Interior

5094 NE 124th Place, Oxford, FL 34484 is on the market and we supplied images for Kim Davis of Kim Davis Realty for her use in marketing the property. It is a four bedroom, two and one half bath colonial located in the Villages of Parkwood on the southeast edge of The Villages. It is not part of The Villages.

In the Village of Oakwood, the home is located near the Clubhouse and outdoor pool. There is also a playground nearby.

Here is an overview of the photographs we supplied to Kim:

We also supplied Kim the images in the form of a Virtual Tour.

Thanks for visiting. Hopefully we can arrange to provide you with Real Estate Photographic services on your upcoming listings.

We finally got to photograph a home in our own development. 13801 SW 114th Circle, Dunnellon, FL 34432 is located in Spruce Creek Preserve, a development built by Del Webb. We provided images for Nina Sandoval of Ocala Realty World for her use in marketing the property.

The home was purchased by a real estate investor to update and rehabilitate the property. They refloored and repainted, installed new appliances, and converted the lanai to a four season area with heat and air.

We provided the following images for Nina’s use.

We also provided a Virtual Tour of the home.

 

3094 Tisot Way, Fruitland Park, FL 32163 is on the market. Located in the Village of Pine Run, it is a three bedroom, two full bath, two car garage model approximately three years old. It is near the Moyer Recreation Center and is probably closer to Lake Sumter Landing than either of the other two town squares in The Villages.

We photographed the property for Kim Davis of Kim Davis Realty. No staging was necessary as the home owner had it in ship-shape condition.

Here is the gallery of images we supplied:

We also supplied the images in a Virtual Tour format.

Potential Home Buyers Search Online

Fifteen or twenty years ago if you were looking for a home to purchase you would first find a real estate agent and tell the agent what kind of home and where you wanted to purchase a home. The agent would then do a search of the local Multiple Listing Service (accessible only to agents) and create a list of homes for you to physically go look at. Nowadays essentially all home buyers use the Internet themselves to search for a home in the neighborhood, price range, with number of bedrooms, square feet etc., they want. They pare all the possibilities down to a list that’s short enough to physically go look at, take that list to their agent and tell them, “We want to go see these homes.” When searching online a potential home buyer may have to go through hundreds of homes, if the number of homes, on the market is high in the area they are looking in. In online home searches, you give the search page your criteria and then they typically get a list of short descriptions with a thumbnail photo of the front of the home. In this search process, the look of the small thumbnail photo is the first thing that entices the home searcher to click on a link to see more information. This thumbnail is super important and is like the “bait” on the home sellers “hook”. For maximum effectiveness this thumbnail photo should be bright, colorful (like a good fishing lure) and fill the frame. This front exterior photo is where a blue sky helps. I think getting a buyer to click on the thumbnail link to find out more information and see more photos is not unlike a fisherman using a bright lure to get a fish to “take the bait!” Then after clicking on the thumbnail to get more details there will be 15 to 20 additional photos and some text describing the features of the home. How these photos present the home will play a major role in whether or not this home gets on the buyers “let’s go see it” list!

The Basics of Visual Psychology

There are a few simple basics that determine if real estate photos are attractive to buyers. There’s no rocket science or advanced psychology involved here. These are all things you can verify for yourself:

1. Light and bright: People are not attracted to dark and dull as they are bright and light.

2. Disorienting interiors: We all spend most of our waking hours in buildings; as a result we have a well-developed mental model of how interior spaces work. If interiors are too different from this mental model, in color, perspective, verticals or horizontals, we feel weird. Weird distracts from the effective presentation of interiors.

3. Composition: When presenting interiors visually the way a photo is framed, what’s left in and out contributes to its effectiveness. There are some general rules, but most people intuitively recognize when a photo works and when it doesn’t. Others are less sensitive to composition but can be taught composition.

4. Distractions: You want to remove all the distractions from photos that don’t aid in presenting the features of the home. Things like people, dogs, cats and miscellaneous junk.

