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Why photos make a difference selling your home in Bedford and Lynchburg VA

April 9, 2011 1 comment

photo of interior of homeThe National Association of Realtors has several surveys of home buyers proving 20+ quality photos make a home sell faster and for more money. Eighty-four percent of home buyers say that photos and detailed property descriptions are the most important feature when searching for homes online. Professional photos get 61% more views and sell for a higher price!

Quality photos make a difference

Point and shoot digital cameras have revolutionized the industry but they do not make professional grade photos.  If you want professional results, get professional equipment! A Digital SLR (DSLR) with interchangeable lenses is needed! Operating one of these cameras isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take time and education. Not only do you have to think about the camera body but more importantly the lenses. The lens really determines the quality of the photo and how much of a room you can get into a frame. Smaller rooms can sometime be a challenge to get the room in one frame, point and shoot cameras will cut off part of the room or give lenses distortion making the celling look like its bending. A DSLR camera with a wide angle lens can get that photo! DSLR cameras also will accurately display colors. You spent the extra money for Brazilian Hardwood floors, you wanted the right color and look, and don’t you want it to be right in the photos?

Having an “eye” for images is something that can’t be taught! So even if two people have the same equipment the results will be dramatically different. Knowing the right angles or zoom level takes an “eye”.  Again, the goal is for your home to stand out in a positive way.

As a homeowner, you may want to really think about how much you have in a room. Clutter will distract a buyer and make your home appear small. See our post on clutter!

We have lots of great photos, now let’s get them online!

The Lynchburg and Roanoke Board of Realtors allows up to 30 photos of a property in their Multiple Listing Service (MLS). While this is a great place to shop for homes it is not user friendly such as sites like REALTOR.CO, homes.com, or Zillow.com.  Year after year more home shoppers use these three sites than anywhere else on the web with looking for a new home. REALTOR.COM only gives most agents 4 pictures per listing. So, only 4 photos of your home will appear unless the agent has subscribed to enhanced listings allowing up to 25 photos of each listing. Many area homes do not appear on Zillow.com and Homes.com because the agent doesn’t upload their listings to the service. That is right, two of the three places to best market your home many agents are not using! Therefore your home is only being shown to 1/3 of the market place.

Why Witt-Fogleman

Scott Fogleman is a published photo journalist. He work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications. Wendy Witt first started photography when she was in college, showing lots of promise she became an avid hobbyist. They use Canon DSLE cameras with a variety of Canon, Sigma, and Tamron lenses.

Wendy and Scott are a husband and wife Real Estate team who co-list everything (no additional charge). We serve Lynchburg, Bedford, and the surrounding area.

We subscribe to REALTORS.com enhanced listing service, giving each one of our listings up to 25 photos. We also use REALTOR.com featured homes, this places one of our listings at the bottom and the top of each page when a person searches inside our zip codes.

We offer showcase advertising on Zillow.com and homes.com, meaning your home will come up first in any search where your home means the criteria.

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House Hunting In Bedford, Lynchburg, and Roanoke VA

House Hunting

What is the best way to go about finding your next home? Well, Bedford and the surrounding areas covers a lot of miles. Bedford County is the third largest county in Virginia. The best thing to do first could be to determine where exactly is it that you want to be? Where do you work and what kind of commute are you willing to commit to? What are the schools like in the different areas of Bedford and where do you want your children to attend? Are you a city or county employee? You may be required to live in the City of Bedford or in Bedford County. You may prefer views of the Peaks of Otter and Blue Ridge Mountains or maybe the southern county near Smith Mountain Lake will suit you better.

The best thing to do after being pre-qualified by a lender is to start looking around on the internet, maybe in the newspaper, ask friends and family if they know of any homes that they may know of that could meet your needs. Make a list. Plan a Sunday drive. Do some evaluating of neighborhoods, homes, locations, drive time to your necessities: groceries, gym, shopping, work, schools, etc.

When you have a solid list of homes that meet the “Curb Appeal” test: you like the house and you ready to see the inside and move forward in considering this property seriously, call your agent and set up a time to go see the properties that interest you.

Who should you bring with you?

If you’re married, bring your spouse. You will both need to see it. You may choose to make this life altering decision by yourself but it may not be a good long term move.

Do not bring your parents. No matter how old you are, your parents tend to have a hard time letting go and they will have a hard time approving of any property you may just love. This is YOUR home. You need to make this decision. Now, you may some great parents who just want to see where you’re moving and then, by all means bring them over. Your inspector will tell you if the house is solid.

So, once the home has passed the curb appeal test and you are going to see the property, take a quick look through to see if there is enough room, you like the floor plan, your furniture may fit. Don’t worry about the carpet and paint right now. That can be changed. Do you like to cook? Make sure the kitchen is big enough. Don’t like to cook? You may want a smaller kitchen so you don’t have to clean it. If there is something going on that is small: light fixtures, a rip in the vinyl flooring, that can be fixed. If the rooms on either side of a load bearing wall are too small, that is an issue we can’t get around easily. Whatever you’re looking for, be sure to keep an open mind because you may be surprised at what you thought you wanted and what you ended up buying.

