January’s Most “Liked” Homes

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Another month, another round-up of our most “liked” listings! Has your listing made it to the top yet? Don’t miss out on seeing the best of the best. Some of these listings feature unbelievable water views, colossal windows, private balconies and so much more.

1) Beach House Goals

This 4-bedroom, 3 bathroom is close to the beach and bay without the nautical touch. Located in Mantoloking, NJ, it is a modern lover’s dream home near the beach,  minus standard anchor and seashell decor. We love a great shore home, but not everyone is on the same page when it comes to a nautical design. This open floor plan paired with beach and bay views has us scrambling to see more. This property is also only steps to a private beach. This new construction means brand new everything. Check out the kitchen’s sleek and modern design. The bathroom features marble detailing and a large jet tub that is perfect for soaking in after a long, sandy day at the beach. When living here,  you’ll be asking “what is stress?” in no time. The biggest WOW of this home? There is an elevator that gives access to every floor. AN ELEVATOR!

Listing Agent: Lawrence Greenberg

2) Captivating California Condo

Located in Carlsbad, California this listing tied with the beach house goals above. It’s clear why these two were so hard to choose from. This updated condo features 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. This listing has ocean views that can be seen from the master suite private balcony. That’s right, we said master suite balcony. You can roll out of bed and literally walk to your balcony and greet the morning sunrise over the ocean. Did we just describe your dreams? If that was not enough to sell you on this condo, it also features a fireplace in the living room, a walk-in closet, rooftop deck and it is located in a gated community.

Listing Agent: John Conlon

3) Presidential Home on Presidential Drive

Sitting at a whopping 4,282 square feet this Horsham, PA listing leaves nothing to be desired. Containing 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, this custom colonial greets anyone who enters with a 2-story foyer. Since there is a 2-story foyer, that means 2-story windows. This creates a ton of natural sunlight to spill into this home and fill it with bright sunshine. The large windows do not stop there. Enter into the breakfast room where you will see floor to ceiling windows and then take a peek into the family room and, that’s right, find more windows highlighting the backyard views. We have yet to even discuss the master bedroom! This master bedroom has a walk-in closet and a relaxing attached master bathroom. The bathroom contains a jetted tub, dual vanities, and even a sunlight. Basically, this listing is move-in ready for royalty.

Listing Agent: Ron and Carol Young

4) Bathroom Dreams

This Austin, Texas home has a lot to offer, but what stole the show was the incredible bathroom. Simple and elegant, but containing spa-quality luxury this bathroom has it all. It features 2 separate sinks while one has an attached vanity. The lighting above the vanity is set for a movie star. The bathroom has a spacious and inviting tub that faces a large window to peer at the beautiful sky. Let’s step outside the bathroom, if you would ever want to leave, and the home has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The kitchen possesses a ton of counter space and there is a front deck perfect for lounging around during a warm summer night and watching the sunset. This is enough for us itching to check out Austin!

Listing Agent: Ashley Stucki

5) Waterfront Oasis

Take a peek at this Jacksonville, Florida townhome and you will not be let down. That is, if you ever want to go inside. This townhome is located waterfront with an open patio overlooking Intracoastal Waterways. If this is not enough to keep you and your guests happy in the outdoors, this property also comes with a private floating dock. We aren’t too sure why you would ever have to go inside, but let’s take a peek indoors. This townhome has 3 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. When walking in, you take your first steps into an open concept family room. The kitchen features a large island, white cabinets, and stainless steel appliances. The bedrooms offer space and the bathrooms offer relaxation. This Florida townhome certainly has it all.

Listing Agent: Lindsay Della Porta
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The Ultimate Guide to Real Estate Photography

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Introduction – What is Real Estate Photography?

Photography is incredibly essential to real estate. A good photograph will showcase the best features of a home and make it appealing to the potential buyer. If you possess the skills to capture beautiful photos of a home then your services will be in high demand with local real estate agents. If you are getting into real estate photography for the first time, what do you need to know in order to be successful?

This is the essential guide to real estate photography.

What Equipment Will You Need?

The required equipment you will need for real estate photography is a camera, lens and a tripod.

Essential specifications for a camera and lens:

  • Wireless triggers
  • A full frame DSLR or Mirrorless camera (Sony, Canon, and Nikon are all good choices and offer a variety of lens choices)
  • Wide angle lens
  • External Flash

The wide range you want is between 14mm – 18mm, with a 17mm or lower being ideal. A good example is a 16mm-35mm zoom lens or a 16mm-28mm. Do not purchase a fisheye lens. A wide angle lens is necessary to ensure you include the entire room within the photo.

