Real Estate Photography
Where did all the open houses go?
Open house attendance has decreased and there’s a good reason why.
Once upon a time when buyers would want to view the inside of the home they would contact the listing agent and the listing agent would meet him at the property and show them the house.
Today, if you see a for sale sign, you Google the address and you can see what the house looks like inside through the online listing.
I am noticing more and more that people will disqualify homes based on what they see on the Internet. Therefore, I believe it is critical that a home be displayed with excellence.
If your home is a masterpiece then it should be presented as such.
The Floor Plan
How many times have you looked at a listing online and wondered what the floor plan was like? Do you find yourself trying to piece together the floor plan as you go through the photos? How would you like it if when you looked at a listing you would get a quick overview of each floor in a traditional top-down perspective? Better yet, what if those rooms were labeled?
The Dollhouse View
Wouldn’t it be nice to know how the different floors relate to each other? What’s directly below the master bedroom? Imagine if you could see a dollhouse view like this when you viewed a listing.
Or like this. This incomparable Dollhouse View gives a completely unique sense for the place. See all floors at once!
The Walkthrough- A Five Star Experience*****
Wouldnt it be great if you could be inside this photo an look up and see the ceiling and light fixtures or look down and get a good look at the flooring? Would you like to turn around to see whether that is the entrance behind you or the kitchen? Click on this photo to see what you will find. But come back after for the closing message. I have got exciting news to share!
*This home is not for sale. It is a sample.
All 3 in 1
A 3-D showcase is an online experience that lets homebuyers move through a property and see it from any angle, as if they were there.
Tina Plett/Eniko Crozier of Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate came back from the National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo with a new tool called The Matterport. With this tool, we can display our listings as a 360° Virtual Tour, as a floor plan image as well as in a Dollhouse View.
Can you see the benefit of using this tool when listing?
Most showings happen online. The internet is the open house of today.
MATTERPORT 3D IS THE MOST REALISTIC, IMMERSIVE WAY TO EXPERIENCE A PROPERTY ONLINE.
I LOVE to travel! So much so that I would love to have a travel related job. I love going to new places and exploring everything that they have to offer.
I enjoy finding out about local culture. When I travel to Mexico I love to learn about the Mayans and the Aztec. I often buy related jewelry pieces. I have a unique name and can never find it on anything touristy. So a find I was able to score in the Mayan was a pendant with my name spelled out in their characters. Not only is it a conversation piece, but something unique to treasure.
I also really enjoyed exploring all the ruins. I was able to climb up the temple at Coba before it closed. I scampered up to the top like a monkey, even with all my camera equipment attached and was rewarded with an amazing view of the jungle. However, coming down was a whole entirely different experience. I quickly realized why so many slid down on their backsides! My own descent was not a whole lot different!
I enjoy the local history, which can also tie in with culture. Nothing is more amazing than exploring a grand Cathedral, intricate victorian, fairytale castle or an imposing fortress. So many impressive structures created hundreds or more years ago really make you wonder how it was possible with their tools and lack of modern technology. Most places also have a variety of museums or galleries to tour through as well. They can be a wealth of information and allow you to view objects and creatures you didn’t even know once existed.
I also really enjoy exploring the local flora and fauna. I enjoy discovering local plants that I cannot see here at home. I search for local wildlife and can sit for hours at a time, being entertained by their antics and rituals, while catching it all on film.
Another thing I get lost in where ever I travel is the scenery. It doesn’t matter if it is ocean, mountain, forest, city, waterfall or rocky terrain. It is all beautiful and unique and can make for some amazing photography.
Another aspect to travel is about the people you travel with. A large group can be hard to coordinate, but dining out in a Mexican restaurant with 13 friends, being serenaded by a Mariachi Band is an experience that we will all share and talk about for years to come.
So now, all these hi lights bring me back to my question: Is Travel a Waste Of Money?
While I know that there are many people that would answer yes, for me the answer is a resounding NO!
I will agree that travel can be very expensive, and it is a want, not a need. But the photos, experiences, little treasures and memories I come home with are priceless to me.
Being able to share them with the people I travelled with, to laugh over funny sights we saw, reminisce over things we did, share photos we took of each other is all well worth it.
It is also rewarding to me to share these same items and stories with people who have never been. Giving me a chance to relive the sights, sounds, and excitement over and over again. I also have a small group of friends that I enjoy scrapbooking my experiences with, another way to relive my trips long after I am home.
And while I do not have a “travel” job, my job in real estate does allow me to travel. I can book holidays to exotic locations on the downtimes, I am able to do various day trips exploring all the sights MB has to offer.
My Real Estate partner Tina and I enjoy the yearly Real Estate Conferences in various destinations where we can not only be filled with knowledge & tips to aid our business, but we get a chance to explore all the above points that I mentioned to the benefit of a tax write off!
And yes, I am awaiting to go on my next travel adventure, wherever that may be!
Photo taken by Eniko Crozier
The Benefits of Using a Real Estate Photographer
When there are so many options for buyers to choose from and so little buyers to go around, what can help attract a buyer’s attention to your home? Proper real estate photography, that’s what!!!
Fact: Most home buyers today start their home shopping online. There are many websites to view homes on, from public ones like MLS to local site like MH&H to the realtor’s own website. As a seller, it is important for you that your home looks it’s best in every picture. When a realtor takes photos of the seller’s home with their cellphone, the pics are often too dark or too grainy for the potential buyer to connect with your home. This can cause them to completely skip over your home and choose to book a showing with the competition instead!
A seller needs a photographer that can connect with their home. One that can hilight all the benefits of living there, without distorting them. Whether it’s the special features or the little extras inside the home itself, the beautiful gardens & landscaping outside, or the outbuildings. A good photographer not only sees but feels those little subtleties in each property that makes it unique and special to any other property that is for sale. They recognize these features and focus on them to help make your property stand out above the rest!
With proper photos, when a potential buyer views your home online, they are drawn in because the photos help connect them to the property. Now they are booking that showing at your home, instead of skipping over it in favour of your competition!
Real Estate Photographer and Real Estate Professional
Sutton Group-Kilkenny Real Estate
If Real Estate photos are the first impression, a bad photo is the equivalent of putting your foot in your mouth.
It’s no way to say hello.
I hear you asking,”How hard can it be to take a photo?”
Allow me to demonstrate.
Behold the work of an amateur as held up against the work of a professional photographer:
Amateur Bedroom Photo
Professional Bedroom Photo
Amateur Livingroom Photo
Professional Livingroom Photo
Amateur Bathroom Photo
Professional Bathroom Photo
Amateur Kitchen Photo
Professional Kitchen Photo
Amateur Kitchen / Dining photo
Professional Kitchen / Dining Photo
And now you know why I hire a professional photographer for my listings.
Their high quality equipment, artful eye and honed skills are so worth it!