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7 reasons agents should consider virtual staging

By: Sarah Anderson

Source: Miami Agent


We hear it all the time from our clients: “Vacant homes don’t sell.” As a professional photography studio specializing in real estate, we also know they don’t photograph well, which means fewer viewings online and in-person. Fortunately, Realtors have virtual staging in their toolkit to enhance the bare-bones layout of a home, helping it sell quicker and at the best price.


Virtual staging is an affordable and cost-effective solution to marketing vacant properties online, especially for foreclosed homes, or for properties appealing to foreign buyers who cannot make an in-person site visit. Here are seven reasons why realtors should consider virtual staging.


1. No furniture? No problem! – A professional will photograph a vacant listing from many different angles to capture the variety of room sizes and lighting conditions. The images are then enhanced digitally by a specialist, who inserts virtual furniture, window treatments, accessories, and even new wall coloring that the Realtor and seller request.


2. Market More Cost-Efficiently – The costs of traditionally staging a home, including furniture, artwork, and wall and floor coverings  can be staggering. Realtors can pay from $3,000 to $12,000 a month to rent furnishings for a single home. Virtual staging slashes...


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Miami Single-Family Homes Post Third Biggest Sales Year in History


MIAMI — The Miami single-family homes market finished 2016 with the third-most annual sales in county history as median prices for all properties rose at year-end and in 4Q 2016, according to a new report by the MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI) and the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system.


Miami-Dade County posted 13,164 single-family home sales in 2016, down 5.3 percent from last year. Only 2015 (13,898 single-family home transactions) and 2014 (13,521) had more annual Miami single-family home sales. MIAMI and the MLS have been tracking county sales since 1994.


“Miami real estate is thriving as evidenced by the historic number of annual single-family home transactions the last three years,” said Coral Gables Realtor Christopher Zoller, the 2017 MIAMI Chairman of the Board. “High demand, low inventory, steady job creation and historically low mortgage rates have fueled a strong Miami single-family homes market. Existing condos finished with the sixth-best sales year in history despite an increase in competing new condo construction.”


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Trio Yoga at Vizcaya


Event Date: 02/26/17 09:00AM


Contact #: 305.860.8417


Location: 3251 South Miami Avenue


Vizcaya welcomes Trio Yoga for a new yoga series at the estate. Admission is limited to Vizcaya members and practitioners at Trio Yoga. Join Trio Yoga's experienced instructors for a 60-minute, all-level vinyasa class. Classes are held in various locations throughout Vizcaya, including the Garden Mound, South Terrace, Boat Landing, and other evocative locations through the estate.


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