Are Drones a Good Option For Photographing Real Estate?

A Clever and Unique Touch

It is a fact that drones used for photography have become quite popular these days. Indeed there are a number of businesses and industries that have become increasingly reliant upon drone photography. Real estate is really no different in this sense. Let’s face it aerial photography can add a clever and unique touch to a home that is listed for sale or even a commercial property that is to be sold on the open market. Here are a few ways that drones and aerial photography can be used to make a piece of real estate more appealing and more marketable.

·      An investment in a drone that will be used for aerial photography is very affordable and can be as inexpensive as around 500 dollars for a fairly good flying camera of this sort.

·      Drones are very good for shooting images of real estate in areas from above that would otherwise be difficult to access.

·      Aerial photos are an excellent form of promotion. They can enhance a listing and can compliment other types of interactive presentations making a listing far more appealing to potential buyers.

·      Drone photography is ideal for producing HD video clips. It can also offer buyers custom or unique visual angles and better perspective related sight cues.

·      A professionally created aerial video can in essence become a virtual tour that makes a home much more marketable.

·      When used for virtual tour purposes a drone can be flown through the entrance of a home and then through different rooms and even the backyard to create a stunning visual experience.

 Hire a Professional

These are just a few of the advantages of using drones to more effectively sell a home. To get the most from aerial photography of this kind it is best to hire a professional who knows how to fly drones and how to get the best shots. Working with someone who has experience with drones and aerial photography is always the best option.

 Steady Shots

Those with experience in aerial drone photography for real estate can be expected to be experts in taking steady shots and long shots. They will typically use a drone with a gimbal ensuring that the camera remains steady while shooting. Pros in drone photography will also know how to use the wind in their favor when photographing real estate.

Rules and Laws

Working with the wind can only serve to improve the overall quality of the footage being taken. Finally pro drone operators will typically know all the rules and laws associated with shooting this type of real estate photography. Contact Nicole Haun today to learn more about listing your home in Anacortes for sale. With extensive experience in Anacortes real estate Nicole is ready to help buyers and sellers achieve their goals.

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Explore Beautiful and Amazing Deception Pass

Beautiful Pristine Lakes

Considered a top destination for tourists as well as those who live in the area, Deception Pass State Park is a Marine and camping area that boasts over 4000 acres. The park also includes over 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline. Along with saltwater shorelines there are also freshwater shorelines of nearly 34,000 feet. This is found on three beautiful pristine lakes located in the immediate area.

One-Of-A-Kind Old-Growth Forests

Deception Pass State Park is most notable for its breathtaking rugged cliffs that offer shear drop-offs into turbulent and colorful waters of famous Deception Pass. Even more impressive is the beautiful and one-of-a-kind old-growth forests and a wide variety of abundant wildlife found throughout the park. Breathtaking views and miles of nature trails for unlimited hiking round out this truly amazing State Park.

Samish And The Swinomish Indian Tribes

The park has a history that dates back thousands of years. When first settled, deception Pass was known as Bowman Bay, Coronet Bay and other titles of the time such as Rosario. Over time the area was settled by the Samish and the Swinomish Indian tribes. One of the first explorers to map the area was Captain George Vancouver who was a European on a northwest coastal expedition. He was responsible for the name that still stands today, Deception Pass.

Multiple Hiking Locations

Other advantages of visiting Deception Pass include a wide array of camping opportunities. With over 160-tent sites and multiple hiking locations as well as facilities such as showers and restrooms, the area is perfect for a family outing. In addition, there is a park store and a full array of boating opportunities. For example, open all winter is the Coronet Bay boat launch as well as multiple other freshwater and saltwater boat ramps.

Explore The Great Outdoors

There is a variety of other nearby parks that can also be enjoyed when visiting the area. This includes everything from Hope Island State Park to the Skagit Island State Park in the Bayview State Park. Over on Camano Island there was Cama Beach State Park and in other areas tourists and locals alike will enjoy for Casey State Park and James Island State Park. With so much to offer it is clear to see what Deception Pass and all of Western Washington is the number one destination for those wishing to explore the great outdoors. Contact Nicole Haun today to learn about Oak Harbor real estate opportunities for investors as well as those simply looking for a place to call home.