How Real Estate Photos Work

How Photos Work For the Home Seller

Multiple studies have shown that homes marketed with professional photography get more showings and therefore the property sells faster and for more. The most significant study is the 2010 Redfin study that indicates that a home sells for any where from $900 to $116,000 USD more.

 

The info-graphic on the right was created by Robert Preville, a Wilmington, NC Realtor from the data from the Redfin study, it illustrates the importance of good marketing photography in selling home.

 

Nathan Cool of Nathan Cool Photo (dot) com has an excellent video on the benefits of professional real estate photography posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9IpwBA1cmA . It is an indepth look at time on market, final selling price, and other factors concerning real estate listings and the photos that represent them.

 

Benefits to the Real Estate Agent

As a real estate agent there are compelling reasons for using great photography to present a listing:

• The home seller client will be pleased how you are presenting their property.

• It’s a well-established fact that great photos and marketing materials are a way to get more listings. Neighbors of the listing property watch carefully how a property is marketed. If they like what they see, they will ask the agent to list their property when the time comes to sell.

• If there is competition for a listing, the commitment of professionally done photography and marketing materials can help win the listing. The listing agent is the marketing expert in charge of selling a client’s property and it is important they understand the way marketing photos work so they can use photography to the maximum benefit whether they shoot their own photos or hire a professional photographer.

The Ten Essentials

Here are 10 essential principles that you can use to give your marketing photos maximum effectiveness:

1. The primary purpose of real estate marketing photos is to present the features of the property. Make sure that each photo visually supports this purpose. Any visual distractions that divert the viewer’s attention from this purpose need to be eliminated. Items 3 through 9 below are the most common distractions that pull the viewer’s attention away from the purpose of the photos. Also, photo composition is all important because it controls the viewer’s attention and focuses it on the purpose of the photo.

 

The two preceding photos illustrate how the angle the photo is taken from can focus attention on the most important features of a room. In the photo on the left it is not clear what the most important features of the room are. In the one on the right, attention is focused on the fireplace and the large window.

2. Use a wide-angle lens to shoot interiors. Wide-angle lenses increase the feeling of space in interiors. What’s a wide-angle lens? For interiors, a lens should have a 35mm equivalent focal length of between 14 and 24mm. Lenses with a wide enough angle of view to shoot interiors don’t usually come with off-the-shelf or point-and-shoot cameras.

 

3. Remove clutter and stage interiors for best results. It’s a well-known fact that staging homes pays off. Homes sell faster and for a higher price when they are staged. Most lived in homes have too much clutter.

Clutter

Photos will look better and show more of the home if clutter is reduced and furniture is staged by a trained home stager.

Staged

4. The primary exterior shot is THE most important photo. Spend extra time, money and effort to get a “knockout” front photo because this is the photo that will be seen most and first by prospective home buyers. Online thumbnails of this photo must entice the buyer to look closer at the property. 

Elevated Front Exterior Shot

Many homes benefit from an elevated front shot where the camera is 10’ to 20’ above street level, as shown below where the first image was taken at street level.

 

5. Render interiors light and bright. Bright interiors are up-beat and make a more positive impression on the prospective buyer, so you want light and bright photos. Amateur cameras often under expose.

 

Special lighting equipment or photo editing techniques must be used to get interior photos to come across light and bright. Lighting, along with controlling window brightness, is probably the most challenging aspect of real estate photography. The two common approaches to interior lighting are to shoot bracketed exposures or to use multiple small flash units to light interiors.

6. Vertical lines (walls etc.) must look perfectly straight. We live in a world where we unconsciously know that all walls are perfectly vertical. When a viewer sees a room where the walls are not parallel with the side of the photo, the viewer is visually distracted and disoriented. A voice in their head is saying, “This is not right”. Verticals that are not perfectly straight with the edge of the photo is the first indication of a non-professional interior photographer. Compare the two following photos and notice the visual tension in the first one where the cabinets are not vertical.

