Professional photos make a big difference

iPhone pictures are great for selfies, but get it done right when selling your house, or lose money & time on the market.

A homeowner (let’s call her Mary) was recently interviewing an agent from another brokerage and before signing any paperwork, Mary was speaking to Bob on my team about the process. Bob knows Mary personally (but not as well as the other agent), and was working on getting us an interview. Mary was convinced that she intended to hire this other agent and did not need to interview us, so Bob offered her a list of questions to ask. (We provide this list to anyone, anywhere who would like it – just click here to download it FREE).

One of the questions asks if the agent being interviewed intends to use a professional photographer. You can google the benefits of using a professional photographer in real estate here.

All of our research, as well as our experience (and our eyes) tells us that unless the house is in dire need of extensive rehab, professional photos will put additional money in the homeowner’s pocket. Studies vary on the amount, but from everything I have read, it can be as little as $900 and as much as $19,000 and averages around $3,400. Can you imagine the vacation you could take with all of that extra cash? Listings with professional photos also get more many views online and sell faster according to these studies. Yet, when asked by Mary if she intended to use professional photos, the agent being interviewed said “don’t waste your money”.

Wow!! And if she took that shortcut, what other shortcuts is she going to take that will cost Mary an additional $1,250, plus $2,275 plus $8,400 plus ????

Mary’s listing went active recently and the photos of the “highly upgraded” kitchen, as well as the laundry room and 2 of the bedrooms are extremely blurry. Mary is seen in 1 of the photos from behind, her dog’s butt is in one of the photos (just the butt prominently displayed). 90% of buyers begin their home search online, by looking at these photos, and I can tell you from experience, they often opt-out of visiting houses that have bad photos. If the agent you interview does not intend to hire a professional photographer, show them the door and call us right away at 702 SELL NOW. Even if you are not in the Las Vegas area. We will help you find and interview a competent agent anywhere in the country for FREE. We can’t stand it when lazy agents get hired to sell houses and cost the homeowner thousaands and of dollars, as well as time on the market.

Footnote: In a fascinating turn of events – as I was writing this post, a client of mine called me about a house we saw yesterday. When I asked her what she thought of the home, she said that the kitchen was actually nicer than the photos showed (can you guess why?)

3 ways to make your home more appealing for under $50

I know it’s cliche, but you really never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression, so take a few minutes and a few bucks and make a great 1st impression!

I know it’s cliche, but you really never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression, so take a few minutes and a few bucks and make a great 1st impression!

Boost #1: Front door
Clean all of the cobwebs out and givie it a fresh coat of paint. Maybe even brighten it up by painting it a brighter-than-usual color, like red or blue. Pick a color that will stand out but also complement your home’s exterior. Be sure to ask permission from your HOA, if you have one.Keep in mind people stand at your front door while waiting to come in and they look around the whole time they are waiting.

Boost #2: Highlight your front porch
Many homeowners use their backyards for outdoor living and forget about their front porches. Even if you personally never sit on your front porch, adding a little furniture can help future homeowners envision themselves in your home before they ever step foot inside. Some inexpensive, secondhand wicker furniture and bright pillows will make even a small front porch look enticing. Maybe even add a small table.

Boost #3: Lighten up
Potted flowers brighten up the space and are very welcoming. Get a few from your local nursery, and of course, don’t forget to water them.

Desert Shores is a lovely community just north of Summerlin

Adorned by great restaurants lakeside and surrounded by all of the amenities anyone could really ask for sits the 3 finger lakes of Desert Shores. Check out the homes for sale in this community by clicking the link below;

http://goo.gl/oToR8U

Is it time to find your Summerlin home?

A new year often bring new changes. Are you ready to live in Summerlin? You can buy a home from under $55,000 to almost $13,000,000. Would you like to at least see what is available? C’mon, you know you are curious. Click the link to search.

http://goo.gl/7Ln2xP

Muti family investing in Las Vegas?

I love 2-4 unit properties as an investment. If you buy a 4-plex, and you have one vacancy, you still have 3 tenants paying you. And did you know that loans for 1-4 unit residential properties have exactly the same requirements? Do any of these investment properties catch your eye?

http://goo.gl/mt04la

We have come a long way baby!

This morning only about 6% of the active listings in the Las Vegas valley are foreclosures. Want to buy one? Here, click the link to take a look at what is still available!

http://goo.gl/jTSwSO

There are plenty of home choices in the Northwest part of the Las Vegas Valley (89149)

As a buyer, it’s nice to have choices, and the area near Providence and Centennial Hills has more “supply” than most of the rest of the valley. That means less competition for buyers and (typically) better values. Check out some of the house there by clicking this link;

http://goo.gl/Jgz6Un