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If you're selling a home, having high quality photos is one of the most important things you can do to catch the eye of prospective buyers. Taking great photos, however, is something that requires a combination of frequent practice and knowledge of how your camera works. Sure, these days you can take a decent photo with an iPhone camera and be done with it. While that method is a good start, if you want to progress with your photography you'll eventually have to make the leap to a DSLR where you have more freedom to change exposure settings. I know what you're thinking. High quality photos means spending a ton of money on camera equipment, right? Fortunately, entry level DSLR cameras have become more affordable in recent years. To start taking great photos you'll only need four things: your DSLR camera, a tripod, a wide angle lens, and a place to practice your photography.

Step 1: Setting up

You'll want to set up the room with the right balance of furniture, decorations and natural light. Avoid decorations that are too personal (like family photos) or eccentric (no stuffed animals, preferably). Set up your tripod against one of the walls of the room. Ideally, you'll have the target of your photo illuminated by natural light coming through windows, so you'll likely be standing in front of or next to the windows. However, before you take any photos use your best judgment to determine the room's best angles. The amount of and the placement of furniture will play a large role in how spacious the room looks, but equally important is the camera angle from which you take your photos.

Step 2: Learn your camera settings

You won't learn all of the settings in a DSLR overnight, but it is important to get an understanding of the basics. In spite of the many technical improvements that have been made, the basic concept of a camera hasn't changed much over the years. The two main components that determine what your picture looks like are aperture and shutter speed. Aperture (or "f-stop") is what is used to determine how much light enters the camera. Much like your pupils dilate in the dark to let in as much light as possible, having a wide aperture will allow you to take brighter photos. Shutter speed is the amount of time the shutter on your camera is open. A slower shutter speed allows more light into the camera, creating a brighter exposure. However, due to our inability to hold a camera entirely still having a slower shutter speed creates more opportunity for your photo to become blurred from camera shake. A third important setting is the ISO. This setting is unique to digital photography because it controls the sensitivity of the camera's image sensor. The higher the number, the more sensitive. Why not just crank it up all the way then to get the best quality? Because if you set it too high the photos become grainy or "noisy."

Step 3: Practice

Now that you know the basics, start taking photos in your home using various camera settings. Play around with taking photos with different light sources on, with your camera flash on and off, and at different times of day. You'll find that there are endless possibilities when it comes to taking photos of your home.  

This Condo in Grafton, MA recently sold for $356,800. This Townhouse style home was sold by Sumathi Narayanan Realty - Sumathi Narayanan Realty LLC.


10 Violet Dr, Grafton, MA 01560

Condo

$389,900
Price
$356,800
Sale Price

7
Rooms
2
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Presenting this meticulously maintained 2 Bed 2.5 Bath townhouse in desirable Hilltop Farms Community. This beautiful end unit has two story cathedral foyer and gleaming hardwood floor in most area of 1st floor. Open floor plan with lots of natural light, formal dining area, large family room with celling fan and a gas fire place. Gorgeous kitchen with corian counter top, recessed lighting, stainless steel appliances and eat-in area. First floor master suite with full bath, dual sink, walk-in closet, Jacuzzi and a shower stall. Study/Office room in 1st floor. Second floor has large loft area and spacious bedroom with jack & jill full bathroom. Huge walk-out basement that could be finished for additional living area. Gas heat, central air, freshly painted, new carpet, excellent location, convenient access to major routes.

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Even the best real estate agents can't share important facts about your house the way that you can. You know what it's like to actually live in your house. Only you know if the refrigerator runs after the door has been open for at least a minute. You know if the house makes settling noises late at night. Soft spots in the floor, and how well the house heats during winter and cools during summer are more facts that you're privy to.

Sharing your house's inside history, builds buyer trust. But, be careful. As you share facts and history about your house, you might fall in love with your house all over again and start second guessing whether you should let your house go.

Home buyers want to do more than walk thru your house

When house shoppers start asking you about closing costs, if you have pets and when you'd like to move into your new home, it's time to start sharing important information with them. Doing so could speed up a house sale. Information to share includes:

The personality of the neighbors. Similar to how authors describe the personalities of characters in their bestselling novels, introduce potential buyers to the neighbors. Skim the surface, letting prospects know if neighbors are quiet, social or tougher to get to know. This is where having great neighbors pays off hugely.

Just as you'd let house shoppers know if you have pets, let potential buyers know if most of the neighbors have pets. If pets are well trained, not aggressive and stay in their yards, share this. It could put people who are uncomfortable around large pets at ease, especially if these potential buyers heard dogs barking as they drove up the street to your open house.

Don't keep house shoppers in the dark

Don't stop there. Tell house shoppers where malls and hit stores are, including how far these hot spots are from your house. If you live near hot spots, this alone could attract buyers who love being at the center of exciting events.

Although prospects will see key features about your house as they walk through it, they won't catch everything. Tell people who are interested in buying your house about the extra storage space that buyers can't see right away and often miss.

Have a finished basement or a finished attic? Let buyers know. It could make the difference between losing a house sale or closing a deal. Buyers may be looking for extra space that can be used as a guest room, extra bedroom or home office.

Show off gorgeous outdoor views. Share stories about renovations you performed on your house since you purchased it. Share stories about experiences you created at the house that caused you to love the house. For example, you could tell buyers that your first child was born in the house or that you started you operated your first business out of the house.

Let house shoppers know where nearby airports and other forms of public transportation like trains, subways and buses are. Buyers may not be a two-car family. Knowing that you live near reliable public transportation could seal the deal.

Talk with your real estate agent about inside history that you're considering sharing with potential home buyers. Do this before you speak with people who are interested in buying your house. Your realtor may have ideas on how you can present the history, offering house shoppers honesty and engagement.


Hilltop Farms!!! Presenting this beautiful 3 Bed 2.5 Bath Jamison style end unit townhouse located in a premium lot. Bright and sunny unit with open floor plan, formal dining area, hardwood flooring, large family room with gas fireplace, recessed lights and ceiling fan. Spacious kitchen with plenty of cabinet space, granite counter top, center island and slider access to deck. Large master bedroom suite in 2nd floor with walk-in closet, master bath, double vanity, soaking tub and shower area. Two additional spacious bedrooms in 2nd floor with ample of closet space. Gorgeous finished walk-out basement wired for home theater setup that is perfect for entertainment.  Excellent location, convenient access to major routes. Come and see this beautiful house.

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This Single-Family in Shrewsbury, MA recently sold for $395,000. This Ranch style home was sold by Sumathi Narayanan Realty - Sumathi Narayanan Realty LLC.


62 Lake St, Shrewsbury, MA 01545

Single-Family

$375,000
Price
$395,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
EXCEPTIONAL describes this meticulously maintained, sprawling ranch style home w/ stunning updates throughout. Home has a fabulous open floor plan + plenty of windows, allowing the sunshine in. Beautifully upgraded kitchen w/ stylish cabinets, stainless appliances + granite counters. Dining area is open to kitchen + living area, with built-in cherry cabinets for additional storage. Bright + sunny fireplaced living room w/ gleaming hardwood floors + an oversized bay window w/ window seat. Three generous sized bedrooms on first level w/ good sized master bedroom + walk-in closet. Prepare to be amazed by the finished lower level with kitchenette, updated full bath, laundry and a separate office. Home even has it's own 1950's bomb shelter!! Lovely enclosed porch overlooks spacious, fenced in backyard with shed. All this and so conveniently located at the corner of a quiet neighborhood and close to shopping and Rt 9. ALL OFFERS DUE SUNDAY 6/4 BY 5PM.

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