7. Vertical and horizontal lines must be straight. Wide-angle lenses cause lines near the edges of photos to curve so special efforts and software must be used to remove distortion. 

8. Don’t let bright windows distract. Unless special lighting or photo editing software is used interior windows will tend to look too bright so the view out the window is not visible. It is always possible to show the view out the window if the view is an important selling point of the property. However, special work by the photographer may be required to make sure the exterior view is clearly visible. Bright windows distract the viewer’s attention because the eye naturally moves to the brightest area in the photo. Sometimes the view outside is not important, while other times, with view properties, being able to show the inside and the view out the window is critical.

 

9. Don’t let color casts distract. Strong color casts (typically a strong orange color) distract the viewers attention.

 

10. The way photos are presented online has a huge impact on the overall effectiveness of marketing a property. Photos have the most impact when presented large (800 x 600 pixels or larger) and in a smooth, easily controllable slide show. Real estate sites typically do not present photos in the most effective way possible. One of the purposes of a virtual tour or slide show is to maximize the impact of marketing photos. You can hire a photographer that uses these principles or you can use these principles to shoot photos yourself if you are technically inclined or have support staff that shoot your photos. But either way, you are the listing agent in charge of marketing a property, so use these principles to produce, select and present your marketing photos for maximum effectiveness. Since these are well accepted photographic principles, most experienced real estate photographers follow them without being told, but there are some that won’t. It’s easy to think because you have a digital camera that you can be a professional. Remember, you are the marketing expert, it’s your job to make sure the marketing is effective. If it isn’t, ask questions.

Important Real Estate Photography Articles

The following are some of the most significant articles on the subject of real estate photography in the last 10 years. These articles show an increasing awareness of the importance of real estate photography in marketing homes. Note that the blue title lines are links to the articles.

1. In Real Estate, A Picture Is Worth $1,000 or More, (http://blogs.wsj. com/developments/2010/10/04/inreal-estate-a-picture-is-worth-1000or-more/), Oct 2010: This article is a summary and recap of the original Redfin study listed below in 2.

2. A Photo is Worth $1000, (http://blog. redfin.com/blog/2010/09/a_picture_is_ worth_a_thousand_dollars_true_or_false. html#.U81GXo1dVaE) The original Redfin Corporate blog post that talks about a study done in the Seattle area that shows homes for homes over $300,000 with professionally shot photos increase the final sale by anywhere from $938 to $116,076.

3. Look Sharp: Professional Listing Photos Sell For More Money, (http:// www.redfin.com/research/reports/ special-reports/2013/professionalphotos-2013.html#.U81Hgo1dVaH), Dec 2013: From Instagram to Pinterest to Snapchat, digital photos have become their own mode of online and mobile communication. With 92 percent of home buyers using the Internet as part of their home search, listing photos are a critical factor in the selling price of your home, how quickly it sells, and whether it sells at all.

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We photographed 5980 SW 98th Place in Ocala, Florida for Kim Davis of Kim Davis Realty. The home is situated in an over 55 community called Cherrywood Estates.

The home is a three bedroom, two full bath model with a two car garage. It sits on about a one third of an acre lot, one of the largest in the development. It is nicely landscaped as shown by the pictures of the exterior.

The front exterior picture below shows the effect of reducing the amount of clouds, hopefully attracting more attention from the online viewers. Move the slider to see the before and after versions.

We supplied the images to Kim as a gallery, samples are shown below:

We also supplied the Virtual Tour branded for Kim’s use and unbranded for the Multiple Listing Service requirements.

We would love to have the opportunity to photograph one of your listings and add you as a client. Just contact us.

