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Getting Your Home Ready for Sale in the Fall

The fall real estate market is almost always a hot season. Home selling in autumn or fall is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren’t yet upon us to slow down sales! In our part of this country with four seasons, we watch leaves change colors as for sale signs pop up.

Here are 10 tips for attracting home buyers in the fall:

Clean Up the Yard
Rake dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cut away summer vines and cut down dead flowers. Make the most of autumn weather in the fall real estate market.

Create Fall Curb Appeal
The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums) and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are also beautiful for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow which is a colour that pops from the road as driver as passing by checking out homes for sale!
You may want to plant them in pots and place on steps and along the sidewalk and for an added fall touch, accent with pumpkins.

Clean the Windows
Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by the tie fall rolls around. Remove screens and spray them down as well so your windows sparkle.

Replace Furnace Filters
You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat as the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.

Clean Out the Fireplace
Ah, nothing smells more like fall than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace.  If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down.  If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through

Bring on the Fall Scents
Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. One of my Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.

Utilize Fall Accent Colors
Accessorize with bright red, orange or golden yellow pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you’ve cleared away the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring a little bit of autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings such as 3’s and 5’s. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.

Turn on the Lights Everywhere
Bring in the light. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights.

Offer Parting Treats to Potential Buyers
Potential buyers will feel more welcome if you leave them a gift like Fall treats, packets of candy corn or a snack-sized candy bars or even something as elaborate as a caramel apple, tied with a fall colour ribbon!

Making fall buyers feel welcome and at home is the key to selling a home in the fall. Everyone loves the colours of fall!

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Videography Maximizes Real Estate Listings

We’ve all heard that saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Have you ever wondered how that can be multiplied to generate greater impact? The answer is video.

Phelan Photography now offers professional real estate video packages for real estate agents and property sellers, thanks to a partnership with professional videographer, Michael Kovach. These videos go beyond what a traditional virtual tour can offer by creating a better feel for the finer details and true ambiance of a home and property.

There are many benefits to including a professional real estate video with your sale listing, in addition to the traditional static photographs and/or virtual tours.

A Permanent Open House. Instead of an agent needing to invest time sitting at an open house and hoping that prospective buyers visit, a real estate video is like having a 24-hour-a-day open house. Prospective buyers can “visit” anytime. The video, which showcases internal and exterior features of the building as well as the surrounding property, can be accessed multiple times, at any time of the day, from wherever the interested individuals are located (at home, in the office, or even on their mobile device when they see the “for sale” sign and pull over right away to check out the listing!). Exposure of the listing is maximized, increasing the chances of a quick sell for the highest price.

Save Time. Because agents aren’t required to sit at an open house to try to bring in possible buyers, it saves time for them to work on other areas of the business. In addition, home buyers can use the real estate videos to pre-qualify the property by making a pre-determination of whether or not the property for sale has a majority of the features and requirements they’re looking for in their next home. This will save them time in their search by not attending open houses or making appointments to view homes that don’t fit their needs. This saves time for both the agent and the buyer. If a prospective buyer makes an appointment to view a property for which they already viewed a real estate video, the agent can be sure it offers much of what the buyer is looking for.

Easy to Share. A link to a professional real estate video is easy to share over e-mail and social media channels. Prospective buyers often start their search online and narrow down their search to a few properties solely from viewing online listings. Videos of homes and properties for sale often go viral online, with viewers who like something about a property they see and then sharing the link with their followers. It just takes that one perfect person to click on it to generate a sale!

Adding a professionally shot and edited real estate video to your listing is a win-win situation. It’s an excellent pre-selection tool for buyers, who will use it to determine their true interest in a property for sale, and for agents, who will more easily bring in suitable prospects to view the listed property.

If you need more information about using a real estate video to maximize your listings, have a look at the packages that are available, or send an email with any questions.

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Summer News, Thrills & Skills

It has been a very busy summer so far for us for both business and family. Our family has had many changes… moving, changing jobs, etc. It is never dull when you have 4 boys in your house.

In January one of my sons got engaged to his high school sweetheart, Lauren. They went on a engagement2family vacation to British Columbia to see her aunts and uncles. Little did she know that she had a surprise waiting for her or that we had planned this right under her nose!! 

Such a fun and stressful week it was. Why stressful? Well, the week prior, Matthew had a very bad work accident which involved a steel pipe falling on his head, requiring a trip to the emergency, 12 staples and a full concussion. Shocking and scary for us all.

A mother never stops worrying about her children no matter how old they are, especially when they are hurt. This was a crazy time dealing with concussions, staples, updating shots, no work, no TV, no phones or electronics and no sports—something that was extremely difficult for my very active son. Then trying to make sure he is safe enough to fly to go on vacation – oh yeah this was all around the same time frame!! Like is said, never dull in our house!!

engagementIn the end, on their very first day out, he proposed as he could not keep it a secret any longer!! After 8 years of a courtship, these two will finally wed!! Many happy tears, laughs and celebrations!!!

