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Professional photography enhances vacation rental listings!

So many vacation rental owners spend tons of time and money on making their rental property look just perfect with all the special touches that make people feel at home.  But then when the hard work is done they are usually so ready to get it rented that they take a few photos themselves and hope that works.  Getting your property rented regularly relies heavily on gaining the proper attention from potential visitors that it deserves.  Having high quality photos will draw people in and get them to spend more time viewing your property over others.

 

 

Sell the emotion of your property

The entryway to your property are the photos you have displayed.  So it is essential you have the right photos in order to get those future guests to walk through that entryway and become your customer.  The photos should be welcoming and enticing so that they can envision escaping their reality and enjoying themselves in your vacation rental.

Pictures are processed by future visitors much faster than the words used in the description.  If you lost the future guest when they were browsing the photos they may have never gotten to the description to read more about what your rental offers and missed out on your amazing property.

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Emotions are what sell a property.  But keep in mind that all of your photos won’t necessarily be emotion seeking.  In fact the majority of your images will just be showing the facts of the property (size of the rooms, kitchen layout, amenities, etc).  The combination of high quality emotional and factual photos are what will sell your property.  And of course at least one dream shot that really gets your future guest daydreaming about kicking their feet up and relaxing in your property.

Choosing the right photographer

If you had a bad tooth ache you wouldn’t go see an eye doctor, well the same rule of thumb works for photographers.  To get good property photos be sure to find a photographer that focuses on architecture and marketing.  A photographer with these skills will provide you with the right photos for your property.  Also just confirm with the photographer that they will provide photos that will market an experience, not just a property.

With the right photographer in place you will soon realize that this investment in professional photography has an amazing return.  Future guests will see that you have invested in your property and will appreciate it!

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Should I add amenity photos to my listing?

Sometimes the actual house for sale isn’t the only thing that potential buyers are looking for.  Instead they might be looking for the full package of not only the perfect home but also the perfect neighborhood with all the bells and whistles.  Buyers are often looking for things to do locally and ways to easily socialize with their neighbors.  Amenities can be a huge selling factor when home buyers are looking for their new place to call home.

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A big part of most neighborhoods is the amenities that are included.  If a buyer sees a large monthly home owners association (HOA) fee then their first question is going to be – “What is included?”.  Adding amenity photos will help them see right away the benefits of what is available to them when they buy that particular property.  This will help the buyer stop wondering and now you’ve captured the buyer’s interest before they have moved on to the next home.

There are many large neighborhoods that have groups of amenities and only certain ones are accessible to some of the subdivisions within them.  The future home buyer might be wondering which ones would I have access to with this property.  Having the photos in the listing helps them to understand which amenities are available to the home owner and those that are not.

The amenities that are available tend to vary based on the area you are looking at.  Some examples of common amenities are pools, tennis courts, gyms, clubhouse, and playgrounds.  Some less common amenities can include community lake with walking path, golf courses, or boat launches.  Everyone is looking for something!

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Tips to make your listings stand out!

Right now is a peak time in real estate around Northeast Florida. Making your listing stand out from others is important to ensure you get the maximum amount of exposure. Here are a few tips on how to ensure your listing stands out from the others.

Be present for the shoot!

Being present for the shoot helps to ensure that the home is photographed how you envisioned it. The agent and photographer should be working together as a team to create the most compelling images that will present the home in the best possible light.

When at the shoot ask your photographer what can be done to help. Most of the time the first step is to go around the home and open every window blind, turn on all the lights, and be sure all ceiling fans are turned off. Having the agent there to get this moving can help the shoot move more efficiently.

Also the homeowners love to see the agent taking a hands-on approach. This shows them that the agent is invested in making sure their home is presented perfectly! With the agent present it allows the photographer to focus on taking great shots instead of being distracted by the owner or pets.

Add a dusk photo

By using a dusk photo as the cover photo it can quickly draw potential buyers eyes right to your listing over others. The more attention you get from the buyers the more likely you are to get more showings which can turn into more offers. That first impression is key so having a photo that stands out from others is important.

Share on social media

Most buyers in your local area are likely using social media regularly. Be sure to add your listings there. A lot of agents only post photos or links to their listings but there are other things you can do too. A short video slideshow or an exterior drone video can often get a buyer intrigued to want to see more. Video attracts a lot of clients and can be a great way to get additional views of your listing. If you want to take it one more step get an interior and exterior video which shows the whole home to the buyer. That way they can see the flow of the house.