A tripod is a requirement. This enables you to keep your camera steady while shooting. This is especially important when performing an HDR photo session.

Please Note: Flash is used at the discretion of the photographer and their personal experience level. 

When is the Best Time of Day to Take Real Estate Photos?

The time of day you choose is crucial. The timing comes down to the aspect of the property (its orientation in relation to the four cardinal directions). It is best to have the sun directly behind you. If the sun is directly behind the home, the sun will face directly into the lens and cause a glare. Though, be aware of your own shadow when taking photos. 

If the property faces:

  • East: in the morning light as the sun rises and hits the front of the house
  • West: try shooting during the “Golden Hour” when the glowing low-angled sun will be hitting the front of the home
  • North: late morning to early afternoon
  • South: early in the morning or right before sunset

Preparing the Day Before the Shoot

Call to Confirm and Ask Questions

When you call a day before it can help avoid last minute cancellations or a rush the day of. This can remind the agent and/or homeowner that they have an appointment tomorrow and what the exact time of arrival is. Use this phone call to gather a list of “must-have shots”. This would be a list of any key features that are not standard to take and/or obvious to a third party. Examples of these shots could be a close-up of a backsplash, a small pond in the backyard, detailing on a fireplace mantle, etc. This will also help ensure you have the right equipment for all requests.

Send a Home Prep List to the Client

The homeowners need to be prepared for the day of the shoot, so it’s important to send them a list on how to do so. Advise them to reduce clutter as much as possible and make the home photo ready. The prep list includes reminders for tasks that may not be obvious to your client. For example, it reminds them to check that all light bulbs are working. The prep list also points out how important it is to ensure the exterior is ready as well as the interior. Let the client know to move garbage cans and vehicles out from the driveway and/or front of the home.

Day of the Shoot

Call Ahead

Even though you called the day before, life happens. Always call prior to leaving. Various situations can happen such as, children getting sick, leaks starting in the home, home staging is delayed, or many other things that could result in the home no longer being ready.

Be Patient and Respectful

This can be a stressful time for the homeowner. There might be children or pets running around. The owners might be doing last minute staging and cleaning. In some cases, the homeowners may be selling due to an emotional life event (death in the family, divorce, lost job, etc). You are unaware of what the homeowner may be going through, so be patient, pleasant and approachable. Upon arrival introduce yourself in a friendly manner. Let them know your name and that they are in good hands.  

Request to Walk Through the Home

It is helpful to do a full walk-through of the home with the agent and/or homeowner prior to beginning. This enables you to discuss key features and have them point anything out. It also gives you a better idea of the home’s layout. As you walk through, you can let the agent and/or seller know about any last minute items they should move or adjust.

Turn On All of the Lights

When you turn on all of the lights it makes the rooms look warm and inviting. It can help fill all corners with light. If the room is poorly lit, either move a lamp from another room, with permission, or inform the agent and/or homeowner so they are aware.

How to Get the Best Photos

Always overshoot the home so you have extras and can choose the best shots. Additionally, customers often ask for extras. It is handy to already have them and avoid any issues that would require you to return to the property.

Tips for Shooting the Exterior:

  • Take multiple shots of the exterior of the building from varying distances and angles.
  • Avoid your reflection in windows.
  • Avoid including the For Sale sign in the photo. Remove it temporarily if possible.
  • Evaluate the weather and how it will effect the exterior photos. Slightly overcast days can be a good time to shoot exteriors. The cloudy sky acts as a diffuser, which will remove shadows and provide even lighting.
  • On cloudy/overcast days, shoot all exteriors in HDR to allow for easy blue sky replacement during post-production. Please note: Blue sky replacement can be done if you are editing yourself and have these capabilities or by sending RAW files to a post production company.
  • Use your viewfinder alignment grid to make sure that all lines are level, vertically and horizontally.
  • Be sure to capture at least 2-3 “money shots” of the front of the home.  These can be a straight on shot either from a medium distance and zoomed in on your lens, from a closer distance but zoomed out or the non garage side at about a 45 degree rotation from the front.

Framing the Entire Exterior

Don’t only take a photo of the home straight on – chances are this won’t be the most flattering angle. The driveway will appear foreshortened and it can be hard for the viewer to tell how large the home is. Instead, it’s better to frame the exterior shots from the corners of the property.

Try shooting the house from the front corners of the property and from various points in between. For example, you might want to shoot from an angle opposite the driveway. This will give you a better overall perspective on the home and will show more of the landscaping.