10855 SE 170th Lane Road, Summerfield, FL 34491

10855 SE 170th Lane Road, Summerfield, FL 34491

10855 SE 170th Lane Road, Summerfield, FL 34491 is on the market in the Stonecrest development which is located near The Villages in Florida. We photographed the property for Cheryl Pecoraro of Foxfire Realty in Summerfield.

We delivered the images via TourBuzz by utilizing the images delivery method which is part of their service along with a Virtual Tour.

It was a cloudy day and we surmised that we would have to perform sky replacement surgery on the exterior images. We photographed the exterior then moved inside. By the time we finished inside the sun was out so we retook the exterior as a storm approached from the northwest. Some of those clouds you will notice in the pictures. Here is a gallery of the photos in the sequence taken.

 

35308 Maple Leaf Drive, Fruitland Park, FL 34371

35308 Maple Leaf Drive, Fruitland Park, FL 34371

We photographed this home at 35308 Maple Leaf Drive in Fruitland Park, Florida for Deanna Langley of Foxfire Realty, Inc. It is a three bedroom, two full bath, with a two car garage. The yard is fenced with a nicely landscaped back yard. The area to the left as you are looking at the home, is preserved land.

The living room is open to the kitchen and breakfast area, with a dining room located just off the foyer.

The laundry room is in the area on your way to the garage.

This home is probably the furthest we have traveled to photograph a home in quite some time, about 75 miles round trip.

Here is a gallery of the images supplied to the agent for her use in marketing the home:

As usual we also supplied the photos in a Virtual Tour format.

Contact Us for information on our services for your new listings.

 

 

1701 SE 24th Road #203, Ocala, FL 34471

1701 SE 24th Road #203, Ocala, FL 34471

We photographed the townhouse (condo ownership) at 1701 SE 24th Road #203 in Ocala for Nina Sandoval of Ocala Realty World. It has been nicely renovated in anticipation of this sale.

There are two bedroom and two bathrooms on the upper level with lots of closet space. 

The lower level features a large living room and kitchen/dining room combination. French doors lead to the attached screened in lanai overlooking greenery in the rear yard.

Please take some time and review these images taken to help the agent market her new listing.

We also provided her with branded and unbranded versions of the Virtual Tour.

If you think the work of a professional real estate photographer, please contact us.

2291 SW 166th Court Road

2291 SW 166th Court Road

We photographed this 1661 square foot double wide manufactured home for Donna Eastman of Foxfire Realty. It is located in Westwood Acres North on the southwest side of Ocala, quite near Dunnellon off of Route 40. You will leave paved roads as you near the over one acre property, which they say is large enough to board a horse.

This three bedroom home is as large as most over 55 community homes and has an immense master bath with both shower and garden tub. The foyer brings you into the dining room and living room combination. The living room features a gas fired fireplace with built in book shelves on either side.

Take a look at the pictures supplied to the listing agent for her use in marketing this property:

We also supplied the images in a Virtual Tour format.

If you have a need for similar photographs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

7559 SW 102nd LoopLast week Friday we photographed the home at 7559 SW 102nd Loop in Ocala, Florida for Kim Davis of Kim Davis Realty. This is one in a series of homes we have photographed for her as she purchases homes that need renovation and then resells them. I do not have photos of the non-renovated home.

The property is located in the Hidden Lake development off of SW 103rd Street near the SR200 area. It is a three bedroom, two bath, and two car garage model. The dining room and living room with their cathedral ceilings form a great room next to the kitchen. The bedrooms are split with the master located on one side of the house and the two additional bedrooms on the other side of the home. There is an inside laundry room as you exit to the garage.

 

 

The picture schedule was reset numerous times due to the on again, off again rain storms. The landscaper could not finish his job at 7559 SW 102nd Loop until the roofer was done, and it is hard to re-roof in the rain.

Here is a gallery of pictures supplied to the agent for her use in marketing the property:

We also supplied the Virtual Tour as is our custom. The tour was supplied in both Branded and Unbranded designs.

Should you be in need of photography for your new listing please Contact Me.