Open House Sun Oct 3 1-4 Pm in Bedford County VA

Witt Fogleman | Keller Williams Realty | (434) 941-8847
1143 Holiday Cir, Vinton, VA
Custom built home for her and decked out garage and workshop for him.
3BR/2BA Single Family House
offered at $299,900
Year Built 1977
Sq Footage 2,688
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 2
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size 113,691 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Hand built Flemish bond brick home with true coined corners Brick walkways, retaining walls and porches. Interior brick detail including columns and flooring, two fireplaces, one in dining area of eat in kitchen has woodstove insert and blower, one wood burning FP in formal living room. Timber Truss pop out windows throughout. Lots of storage: utility room and storage off kitchen with shelving and cabinets, large laundry room with cabinets. Laundry can be main level or basement. Mechanical room houses wood furnace ducted into hp with thermostat inside ductwork, damper to protect hp coil, whole house humidifier, two water heaters, timer on an exterior light sensor for soffit light fixtures. Commercial grade 400 amp service, 200 for home, 200 for garage, workshop. Oversized 28×30 2 car attached garage, plumbed for bath, 6 air supplies for compressor that is piped in from addit’l garage below. Car lovers home!
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

– Central A/C – Central heat – Fireplace
– Walk-in closet – Hardwood floor – Living room
– Office/Den – Dining room – Dishwasher
– Refrigerator – Stove/Oven – Microwave
– Basement – Laundry area – inside – Yard
COMMUNITY FEATURES

– Garage parking
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

– 3 garages Large two car garage and extra Workman’s garage
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


Kitchen

Breakfast room

Living Room

Bedford

Foyer

Side of home
Contact info:
Witt Fogleman
Keller Williams Realty
Licensed in Virginia
(434) 941-8847
For sale by agent/broker
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Posted: Oct 1, 2010, 2:19pm PDT

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Open House this Sunday Oct 3 1-4 pm

Witt Fogleman | Keller Williams Realty | (434) 941-8847
1116 Washington St, Vinton, VA
Solid brick home, zoned commercial-use for business or as a home. Hardwood floors, fireplace, sun-room,breakfast nook, large bedroom upstairs. Subway
offered at $119,900
Year Built 1950
Sq Footage 1,627
Floors 2
Parking Car garage
Lot Size 50,529 sqft
Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Solid brick home, zoned commercial-use for business or as a home. Hardwood floors, fireplace, sun-room,breakfast nook, large bedroom upstairs. Subway tile in downstairs bath. Two car detached garage-privacy fencing, paved drive
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

– Can be residential or commercial
– Close to town
– Fireplace
– 2 Car garage
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


Front of home

Basement

Bedrooms

Bedrooms
Contact info:
Witt Fogleman
Keller Williams Realty
Licensed in Virginia
(434) 941-8847
For sale by agent/broker
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Posted: Oct 1, 2010, 11:47am PDT

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Opn house Sunday 8/8 2-4pm in Historic Bedford VA Home

Wendy Witt and Scott Fogleman | Scott and Bond Inc. | scott@scottfogleman.com | 540-874-7755 and 434-941-8847
1415 Longwood, Bedford, VA
Colonial Revival design, Great Historic Home for Sale!
4BR/2+1BA Single Family House
offered at $199,900
Year Built 1932
Sq Footage 1,792
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms 2 full, 1 partial
Floors 2
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size 43,560 sqft
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Colonial Revival design, this historic home is over a hundred years (tax records say built in 1932, owners feel home is older). Many architectural features. Pocket doors, transoms, original hardware (including Butterfly Key), oak floors and stair case, and a Bay window on the second floor. Large front porch and two decks overlooking period ear landscaping. Slate roof! Many updates include NEW PAINT, modern kitchen, heat pumps, electrical and plumbing.
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

– Central A/C – Central heat – Living room
– Dining room – Dishwasher – Refrigerator
– Stove/Oven – Attic – Basement
– Washer – Dryer – Laundry area – inside
– Balcony, Deck, or Patio
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

– Pocket Doors
– Orginal Staircase!
– Amazing details
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


front

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4

Photo 5

Photo 6
Contact info:
Wendy Witt and Scott Fogleman
Scott and Bond Inc.
540-874-7755 and 434-941-8847
For sale by agent/broker
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Posted: Jul 28, 2010, 1:49am PDT

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Great home in Bedford VA



808 Woodhaven
Bedford, VA 24523
Convenience Counts!



Scott Fogleman

Cell: 434-941-8847
Office: 540-586-3131
Website: Visit Website

Price : $144,900
Bedrooms : 3
Bathrooms : 2
Square Foot : 2,100
Lot Size : 25,264 sq.ft.
County : Bedford
Property Type : Detached
Year Built : 1989
MLS Number : 260954