Earlier in February, my husband and I went to Tennessee for him to visit dadsome work clients, and for me to visit with my father and step mother in Alabama. It was a great visit, got to see the new house, and the lovely city of Jacksonville, Alabama. Here is a photo of my father and step mother Lynda, celebrating one of their anniversaries on the coast of Pensacola. It is always great to be able to visit family when we can. Love the air in Alabama and all it’s great history.

We are also doing renovations in our home. Lots of changes, decisions, getting quotes, design choices, material choices, … and getting certified workers… which is another story in itself!  In the end, we took 1/3rd of our upstairs and made it our Master Bedroom Suite. It is still not 100% completed, but once it is, I will make sure to post the before & after photos, so stay tuned.

In between all of this, I made an important business decision to leave Obeo Real Estate Photography. Obeo, based out of Bountiful, Utah, is going though some restructuring and corporate changes, so I have decided to go out on my own and operate under my own name. As of January 12, 2016 my business officially changed to Phelan Photography. specializing in Real Estate Photography, Business Portraits, Product Photography and Event Photography.

AMPlogoSwitching over the business has been an enormous challenge, but it has been so exciting and freeing to branch out on my own.  It is the best feeling knowing that you are doing something right and moving in an amazing direction.

My photography has always been my passion in life since I was a little girl. My father gave me a camera at the age of 9 years old, and since then I have had many different types of cameras. I have been blessed to be able to make a living with my photography.

My photography styles are similar to my personality… fun, relaxed and interestingly goofy at times. My serious side will still make you smile, and I am always professional and respectful of others.

How do you like my new logo? I wanted something personal and meaningful to me. The Butterfly represents Freedom, Breast Cancer (my mother is a survivor), mixed with my husbands Irish heritage in the wings of the Butterfly. The art work was done by Ang Wencel of Visions Graphic Artistry by Ang. Check her out, she is great!! http://visionsbyang.com

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Onto March, lots of fun of course for St. Patrick’s Day!! An Irish tradition that is never spared!

My business picked up from here, Phelan Photography is Rocking!! I love working with all my clients, either realtors, brokers, sales representative’s or special family photos. I also took on a new challenge of event photography for some special friends. Helping people gives me an incredible feeling of satisfaction.  As a current Lion’s member (London East Lions Club), we are always helping others in and around our communities.

With all the changes going on I would like to send out a huge Thank You to all my clients, past and present, and those who are new, for choosing me for all your professional photography needs.

Now onto the Thrills–

Last year I privileged to meet a lovely lady named Dayna Knight. Dayna is a nail technician and OPI Educator, and she is also the founder of an amazing event called The cntcCanadian Nail Tech Connection (CNTC), which is a trade show and education convention specifically for nail technicians.  I was brought onto her team to help with social media, photography and any other tasks needed. My first time helping was last fall at the convention in London, ON, and man was that interesting!! Did you know that there are well over 40 nail technicians doing business around your area, but are they not properly certified?? It has been an eye opener for me, learning about all the safety concerns and the actual certifications that are required when you get your nails done.

This past April, TheCNTC team, which consists of Dayna, Colleen, Laura, Logan and myself, flew out to Edmonton, Alberta for the trade show. WOW!!! So much work that goes into this event!  It is breath-taking and exciting, and exhausting at the same time. Alberta is beautiful in April.  Our time out there was very busy and exciting and we hosted over 400 nail technicians. This year’s events will bring lots of new challenges and more travel and I am looking forward to it all. If you know of any nail technicians in the surrounding areas, have them check out these events. http://www.thecntc.ca

In April and May, I photographed many events around London, theMS Society, Lion’s events, Women In Business events, Sock Drop Thursdays, BBI London, various real estate listings, a 50th wedding celebration, private dental office photos, Horse Cow Reining Shows, Red Day, Autism Society Golf and Autism Walk events. Life is always busy and it brings me great pleasure and happiness to you see the outcome of your photography… especially when it makes others happy.

Now onto Skills–

Photography is my passion!! I was taught at a young age how to use my camera, which was a Kodiak film camera!! I remember even having a Polaroid camera at one time too!! How many camera’s have you owned??

All my family are professional photographers, so learning the trade has come naturally to me. The basics were taught to me by my father and my uncles, and gave me the foundation I needed. I am always moving forward with my photography and consistently honing my skills to better serve my clients and offer more services.

Though Obeo (and a few friends who are also photographers), I was taught specific skills for real estate photography.  Real Estate Photography is one of the services that I have the most fun with! Think of all the homes you get to see and dream about, from a small condo to a million dollar home! There is not one home that I have photographed that I am not proud of! I take great pride in my work and it shows.

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Real Estate Photography is a special knack for those who can do it. You need to be patient, concise, on time, be able to work with your client’s and homeowners, be flexible, and of all things have the proper equipment and know what it takes to make the home visually appealing to potential buyers. I would love to be able to showcase your next listing, so connect with me and we can chat.  Check out my website at: http://phelanphoto.com

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Now here we are in August, summer is almost coming to an end—I know eh!!! Can we go back a few weeks!! Where did the time go!!

