Virtual Staging: Home Staging of the Future

Virtual Staging

Technology is constantly evolving and advancing so the way you sell a home should be too, especially if new technology can save you up to thousands of dollars. In addition to saving a ton of money, what if changing an old method of staging your home could also save you time, energy and stress? Virtual staging is replacing the need for home staging and for great reasons.

No design consultation or consultation fee, no moving of furniture, no hidden costs and no appointments need to be made when you choose virtual staging. You simply pick what photo and which template you like. These easy steps can be done from the comfort of your couch or while in your office when you have only a few moments to spare. Send over your choices to HomeJab and the next day you will receive a fully staged room.

Virtual Staging

Furthermore, with virtual staging you can move pieces around. If you hate the layout – change it! This gives you full freedom of designing the perfect room to showcase your listing. Did you know some home staging requires a 30-day contract? Virtual staging requires no contract or commitment. You can stage 1 photo or 10. The choice is entirely yours.

The National Association of Realtors recently found that 77% of buyers’ agents stated that the staged homes helped their clients visualize it as a future home. If you could attract more interested clients, why wouldn’t you? Additionally, agents have reported to spending a minimum of 1% of the listing price to be spent on home staging. You can spend a fraction of this with virtual staging and have the same effects. This is a massive difference that should not go unnoticed.

Next, the amount of time, energy and stress spent on staging is severely cut down. See the difference:

Steps for Home Staging:

  1. Request services and wait
  2. Schedule a consultation/on-site visit
  3. Wait for prep plan and quote
  4. Schedule a date to move in the furniture
  5. Coordinate date with photography services
  6. Schedule a destaging appointment

Steps for Virtual Staging:

  1. Schedule your photography services
  2. Choose photos & templates after delivered
  3. Send choices to HomeJab and in 24 hours received your completed photos

The difference and benefits are clear. Try virtual staging today by simply contacting [email protected] to get started.

Virtual Staging

Pricing for home staging begins at $89 per photo. Stage 5 or more and receive a bulk discount.

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Hook Up with a Digital Artist in Your Area – Fast

Real estate photography scheduling

Here at HomeJab, we have been busy designing a new app to instantly connect you with our HomeJab talent. Our solution to ensuring a fast scheduling process led us to the successful development of JabJobs. This app is for all of our talented photographers to use to instantly connect with you – the agent.

First and foremost, what does this mean for you? You do not have to change a thing and can order as normal with HomeJab. The difference now is HomeJab connects and confirms you faster and easier.Scheduling app for real estate photography

You can order online at any time of the day. For instance, this means you can order in the middle of the night and know you have an appointment before the sun rises. Let HomeJab confirm your appointment while stuck in traffic or a meeting. HomeJab is constantly seeking new ways to limit the time you have to spend marketing your listing. As always, our media is delivered within 24 hours after your appointment. We also include a free property page with every package.

In other words, HomeJab is here for all your real estate media needs. Get photography, aerials, virtual tours, 3D tours, and so much more, for your listing without the headache of an inconvenient scheduling process. We search for the artists in your area for you. Our professionals are experienced, talented and meet our required HomeJab ability.

Gail Nyman, one of the top 100 Remax agents in the US, describes the convenience:

“I can get photos, videos, aerial views and even 3D tours all in one place at affordable prices. Superior quality and usually one day turnaround is impressive. I used to have to hire 4 different venders to do what HomeJab does for me!”

Make your life easier and get back your valuable time. Schedule with HomeJab and ditch the headaches. Order your shoot today and see how HomeJab can help.


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Real Estate Video Teasers Help to Sell Homes Fast

These days, it seems like everyone has attention deficit disorder.  If your message can’t be expressed in super sonic speed, no one will pay attention.  For this reason, HomeJab offers real estate video teasers that are designed to quickly get to the point and sell the key features of the home in a short amount of time.  

This type of advertising is ideal for social media platforms like Facebook & Instagram where demand for video content is exploding.   For example, on Facebook, video posts have increased by over 100% annually in the U.S. and currently generate 8 billion daily video views.  The problem is, after 30 seconds, 33% of viewers click away and more than half are gone after 60 seconds.  

Check out examples below of HomeJab’s real estate video teasers and experience online marketing done right…and fast.

Real Estate Video Teasers:

How to Order

HomeJab’s real estate video teasers can be added to any order.  First, choose a package here and click “Buy Now”.  Next, you will be taken to our scheduling form where you can write “Add Teaser Video” in to the Additional Information section of the order form.  A cost of $80 will be added to your order.  If you just want the teaser video without a full length version, please write these instructions into the form and there will be no additional cost.