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Discover Beautiful Washington Park in Anacortes

Picnic Sites and Camping Sites

Nestled on the west end of a peninsula on lovely Fidalgo Island is the popular and inviting nature area know as Washington Park. This expansive city park is about 220 acres in size. Washington Park offers many day use picnic sites and camping sites as well as an impressive boat launch. In addition the park is known for its 2.2-mile long loop road. This winding trail or road accommodates both pedestrian and vehicular traffic, so it is best to be cautious whether you are walking or driving.

Olympic Mountains and The San Juan Islands

With stunningly attractive meadows and forested hills a walk through loop road is relaxing and memorable. Best of all, there are breathtaking views of the majestic Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands. Opened to all year round, the park is active from early in the morning beginning at 6am until dusk for those walking, while those traveling by car will have to wait until 10am to make their way through loop road.

Call the Information Hotline

Featuring 68 campsites, the campground is well suited for novice and expert campers alike. Many of the campsites have water and electric hook-ups. The camping features of the park are available all year long. Those wishing to learn more about Washington Park can call the information hotline at 360-293-1927. The line is updated throughout the day and offers information on current campground and boat lot availability.  In addition, the park has a total of three covered picnic shelters along with multiple uncovered picnic tables.

Availability is Limited

There are fire pits and upright barbeques also available to those wishing to cook out and enjoy the wonderful summer weather. For picnic tables or a fire pit as well as a barbeque you’ll have to get there early, as availability is limited and on a first come, first served basis. While no RVs are permitted, there are accommodations for group tents. Explore Washington Park today and enjoy all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Contact Nicole Haun, an experienced Anacortes realtor for more information on moving to Anacortes Washington.

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Residential Real Estate Trends To Watch In 2017

Market Conditions

It is an accepted rule within the real estate industry that the trends of today will eventually become the realities of tomorrow. Keeping this simple fact in mind it is easy to see why market conditions currently evolving in 2017 will have a big impact on buyers and sellers throughout the year and well into 2018. Here are a few trends in real estate at the national level that should be watched carefully by anyone purchasing a home in Washington State or anywhere else across the country.

Technology

Technology will continue to play a major role in how homes are bought and sold throughout the United States and around the world. Upgrading a home with the latest technology and state-of-the-art security as well as other modern conveniences can make a difference on how marketable a home ultimately becomes. Solar panels, homes that are highly automated and homes that make use of Internet equipped appliances will win the day in the current real estate market.

Pricing

One thing that can be said about modern real estate is that prices are always in a constant state of flux. While there are many predictions on where prices will go, ultimately the market predicts how homes will be best priced going forward. 2017 is expected to be a year where real estate prices will continue to increase as they did last year. However, price increases may be more intense in 2017 and going into 2018 as compared to previous years.

Communities

One trend that has been identified in 2017 that will likely become more pronounced later in the year and into the next year is that of “walkable” communities. As a growing number of young families flock to the suburbs, communities that offer many options for those who enjoy walking are becoming the new standard. In short, young upwardly mobile individuals are looking for homes in suburbia that are conducive to being in the great outdoors.

Millennials

Finally, at the end of the day one of the most powerful forces that will move Anacortes real estate markets and shape trends is that of the millennial generation. This demographic will likely power long-term demand for real estate for at least the next decade. Baby boomers and millennials make up the biggest group in history and will have a profound impact on real estate over the short and long-term. Many studies and statistics have indicated that roughly 1/3 of all homebuyers in 2017 will be comprised of baby boomers or millennials.

Contact Nicole Haun today to learn more about purchasing real estate in Anacortes, Oak Harbor or Mount Vernon Washington.

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Home Inspection Tips Designed To Help You Sell

Quick And Profitable

Those wishing to sell their home in the near future should keep in mind that potential buyers will more than likely order a professional home inspection before making a final purchase decision. Keeping this simple fact in mind here are a few essential tips to help make sure that you have the best chance possible of selling your home in a quick and profitable way. For example, consider having an inspection performed before listing your home for sale.

Marketed As Pre-Inspected

This is important because you can then state in the listing that the home has been pre-inspected and repaired in accordance with the home inspection report. There is cost involved with a home inspection, but the simple fact that the home can be marketed as pre-inspected can make all the difference in enjoying a more successful sale. Statistically speaking, many homes ultimately fail to close because of complications associated with the home inspection. If these issues have been addressed and resolved prior to selling a home, it is more likely that the sale will proceed without delay.

