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by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

DO LISTING PHOTOS REALLY MATTER?

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

DO LISTING PHOTOS REALLY MATTER?

The short answer: Absolutely.

Gone are the days when the first stop on the home search was a drive-by.  In today’s market, the average buyer begins their search on the internet, and contacting an agent or taking the time to view the exterior of a property comes second and third.  As a result, the first impression most buyers have of a home is from the photos that accompany the listing in online real estate searches.  If your listing photos don’t measure up, buyers will simply move on to the next listing.

In order to make your home’s listing photos count, it is important to invest in good quality equipment, and to take the time to think through the highlights of your home.  The only type of pictures you should use for your listing are high resolution, properly lit photos.  Using a smartphone may be tempting, but a good camera can make all the difference.  Many home sellers use experienced photographers when creating their listings, so that is also something to consider.  Looking through nearby home listings will give you a good idea about the caliber of photos required.

While a high quality photograph is an essential step towards creating a lasting impression, not even the best camera equipment can make an unattractive room appealing.  You may have never imagined your home in a lifestyle magazine, but now is the time to awaken your inner stylist.  Both you and your agent should spend as much time and preparation on your home’s photo shoot as on preparing for an open house.  Some quick tips for a successful photo shoot are the following:

  1. Schedule the shoot for when your home has the best natural light.
  2. Clean your spaces before the shoot.  
  3. Try to declutter your home as thoroughly as possible.  Your collection of vintage figurines may be appealing to you and your family, but clearing them out of the shot may make your home more attractive to a broader audience.

Consider your home a product, and your listing photos the catalog shots.  Try to capture your rooms at their best, your time and effort will make all the difference!

SETTLING DOWN AFTER THE BIG MOVE

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

SETTLING DOWN AFTER THE BIG MOVE

When it’s time to make a move, whether it’s to a new neighborhood or to a new state, the process itself can often be nerve-wracking, but moving is just the beginning.  With so many factors out of your control, here are a few practical tools and strategies that might make settling down in your new corner of the world as close to “stress-free” as possible.

Consider Google Your New Best Friend.

This is an obvious first step for many, but still a crucial resource worth mentioning.  The Internet is an invaluable tool that can be used to find your local grocery store, library, parks, and shopping centers.  Websites such as Google Maps, Yelp, and CitySearch provide business information and even user reviews on the best places to eat, shop, and wander.

Interact with the Residents.

Although the Internet is a good start, the key to feeling settled and comfortable in your new community is to talk to your fellow community members.  If you happen to know one or two people in your new area already, it is a good idea to give them a call, or meet for lunch to chat about their favorite restaurants, places to hang out, and even spots to avoid.  If you have no contacts in the area, take heart, talking to your new neighbors is the perfect place to start.  They will not only be an invaluable resource for you, but taking the time to visit with them will go far to start your neighborly relationships on the right foot.

Create a Routine.

The excitement of moving often turns into discomfort and anxiety if you are finding it hard to feel like you are a part of the community.  One practical way to ease this situation is to create a daily or weekly routine.  Find a coffee shop or restaurant that feels welcoming, and make a point to visit on a regular basis.  Do the same with your grocery runs and other errands, and not only will you feel more in control of your surroundings, but you will also begin seeing the same people again and again.  This familiarity can go a long way with making new friends, and will create a sense of belonging.

Above all, remember that settling down and adapting to a new community takes time and initiative, but is also very rewarding.  Soon, you will be amazed when a newbie to the community comes up to you looking for help with their recent move!

Staging Your Home for Great Listing Photos

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Thinking of selling your home? The photos you include in the listing description can pique a buyer’s interest or prompt them to keep scrolling. Below are several tips to help you present your home in the best light and stage your home for listing photos. Forward this information to family and friends who are thinking of putting their homes on the market.

 

 

Make Your Home Camera Ready

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

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