IMOTO Photo Offers Virtual Staging For Photos

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado CRE# 40005863

IMOTO Photo Offers Virtual Staging For Photos

 

Vacant homes can be tricky sometimes to show and sell.  Many times, buyers have trouble coming up with a vision for a big blank room.  Physical staging can transform a big blank box into a dream room.  Sometimes, sellers just don’t have the budget to bring in temporary furniture and make the empty shell feel like a home. 

 

Yesterday, I talked with a company here in Denver who not only photographs your listing, but they can also virtually stage your vacant listing so the pictures on MLS and every other real estate website shows the rooms with some definition and character. 

 

For about $75 per room, a seller can have each room virtually staged to look like a model home.  Now don’t try to sit on these virtual couches! 

 

unstaged

 

staged

Most buyers look online before physically touring any home.  This way they can see the home as it would be with furniture and décor. 

 

Visit the IMOTO website for more information.  They also take incredible real estate photos.  Have you ever wanted to use twilight photos for your listing but aren’t sure exactly when to take the shots?  Check out their twilight photos.  These are sure to make your listing POP and stand out from all the other homes. 

 twilight

We need to be innovative with our real estate listing marketing.  IMOTO gets that and offers affordable solutions for us to take advantage of.  Our sellers will be impressed and the buyers will love it.

 photos courtesy of IMOTO Photo

 

 

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  2. Praful Thakkar 04/09/2015 09:34 PM
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Thomas McCombs
Century 21 HomeStar - Akron, OH

Thank you for the info on this.  I will have to check it out.

Feb 12, 2015 11:45 PM #41
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Jeanne Kozak
RE/MAX In Action - Martinsburg, WV
REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA

Great idea, but I am not sure we can do this in MRIS either. We cannot photo shop things in and out. maybe a separate Virtual Tour that is disclosed but not in the MLS ???

Feb 12, 2015 11:50 PM #42
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
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Sounds interesting but I think there should be a clarification on the ethics of it.  Where does it begin and end.  Can we mow the lawn with this program or trim back the trees?  What about change wall colors or ad carpet?

Feb 13, 2015 01:39 AM #43
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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I'm with Pat & Wayne Harriman ... I would love to find a software  program that could do this.  I'm creative and could place virtual furmiture to make the room look appealing and welcoming.  Any suggestions ????

Feb 13, 2015 02:25 AM #44
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Jimmy Williams (352) 874-2354
Classic VI Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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Debbie Mounteer Reynolds can you disclose the app the agent in your office uses?

Feb 13, 2015 05:36 AM #45
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William Johnson
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Hi Belinda, It is at least worth checking it out and making some inquiries. Seems like yet another arrow in the quiver.

Feb 13, 2015 05:20 PM #46
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Helena Gentile
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Levittown, NY
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Excellent! I had no idea, what a great option for a vacant home. It is true that often times buyers (especially 1st Timers) lack the vision to truly see the home and the space as the end result. Thank You for sharing.  

Feb 14, 2015 03:18 AM #47
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Jeremy K. Frost
Keller Williams Realty - Dripping Springs, TX
Associate Broker, CNE, CRS, ePro, PSA

This is fantastic information. Thank you for sharing and best of luck!

Feb 15, 2015 09:13 AM #48
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a neat business - digital staging.  Have never heard of it!

Feb 16, 2015 02:20 AM #49
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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That sure is interesting, Belinda.  Before you know it, there will be an app that will allow us to stage our own pictures.  

Feb 16, 2015 04:44 AM #50
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Robin Carter
Rockin' Robin Virtual Assistance LLC - Torrington, WY
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From a buyer's viewpoint (I am not an agent), showing both the before and after photos seems to be an amazing selling point to me! I like viewing the empty room first, without any of the seller's stuff. Then, showing the room's possibilities is super helpful. Some folks see what's possible with a little help. My mind's eye can be pretty blank, kinda like the before picture. Love this great idea!

Feb 18, 2015 01:48 AM #51
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Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID
Owner,Broker

Check out this cool video about Ikea's augmented reality for selling their furniture!  http://youtu.be/vDNzTasuYEw

Feb 18, 2015 09:53 PM #52
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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So glad hat Roy rebooted rhis. I saw their website once but could not remember it

Apr 06, 2015 09:06 PM #53
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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Did I ever tell you why I quit staging?  I'm more of a "give me a blank slate" kinda guy.....I don't want to see what someone else would do.  I want to visualize a place they way I'd want it.....not the best attitude for a stager.

Apr 06, 2015 09:37 PM #54
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is a very cool thing, but I guess I would worry that buyers might feel duped when they show up to the property and it doesn't look exactly the same.  I know that I have staged homes before, then needed the staging materials for a newer listing, so I guess it is the same thing, haha.

Apr 07, 2015 12:25 AM #55
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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
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Hey Belinda this is a very solid post! I cant beleive the difference inthe before and after pics that makes a TON of improvement.

PS you should have contacted me on that 1.8 REO!!!

Apr 07, 2015 04:25 AM #56
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Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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This is a service I could certainly use for one of my Sellers; however they do not do business anywhere near Pennsylvania, and PA is so conservative it may take years to come to our region.

Apr 08, 2015 11:47 AM #57
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Belinda Spillman - thanks goes to Roy Kelley for re-blog or I would have missed this great one.

Now I need to figure out if they can do it remotely when we provide the pictures - as I am about to list one vacan home, soon.

Apr 08, 2015 01:32 PM #58
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Belinda Spillman We have done virtual staging for quite some time. It is not inexpensive, but the return more than offsets the expense.

Apr 10, 2015 01:13 AM #59
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A super post I came across among the many archieves and frequent bloggers. Thanks for being apart of Active Rain.

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