Comments In The MLS

Including references to a pre-inspection in the multiple listing along with stating that all repairs have been made is an excellent marketing strategy that should never be overlooked. This is one more way to make a house truly turnkey and to make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to close on a home. Always ask your realtor to include comments in the MLS letting potential buyers know that a home inspection and any subsequent repairs have been completed. Further, it is a good idea to let prospective buyers know that all records related to all repairs can be made available upon request.

Convenient And Attractive

Finally, those wishing to sell their Oak Harbor home can also let buyers know that a home warranty is in effect and available and that it can be transferred to the buyer at closing. Best of all, most warranties available today will not need to be paid for until closing. The main goal is to always make it is easy, convenient and attractive as possible for buyers to fall in love with your home and ultimately make a purchase. As an added note, some sellers may wish to price their home above or below market value based upon any potential issues identified in the home inspection report. Contact Nicole Haun today to learn more about Oak Harbor real estate services that get results.

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2017 is the Perfect Year to Buy a Home

Make An Investment

If you have been on the fence about buying a home, 2017 may be the ideal time to consider making a purchase. Many experts in the industry are saying that now is a better time than ever before to jump in and make an investment or to simply get out of the rent paying routine. This is especially true considering that rental rates have steadily increased across Washington State in recent months. The prediction is that rental rates will only continue to increase.

Price Appreciation

While it is true that inventories of homes have tightened, there is a growing number of homes being added to the mix as more and more homeowners look to capitalize on increased property values in 2017 by selling. This equates to a greater selection for potential home buyers. Price appreciation, while a two edged sword can indeed be a major driving force in the real estate industry ultimately spawning greatly increased activity in the market. This added to the fact that in 2017 there is expected to be ongoing growth in those who will hire contractors to build a home on a recently purchased lot.

Builders Are Also Speculating

With tight inventories 2017 continues to see more creative approaches to home ownership. If you can’t find the home of your dreams, simply find the perfect lot and then build a home to your exact specifications. Not a bad idea, especially in light of the fact that home choices have been somewhat limited in recent days. Builders are also speculating and building starter and middle-range homes for the same reason. This type activity serves to bolster inventory levels to some degree. Interest rates are another key metric in today’s unique real estate market.

Trending Toward A Steady Rise

Even though the Fed just raised benchmark rates again a few days ago, the overall interest rate that drives Anacortes mortgage rates is still considered invitingly low by historical standards. In short, consumers are still enjoying what are some of the lowest interest rates seen in a generation. While rates are trending toward steady rise, it is a slow process and as such potential homebuyers can expect good deals in this regard through the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. At the end of the day 2017 is truly a great time to buy a home in Anacortes or anywhere in Washington State.

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How To Stage An Open House

Perfect Opportunity

Increasing the exposure on your home is one of the fastest ways to improve the chances of selling quickly. An open house is the perfect opportunity to do just that. So what exactly is the best way to get your home ready for an open house? The answer to this question may depend largely on the current condition of your home as well as a few other factors. Here are some simple and basic strategies on how to stage a home in preparation for an open house event.

Attracting The Interest Of Buyers

The first step is to simply plan for your open house in the right way. Before starting, consider talking with professionals in the industry such as home stagers and your realtor. Dressing up a home prior to an open house can greatly enhance the chances of attracting the interest of motivated buyers. Equally important is to identify the right target audience when planning this type of real estate event. Are you targeting families, business professionals or some other type of specific market?

Spotless And Attractive

Cleaning is another important aspect of having a successful open house. The home should be clean, spotless and attractive throughout. Dust all furniture, clean out all shower stalls and pay particular attention to the kitchen so that the presentation is indeed perfect. It is equally important to depersonalize the space and de-clutter wherever possible. Remove all personal items such as family photos and anything else that could distract a potential buyer. Closets should be cleaned out especially in light of the fact that an overcrowded closet could convey to buyers that a home is too small.

Add Stylish Accessories

When having an open house it may be a good idea to plant some new colorful flowers and keep the lawn freshly mowed. A fresh coat of paint wherever possible and replacing faded out house numbers can add the perfect touch. Pay particular attention to the kitchen by removing any photos or magnets from the refrigerator prior to showing the home. Clear off all countertops and add stylish accessories where possible. In the bathroom, everyday towels should be replaced with new fancy towels. Finally, consider putting out fresh cut flowers and even baking cookies to make your Oak Harbor home feel warm and inviting. Contact Nicole Haun today to learn more about Oak Harbor real estate opportunities.

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