Real Estate Photography Gone Wrong

June 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Search “real estate photography tips” and you’re sure to find hundreds of ideas and suggestions.  Most of it is common sense.  We have four tips today:

1. Retake the photo if it looks over-exposed or just doesn’t look right.  Do not use it to promote the sale of your home.

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2. Do not publish photos that are upside down.

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3. Don’t photo-shop sky and clouds.  Buyers aren’t stupid.  They can spot a fake.

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4. When stitching photos together for a panoramic picture, make sure the photos line up and don’t cut off wall sconces or show vertical lines.  Why not just step back further and take one picture of the entire room?

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→ 2 CommentsTags: Phoenix Homes · Poor Photography · Other US Cities

Two Vintage Kitchens

June 24th, 2011 · 15 Comments

A clean, well-maintained older kitchen can look nicer than neglected newer kitchens.  Here are two examples.

1956 Mesa, Arizona kitchen looks brand new!

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1974 Sun City, Arizona kitchen in pristine condition.

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→ 15 CommentsTags: Kitchen · Mesa, AZ Homes · Other Arizona Cities · Not Ugly

Going Green

June 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

There’s a reason for the weeds in the front yard.  These sellers are going green.  More plants mean more oxygen for us.  And they’re not using gas-powered lawn mowers or weed eaters that pollute the air.

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Three Clean But Cluttered Kitchens

June 23rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

Clean but cluttered.

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There’s a very nice kitchen hiding under all that stuff.

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Clear off the counters please.

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→ 3 CommentsTags: Staging · Kitchen · Clutter · Phoenix Homes

Family Photos For Buyers To See

June 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Having your family photos on display when selling your home is like forcing buyers to look at your photo albums or vacation pictures.

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Protect your family’s privacy and put away the photos before selling.

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The Seeing Eye

June 23rd, 2011 · 9 Comments

Uniquely designed wall with a seeing eye on top.  Thoughts?

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→ 9 CommentsTags: Family Room · Phoenix Homes

Clash of the Patterns

June 22nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

The crushed velvet couch pattern clashes with the stone wall.  And then there’s the hole in the ceiling, the wild vine, and other visual distractions.

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Bric-a-brac wall.  More vines.  Mismatched chairs.

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→ 5 CommentsTags: Staging · Family Room · Phoenix Homes · Ugly Couches/Chairs

Four Home Decorating Ideas

June 22nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

Four home sellers have shared their decorating ideas with us.

Buy one of those $5 blankets on the street corner, add some clips, and, voila, it becomes a decorative window curtain.

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Arrange your stuffed animal in a cute sleeping position to elicit “oohs” and “aahs” from visitors.

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Add a duck toilet seat cover to help buyers remember your home.

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Put a ship’s wheel on the wall of a tiny bedroom to create a cruise ship look.

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→ 5 CommentsTags: Bedroom · Window Coverings · Other Arizona Cities · Peoria, AZ Homes · Other US Cities · Chandler, AZ Homes

Back Yard Patios

June 22nd, 2011 · 6 Comments

Back yard patios.  You can either go extremely minimal.

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Or cram it full of stuff.

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→ 6 CommentsTags: Staging · Clutter · Patio · Phoenix Homes

Creepy Clown

June 21st, 2011 · 6 Comments

Who wants some creepy clown starting at them while they sleep?

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