In preparation for the fall real estate market, I will be attending the LSTAR Trade Show on September 22, 2016. I know I will see most of you there and I’m hoping to meet some new agents as well. Let’s make the fall of 2016 the best selling season yet!!

Once again, Thank You for all your support. I look forward to continuing to work with you.

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Have a wonderful end of summer and we look forward to seeing everyone over the next few months at various functions or events!!

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Anne Marie Phelan

Phelan Photography

Photography with Personality

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Ugh. Mondays…

How do you manage your Mondays?
Sometimes for me, Mondays are hard work! All week I am on the road, taking photographs of various events, trade shows, conferences, family photography and of course, my real estate photography.  That leaves me with a lot of editing… and the dreaded administrative work.  Mondays tend to be “I MUST DO It” day.
Trying to organize these daily tasks are always difficult and I get frustrated easily. In times like this, I am reminded June collagethat I need to take a few moments out of my day to reflect, and rejuvenate myself so that I can concentrate and keep moving forward. How do I do that? Well for me, I enjoy looking at one of my photographs.  It brings me back to the moment I took that photo and I dream about being there once again.  I find that these few minutes “away” actually help me focus on the next task on the “To Do” List.
This past month and a half, I have been busy with Real Estate Photography and Event Photography! If you’re wondering where I’ve been, well, I recently photographed the MS Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada’s event “Sing It Like a Boss” held at The Ceeps Bar and Grill, London, Ontario. At this event, various business owners and local celebrities got together and preformed in front of a crowd, and were judged on various techniques and song choices. It was a fun night had by all!
 I have also been the photographer for the 4 The love of Music event, the Autism Society of London Walk, the Purina Dog Walk for Dog Guides, a lot of Real Estate Photography, a few High School Proms, and a 50th Wedding Anniversary! I also recently ventured into taking photos at a Horse Reining Show.  Have you ever seen a cow jump?? So funny!!
As you can see, my photography keeps me busy, and I truly love it. Check back on my website and Facebook pages for all the updated (or soon to be!) photo album’s of all these events.  Here are a few photos for you to enjoy!
Have a wonderful week and remember to make someone SMILE!!
Anne Marie
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What is Curb Appeal and How Can it Help You Sell Faster?

It finally feels like Spring! You want to take advantage of the Spring real estate market, but how do you get your home ready?

Often times when I go on a real estate photo shoot, the first thing I notice is that the home is lacking what the industry calls “curb appeal”.

Curb Appeal is defined by Merriam-Webster.com as the attractiveness of the exterior of a residential or commercial property, as viewed from the street.

curb-appealMost  real estate agents will make suggestions as to what items the home owners should “remove or store” while they are in the process of selling the home. Others will suggest bringing in a professional home stager who will help the homeowners work with their existing decor, or rent new items to make the home “more sell-able”. If the home is vacant, a home stager can add furniture and accessories to make it look “lived in” and comfortable. If the home is too cluttered, it is difficult for potential buyers to envision their own belongings in the home.  The same can happen if the home is empty.

Some examples of clutter that should be removed or stored are garbage cans, seasonal equipment and children’s outdoor toys.  The home needs to look tidy and inviting from the outside to attract potential buyers.

Landscaping is necessary. Rake up the leaves, take dead plants out of the garden, add some fresh mulch and even fresh paint to the exterior of the home.  Also, when pictures are being taken for the listing, move parked cars out of the driveway so the photographer can get a clear photo of the house.

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Curb appeal is guaranteed to increase the number of potential buyers for your home.  Click the photos above to see articles which have excellent examples of curb appeal and will help you make your “Get Ready to Sell” check list.

Best of luck and Happy Selling!

Anne Marie Phelan ~ “Photography with Personality”

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Thirsty Tuesdays- Dealing with transitions, change and improvement.

 

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Change is hard for everyone, no matter who you are or what position you hold in life.

 Over the years I have had to adjust to many variations of changes, loss of loved family members and  friends, change from martial status, to a better one at that! Various moves around the country, all while making my life and these changes, better for my family and myself. Now I am following my passion, something I truly love, my photography.

 

We all adjust to these changes at some point, making them a part of our lives each and everyday. If you don’t change things, you simply can not grow as a person, it is the only way to grow and become a better person inside of you.

It gives me great pleasure to announce my change!

I have left Obeo Real Estate Photography to go out on  my own as Phelan Photography. It has been a hard choice, but a very well needed change. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please don’t hesitate to contact myself privately.

I am still the same person who you are accustomed to as a business owner, customer service and expectation’s for professional photography are still kept in the highest regards, just now will be operating under my name wholly.

My services are always improving, with that I would love to introduce to you an addition to my services, Drone Photography. A partnership with Damieon Vella-Zarb. He is an excellent young man, who thrives at perfection as I do in his work. I look forward to introducing him along with his work to all of you.

 

With the spring market upon us, I look forward to meeting and getting to know each and every one of you once again as Phelan Photography!! I would love to have your feedback and testimonials to share to others about my services, thank you in advance!

 

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement for the past 2.5 years and I look forward to many more to come!! 

 

Anne Marie Phelan

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