Also, if the home has desirable features on the exterior such as a beautiful stone walkway, a deck or a pool – make sure that you frame these within the shots. These are the type of special features that your client will need to show.

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Additional Exterior Tips:

  • Walk back into the backyard and shoot a photo looking at the back of the house.
  • Get a shot looking off of any deck, as this is a great vantage point to showcase the view.
  • Offer to use a front exterior shot to create a virtual dusk. This can help improve click-through rates for the agent.

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Basic Tips for Shooting the Interior:

  • Make sure all cabinet doors are closed and toilet lids are down.
  • Turn all lights on and dimmable lights all the way up.
  • Move any trash out of the shot.
  • Hide personal toiletries and/or towels found in bathrooms.
  • Make sure your camera bag and gear are not in the shot.
  • Pets should not be in any shots.
  • Avoid reflections in mirrors.
  • Shooting on an angle from a corner gives the impression of a larger room.
  • The most important shot of each room is almost always facing the windows. Capture at least one angle that shows all the windows for every room, if possible.
  • Take a photo of the front entrance of the home while standing in the doorway.
  • When shooting open floor plans, focus on distinct areas for some of the photos, defining what could be considered a dining room, or a breakfast nook by taking a photo that showcases that portion of the open area. You should also take photos that show how the portions of the layout relate to one another. For Example: Take a photo in the corner of the kitchen that faces the dining area and then out to a family room.

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Technical Tips for Shooting the Interior:

  • Shoot in RAW so you have maximum editing potential during post production.
  • Use exposure bracketing/blending/HDR to avoid blown out windows and get the best true to life colors.   
  • When performing HDR brackets on the tripod keep your ISO under 800. Be sure to get an exposure that is correct for just the window view, one that is bright on the inside and one in the middle. Generally, you will want to shoot a balanced exposure and then range + / – of varied exposures that work best. It is beneficial to shoot extremes on both ends, light and dark. 
  • Try to pair this function with your HDR brackets so that one push of the shutter will fire off 3 photos with varying exposures. Please note: Certain cameras will only produce a JPG when using this function. Be aware of what settings your camera allows.
  • Try to stop down your lens inside so that you are not shooting wide open. This will expand your depth of field and render more of the rooms in focus. For example: if you have a lens that goes down to F 2.8, you should be shooting at F4 or higher. Inside your shutter speed should be no slower than your focal length handheld. Since you will be generally shooting at a wide focal length, then you can push it a bit if stabilizing against a wall or stable on three points of contact.
  • Change your ISO as you go through the home as necessary. Please note: The ISO will vary depending on the camera you own. Ensure you research the capabilities and recommendations for your specific camera. Some cameras may be best when within the 400 – 1600 range, while others can be closer to 6400. Get to know your equipment.  
  • Keep in mind that since you are shooting in RAW file type, more detail can be brightened out of shadows then reduced down from highlights. If your photos look a bit dark when reviewing them on your camera, you’re probably okay.
  • Shoot with your white balance set to auto, only set it for a manual light type if the photos are looking significantly wrong.

Controlling Ambient Light and Flash to Avoid Overexposed Windows

One of the issues with photographing a room during the daylight hours is that the light inside the room can be up to three stops darker than the light outside. In this situation, if you take a photo with your camera settings adjusted to expose for the room that you are in, you will be leaving the windows looking too exposed. They will look like squares of white light and will distract from the overall photo.

To avoid this, your goal should be to balance the light coming through the windows with the light inside the room. This will allow you to see everything within the room, as well as the view outside the windows.

One strategy for this is to take three or more photos at different exposures and then blend them together with software such as Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom. 

Another strategy is to use an off-camera flash. With this technique, you set your camera to expose correctly for the windows, then increase the amount of light in the room with a flash. Here is a resource on avoiding over exposed windows in interior photography to help you learn more about this.

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Camera Height for Correct Vertical Edges

The rooms inside homes come in all shapes and sizes. Every time you enter a room you will need to think about the best perspective for that particular room. One of the most important aspects of this is the camera height.

An important rule to follow is to always make sure that your vertical edges are correct. If there are vertical lines in the photo (door frames, edges of windows, walls, etc) these need to be truly vertical. This can go awry when you use a non tilt-shift lens and you tilt the camera up and down. The vertical lines in the image can diverge or converge and not appear completely straight.

The simple solution is to level the camera. When you shoot from eye level you have a natural tendency to point the camera downwards, which will create converging verticals. Instead, try placing the camera somewhere between doorknob height or chest height.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

No matter how you are shooting, make sure that the camera does not move in between shots. This will guarantee the image alignment for multiple exposures. Remember to bring a cable release or a wireless trigger to ensure no camera movement. If you forget one, use the camera’s built in timer function.

