Seeing Your Home Through the Eye of a Camera

Reblogger M.C. Dwyer
Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Showcase REALTORs 01468388

Today, I am hosting an open house for another agent.    The house is vacant, and the sellers' agent took the initiative to lightly stage it because it's so helpful to buyers to visualize the home as lived in.     Here's an article by  SHAR SITTER about the benefits of staging.    Be sure to check out the video.       Photos 3 and 4 are also amazingly useful to describe the benefits of staging.   

Original content by Shar Sitter

 You may never have thought of this but when you go to sell your home you should. This is the first way a potential buyer will see your home.....through the eye of a camera lens.

 

That MLS photo is small yet it is capturing an entire room. What will the buyer see in that photo?

 

Will they see your things? Their eyes going to the tops of cabinets where they don't need to be.

 

 

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Or will the buyer's eyes focus in on your beautiful granite?

 

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Will their eyes bounce from nick-knack to nick-knack.....wondering what that thing in the corner is? Or wonder how they could possibly seat enough people in the room?

 

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These are not photos where all new beautiful furnishings were brought in. These photos are using what you have but making it look better by editing your items and using them differently.

 

Other things to ask yourself:

 

1. Are they going to get done looking at the photos online and have no idea what the architectural features even are?

 

2. Will they see a formal dining room that can hold their family for Thanksgiving or a small table with 4 chairs around it because that's all you need to seat at the table?

 

building-plan-354233_640     On a MLS photos they don't grasp the size of a room. And many don't take the time to look at the dimensions of the room but for many it wouldn't really matter anyway. A 12 x 13 room may not mean much more to them than a 15 x 17 room and they aren't taking the time to map it out at this point.

 

So photos do matter! When in doubt,  snap a photo of your rooms with your phone and look at it. What do you see? Where do your eyes land first? Hopefully they land on the best feature of the room.

 

 

And by the way.....photos snapped with a phone or Ipad shouldn't be the photos on MLS. Professional Real Estate photos only please. Yes....again it matters!     blonde-1503202_640

 

If you need assistance in getting your home in top selling condition for those professional photos, hire a trained and certified Home Stager.

 

 

Premier Home Staging and Redesign Firm Serving the Entire Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN Area

   

Rooms With Style

       
 

Shar Sitter

Website: http://roomswithstyle.com/

Portfolio:  Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis, MN

Email: Shar@roomswithstyle.com

Although each house is unique there is one common goal...using our expertise to get your home sold as quickly as possible.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
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Staging is so critical especially when it comes to photos.

Feb 23, 2020 12:24 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Richard Weeks
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Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great week.

Feb 24, 2020 03:31 AM #2
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®     so true! - and photos are how buyers decide which homes to go see...

Richard Weeks     thanks for dropping by - I hope you have a great week too!

Feb 24, 2020 08:37 AM #3
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi M.C. Hope the Open House went well. Staging can make such a big difference. Shar always has great advice. D 

Feb 28, 2020 07:50 AM #4
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
MC Dwyer-Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thanks Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD    While I didn't meet any buyers who weren't already represented, I still gleaned a lot about buyers' perceptions of our market.     And there was someplace to sit because the living room had a couch   LOL!

Feb 28, 2020 02:56 PM #5
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

M.C., Shar did a great job with this post, and she "has the eye".  That is why I hire my photographer, he has the eye too.

Mar 05, 2020 11:27 AM #6
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Ricki Eichler McCallum
CastNet Realty - Corpus Christi, TX
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This is a wake-up call for sellers!  These pictures say it all.  

Mar 05, 2020 04:33 PM #7
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M.C. Dwyer
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Joan Cox  I agree, and have found most buyers buy with their eyes and emotions, then justify with rational analysis.

Ricki Eichler McCallum  Yes, gone are the days of fast sales regardless of the home's presentation.     More and more, buyers decide whether or not to visit the home based on the internet photos.

Mar 06, 2020 08:38 AM #8
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