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Does professional photography really make a difference in selling your home? 

I wanted to share with you today about why professional photography is important in selling your home.  Here at Jason Daniels & Associates, we hire a professional photographer for every listing.  Whether it is a condo or a castle, we want to make sure your home is presented in the best manner.  Our professional photographer uses top equipment to ensure excellent photos of the entire home.  Statistics show that if you do not have photos of the whole house, buyers will skip over it.  There are some agents out there that list homes with only 1 or 2 photos.  A large number of buyers, 92% actually, start their search online.  If your home doesn’t have plenty of professional pictures and/or virtual tours, buyers will skip over it and focus on homes they can actually get a feel for online.

It is critical to us that we have this service for clients that sell with us.  We make sure your photos will be taken with top of the line equipment to include HDR pictures of the exterior and interior of the home.  Our photographer will also stitch the pictures together into a virtual tour that is esthetically appealing to make your home stand out.  We also use the maximum number of pictures that the MLS and the other websites, such as Zillow and Trulia will allow which will help your home rank above others.

When we talk to people who haven’t sold a home, it is typically that their agent only used one or two pictures in their marketing or even takes pictures using a cell phone.  Most people’s largest investment is their home so that should be considered when hiring a real estate agent.  Make sure the agent you choose is working with a professional photographer and they are not doing it on their own.  It will make a difference.  Our homes sell for 2% more than the average in this marketplace and I know that the professional photography we use is a huge key in making that happen for us. 

If you have any questions, please give us a call.  We would love to help in any way that we can!

Jason

To see a video of Jason talking about this, please click here.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) - "Race To The Clouds"

by Jonathan Walters

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC)

“Race to the Clouds”

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been a Colorado Springs tradition dating back to 1916.  This is the 3rd oldest racing event in the entire western hemisphere.  The actual track measures over 12 miles with around 156 turns, climbing 4,720 feet from the starting line, located on Pikes Peak Highway. Racers finish at an altitude of 14,110 feet with grades averaging around 7 percent.  In 2011, the Pikes Peak Highway was completely repaved from start to finish.  In previous years, the drivers faced gravel and dirt roads in some sections adding more difficulty to the race.

Spencer Penrose sponsored the first actual running of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. He decided to encourage tourists to visit by creating what he called “a race to the clouds.”  Penrose is an iconic figure in the city history of Colorado Springs; he is best known for helping finance the construction of The Broadmoor in 1918, the World Renowned Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in 1926, and the Pikes Peak Highway 1916.

If you are a racing enthusiast or maybe just looking for a fun thing to do with the family in the summer months in Colorado Springs, come check out the Pikes Peak Hill Climb and I guarantee you wont be disappointed.

Jonathan

Buyer Specialist at Jason Daniels & Associates

 

 

 

 

Home Inspection VS Appraisal

by Jason Daniels

Are a home inspection and an appraisal the same thing?

Today we are going to find out about the difference between appraisals and home inspections.  Just yesterday I received an email from a client who asked about an appraisal when they were really meaning an inspection.  It is common in the industry to confuse these so I would like to clarify it today for you.

A home inspection is something that a buyer does to examine the home to make sure that it is structurally sound and make sure that all the electric, mechanical and plumbing systems are in good working order.  An inspection also checks for code compliance and safety issues, for example making sure the roof and foundation are structurally sound as well as any possible mold or toxin problems.  I highly recommend anyone that is purchasing a home to have an inspection completed, whether you are working with us, another realtor or even purchasing a “For Sale By Owner”.  A home is the most expensive investment that most people will make in their lives and it is important to be sure of that purchase.  I also recommend finding an inspector that is AHIT or NAHI certified as they have gone through the training to complete an inspection properly.

The Inspection process also typically happens before an appraisal and is a completely different process.  But during the inspection period you do have the right, as a buyer, to ask the seller to make certain corrections in the home.  Once you come to an agreement with the Seller, then usually the Lender will order the appraisal.

The appraisal is strictly for the lender in the situation where there is a loan to make sure that the value of the home is there for the loan that they are providing for you.  Depending on your financing, it could be a VA appraiser, a Conventional appraiser or an FHA appraiser.  They all have different guidelines and their role is to determine the value for the property.  They will also perform some basic minimal checkups to make sure there is no glaring safety issues.  For example, for a VA appraisal, they will make sure there is no broken glass in the windows and make sure all the hand rails are in place.  They will also make sure that the home is inhabitable with running water and electricity.

It is important for some buyers who will be paying cash to know that they are getting a good deal and they will have an appraisal done.  Everyone who is obtaining a loan will need to get an appraisal but a home inspection is usually optional.  They are always two separate components to the transaction.

If you have more questions about this, please contact me.  My team and I would be more than happy to help you in any way we can.

 

To see a video of this by Jason, please click the link below.

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Jason Daniels & Associates at RE/MAX Millennium
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