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?)

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

Trivia: Which Summerlin Village does not end with an “s”?

Many years ago I remember a trivia question to name the professional sports team from the big 4 (Basketball, Baseball, Football & Hockey) whose team name did not end in an “S”. And at that time it was much harder than it is now. For example, in Detroit, you had the Red Wings, the Lions, the Tigers & the Pistons; and when first heard the question, there was (I believe) only one answer – the Chicago White Sox! Of course later we added teams like the Utah Jazz and the Tampa Bay Lightning . . . so it’s a little easier now.

So have you figured it out?

To help you, here is a list of the Summerlin Villages with the “s” at the end;

The Arbors
The Canyons
The Crossings
The Gardens
The Hills
The Paseos
The Pueblo
The Ridges
The Trails
The Vistas
The Willows

What is missing? (I dare you not to use the internet to get the answer)

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

Is it time to own a home with a pool in Las Vegas?

I know it’s cold right now. my phone says it’s only 36 degrees. However this summer, wouldn’t it be nice to go for a dip in your own back yard? If you said yes, here are some houses for sale with pools in a mid-price range;

http://goo.gl/GL87Is

If you don’t beleive in Christmas miracles, read this

‘Twas the night before Christmas and down at the bank, Santa’s elves were dipping a negotiator in a tank (yes waterboarding) until we got what we needed. That would be short sale approval after only 14 days!  Seriously, it was delivered to me today, December 24th!  Merry Christmas to my clients, the buyer and the bank . . . and to all a good night!