Check your memory card before you leave a home and be sure you have a least one good photo of every room. Powder rooms, laundry rooms, and basements can be easy to forget.

A major mistake is starting a shoot without a contract. If you haven’t agreed on the terms, a short shoot can turn into a large project that includes staging and/or cleaning. Make sure that all parties agree on what the shoot will consist of to ensure you are compensated fairly. This will also ensure the agent knows what they will be receiving, in terms of the media.

Additionally, don’t start work as a real estate photographer without having standard liability insurance. If you accidently break something, it is best to be covered by your insurance.

You should also make sure that you are providing your clients with high resolution photos and low resolution versions. If you can give a client a finished product that they can upload straight to their website or print immediately, then they are more likely to walk away a happy client. This may help you gain a regular client. 

These are the most important basics to know when you are starting out with real estate photography. With practice and creativity you can become a master of real estate photography and make an income helping agents and homeowners showcase their properties.

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December’s Most “Liked” Homes

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It’s that time again! We have gathered the listings most liked on our social media platforms. These are listings that contain a special mix of unique features, impressive details and enviable decor. Ensuring your listing is photo-ready before a shoot is essential to creating the best real estate photos. Even these luxurious homes were prepped to perfection!

Did your listing make it this month? Here are the 5 most popular listings the month of December:

1) Modern Sanctuary

This listing is Located in Downington, PA and it hits all the necessities when it comes to a modern and sleek home. From the simple decor with a splash of color to the carefully chosen lighting, all aspects of a modern home are included and perfected. The master bedroom features relaxing green walls and large windows. The tufted headboard and mirror nightstands are enviable. The kitchen and dining area is where this home thrives. Kitchen islands are highly in demand and this one features two beautiful Edison bulbs paired with trendy light pendants hanging above. The dining room faces large patio doors and check out those window views! Millennial homebuyers look no further.

Listing Agent: Caitlin Yaro

2) Aerial View Perfection

Aerials are always an impressive addition to your listing. It shows a perspective no other type of photography can capture. This home feels like it was made for aerial views. The perfect symmetry of the home features, pool and rolling green lawn is a sight to see. This home is a classic Georgian style created by an Atlanta based architectural firm. You can see the creativeness and craftsmanship that was put into this stunning residence. This home features 5 bedrooms ands 5 bathrooms with grand attention to detail.  This listing is made of home goal dreams. Find this palace in Longwood, Florida.

Listing Agent: Brad Fletcher

3) Window Heaven

Windows, windows, windows, windows! If you’re a sun child and love natural sunlight spilling through, then this home was created for you. First, the best feature of this room is the large living area filled with windows which makes it more than perfect for entertaining or lounging around with your family. Let’s try and move past the fantastic amount of sizable windows. This listing features 3.6 acres of land and solar panels. These solar panels keep electric to roughly $100 yearly! Unbeatable. This listing includes a 3 car garage and a 3,000 square foot basement. The possibilities of what to do with all that space are endless. Located in Laytonsville, Maryland.

Listing Agent: Rocky Bowers

4) Spa Life

This Texas home evokes a life of luxury! The Malviaiz builders of Texas are the builders of this home and it is clear that not one detail went unnoticed. Step through a grand entrance into a breathtaking foyer featuring high ceilings and Cantera columns. The luxurious bathroom is what made a splash on social media. The bathroom feels like you stepped into a palace. The architectural characteristics are a sight for sore eyes. This is truly an architecture lover’s happy place! Leander, Texas is where you can find this listing.

Listing Agent: Megan Turnipseed

5) Private Peninsula Paradise

Florida is filled with endless waterfront properties. We never get tired of seeing beautiful homes with stunning views, who could? This home is unique as it is located on a private peninsula and offers panoramic lake views. Seriously, how can you beat that? It certainly doesn’t hurt that the home is stunning! This 6,000 square foot home features stone columns, a spa bathroom, a huge game room with an attached balcony and so much more. This Orlando home really has it all! If that all wasn’t enough, this listing comes with a private walkway to your own pavilion and boat dock.

Listing Agent: Brad Fletcher

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The Best Real Estate Videos of 2017

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We have produced thousands of real estate videos in 2017 and it was a tough decision, but we have curated the best of the year. Real estate videos are becoming an essential part of marketing your listing. It is the best way to help a potential home buyer get a true sense of walking through the home, meet your team or gain the maximum exposure. Now is the time to impress on the internet, it is no longer optional. HomeJab pairs our videos with a great selection of royalty free music and always guarantee the best quality. We have an on-site editing team that can help bring your ideas to life.