Free Property Page

Included with all HomeJab real estate videos is a free property landing page. It’s mobile-friendly, easy to edit, and you get branded and unbranded versions with lead capture forms & analytics.  Check out HomeJab’s free property page for real estate agents.

Turn Around Time

Are you in the need for speed? HomeJab offers a 24 hour turn around with all video and photo shoots.  Lead time to schedule a shoot is just 24-48 hours.  Get maximum convenience for your photo shoots.  It’s fast, simple and affordable –

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Virtual Dusk Photos Increase Click-Through Rates by 300%

Last week, the photography team at HomeJab conducted an “experiment” involving two real estate photos below.  One is a regular front exterior shot of a home in Green Valley, AZ and the other is a virtual dusk photo of the same property.  Then, the team ran an online ad to the same demographic.  The results show the virtual dusk shot getting 3x more clicks for half of the cost!

What is virtual dusk?

A virtual dusk photo is captured in HDR (high-dynamic-range) during normal daylight conditions.  Then, in post-production, graphic designers will replace the sky and make other adjustments like “turning on” interior and exterior lights.  As a result, the home appears like it was captured during sunset or twilight.

Photographers can take these shots during normal business hours.  Therefore, virtual dusk photos are a lot more affordable compared to a real twilight shoot.  Also, unlike real twilight, external factors like weather are never a problem.  With virtual dusk, a perfect sky is guaranteed every time no matter what the weather conditions are.  The original photo can be taken on either a sunny or cloudy day.

A virtual dusk shot should be used as the featured image so that online users see it first.  This will make the property stand out compared to other listings.  The extra attention will result in more clicks which means more leads, more offers and happier sellers!

Virtual dusk prices

A real twilight shoot is frustrating to get right.  To get the best effect, homeowners need to turn on all of their lights.   Then, a photographer has to capture the home at the right time with perfect weather conditions.  Many times, these shoots have to be rescheduled if the sky is too cloudy.  This causes delays in listing the property and further expense.

Virtual twilight is achieved completely in post-production which means all factors are controlled.  As a result, the final product is consistent.  A good graphic designer will be able to complete the project in an hour or less, or about $50-$100 in total costs.

Standing out from the crowd is an important part of real estate marketing.  With virtual dusk photos, your home gets a fresh, inviting look that can make all the difference.

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Real Estate Photography Pricing: Standard vs. Luxury HDR

HomeJab’s real estate photography pricing is based on two types of packages:  Standard & Luxury.  Luxury photography uses advanced HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques that produce the most true-to-life and vibrant colors possible.  During a luxury photo shoot, photographers take an over-exposed photo and an under-exposed photo (light and dark) along with a standard exposure.  These three photos are then merged together into one image that highlights the very best characteristics of each object in the room.  In other words, HDR photography is the most successful way for the camera to show what the human eye naturally sees.

Luxury HDR photos requires extra work in both capturing and editing, which results in higher pricing, but the results will speak for themselves.  For those who demand the very best, HDR photography is the only way to go.  For example, the following home was shot using standard single exposure photography and then redone using HomeJab’s luxury video package.  Click the photos to enlarge:

Included in all luxury packages is a virtual dusk shot.  A virtual dusk photograph depicts the home in a dusk or twilight setting which increases online click through rates significantly.  As a result, more attention is generated from a greater amount of potential buyers.  For more info on virtual dusk, please check out Top Five Ways to Get Your Property Noticed.

The difference in real estate photography pricing is based on the amount of time it takes the photographer to complete the job.  Shooting in HDR requires additional time on site and increases the wear and tear on a photographer’s equipment.  Furthermore, editing time increases by about twenty-five percent.

Real Estate Photography Pricing

PackageDescriptionPriceOrder Form
Standard Photography30 Photos$150 Buy Now
Standard Video PackageVideo + Photos$200Buy Now
Premium PackageVideo + Photos + Aerials$395Buy Now
Luxury PhotographyHDR Photos + Virtual Dusk$225Buy Now
Luxury Video PackageHDR Photos + Virtual Dusk + Video$375Buy Now
Ultimate Luxury HDR Photos + Virtual Dusk + Video + Aerials$585Buy Now

For a complete list of our real estate photography pricing options and to schedule a shoot online, please click here.  The required lead time to schedule a shoot is just 24-48 hours.  After the shoot is complete, photos will be delivered in less than 24 hours.  In addition, photographs are provided in various resolutions and optimized for online use and high quality printing.

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The Art of Real Estate Videography

Make a grand entrance

Real estate agents will tell you that most buyers know if they will buy a home within the first few seconds of stepping inside. It’s a feeling that they get. Therefore, real estate videography must capture this moment. The best real estate videos start by showing several angles of the home’s front exterior.  The videographer then walks towards the home and through the front door for a dramatic entrance. Welcome to your new home!

