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How To Take Great Photos of Your Home by CENTURY 21 on June 8th, 2014
Staging your home for sale is an important part convincing buyers of the quality and value of your property. With most real estate listings online, the power of a good photo goes beyond a clean space.

Here are some tips to help you take picture perfect photos of your home:

•Invest in a Quality Camera: Show your buyers the best of your space by investing in a camera that will give you sharp images. Blurry photos do not highlight the space well or give a good first impression. Better images will make homebuyers more eager to see your home. Spending a few extra bucks now might make you extra cash in the long run.

•Use Natural Light: Take advantage of a sunny day to photograph your home. Natural light makes a space feel warm and inviting while flash creates shadows and reflects off windows or mirrors. (HGTV) Buyers look for homes with extra light so use this as another opportunity to sell your home. Keep in mind when photographing the exterior to make sure the sun is behind you to avoid dark shadows.

•Show Your Space: No one likes to feel cramped. According to Houzz, buyers want to get a better feel of the movement and floor plan in your home. By photographing in one spot and showing several rooms, you show the buyer an expansive view of the space.

•Clear the Clutter: You want to give buyers a space to imagine themselves in without feeling like it’s lived in. Store away any unnecessary items that take away from the main focal point of the room. Keep your home clean and tidy. If you’re trying to photograph a small space, make extra room by rearranging furniture or photograph from a doorway. (Design Sponge)

•Edit the Small Stuff: Don’t worry if you don’t get the exact shot you want. Photo editing sites, like PIXLR, are great for quickly touching up photographs. Crop out what you don’t need or adjust the brightness to enhance the space. Try not to go overboard with editing which can turn off buyers.

Buyers are attracted to homes that have a good presence, and what better way to showcase that than with a good photo. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Posted on 18 Jun 2014 by jessica
Why Use a REALTOR?
All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS are properly called REALTORS. They proudly display the REALTOR logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR again.
Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR .

But if you're still not convinced of the value of a REALTOR, here are a dozen more reasons to use one:
1. Your REALTOR can help you determine your buying power -- that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give a REALTOR some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you. Most lenders -- banks and 2. Your REALTOR has many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties.
3. Your REALTOR can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents who are REALTORS have access to a variety of informational resources. REALTORS can provide local community information on utilities, zoning. schools, etc. There are two things you'll want to know. First, will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?
4. Your REALTOR can help you negotiate. There are myriad negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.
5. Your REALTOR provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property. Depending on the area and property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on the title of the property. Title indicates ownership of property and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights of access. The title
to most properties will have some limitations; for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your
REALTOR, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later
date.
6. Your REALTOR can help you in understanding different financing options and in identifying qualified
lenders.
7. Your REALTOR can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together
smoothly.
8. When selling your home, your REALTOR can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in
the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key
factors in getting your property sold at the best price, quickly and with minimum hassle.
9. Your REALTOR markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. Often, your
REALTOR can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your
property. Your REALTOR markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. In many
markets across the country, over 50% of real estate sales are cooperative sales; that is, a real estate
agent other than yours brings in the buyer. Your REALTOR acts as the marketing coordinator,
disbursing information about your property to other real estate agents through a Multiple Listing Service
or other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, etc. The REALTOR Code of Ethics
requires REALTORS to utilize these cooperative relationships when they benefit their clients.
10. Your REALTOR will know when, where and how to advertise your property. There is a
misconception that advertising sells real estate. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS studies
show that 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals,
friends, family and personal contacts. When a property is marketed with the help of your REALTOR,
you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
11. Your REALTOR can help you objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your
marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections
and financing -- a lot of possible pitfalls. Your REALTOR can help you write a legally binding, win-win
agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process.
12. Your REALTOR can help close the sale of your home. Between the initial sales agreement and
closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, unexpected repairs are required to obtain
financing or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most
sellers. Your REALTOR is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the
transaction to closing (or settlement).|||1||
Posted on 27 Feb 2014 by jessica
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