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Pictures Are Worth A Thousand Words

by The Schuman Team

Your home must look great on line or it won't sell. An interesting statistic from the National Association of Realtors® shows that close to 90% of all buyers are using the Internet for their home search. Buyers go on line to eliminate homes, and if your home doesn't have professional quality photos, it will likely be crossed off their list and never seen by them in person.

Photos will make a huge impression. If you visit various websites to look at homes, you will notice that some agents use better quality pictures than others so to advertise their listings. One of the things that always surprises me is when someone uses poor quality pictures, especially on a high-end home. Here is an example of what I'm talking about:

These two homes are listed for almost the exact same price, but one obviously looks better than the other. The first photo will attract many more buyers, create more showings, and give the home a better chance of selling.

 

foyer Solon Ohio luxury home

 

bad quality photos hurt home sellers

 

If you were a buyer, which home would you rather see?

PERCEPTION IS REALITY

Whether it's fair or not, your home will be judged based on the photos on line. We all know that a first impression is critical, and if a prospective buyer doesn't like the way a home looks when looking on the Internet, they won't want to see it in person.

What's surprising is how poorly some homes are portrayed on line. I'm convinced that most sellers don't bother to look to see how their home is being marketed. Perhaps many assume their agent is experienced and knows what they are doing. Others may not understand the importance of having high quality pictures.

OUR ADVICE TO SELLERS

If you are thinking of selling your home, check out the agent's work on line before you hire them.   Also, don't be afraid to ask them who will be taking the pictures. If they personally take them, what kind of equipment will they use? How will these compare to those taken by a professional photographer?

While it is said that pictures are worth a thousand words, using professional quality pictures to sell a home will lead to the one word a seller wants to hear: SOLD!

Fall Fun For Local Children

by The Schuman Team

 

There are so many ways for families to enjoy the comfortable temperatures and beautiful foliage that accompany fall in Greater Cleveland.  Here are a few of our favorites:

1.  Apple Picking:  Enjoy the bounty of local orchards and pick your own apples.  Two great choices – Eddy’s   and Patterson Fruit Farm  both in Chesterland, Ohio  .  Also, a great outing is Patterson’s annual Family Fun Fest which runs for about a month and is perfect for young children.

2.  Lake Farm Park - Tons of fall fun in this Metro Park farm that is open to the public.  Most popular are the Halloween Hayrides – be sure to take the very young crowd to the earlier rides and save the later evening rides for the 5 and up crowd.  A word to the wise, tickets sell out so pre-book!

3. Derthicks Corn Maze  – We just discovered this two years ago and it is now a must on our Fall activity list.  Each year the folks at Derthicks (located in Mantua and convenient to both Cleveland and Akron) create a HUGE picture maze in the corn.  You get a sheet and have to find your way to several checkpoints.  There are some other activities for the kids as well as food and drinks for sale.

4. Hiram House Pumpkin Festival   This year is the 40th year celebration.  It is being held on Sunday, October 9th from 10am-5pm.  Here you’ll find music, games, crafts, animals, and so much more on this spectacular camp located in Chagrin Falls.  Hiram House is a non-profit camp that exists to enrich the lives of children.  This fall fest funds the camp programming and is one of the best fall events in the area. Park at Orange Schools and you will be shuttled to Hiram House.

5. Boo At The Zoo - For 8 special nights toward the end of October, the Cleveland Zoo opens up for some very special Halloween fun. There's a train ride, haunted ( green ) house, hay maze, animal show, magic show and so much more. We suggest you get tickets in advance because they can sell out. Both children and adults are encouraged to wear a costume ( not scary though as young children will be there ) and every child in attendance gets a special treat bag.

There are so many more festivals and activities to do while enjoying the crisp fall air.  We invite you to comment and share some of your family favorites!

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