Photography Tips from Realty Hi Lite – Part 3

Part three in our series of photography tips for real estate professionals. Let us know if you agree, or add your own tips for others to learn from.

1. Use proper lighting. A good flash will set you back, but the quality of your photos will make it a worthwhile investment.
2. The exterior of the home is just as important as the interior. Consider a virtual tour of the exterior of the home.
3. Take your photos on a sunny day. Everything looks better when the sun is shining!
4. Add a Realty Hi Lite virtual tour to every listing. Listings with virtual tours get 40% more clicks than those without according to research by Realtor.com.

-The Realty Hi Lite Team

Photography Tips from Chloe – Part 2

Earlier I posted some tips from my daughter Chloe. For those who have been begging for more, here they are. More photography tips from Chloe!

1. Don’t take a picture of anything personal because that would be embarrassing. Think underwear – yuck!
2. Never climb up a tree to take a picture unless you have a trampoline under you.
3. Come join the fiesta and work with Realty Hi Lite!

Keep an eye out for future installments of photography tips from Chloe!

Photography Tips from Realty Hi Lite – Part 1

Chloe is posting some fabulous photography tips in this blog. Below are some other tips from the corporate office. Speak your mind – let us know if you agree!

1. Never take your photos with a cell phone camera. Cell phones are for phone calls, cameras are for pictures.
2. Use a wide angle lens to get the best view of a room, particularly a small room.
3. Update your pictures as the seasons change. No one wants to look at a snow filled yard in July!

-The Realty Hi Lite Team

Photography Tips from Chloe – Part 1

My 9 year old daughter Chloe was helping me build a brochure. In it, I talk about Ten Tips for real estate photography. Chloe wanted to come up with her own tips, and here are some of them. More to follow in future posts…

1. Reading is a dress rehearsal for life!
2. Try not to get in your picture.
3. Don’t take a picture of anything gross. Just let it flow.

Hope you agree with these tips. Keep an eye out for more!

Why a Virtual Tour?

Is a virtual tour worth the money? That has to be the number one question in every real estate agent’s mind when deciding whether or not to invest in a virtual tour for a listing. The answer depends on a number of factors.

  • Is the listing priced right? If the seller insists on listing for a price that is well over where you think the listing will sell, it may not make sense to spend the money on a tour right now. Maybe once the seller realizes his folly and lowers the price you can invest in a virtual tour.
  • Does the home show well? If the home is cluttered and doesn’t show well in person, then a virtual tour won’t be a magic bullet to a sale. Virtual tours are like a stroll through the home. They provide a much better prospective than still photos. Use a virtual tour to save time and money on showings to give prospective buyers a real life walk-through of a home.

Those are just two factors to consider. Some offices add a virtual tour to virtually all listings. Others use virtual tours only for high end homes. Every real estate agent needs to decide what works best for them.

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