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Homeseller's Advice - 6 Tips For Better Listing Photos

A recent National Association of REALTORS Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that 89% of homebuyers who searched for a home online found photos to be among the most useful features of real estate websites. That’s why many home sellers hire professional photographers. Whether or not you use a pro, here are six tips for better results. 

Stage the shoot. Photographers aren’t movers or house cleaners, so it’s up to you to get your home close-up ready. Move the car and kids’ toys out of sight. Power-wash the front and sweep the walk and porch. Mow, prune and weed the yard.

Notice details. The camera captures everything in its view in equal detail, so look out for random coffee cups, crooked wall art, and cluttered surfaces and straighten your walk-in closet to ensure personal effects are out of sight.

Make it sparkling clean. Make your floors gleam. Wipe fingerprints and grease from your appliances so they look showroom-new. Clean the carpets and polish the furniture.

Amp up the lighting. Pick a sunny day for the shoot. Open the shutters, blinds and curtains. Install fresh lightbulbs, clean ceiling fixtures and turn on the lights.

Accent special features. Some of your home’s features can’t be duplicated easily, so celebrate the built-in bookcases, mullion windows and window seats, too. Also, include shots of any improvements or updates.

Pretend you’re the buyer. What do you see? Hopefully, fresh paint on the front door and a new welcome mat. Inside, your home should flow from room to room, so remove excess furniture, bric-a-brac, and personal items.


Congrats to our very own Hazel Perera on being elected a Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS® Director!


Pasadena-Foothills Association of REALTORS (PFAR) was founded as the Pasadena Realty Board in 1907 and incorporated in 1922 with the purpose of promoting good fellowship and fair dealing within the industry. It provides members with the tools, education and opportunities to succeed; to adhere to and enforce the Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS®; to preserve and promote real property rights; and to serve as a constructive force in the improvement of the quality of life within the community.


Contract Corner

Buyer's Highest and Best Offer

In a multiple offer situation where the seller issues a counter offer requesting that everyone submit their "highest and best offer", what takes place if only one party responds? Is the seller now obligated to accept the only counter they received back? 

No, because when asking for a buyer's "highest and best offer" there is a general understanding that it will be non-binding to the seller. A judge or arbitrator is unlikely to find the seller’s counter request to mean that they shall be bound by the buyers response. That language is most likely to be interpreted as nothing more than a solicitation for a new offer.

Navigating through the labyrinth of details and information of a transaction is exactly why you, savvy buyers and sellers, need an experienced team. The SARKISSIAN + PERERA GROUP is here to help guide you through this process and ensure that you achieve all of your real estate goals! 

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