Here we present our best real estate videos of 2017. Did yours make the winning list?

1) Lifestyle Video

Our lifestyle video was produced to showcase our newest package. This video is an example of what we can produce for our Elite Package. We designed the Elite Package to cater to those luxury listings.  Some listings require more than a standard walk-through and this package is your solution. We love this video for the uniqueness, the actor and actress, the beautiful loft we showcase and the overall excitement of it. This video was able to capture the feeling within the loft and leave you wanting to see more.

2) Team Commercial

We have the pleasure of working side by side with some of the top agents in the nation. We are always excited when our clients request a team commercial. This is not only a great choice to highlight your team, but to get your names out there as well. It helps potential clients see another side of the business and get to know the team on a personal level. We especially love how this one came out because it shows how dedicated Jason Townsend and the entire Capital Community Property group of the DC area are. The personal interviews with each member of the group paired with the gorgeous shots of DC all while our popular music “Seeing the Future” makes this team commercial perfect. A commercial like this is an essential part of marketing. It can be used regularly and posted on your personal website. Take the time to view this one, you won’t regret it.

Agent: Jason Townsend Capital Community Properties

3) The Most Interesting Home

HomeJab’s team is filled with creative minds, but we love hearing our customer’s ideas too! This one was brought to us by agent Marilyn O’Donoghue, member of the RJ Soens Group at Long & Foster Avalon NJ. Marilyn approached HomeJab with an imaginative idea. This real estate video is a take on The Most Interesting Man commercials that we all have come to know. Marilyn decided to take that general idea and create The Most Interesting House! In this video, we combined our virtual staging with a carefully scripted voiceover. Our editing team also added in written captions. The grand finale ends with The Most Interesting House’s selling agent: Marilyn wearing shades and delivering a solid one-liner. This real estate video is enviable and we bet Marilyn’s phone has been ringing off the hook!

Agent: Marilyn O’Donoghue

4) Before and After

Not all homes are ready to be listed right away. A lot of homes are in need of full rehabs. One of our favorite things is when our agents request a before and after video. The renovations and changes are often hard to believe. We love to see the real transformations that our customers create. This one is especially incredible. This home was rehabbed by listing agent Takeisha Jones of Austin, and surrounding areas, Texas. She is often transforming homes and we always look forward to her before and afters. Check out the shocking transformation.

Agent: Takeisha Jones

5) Perfect Teaser

What we love about this one is the ability to pack in the best part of the two home models in a short amount of time. We often recommend our short teaser videos. They are perfect for all social media platforms and still show off the best parts of your listing. By adding in their logo and the names of the model homes, this teaser becomes an ideal marketing tool. This teaser was created for the Schaeffer Family Homes, New Jersey home builders. Our editing team added in voiceover, which helps the viewer learn even more about the models in a short period of time. Essentially this teaser was able to pack in everything needed and necessary. This one was a huge success.

Builders: Schaeffer Family Homes

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5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

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The home buying process can be a confusing and stressful time. This is especially true for first-time homebuyers. Like any major purchase or change in your life, research is important. It is always best to read and learn as much as possible prior to diving into a huge life change. The end outcome is always worth it. You will have a place to call your home.

Here are 5 helpful tips for any first-time homebuyer:

Get Organized

Buying a home is huge purchase so, of course it will involve paperwork. It is best to get as organized as possible. Get together all your financial information and organize it so you can easily find any requested paperwork. 

Besides needing to organize your personal belongings, be prepared to receive paperwork as well. Get a folder, get some sticky notes and file any and everything given to you. You don’t know when you may need to go back and reference something.  This will greatly reduce your stress. 

Organize and check all of your personal information. Do you know your credit score right now? There are plenty of completely free monitoring sites. Get yourself signed up to one before plunging into your home search.

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Trust Your Broker

After getting yourself organized, you will have a clearer understanding of your bills and financial standing. Running out to the first open house isn’t necessarily the best next option. You need to have a clear understanding of how much you can spend on a home. This is when you get prequalified. Speak to a broker about your finances and they will help find a the budget you need to stay within.

Getting prequalified is the easy part. Once you are under contract with a home the mortgage process begins. This is why your broker will play one of the most important roles in your home buying process. If you go to a large bank the possibility of getting bounced around from different people and receiving unclear answers are pretty high.