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Property Description
When minutes count, this location is so convenient. Just off of 460, 25 minutes to either Lynchburg or Roanoke, this home is great for anyone needing to split the difference. Two minutes to downtown Bedford but pay lower county taxes! Well maintained, one owner brick ranch on larger .58 acre lot with creek, storage shed with electricity and garden space. Plenty of shade trees and privacy. New heat pump and 3 year old 30 yr architectural shingles, insulated windows, walkout basement with finished space and storage room. Nice newer deck overlooking the private backyard and patio on lower level. Wonderful raised beds and landscaping throughout the yard. Propane gas stove with blower in den. Ceiling fans throughout. All appliances convey. Paved drive. Cable ready. For more information, call Scott 434-941-8847
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Scott & Bond : 415 East Main St – Bedford VA 24523 : 434-941-8847

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Two great homes open Sunday june 27 2-4PM

See more photos at http://www.WendyWitt.com!

Wendy Witt and Scott Fogleman | Scott and Bond Inc. | scott@scottfogleman.com | (434) 941-8847
1703 Kingston, Bedford, VA
Stately rambler on quiet dead end north city street.
3BR/2BA Single Family House
offered at $214,900
Year Built 1972
Sq Footage 1,981
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking Unspecified
Lot Size .6 acres
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

Stately rambler on quiet dead end north city street. Get settled in here before school’s back in session – this is the best street for family walking and biking ever – nice, quiet and very well established. There is essentially no turnover on this street. Lots of upgrades – new roof, heat pump, security system and windows, newer plumbing. Invisible Fence in place for your four legged friends. Well landscaped with soaker hoses in the perennial beds and raised herb garden. Privacy hedges all around the back yard. Peaks of Otter views through the back pines. Wonderful brick patio extending off the large eat in kitchen as well as the den. Foyer with slate floor and leaded glass sidelight. Formal living room with built-in bookcases and dentil molding on the mantel over the gas log fireplace. Separate dining room. High speed internet available. Lots of closets. All appliances convey. Whole house attic fan. Well equipped handicapped home with one level living, handrails inside and out and step in shower in the master suite. Close to the hospital. Attached one car garage and concrete driveway.
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

– Central A/C – Central heat – Fireplace
– Family room – Living room – Dining room
– Dishwasher – Refrigerator – Stove/Oven
– Laundry area – inside – Balcony, Deck, or Patio
COMMUNITY FEATURES

– Garage parking
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

– Main level living with Master Bedroom
– Great location-quite but close to everything
– Mountain views
– Lots of character
– Formal Living room and Dining room
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


Front of Home

Rear of home

Formal Living room

Kitchen

Dining Room

Master Bedroom
Contact info:
Wendy Witt and Scott Fogleman
Scott and Bond Inc.
(434) 941-8847
For sale by agent/broker
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Posted: Jun 24, 2010, 2:52am PDT

Wendy Witt and Scott Fogleman | Scott and Bond Inc. | scott@scottfogleman.com | (434) 941-8847
1277 Oakwood St, Bedford, VA
Mid Town and Private!
3BR/2BA Single Family House
offered at $187,900
Year Built 1997
Sq Footage 1,225
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2 full, 0 partial
Floors 1
Parking 4 Uncovered spaces
Lot Size 2.78 acres
HOA/Maint $0 per month
DESCRIPTION

On a wonderful 2.7+ acres in the middle of town, this well kept ranch home provides comfort and convenience. Large front and rear decks allow outdoor living surrounded by trees and nature – relax in the hot tub in solitude! Open floor plan with oversized eat-in-kitchen and living room. Split bedroom design with granite in master and hall baths. Master has walk in closet, dual vanities, separate powder room. Built in bookshelves in hallway, skylight in hall bath. Insulated windows, heat pump installed 4/10. Full walkout basement with rough-in for 3rd bath, easy to finish out. Storage shed, all appliances convey. Move in ready!
see additional photos below
PROPERTY FEATURES

– Central A/C – Central heat – Fireplace
– High/Vaulted ceiling – Walk-in closet – Hardwood floor
– Family room – Dishwasher – Refrigerator
– Stove/Oven – Microwave – Granite countertop
– Basement – Washer – Dryer
– Laundry area – inside – Balcony, Deck, or Patio – Yard
– Jacuzzi/Whirlpool
OTHER SPECIAL FEATURES

– Vaulted Ceilings
– Fireplace
– Granate Counter tops in Bathrooms
– New Heat Pump
– Roughed in Bath in basement
– All appliances convey
– Hardwood Floors
– Hot tub
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS


Front of Home

Living Room

Kitchen

Master Bedroom

Bathroom

Bedroom
Contact info:
Wendy Witt and Scott Fogleman
Scott and Bond Inc.
(434) 941-8847
For sale by agent/broker
powered by postlets Equal Opportunity Housing
Posted: Jun 24, 2010, 2:24am PDT
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