Great Presentation = Great (at least better!) Price


Everyday, as I peruse the listings on our industry MLS site, I am astonished at the terrible photos my colleagues choose to use to sell their clients home online! EVERYONE starts their home search online so first impressions are key.


The potential Buyer is looking at the features of your home - not your stuff. They want to see if your kitchen counter is marble or laminate. Put your dirty dishes, dish cloths, tea towels, rotting bananas, and jars of spices, lentils etc. away. They are very distracting in a photo. Instead, if you have a beautiful espresso machine, leave that out and add a simple bowl of crisp green apples.


Bathrooms should be immaculate, with all personal items away, brand new towels out, and toilet seat down!

Bedrooms - clothes away, beds made, closets tidy - no one wants to be hit in the head with a tennis racquet when they open a closet door.

Small floor mats in ANY room should be removed for photos - they look like small patches of color in photos - again very distracting. I could go on..... Easier to give me a call!


Once your home is listed online, go and look at the photos. Would you buy it based on what you see?!

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Michael Geller, a contributor to the Vancouver Courier re: real estate/housing issues, always has a clear and calm view of the situation.

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades: Vancouver Sun front page story March 10, 2018

      
While I didn't write this story, I feel partially responsible for it.
     During the recent debate about the forthcoming North-east False Creek development, much was made of the city's promise to include significant affordable housing. This prompted me to comment that this was a noble goal, but before getting too excited about these units, what about the 6 empty social housing parcels lying fallow along the North Shore of False Creek?
     I knew about these parcels because I was given a tour of them by Concord Pacific during the 2008 municipal election. Furthermore, I was involved as an expert witness in a lawsuit over them a few years ago. Following my comments, Lori Cuthbert contacted me. I happily put her in touch with Cameron Gray, who was the City's Housing Director, and while not directly involved in the acquisition of these sites, knew why they remained undeveloped.
     I told Lori that I thought it was outrageous that these sites remained undeveloped, not as a criticism of Concord Pacific, but rather of the city, province and feds who could have come up with a strategy to see these parcels developed with affordable housing, even in the absence of deep government subsidies. Enough said.

     http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/three-decades-ago-six-big-lots-in-vancouvers-trendy-false-creek-were-reserved-for-affordable-housing-they-remain-empty-today-will-these-600-homes-for-families-and-seniors-finally-be-built