If you go to a smaller local business you can personally meet your broker. They can help explain all the fees and details to you. They are there to find a mortgage that works for you, not the bank. If something feels off, it is. I felt most comfortable after finding RateJab. I knew my personal broker by first name and I received the best mortgage that I qualified for.

This may be one of the biggest loans you ever take out, why would you not want to be confident in the person helping you through this?

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Be Prepared for Disappointment

When you tell others you are looking to purchase your first home, you will be greeted with a ton of “how exciting!” comments. The process can actually be disappointing in certain cases. There are an overwhelming amount of times that a contract falls through. 

There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to a home. An inspection can find major and expensive structural issues. There is nothing stopping the seller from refusing to fix things and leaving you to make the emotional decision to break away from the home. This process is long and anything can happen such as a fire, natural disaster, or a reason to break the contract.

Be prepared that the first home you fall in love with may not end up being yours. The ninth home you fall in love with may not end up being yours either.

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No Large Purchases 

You are already in the process of one of the biggest purchases in your life, so keep your wallet closed. When it seems like everything will be smooth sailing, don’t run out to open that second credit card to purchase the modern sofa you saw at your local trendy furniture store. Unless the major purchase is absolutely and completely necessary in your life, just be patient and wait it out until after closing.

Your credit score will be pulled prior to closing and you run the risk of changing your debt to income ratio. This could jeopardize the home becoming yours. No large purchase is worth risking losing the home of your dreams for.

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It’s Okay to Argue

This one might sound odd, but I wish someone had told me to be more confident. Will all of your demands be met? No. Will some of them? Maybe. It is always worth trying to argue for anything you feel should be done prior to closing, the price, or contract details. Do not let the seller or seller’s agent bully you into any decision. Explain your demands to your agent, get their advice and go for it. You may have to settle on some things, but it’s always worth trying. The fact that this is your first time does not make your opinion and demands any less important.

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November’s Most “Liked” Homes

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A perfect recipe for a home exists. It is not solely the size, the features, or the details, but a balanced mixture of them all. We love to share all the incredible homes we get the pleasure of photographing, but we love even more to see what you like most. This is a must-see list of some of the top real estate.

Here is a roundup of the 5 most liked on our social media platforms during the month of November:

#1: The Grand Entrance

This stunning 6-bedroom 5 and a half bathroom takes first place. It’s easy to fall in love with this impressive home. It screams elegance and beauty. It’s most incredible feature is the entrance into the grand foyer. With the double stairs and hardwood floors, it is fit for a queen to make their big debut. We can’t help but reminisce scenes from Titantic or The Princess Diaries. Any real estate obsessor can easily see why our social media followers were quick to like this. Located in Chadds Ford, PA.

Listing Agent: Thomas Greer

#2: The “Buckingham Palace” on Buckingham Lane

Welcome to your home dreams come to life. This gorgeous piece of real estate is full of endless features. Besides the obvious appeal of a spacious 4-bedroom 4 bathroom home, it has a ton to offer. This North Wales, PA property features a full kitchen that includes an extra large island and tons of cabinetry. Not sold yet? This home has a fireplace, an oversized gathering area, tons of closet space, a full in law suite and even an organic garden in the backyard. I mean, what does this home not have?

Listing Agent: Pat Tranzilli

#3: The Custom Built Dream

Locating in Georgia, this home has been custom built and is located on a private lot. It features 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. Imagine, each family member having their own room and bathroom! The architectural design is truly unique and enough to turn anyone into a real estate lover. The added built in bookshelves are convenient and a beautiful touch. The best feature of this stunning home is the enormous dressing room. Styled with a vanity and tons of closet space. Any clothing fanatic would be in heaven here. Last, but not least, it is impossible to be bored here. You will find a gym, a pool table room, a swimming pool and two tennis courts. Yes, we said two.

Listing Agent: Susan Myers

#4: Theater Room Romantic

Any home with a water view is automatically awesome, but what if we said this home not only has a water view but mountain view too? Drooling? So are we. With all these breathtaking views, you’d wonder why anyone would spend time inside. Well, this home includes a very great reason to be indoors. The theater room is one of the most spectacular we have seen yet. The rest of the home is equally as incredible. It competes well with the other top homes listed in when it comes to space, featuring 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Bonus points for the wine cellar, huge bar and grand windows. Located in Leesburg, Virginia.

Listing Agent: Marlene Baugh

#5: Minimalist Master

We’re so glad this one made this list. This fantastic two bedroom New Jersey home is able to accomplish that perfect home recipe, just on a smaller scale. It certainly gives the larger homes above a run for their money. It is quaint, modern and extremely desirable. With a ton of minimalistic details, this home is every modern obsessive person’s dream. This home features details such as a TV mounted onto a slate wall, mounted track lighting and step in closets. Move aside mansions, this chic home is hard to resist. Located in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Listing Agent: Brandon Budda

 

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Why HomeJab?

