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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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Bedford Short Sales and Foreclosures

November 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Short Sales and Foreclosures in Bedford VAshort sale image

If you looking to invest in real estate and your considering a Short Sale or a foreclosure in Bedford VA, then contact Witt Fogleman.
The Bedford, Lynchburg, Roanoke area has not been hit nearly as hard as other areas for short sales and foreclosures. This area didn’t have the real estate bubble that existed in other areas but needs less to say we do have several foreclosures and short sales.

Selling a Short Sale in Bedford

The difference between a short sale or a foreclosure on your credit could impact you and your family for many years. If your home goes to foreclosure you will have a hard time buying a new home, renting, purchasing an car, or getting credit for any purchase.

Negotiating a short sale can be very difficult and timely, there are many factors to consider including getting the right price, how the bank reposts your account, and potential taxes after the sale. You need an agent who understand the process and can help you all along the way. If your a seller, what are the implications of a short sale for you long term? We can help.

Purchasing a Short Sale or a Foreclosure

If your wanting to purchase a short sale, contact us. Short sales may not fit your particular needs or situation. During our buyers consultation, we will review all your needs and make the best recommendations.

Sometimes foreclosures can be a great investment, buying a property and having equity from day one is a great thing. However, there are pitfalls to buying a foreclosure. Having an experienced real estate agent on your side to help guide you o make good decisions. Ultimately every decision is up to you, but we will advices you and help you avoid the pitfalls.

SFR logo Scott Fogleman and Wendy Witt are the founders of Witt Fogleman of keller Willaims Realty, both SFR agents. SFR is a certification provided by the National Association of Realtors and stands for Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource.

 

To read more please visit WittFogleman.com

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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Bedford Community Resource Center needs a little help

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The Bedford Community Resource Center needs a little help. The Bedford Community Resource Center is part of the Bedford Community Christmas Station. Among the many great things they do for the community, each year they put together a backpack of back-to-school supplies for area school children.
These supplies are the basics (pencils, paper, glue sticks) children need as part of the learning process. it is estimated each backpack full of supplies costs about $10 per student. Over 300 students have applied, without theses backpacks many children will come to school empty handed this year. Often we hear of teachers using their own money to buy supplies, but our teachers already give so much.

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Scott Fogleman e-Pro Bedford, VA real estate

Scott Fogleman of Scott & Bond Inc.  has successfully completed the e-PRO Technology Certification Program course to become one of a select few real estate professionals to earn the prestigious certification offered by the National Association of REALTORS®.

The e-PRO certification course is an educational program unlike any other professional certification or designation course available, comprehensive and interactive. It is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home.

The e-PRO course was recently totally revised to include segments on Social Networking and Web 2.0 marketing.

Today on the Internet, information about homes, neighborhoods, real estate professionals, the home buying and selling process, lending, you name it, are all available and searchable, at everyone’s fingertips,” said Scott Fogleman of Scott & Bond Inc. . “Being that the real estate business is really an information based business, Web 2.0 will have a major impact on the conduct and process of real estate related objectives by consumers.”

With more than 80% of consumers beginning their real estate research on the Internet, e-PRO certified agents have the experience and expertise to meet the demands of today’s buyer and seller.

The exclusive e-PRO certification course is presented entirely online and certifies real estate agents and brokers as Internet professionals. Because of its innovative design, students are able to complete the course at their own pace, when and where they want, via any Internet connection. The course is designed to help REALTORS stay at the leading edge of technology and identify, evaluate and implement new Internet business models.

Once completed, the e-PRO certified real estate professional joins the ranks of a special community of highly skilled and continuously trained professionals who provide high quality and innovative online-based real estate services.  Consumers can identify the e-PRO through the exclusive e-PRO Internet Professional logo.

“The real estate industry has undergone a fundamental change over the past several years,” Scott Fogleman said. “A majority of consumers are taking the time to conduct their own research prior to contacting an agent. In turn, real estate professionals must be knowledgeable of how technology can assist them in serving the needs of the buying and selling public. It only makes sense to work with a REALTOR® who is up to speed on today’s technology.”

Both the content and the delivery platform were created by the San Diego-based technology company InternetCrusade®. The course instructs participants in the professional use of e-mail, the development of an interactive Web site, and the use of online research tools including Social Media and Web 2.0 instruction. Graduates use the skills they’ve acquired to provide clients information on properties for sale, local communities, and the local real estate market.

For more information, e-mail Scott Fogleman at scott@scottfogleman.com or call 434-941-8847

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What do you mean what the seller paid is immaterial?

It just doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t matter, it just doesn’t matter!

Two transactions recently where people are sooo concerned with the price the seller paid for the home. On the first transaction we represented the buyer, an analytical person who wants as much information as he can get. He researches a property for some time, speaks with the neighbors, pours through data..and after some serious thought, makes an offer. So far his offers have been low and have been turned down, the homes he has considered have sold for a higher price than his offer.  In the most recent one, the seller offered to sell the home for how much they currently owe. He feels this is more then what he wants to offer, so here we are, the last day of the tax rebate, $3500 difference on price. Yes, you are reading it correct, this client qualifies for a $8,000.00 tax rebate. This client is giving up $5,000 because he feels the current owners can’t owe that much and should be able to reduce their price.

Another transaction-We have listed a property a client purchased at foreclosure. He invested time and money into the property with the intention to make a profit. Well, along comes a buyer who wants to make an offer, but his offer is going to be based upon what the current owner paid. Since its present owner has only has the property for a short period of time, it hasn’t been released in tax records. His agent asked us several times “How much did the seller pay?” To which we responded, “regardless of what the current owner paid, this is a prime real estate, in one of the best neighborhoods in the area, and we feel the current asking price is more than reasonable for a home in its current condition,” as it does need some minor repairs. Somehow this buyer found the amount paid and made an offer. His offer doesn’t cover how much the owner currently invested (after commissions, repairs, legal fees, cost of the property.) I called his agent and informed him ”we have another offer coming in today, your clients offer was too low and they should make their best offer” said, “I have been in the business for 24 years and due to the price paid by the seller, they did make their best offer.” I politely suggested to this agent “do the math”. Needless to say, the other  buyer’s offer was accepted

Here is my point, does it really matter what the seller paid? NO! The value of the home is not in direct correlation to what the current owner paid. If someone paid too much for a home, does that mean they should get more for that home?  NO! The intrinsic value of a home does not adjust due to what a seller paid!

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