Updated on October 18, 2021
They say a picture speaks a thousand words. That’s certainly true in real estate. Sure, property descriptions are vitally important, but photos are essential. Especially these days, when so many people view listings online, the right photos can mean the difference between a buyer becoming interested in your property or moving on to the next listing.
So, what photos should you take?
Recent studies suggest that the more photos the better. Property listings that feature several photos tend to attract more buyers than those with just a single picture or none at all. So, you’ll want to have plenty taken. Some of the most effective shots include:
- Photos of each room.
- Desirable features, such as a gorgeous fireplace.
- The property facade.
- The backyard and other appealing outdoor features.
- Key rooms from multiple perspectives, such as the kitchen, master en suite, and dining room.
Before having these photos taken, be sure to prepare. If you were having a family photo taken by a professional photographer, you’d probably ensure everyone dressed their best. The same holds true when listing pictures are taken. Make sure your home looks its best.
Get as much decluttering and cleaning done as possible before pictures are taken. Also, if there are any repairs needed around the home, especially ones that are likely to show up in a photo, get those taken care of too.
Of course, if you need to list your home quickly, there are ways to shoot photos that still look great, even before your home is 100% prepared.
Listing photography doesn’t take that long, so scheduling won’t be a big concern.
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Updated on October 13, 2021
These bathroom improvement projects can make a huge impact on the look of your bathroom. And, they can all be done affordably and in just a day or two.
Posted on October 4, 2021
Fear of buyer’s regret can actually dissuade people from making a purchase, even when the price is right and they really want the product!
In the real estate world, buyers can sometimes hesitate to make an offer on a home for the same reason. They worry about paying too much, so they take a pass on the property. That’s unfortunate because they may miss out on a great home at a good price!
How do you conquer this fear?
The first step is to get your finances in order. Determine how much your current property will likely sell for on today’s market. Also, talk to a lender or mortgage advisor to find out how much of a mortgage you can get. This will give you a fairly good idea of what you can comfortably afford.
Don’t forget to factor in monthly expenses when determining affordability. If you’re looking to move to a larger home, or one that’s in a highly desirable neighbourhood, your mortgage payments may be higher. Other expenses, like utilities, might increase too.
Remember, a new home is as much a lifestyle investment as it is a traditional financial one. You’re making an investment in your – and your family’s – happiness. That might even make it worth spending a bit more. And, once you’ve reviewed your finances and anticipated your expenses, you may discover you can do just that!
So, take all these factors into account and determine a price range within which you can comfortably shop. That will make it easier to make an offer on that perfect property with confidence, and with no fears of regret.
Posted on September 20, 2021
• 1546 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm townhouse – FOR SALE CAD600,000 .
in Sun Ridge, Victoria
Flexible living space with TWO primary bedrooms; one on the main and one upstairs! A small step from the attached one-car garage or through the main door leads you to easy one-level living. The primary bedroom is on the main floor and has a large washroom including walk-in shower; and a full sized laundry room. Cook your breakfast in the well appointed kitchen with soaring skylight and pass the sunny morning away in the bright breakfast nook. The dining room is in the middle of the house and fits a large table and chairs. Beside that is the living room with cozy gas fireplace and sliding glass doors to a private patio for enjoying afternoon sun. Upstairs is a second primary bedroom or guest room/office with 4-piece washroom that can be used for guests. One dog or cat is welcome. This bright and airy townhome is located within walking distance to Westshore Mall, the Galloping Goose trail and Colwood Creek Dog Park.
Posted on September 17, 2021
• single story – FOR SALE CAD675,000 .
in Victoria West, Victoria
A unique, stand-alone townhome, situated in an intimate 5 unit development located in a serene park-like setting on the Esquimalt/Vic West border. The complex is just steps from tennis courts and within walking distance to downtown Victoria along the West Song Walkway. There is wonderful separation in this 3-story unit, with a spacious master bedroom on the top floor with a large walk-in closet, 4 pc ensuite bathroom and laundry room. The main floor is perfect for entertaining: The kitchen with breakfast nook has a bar opening up to the formal dining room, which has funky wrought iron railings overlooking the living room. Down a few stairs is the spacious living room with wood fireplace and sliders to a deck, great for BBQs. The lower floor has tremendous flexibility with a large bedroom, four piece bathroom and direct entry to the double carport. This unit comes with 2 covered parking spaces.
Updated on September 15, 2021
Posted on September 15, 2021
• 1448 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story – FOR SALE CAD969,000 .
in Victoria West, Victoria
Songhees Point at the glorious scenic Inner Harbour of Victoria. Stroll on the walkway across the bridge downtown with so many choices of restaurants, shopping, markets, mall, cafes and commerce within a few steps. This beautifully updated home offers almost 1500 square feet with ocean views from the living room with gleaming wood floors, modern kitchen with stainless appliances, spacious master suite with ensuite, laundry/storage room an large guest room. The welcoming entry of this suite feels like a home! Delta Ocean Point resort and Victoria International Marina just and Boom + Batten just around the corner. An amazing lifestyle home that’s second to none: Victoria living at its best.
Updated on September 15, 2021