Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Top Tips for Professional Real Estate Photography

In this digital world, buyers are using the web to shop online. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has said that Realtors® are also focusing on the web to market their listing. 91% of Realtors are using social media to some extent in their business. NAR also states that 51% of buyers found their home online. Photography plays a big role in promoting property listings online. Hiring a professional photographer to take these pictures can go a long way in getting viewings from potential buyers.
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Differentiate yourself

In 2018, most real estate agents are using some type of photography to promote their listings online. We've even seen a rise in video walkthroughs were, from the comfort of their home, the buyer can be guided through the house and have a better understanding of the floorplan, the feel and the lighting.
The use of 3D imaging is also on the rise and is used often to showcase high-end properties and builders model homes.
More often than none, real estate agents tend to cheap out and use their phone to take pictures of their rentals listings. This is where I differentiate myself from other agents. In order to attract the most amount of inquiries and tenants on the web, it is crucial to showcase the rental unit in the best way possible. Having professional pictures taken of the unit can go a long way in attracting quality tenants. The best part is that these pictures can be reused when there is a change in tenancy.q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=CA&ASIN=B079H17D5Q&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format=_SL250_&tag=roch05-20

Gives confidence

Selling a home with pictures is great. Selling a home without pictures can be tricky for many reasons. If no pictures are visible online buyers may assume that the seller has something to hide or that the house is not that nice inside and is not worthy of being shown. Although the above statements can be true there could be a few other reasons for an MLS listing not to have pictures on the web. We often come across listings that are occupied by tenants. In the case where the owner did not obtain permission from the tenant to take pictures inside or in a situation where he doesn't have pictures from when the unit was empty, it can be hard to showcase the home on the web. Buyers may skip over the property assuming that there's something wrong and that the visit is not worth their time.

Quality inquiries

Having pictures on the web can eliminate potential buyers that may have a different taste in style or type of property but it does bring in quality inquiries from buyers who already know what to expect when they visit the home. This has the potential of eliminating those who wouldn't of like the home in the first place if they would of only been shown pictures in the first place.

Creates a lasting impression

People remember pictures more than they remember words. I've seen people vividly remember pictures they saw online and could sometimes point out the difference in paint shade colour from the online picture and the physical one. They may also point out that the room looked better or different in the pictures. These mean that the pictures had a lasting impression on the buyer or tenant and may have been the reason why they inquired. Often buyers have not completely read the description and they've already made their mind that they want to visit the home.
If you are looking to sell your Ottawa home or condo in the coming months call 613-889-7732 to discuss your real estate needs with Roch St-Georges, real estate broker in Ottawa, ON.
Here is some great camera gear if you are into taking real estate photography.
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2018 Bronze Award - EXIT Realty Ottawa

My business is mostly based on word of mouth where past buyers and sellers refer me to their friends and family who are in the market for a new home or condo or are looking for my marketing expertise for the sale of their property in Ottawa.

I received the 2018 Bronze Award for having done 25+ deals in 2018. The video below is from an improvised Award Ceremony that was posted on Facebook Live.
A big thank you to my clients who have trusted me with their real estate needs and for all of those who continue to recommend me to their family, friends and business colleagues.
If you are in the market to buy real estate in Ottawa we should talk. Call me at 613-889-7732 to discuss your real estate needs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

49 McDermot Court Katimavik

New listing on McDermot Court in Kanata's Katimavik neighbourhood.

Asking Price: $214,900

3 Bedroom in quiet McDermot Court in Kanata. This unit comes with 2 parking spots. Main level and the second level has laminate floors.
For families with children, there are a few schools in the Katimavik neighbourhood and near the McDermot Court condo complex.
  • Holy Redeemer School
  • Holy Trinity Catholic High School
  • Castlefrank Elementary School
  • Glen Cairn Public School
  • AY Jackson Secondary School
  • St Martin de Porres School
  • John Young Elementary School
  • Kanata Montessori Private School
Took book an appointment or to obtain more information call Roch St-Georges, real estate broker with EXIT Realty Matrix. 613-889-7732











Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Blackburn Hamlet Homes See Price Growth

2018 has been a great year for real estate across Ottawa but the neighbourhood of Blackburn Hamlet has seen lots of growth with the average single-family home hitting $486,936.

With the little inventory home owners have been able to sell their home for 98.6% of their asking price. Homes in the Blackburn Hamlet neighbourhood have also been selling quicker than last year. The days on market has gone done from 55 days to 28 days on market. This is a 50.9 percent decrease over 2017.

Read more about the neighbourhood and see if Blackburn Hamlet is the neighbourhood for your family.

EXIT Realty Bronze Award 2018

My business is mostly based on word of mouth where past buyers and sellers refer me to their friends and family who are in the market for a new home or condo or are looking for my marketing expertise for the sale of their property in Ottawa.
I received the 2018 Bronze Award for having done 25+ deals in 2018. The video below is from an improvised Award Ceremony that was posted on Facebook Live.
A big thank you to my clients who have trusted me with their real estate needs and for all of those who continue to recommend me to their family, friends and business colleagues.
If you are in the market to buy real estate in Ottawa we should talk. Call me at 613-889-7732 to discuss your real estate needs.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Stats for October 2018 Across Canada

Ottawa real estate is seeing nice price growth with low inventory and buyers competing for homes and condos Ottawa has seen the average price of properties increase to $449,005 in October of 2018. This is a 5.7% increase over October of 2017 which is in line with the province average shown in the graph below. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia have all seen their prices increase over October of last year while the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland all saw their average property price decrease year over year.
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If you are planning a home or condo purchase in Ottawa. Call 613-889-7732 to speak with Roch St-Georges, Ottawa real estate broker with EXIT Realty Matrix.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Ottawa Real Estate Market October 2018 Update

Ottawa is still a hot market and homes continue to sell at a rapid paste in many sought after neighbourhoods. The average days on the market for homes sold with the Ottawa Real Estate Board since the beginning of 2018 is 39 days for residential properties and 51 days on market for condos. This is a decrease of 14% for residential properties and a 24% decline for condos.
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Lack of supply seems to be on of the driving force in this active Ottawa real estate market. When compared to 2015 and 2016, Ottawa currently has about half of its normal inventory and this trend doesn't seem to be improving.
Looking back at October 2017 we saw condo inventory go down 34.5% while residential inventory was 17.5% during this same period.
The average price of a residential-class property in Ottawa reached $449,005 in October 2018 which is a 5.7% increase over last year. The average sale price of the condo-class property is $271,350 a 0.6% increase over October of last year.
Those looking choosing to rent instead of buying in 2018 also saw price increases and competition for rental units. The Ottawa rental market has 32% fewer units than in the same period last year.
What is the most active price point? The hottest real estate segment are homes in the $300,000 to $449,999 range which account for 43% of the sales for October 2018.
If you are contemplating buying or selling a property in Ottawa in the coming months and would like to discuss your plans call Ottawa real estate agent, Roch St-Georges at 613-889-7732.