The experience of buying/selling real estate has changed greatly in the last 10 years. It wasn’t too long ago that there were only two ways you could find out what homes were for sale. You could read the newspaper, but newspaper ads didn’t give you much more information than how many beds/baths the home had. Alternatively, you could head down to your local real estate agent’s office where you could learn quite a bit more about a home. Today, you don’t have to leave your home or even buy a newspaper to find out in-depth information on every home for sale in your town. All you have to do is log on to the internet. In fact, over 80% of all buyers start their home search on the internet. From Zillow to Trulia to Prudential.com there are literally thousands of websites which can give you quick access to detailed information about a property including satellite images of the property’s location.
Aside from all the statistical information, the one thing buyers spend a lot of time staring at are the pictures of your home. When selling a home the pictures your Realtor puts on the internet are your best chance of making a good first impression with a buyer. High quality photos of your home will attract more buyers to your property and will result in a faster sale. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that “listings with nicer photos gain anywhere between $934 and $116,076.” In addition, a study was recently conducted by a real estate brokerage firm examining the difference between listings who’s photos weree shot with a DSLR camera and those with photos shot with a standard digital camera. Here’s what they found:
Homes shot with a DSLR camera:
Here are a few tips that will help your property look its best not only in photos but also in person!