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Not all real estate photography is created equal. It takes someone who possess the talent and can understand your vision. Homejab is a group of passionate people who have perfected real estate photography. We understand the real estate world and the photography world, but what else makes HomeJab the best choice for all real estate photography and media needs?

Photographers are Local Professionals

HomeJab photographers are local professionals in your area. We do not hire anybody that simply owns a camera. All applicants are expected to send several samples, history of their work, and meet our equipment requirements. We hold all applicants and current photographers to a HomeJab standard. You can expect the highest quality from any photographer assigned to your shoot. We have already searched and found the best local photographers in your area. This helps save you the time and energy of trying to find the best local photographer. We have already found them all. This means that great local shooter your competitor is using, is probably a HomeJab shooter!

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Fast Turnaround Times

Our turnaround times are unbeatable. We send all of your media within 24 hours after your appointment is completed. If you choose virtual staging, then it is completed within 1 business day. Most edit requests are back the same or next business day. This means you receive professional media delivered straight to your inbox in no time. One entire step of listing a home is completed quickly, with ease, and professionally. Normally, quality and fast do not pair together, but HomeJab delivers both.

Quick Scheduling

Our entire scheduling system was recently overhauled and redeveloped. We created an app called JabJobs for our photographers to receive your order instantly. This was all to help make scheduling a breeze. We know how hard it can be to coordinate several different schedules and we wanted to improve this process. Now, you can get an appointment almost instantaneously.

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Small Headquarters

Though we serve nationally and have a large number of photographers, our headquarters is a small friendly office. This means more personalized help and prompt responses. Your questions, concerns, and needs are not sent down an assembly line or put on hold. We answer emails and phone calls in a timely and cheerful manner. We handle customer needs and know the importance of personal relationships.

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On-site Editing Team

We have a team right in our office that can help enhance your photos. We offer virtual staging, blue sky replacement, custom branding, virtual dusk shots, and so much more. This enables us to speak directly to you regarding your desired edits and understand them to their fullest. Our editing team is professionally trained and more than qualified.

Real Estate Photography

HomeJab is much more than quality real estate photography. We are real people who understand the business. Our team has an eye for talent and a mind for real estate. You can always trust HomeJab to get the job done with quality, talent, and ease. Let us be there for your next listing.

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HomeJab Introduces Elite Package

Luxury Real Estate

HomeJab is now offering a new and unique package for those listings that are beyond basic real estate.

HomeJab is regularly identifying the newest needs and demands within the real estate marketing world. There seemed to be a lack of lifestyle and luxury conveyed within videos. Not all listings are created equal and a higher end product was needed to separate a luxe listing vs basic residential real estate. We created a way to introduce these things into your video. HomeJab proudly announces our new offering of our Elite Package.

Gain Maximum Exposure

If you are looking to gain the most exposure and create a video that not only can sell your listing faster but be the most unique out there, then this package is for you. Gain maximum exposure by going above and beyond the standard real estate video. Two completely different and difficult hurdles are trying to get noticed and stay noticed. This type of video can help accomplish and dominate both of these tasks. This is essentially a mini feature film of solely your listing. It can draw in the viewer and help them feel the excitement, fun and comfort of living there. This style of video will easily impress your viewers and make a lasting impact.

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Enhance Personal Branding

This is an excellent way to enhance your personal branding and make a statement. The video can be posted on your personal website and social media. It will become a representation of you. This is the perfect way to add a little luxe into your style and brand. This can be the step from basic to upscale. Your personal branding can make or break your success. Choose an elite package to elevate yourself above the rest. 

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Real People, Real Help

Creating content like this needs planning, professionals and time. HomeJab has found a way to do the legwork for you. We can discuss your vision and create it, all while keeping the personal help and guidance we offer in every step. Our photographers are all professionals and understand how to deliver the highest quality media while maintaining a personal touch. Leave it to the best in the industry, sit back and relax. 

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Stand Out

This package is far from anything standard. It is what can set you apart from basic residential real estate. Upscale listings need to play to a different kind of consumer and this is exactly the way to grab their attention. Sometimes photography and a standard walk-through video simply cannot invoke the feeling and message that certain listings require. Dominate the market with our new Elite Package.

