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If you are in the market for a new home, but you don't have time to comb through long lists of properties, you might be tempted to work with a broker. In addition to visiting potential properties in real life and carefully evaluating their features, the right real estate agent can also take care of all of the negotiations in your behalf. Last but not least, brokers are also responsible for helping you to complete the vital paperwork that will seal the deal. This blog is all about finding a broker that you can trust and that won't leave you in a bind, so that you can enjoy the process.

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Tips For Photographing Your Home To Sell

When you are trying to sell a home, a picture is worth thousands of dollars. For many potential buyers, the photographs with your online listing can make or break a sale. Your smart phone just won't cut it when it comes to photographing your home – you need professional quality photographs. The following tips can help.

Tip #1: Use Lighting

Photographers' lights are a must since the standard overhead lights and lamps throughout your home aren't going to come out well on phone. The goal is to give the photographs the appearance of natural light, not artificial light, which a combination of bright white lights and diffuser screens or lighting umbrellas can provide. Also, make sure you have stands for the lights, since you may not have any other way to place them at the correct height to light the dark corners in a room.

Tip #2: Take Advantage of Wider Angles

A wide angle lens not only shows more of the room, it also helps make a room look more spacious. This allows you to better capture the size of a room, especially larger spaces. Wider angles can also help smaller rooms look larger if you shoot at an angle toward a corner. Just avoid fish-eye style wide lenses, since these distort the image and can detract from the beauty of your home.

Tip #3: Stage the Space

Any furniture or accessories in a room should be there to highlight the architecture. Remove large pieces of furniture and instead leave only a few simple pieces so the room appears large and uncluttered. Also, remove any personal items, such as photographs or toys. It's especially important to make sure there are no indications of pets in the shot, since animals can put off a buyer. Add one or two statement accessories to draw the eye and make the photo interesting, such as a bronze bust, a colorful painting, or a brightly colored vase.

Tip #4: Use a Tripod

Real estate photographs are not a place to get creative. Use a tripod to ensure images are steady, sharp, and crisp. Pay attention to the vertical lines in the space, such as furniture legs and corners, and make sure everything remains straight up and down.

Good real estate photographs are really an art all their own. Most real estate brokers and agents are either skilled photographers themselves or they have a professional that they use for their images, so it can be well worth it to let your agent take the photos. For more information, visit sites like