The best photos will sell your home

Home prices have begun to stabilize in many places and actually go up in others.  Is you have been waiting to sell your home, this may be the time for you to put your home on the market.

From the WSJ Market Watch, here is a valuable tip for making your home more salable:

Good pictures are crucial in marketing a home for sale. Just ask Clarissa and Mark Padilla, who were able to get a contract on their Sherman Oaks, Calif., condo unit in less than two weeks—and at a price they wanted.

Clarissa Padilla attributes the quick sale to the professional photography that marketed the home and was able to lure about 20 to 25 people to an open house the first weekend.

“When we saw the photos, we fell in love with our place all over again,” she said. “The colors were so bright, and it made it look fresh and very spacious. It’s only 950 square feet. [The pictures] made it look huge.”…

Listings with photos taken by professionals have about 61% more views than other homes—and that’s across all price tiers, according to research from Redfin, a real-estate brokerage.

“When people are searching for homes, they search by price range, location, bed and bath. But then once they have the list, the visual piece becomes a larger and more important part of the decision,” said Jani Strand, spokeswoman for Redfin. “Photos are the first impression, and can generate interest and excitement, which leads to good offers.”

Some even suggest that you choose your Realtor based on the quality of the pictures he uses to advertise the homes he lists.

Evaluate an agent or broker’s current listings and evaluate their property photos. If the pictures are blurry, grainy, crooked or poorly composed, you may be better off choosing another agent.

With the Internet becoming an increasingly important part of people’s home searches, photo quality and staging may make the difference between selling your home and having it sit unsold for months.

Clarissa Padilla said that a condo unit in the same building, and comparable to hers, sat on the market for five or six months before her home was listed. But the photos of the other unit weren’t taken by a professional.

Meanwhile, some of the prospective buyers who walked through their home thought that theirs was a staged model home. The Padillas had multiple offers right away

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