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Click the video below to see our new Elite Package:

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It’s Always Sunny at HomeJab

Blue Sky

HomeJab includes blue sky replacement on two of your exterior photos automatically. Here at HomeJab, it’s always sunny.

Save Time

Time is of the essence when it comes to your listings and we understand that. HomeJab is always looking for new ways to help you get your listing up faster. We have already mastered quick turnaround times, fast scheduling and an on-site editing team. There was only one nature driven roadblock that stood in our way: the weather. Therefore, we offer blue sky replacement to solve this problem. This ensures you can keep your appointment regardless of the gray sky and get all your media faster. You eliminate the hassle of rescheduling and the headache of waiting. 

Blue Sky Replacement Before

Blue Sky Replacement

Impress your Clients

If the whole week looks gloomy, don’t fret. Impress your clients with blue skies on a gray day. You are already making the best decision possible for your listing by choosing professional photography and we want to ensure we always deliver the highest quality. Save time worrying about the weather and put it into prepping the home for its close-up. Your client will be not only amazed at the professional photography you are presenting, but at the initiative you took on choosing a company that can ensure you keeping your appointment and still getting a perfect exterior photo for marketing.

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Blue Sky Replacement

No Extra Cost

A little known fact about every shoot you order through HomeJab is that we will automatically replace the gray sky in two of your photos with a blue sky. This is at no extra cost to you. We always make certain that you have that perfect money shot. Sometimes waiting for a sunnier day is not an option. You can’t force the sun to come out, but we sure can make it look like you did. Be the ultimate agent by using HomeJab and WOW your clients with some HomeJab magic! 

Blue Sky Replacement Before

Blue Sky Replacement

Professional Editing

Our HomeJab team members are professionally trained. You can expect to have photos that not only look real, but are impossible to distinguish from real or edited.

Blue Sky Drawing

I mean, can you even tell this is fake? Just kidding of course, see the real result below:

Blue Sky Replacement

Order your shoot today and leave the rest up to us. Your listing is in good hands.

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Is the Real Estate Industry Ready for 3D Virtual Tours?

While 3D virtual tours may be “the next big thing,” it has been slow to penetrate the real estate photography industry for a number of reasons – ranging from cost to simple unfamiliarity.  Realtors with 3D views of their property are few and far between and there doesn’t seem to be much demand for it either among them or the clients they represent.

Of course, photography itself has never been more in style when it comes to real estate, and for good reason.  Nothing tells a property’s story better than photographs, and consumers have come to expect high-quality ones at that.  In fact, real estate photography is becoming more sophisticated all the time; aerial drone and walk-through videos have enjoyed huge increases in demand, as has professional photography.  But demand for 3D photography, in contrast, has pretty much gone nowhere.

Real Estate Video Preferred Over 3D

As a clearinghouse for professional photographers in the real estate industry, HomeJab talks to hundreds of photographers and thousands of real estate agents each year.  Just through this ongoing exposure, we can confirm first-hand that the demand for 3D technology for real estate photography is practically non-existent – only about two percent of our contacts even raise 3D as a possibility.

One primary reason is cost; 3D photography is expensive and like any other service provider, realtors are always thinking of their bottom line.  A shoot using this technology is much higher-priced than a conventional shoot because the equipment is more expensive, and hosting fees increase costs even further.  In addition, most home buyers do not own expensive VR headsets, which would allow them to easily view listings in 3D.

When buyers are searching for a home, they universally turn to the Internet to view pictures of each property.  More and more often, they are conducting these searches on their mobile phones, which do not lend themselves to 3D viewing.  Even video is a less attractive alternative than still photography when buyers are trying to assess a property quickly.  Flipping through snapshots of a home online is still the gold standard for real estate photography – but only if it is done professionally!

Professional Real Estate Photos Still Reign Supreme

Despite the limitations of 3D, it would be short-sighted to write off this technology entirely.  Homes are 3D spaces so it makes sense that at some point in the future – perhaps when costs decline – it will gain momentum.   In fact, online real estate leader, Zillow, just announced its plans to launch a free mobile app next year to capture spaces in 3D.  But, many are skeptical about the overall quality of Zillow’s product and how it would be different than old-fashioned 360 tours that were rejected by the industry years ago.

If advances in 3D capture eventually lower the cost of production enough, 3D may become a more mainstream alternative.  Once the number of 3D home tours online increase, customers will begin to expect to see 3D and feel much more comfortable with the technology.

Example of 3D Virtual Tour

As true technology geeks, we at HomeJab are always researching the latest product introductions and trends in the photography industry.  Keep tuning in and we will let you know when it comes time to take 3D more seriously.

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