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Ponte Vedra Real Estate Photography / 189 Spring Park Ave

Angela Olmas’ new listing in Ponte Vedra, Nocatee Florida

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Virtual Staging is an innovative approach to impress buyers!

What’s all the hype about virtual staging and is it really worth it in comparison to traditional staging?

According to the National Association of Realtors®, over 75% of buyers’ agents said that their buyers were able to envision their future life in the home.  In addition, about 38% of sellers’ agents use traditional staging in all of their client’s listings.  This is due to the fact that staging can often have a direct impact on how quickly the home sells.  Virtual staging is a cost effective alternative to traditional staging.

Here are a few example of virtual staging that Pipas Imagery created so you can see what’s possible:

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Virtual staging is a great way to showcase a property without having to bring in real furniture.  All of the staging is done electronically which means you don’t have to carry in furniture, plants, or wall art.  This provides a way to enhance the empty room photos which will help buyers envision their own furniture in the room.

When using virtual staging photos be sure to include the original empty room photo in your listing too.  Buyers may be expecting the furniture if they only see the photo that is virtually staged.  So in order to give them a heads up its best to include both.

Most buyers are fairly understanding of virtual staging, so long as the actual features and presentation of the home they are thinking of purchasing isn’t altered. In other words, when it comes to changing images digitally for real estate marketing purposes placing a couch and love seat in a room that was empty when the photographer took the original photo is okay, but repairing a huge hole in a floor is not.

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Preparing your home for real estate photography

 

 

There are a lot of pieces that go into selling a home.  One important piece is making sure it is visually pleasing to the prospective buyer.  Here is a video I recently came across from White Orchid, which is a home staging company, that has some great ideas:

In this video the home staging business owner John Matthews shares a lot of great information.  One thing he said that really stood out was:

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This quote really encompasses what every home seller wants to hear.  If you’ve already scheduled a real estate photographer to come photograph your home then that’s awesome!  Having high quality photography will really make a difference when selling your home.

However, making sure the home is staged correctly is another important factor since a professional photographed home that is not presented well will not provide the same results.

To really emphasize this point John says:

“Other than pricing it right, home staging and professional photography are the most important factors in selling real estate today.”.png

Here is an example of this in action:

Let’s pretend there are two houses on the same street, one is owned by the Jones family and the other is owned by the Sullivan family.  These homes are the same square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The Jones family is pretty neat, although they do have two young children and a little bit of clutter around the house.  The realtor they hired does their own photos so the images are slightly dark inside, the colors aren’t quite right, and they appear to have been done quickly.

The Sullivan family also has to children but their realtor encouraged them to hire a home staging company to prepare their home.  The staging company used a combination of the Sullivan’s furniture and some special pieces that they brought in.  The realtor then hired a professional photographer who created beautifully lit photos and even included a twilight photo to really showcase the home.

Now both of these homes are on the market which the same sale price.

Which one do you think is going to attract the most interest from potential buyers?  

Clearly the Sullivan home is going to sell faster and likely for more money.

Home staging tips for selling a home:

Of course the most ideal situation would be to hire a professional staging company but if that is not possible there are a lot of ideas of things you can do yourself.  Here are a few tips from professional home stager Tori Toth:

Tori made several suggestions including:

  1. Declutter
  2. Pack away items you don’t use regularly
  3. Clean up from top to bottom so it shines
  4. Take care of any small repair projects before listing your home
  5. Paint
  6. Rearrange some furniture to maximize your square footage
  7. Spruce up the front yard to give your home some more curb appeal

We have also put together a great property prep list that home owners can use to get their home ready for a photographer.  You can download this checklist here.Prep list

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Twilight pictures give your listings an advantage over others!

Making sure you have the best marketing resources when listing a home is extremely important.  Getting the right photos can have a significant impact on how quickly a home sells and how much it sells for. Forbes Magazine said it best:

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Now you may be thinking, what is the benefit of a twilight photo?  Let’s take a look at a couple photos for you to compare.  Of course, every home is different, but here is an example of a daytime photo:

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and there here is the same photo that as a twilight:

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These two photos really show that the daytime photo looks great, but the twilight photo has strong colors and beautiful lighting that really helps to stand out even more when you are competing against other homes in the same vicinity.

Most homes can really benefit from having a twilight photo in the mix to help people see how beautiful the home looks in the evening.  Lights glowing from inside, no sun shadows, and a stunning sunset create a visually appealing image to potential buyers.

For more examples check out this great video that shows several examples of day to dusk photos: