the pictures on the Web. It will also give enough time for home buyers to look around and visualized their own personal belongings. Experience really matters!

Best Way To Attract Homebuyers Is To Do An Open House

Open houses can bring potential buyers. It also gives them the opportunity to bring their family and friends to get their opinions and help them in making a decision in buying the home. Other visitors who were able to see the property can also mention it to anyone they know who might be interested in buying your property.

 Prepare Your Home For Sale

With an open house you’ll have the chance to stage your home for a top dollar.  In fact, making your home more attractive will be difficult for home buyers to resist it or it will be hard for them to just past by and not even take a second look. By simply staging your home will add more value to your home and therefore can attract more potential buyers and possibility of making an offer.

Home Buyers Can Compare and Contrast

Potential home buyers who are interested in buying a home gives them the opportunity to make comparison by attending several open houses. This will give you the chance to make your home stand out among the rest. You can do that by staging your home first before doing the open house.

Meet Potential Home Buyers

This is a very good chance to meet potential buyers and to receive feedback from those who visit your property. Your agent can also gather information regarding your asking price, it can probably too high. Other potential buyers could also mention some repairs that need to take care of which will help you make the house more appealing to home buyers. Even if there are no serious buyers, however you can use those feedbacks to make some adjustment to your home.

The More Visits The House Gets The Faster It Will Sell 

Open house could actually increase the chance of a quicker sale. This is because potential home buyers can boost their interest in your property. Since there are a lot of buyers who visits your property this also means that they are more likely to put an offer because of the fear losing it.

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The Drawbacks Of An Open House

open-house-778_1920Real estate agents offer the services of open house when doing their listings. Sellers also believed that open houses are a great way to attract potential home buyers. Is an open house necessary when selling a home? In my previous blog I have talked about the benefits of doing an open house. However, even if there are advantages of doing an open house in a real estate there are also some disadvantages as well

Here are some of the disadvantages of doing an open house.

Wrong Kind of Traffic

Having the fact that when you do an open house you may get a number of different people walking through your home and viewing it, but there are only few legitimate buyers. Some of the people who come to look at your home can’t even afford the listing price because there is no pressure to buy it, or there’s no screening process.

Open House Addicts

There are also people who frequently go to an open house without the intention of buying the property. Others will go as pastime, since open houses are usually done during weekend.

The Dreamer

You do an open house it does not mean that every people who walk through your home and to view can afford to buy it. Everyone has the right to dream of owning a nicer, bigger and better home someday and open house gives them the chance to the experience of buying a new home.

 The Idea Person

We cannot deny the fact that there are also some people who will go open house to hunt for ideas for their own homes. The idea person love visiting real estate open houses because by doing so they were able to get ideas about the designs of your home and your paint choices. Some of them may even pretend that they are really interested in buying your home but the truth is they are just getting idea on how it was done.

Nosy Neighbors

Real estate open houses can also draw in curios neighbors. Some of them may be great neighbors some of them may be not. But when you do an open house, you may not want them wandering around you house unfortunately; there is no way to stop them.

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Doing an open house may draw in potential buyers but knowing
your home is open all day to strangers could also attract burglar. It also allows people to look around of your home with little to no supervision and can give them the opportunity to plan out their crime. So you have to make sure that when you do open houses ensure that all possible entrances to your home are secure.

Possibility Of Theft

If you’re going to do an open house, make sure to remove all your personal belongings and valuable items before the open house event. During the open house the possibility of theft does exist.
Criminals might steal your valuable items and some important things to your home.

 

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Benefits Of Hiring A Buyer’s Agent

 

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Credits to: Mark Moz

If you’re planning to purchase a new home hiring a buyer’s agent can make your home process much easier and more efficient. A buyer’s agent is the one who represents the home buyer in a real estate transaction. Although listing agents have a legal responsibility to protect their sellers’ client however their main focus is to protect their client above any other parties. As a home buyer especially if this is your first time to buy a new home, you should also have the same level of protection coming from your real estate professional.

Here are some of the reasons why you should hire a buyer’s agent.

 

Market Knowledge

A buyer’s agent has ways on finding out how much is the worth of the home you are looking for should cost. They have access to websites wherein they can perform a comparative market analysis in order to determine the price of a home or price to offer when buying a home.

Knows Where To Look For A Home

Since buyer’s agent usually helps the buyer to look for a home that they like, he or she knows already where to look for it. Buyers have an easy access to all other properties that are listed on the MLS by other agent. They know what to do and what needs to be done. Agents know where to look for a home that meets your criteria, negotiate with the client and set up an appointment for viewing the property.

Helps You To Write An Offer To The Seller

Once you’ve decided what home you would like to buy, buyer’s agent will help you to write an offer and send it to the Seller’s Agent.

Knowledge Of Real Estate Contract

Your buyer’s agent is knowledgeable about the real estate contract. They can explain it to you what was written in the residential purchase agreement in order to make sure that you understand it. Once the contingencies are not met or are not in the right place it allows you to walk away from the contract to purchase if you are not satisfied.

Negotiate On Your Behalf To Get The Best Possible Terms

Regardless of the price of the home negotiation is going to be part of the transaction process. Buyer’s agent knows how make use of the tricks like offering a concession to make that the buyer will come out ahead or happy and satisfied.

Helps You To Understand The Financing Options 

Getting a mortgage is the common options of a home buyer in purchasing a property. Since majority of the people cannot afford to pay in cash. Your buyer’s agent can explain to you the different financing options he or she also knows where to find a great lender.