As an Agent, I believe I take great photographs for my clients and have even taken some classes to enhance my skills.
Yet, I always offer professional photography services to all my listing clients.
Right now, there is nothing more important in selling your home than its online exposure. Â I know sell more homes through the internet than even my local MLS (Realtor's source). Â I pay to feature my homes (on Trulia and more) so they show up first in search results - and it makes all the difference. Â Â
Photographs are the mostÂ impactingÂ part of your online presentation.
I take great photographs, but I cannot compete with professional photographers who have the extensive education and experience to really make your house shine. Â On top of it all - they are relatively inexpensive. Â The best photography company in Portland is only $100 per house.
I'm amazed at how many people will quickly drop a thousand or thousands off the price of their home, but at the same time, would never consider spending $100 to drastically help their home sell.
Should I get professional photographs for my home? Â Yes, for most houses in average or above average condition - yes.
We all know the first time (and repeat) home buyer's credit ended in April 2010.
Was April 2010 a historic month for home sales? Â Did the dying of the credit spur on countless fervent buyers?
Statistics did improve in April from May, but not by much. Â Homes in March averaged 7.8 months to sell. Â Homes in April averaged 7.3 months to sell. Â Months to sell determines whether or not we are in a buyer's or seller's market. Â A seller's market is at 1 to 3 months. Â A buyers market is at 5 and up. Â
Also, April sales are seasonally better than March sales year after year, regardless of this unusual promotion.
In my opinion, the tax credit died with a silent gasp, not a loud explosion.Â
May statistics should be a good temperature gage for how the rest of the summer will turn out.
Stephen Fitzmaurice, Realtor