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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    CameraThe phrase, “A Picture is Worth 1000 Words” emerged in the United States in the early part of the 20th Century. This has become all the more important in today’s real estate market because most Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess County homebuyers now begin their home search online.  According to the National Association of Realtors, nine out of ten homebuyers use the Internet as an information source in their home search process.

    Now, more than ever, the first showing of a house takes place on the Internet. For that reason alone, a great photo will attract attention and help sell a property. Here are some tips to consider when having your house photographed for sale:

    1. Use professional photographers whenever possible
    2. Focus on the main features and detail of the house, not the contents
    3. Determine what time the best light is on the front exterior of the house
    4. If you are on a waterfront property, let the photographer know when it will be high tide
    5. Only photograph open pools that are clean & sparkling and free of pool toys
    6. Remove any cars or bicycles from the area to be photographed
    7. Open draperies, turn on light fixtures and replace burned-out bulbs
    8. Stage the house inside and out, make sure it’s free of clutter
    9. Avoid scheduling a photo shoot on trash day and make sure trash bins are put away
    10. Add decorative touches such as fresh flowers and plants, but don’t overdo it.

    Your Houlihan Lawrence agent can assist you when its time to photograph your home for sale in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess Counties. They understand that good photography – on the Internet and in print – is an opportunity to make a great impression.