Keep it steady

steadicam-thumbProfessional real estate videos use a camera stabilizer to mimic a real walkthrough.  Since nothing in the home is moving, it’s important that the videographer move through the space so buyers can relate to the dimensions of each room.  It should feel like the camera is floating through the house. Great real estate videos should also emphasize the transitions from room to room so that viewers know where they are in the home and how they got there.

Skip the voice over & subtitles

For most properties, voice over will make real estate videos seem old fashioned.  The best videos just need some good, simple music in the background.  Also, subtitles will rarely add any value.  Imagine you are at an open house.  You walk into the kitchen and there is a huge sign there that says: KITCHEN.  Most likely, buyers will know their way around a home without the need for subtitles and voice over.


The money shot

All of the best real estate videos have a grand finale.  Many times, this would involve the entrance into the master bedroom.  Or, it can be a unique feature of the home like a really nice finished basement or an impressive view from the balcony.  Ideally, the money shot coincides with a dramatic transition in the music to emphasize the climax of your video.  This is how custom editing by an experienced filmmaker can help bring your video to the next level.

End on a “high” note

aerial drone photo4There’s nothing like some breathtaking aerial drone shots at the end of a real estate video.  Aerial footage ads a cinematic touch and delivers a message to the buyer that the home is unique and special.  As your mini-movie comes to an end, the drone slowly flies away from the home.  The property gets smaller and gradually fades to darkness as the camera pans towards the setting sun.  That’s a wrap. Roll credits.  You have now mastered the art of real estate videography.

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Aerial Drone Real Estate Photography: What Everyone Ought To Know

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Aerial drone real estate photography helps to sell homes

Many home buyers these days are searching for real estate outside of their current location.  What this means is, people are looking for more information so they can make better informed decisions before visiting the home.  Drone technology effectively gives every consumer a handheld tour of the property’s exterior and the entire neighborhood.  As a result, buyers can see potential problems right away.  This makes for more efficient home shopping and gives agents who provide aerial drone real estate photography a distinct advantage.

The FAA allows commercial use of aerial photography

In the past, the FAA has sent out mixed messages regarding the use of drone equipment for commercial purposes.   Now, it is clear that selling drone services is legal as long as the company abides by common sense regulations.  For example, to fly drones commercially, service providers need to file a 333 exemption with the FAA and follow the following rules:

  • Max altitude of 400 feet
  • Pilot must have a visual line of sight on the drone at all times
  • Must fly during daylight hours only.
  • Max velocity of 100 mph
  • Must yield to manned aircraft
  • Do not fly over people
  • Must not fly from a moving vehicle

There are also areas where drones are strictly prohibited.  These include sports stadiums and any locations within five miles of an airport.  For a more detailed summary of the rules, please click here or visit the FAA website to search approved aerial drone operators.

New drone equipment makes producing aerials affordable

Just a few years ago, real estate agents would spend big bucks renting helicopters for aerial photos.  Today, the cost of hiring a professional photographer with a drone starts at around $200, or about the cost of regular photography.  Therefore, agents and homeowners from all types of properties can afford aerial drone real estate photography.

Not your father’s aerial photos

Aerial photos used to consist of a top down view of the home’s roof and yard.  As a result, it was very hard to determine spatial relationships.  With drones, photographers can capture a property from all angles.  For example, the shot can begin on the ground, then transition up the front yard at roof height maneuvering over the home to the other side and back.  The flight path is so flexible that insurance companies are using drones to help determine the extent of roof damage.  Furthermore, some of the most dramatic aerial drone shots involve flying near ground level.  At 6-10 feet high, a drone can fly up the driveway for a perfect POV entrance shot.

Aerial photography is here to stay

Drones are already flying all over the sky in a variety of applications including law enforcement, meteorology and delivery services.  In 2016, the FAA issued more than 500 approvals per month and started using summary grants to speed up the process.  A study by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) estimates that the aerial drone industry will generate more than $13.6 billion and create 70,000 new jobs within the next three years.  Of course, the growth of aerial drone real estate photography has not been without controversy.  Many privacy advocates have voiced concerns resulting in local ordinances.  Hence, real estate photographers would be best served by, no pun intended, rising above those who give drones a bad name and sticking with a strict code of ethics and safety.

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Top 5 Most Scenic Tucson Mountain Views

There are not enough words to describe how incredible the mountain views below are. Tucson is home to many mountain ranges making it a hot-spot to visit, but imagine living around such beauty all the time. Stepping outside would feel as if you are walking into a painting. See for yourself.

Check out 5 of the most jaw-dropping Tucson mountain views. You may just be tempted to move!

