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Let Your Home Make Its Best 1st Impression With Professional Photos

Professional photography plays a key role in your home sale. I’ll explain why today.

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You only get one chance at a first impression, which is absolutely true when it comes to selling your home. Since over 95% of buyers begin their home search online, you need professional listing photographs to catch their eye. 

Listing photographs let buyers know what the home looks like and help them figure out what kind of amenities there are.

Over 95% of buyers begin their home search online.

There are many great homes on the market that have been sitting there for a long time. The seller may wonder, “Why am I not getting any offers or showings?” If that’s your experience, go back and check the quality of your listing photos. Are they dark, grainy, or too small for prospective buyers to see? 

If you’re not representing yourself well online with professional photography, buyers will pass you by and go on to the next home. 

When a professional photographer comes to your house, they will shoot high-definition, crisp, clean, well-lit photographs that give prospective buyers a great view of the home. Professional photographers know how to make your property shine and stand out from the competition. 

We’ve also been working with drone photography. Drone photography is not required for every house, but if you have a great view or an acreage, drone photography can be a great way to showcase your home. 

If you have any other questions about the role professional photography plays in your home sale, or if you would like to learn more about the selling process in general, give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!

Is Austin in a Buyer’s or Seller’s Market?

What’s happening with Austin real estate? I’ll go over some numbers from our market to answer that today.

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The No. 1 question people ask me is if our market is a buyer’s or seller’s market. The latest Board of Realtors statistics show a tale of two markets. 

The inventory for houses priced $300,000 and below is quickly diminishing. There are not a lot of homes coming on the market in that price point, so when they do, there is a lot of competition. 

On the other hand, statistics show that the inventory for homes priced above $300,000 is rising a bit. 

The average sales price for homes in Austin has increased 13%, making the average sales price $371,000.

If you’re a seller, now is a great time to put your home on the market.

Overall, Austin is sitting at about 2.4 months of inventory on the market, which means it would only take 2.4 months to sell all the inventory currently on the market if no new homes were listed for sale. A balanced market boasts about six months of inventory.

So what does this mean for you?

If you’re a buyer, it’s incredibly important that you are pre-qualified for a mortgage and ready to make an offer on a home. Know what you’re looking for and be ready to compete. 

If you’re a seller, now is a great time to put your home on the market. Homes are only on the market for an average of 56 days. Because the market is tight and there is so little inventory, you will face much less competition. 

Real estate is a hyperlocal market, so if you’re looking to put your home on the market, feel free to reach out to me. If you have any other real estate questions, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Price Your Home Correctly to Get Top Dollar

If you want top dollar for your home, pricing it correctly is crucial. I’ll go over why overpricing would be a huge mistake and explain how we can find the best price for your home today.

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Pricing your home correctly in this market is the key to getting top dollar. 

There’s a myth that the best strategy when selling is to price a home high and leave room for negotiation. Simply put, that’s the worst thing you can do. 

In order to price your home correctly and really take advantage of the market, we need to find your X-factor. Looking at what homes around your neighborhood sold for is a good starting point, but we need to dig a bit deeper.

The worst thing you can do is price your home too high.

For that, you’ll need an agent who is in the know to go over a market analysis with you. We’ll take a look at what improvements you’ve made or need to make in order to make your home more marketable and we’ll figure out the best list price for your home. 

If there are not many comparable homes in your area or if you have a unique home, it might be a good idea to get an appraisal done. 

Selling for top dollar and pricing correctly comes down to what we call the Three Cs: competition, consumption, and condition. Competition refers to how many sellers are active on the market, consumption refers to how quickly homes are selling, and condition refers to your home compared to others. 

If you’re thinking about selling your home, we’ll know how to price it. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We’re always happy to help!