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Danny Roth

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Danny Roth

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Terri Maxey

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Terri Maxey

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Arlene Nichols

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Arlene Nichols

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Danny Roth

Tucson, AZ. LISTING AGENT: Danny Roth

Tucson AZ. LISTING AGENT: Dave Reece

Tucson AZ. LISTING AGENT: Dave Reece


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5 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Home

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Get The Best Rates Through a Mortgage Broker

Get The Best Rate Through a Mortgage Broker Working through a mortgage broker may allow you to get a better rate than going through a direct lender or a traditional bank. This is because direct lenders and banks can typically make up to 6% of the loan balance in fees and other costs. Mortgage brokers on the other hand are capped by law at 2.75%, meaning they can more competitively price their loan products. Large banks also have a lot of overhead that they must pay for and it’s usually done by increasing their margins. Reach out to RateJab today and we will connect you to the top wholesale lenders in your area and give you access to the most competitively priced loan products available.

You can put down only 1% in certain states

A common misconception that prospective homebuyers have is that you must have a large down payment to buy a home. In some cases, this may be true if you are looking to purchase a rental or investment property, but if you are a first time homebuyer or currently do not own a home, we have an exclusive 1% Down loan available to our borrowers from United Wholesale Mortgage. With this loan, the lender contributes 2%, the borrower contributes 1%, giving you 3% equity on day one and you may not even have to pay mortgage insurance. This product is only available through a mortgage brokerage like RateJab

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Use Zillow As a Guide

Zillow is an effective (and free!) resource for home buyers and sellers alike. While it may receive some scrutiny for the accuracy of its Zestimate feature, it does give you access to thousands of new listings in your area and real estate professionals who can help you fulfill all of your homebuying needs.  As a Zillow 5 Star Lender, RateJab can help you get connected to the country’s top wholesale mortgage lenders and real estate professionals in your area.

Work With A Reputable Realtor

 The quality of service you receive from a real estate agent can make or break a potential deal on a new home. A good agent will not only know how to negotiate on your behalf, they will also know the inside news on specific neighborhoods and potentially give you access to new listings before they even hit the market. So being a licensed agent is not enough; you want someone experienced and with a proven track record.

 Click here to receive a list of the Top 3 realtors near you.

Tour It Online First

You may be able to take a 3D virtual tour of the home first, now that listing agents are utilizing HomeJab’s 3D home tour service. The best part about this is that you can do it from the convenience of your phone or virtual reality headset, this way you don’t have to spend hours driving around and visiting homes and can narrow down your options more easily.

Check out example of Philadelphia home in 3D – also compatible in VR:

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The Importance of Real Estate Photography

Impress. Engage. Tempt.

These are feelings most agents hope to evoke in a potential customer. How do you engage all of these feelings within seconds? According to a joint study between the National Association of Realtors and Google, 90% of home buyers searched online during their home search process. It’s clear that it’s a necessity to have a successful online presence. Otherwise, you are limiting yourself to 10% of potential homebuyers. So what makes homebuyers click your listing?

Stand out.

A picture can write the story you want someone to feel, hear and see. Your listing is a potential home and future for a lucky person(s) out there, treat it as such. Professional real estate photography is the most cost-effective and quickest way to leverage your listing. We are beyond the times of picking up a newspaper and checking the real estate section for an open house. This is the time of technology, use it as an advantage over your competition. A first impression is no longer limited to a first introduction. An online presence, an impactful presence, is needed to help the introduction become a reality. A lack of care in your listing can easily sway someone to move on to the next.


It’s easy to see how effective professional photography can be. Upon browsing HomeJab’s Facebook page one of the comments from a happy customer highlights the importance of great photos, “HomeJab did a great job for us on a condo recently. They almost did too good of a job; the shooting with some poignant music almost made me regret that we were selling it.” The photography and videography highlighted what made that specific home just so special. If the photos were able to ignite interest in the home with someone already willing to sell it, how do you imagine potential homebuyers viewed it?

Would you let a friend with an iPhone take your wedding pictures? Each listing is an investment in you. Bad photos can, quite literally, cost you money. Leave it to the experts to guarantee great quality, quick service and less of a headache for you. There is a clear difference between a trained professional’s quality of work and equipment versus a person with no training and a cellphone. Using professional photography and videography services is a great way to grasp the newest form of marketing and impress the masses.

Picture taken on a smart phone

Taken by a professional but unedited by HomeJab

Picture taken by a professional but unedited 

Picture taken by a professional and edited by HomeJab

Picture taken by a professional and edited by HomeJab

Professional media services can go a long way. Once you have purchased the professional photography, keep in mind that you are not limited as to where you use it. These are now your photos. Use them on your social media, your personal website, print flyers or brochures, email them out or any other marketing plan you come up with. Glide ahead of your competition and master the first impression with online buyers.

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