Virtual Staging and the Future Of Real Estate

I came across this tremendous piece by Hermann Samano and wanted to share it with you. For years, home staging has been mostly straight forward—less is more, declutter and clean, fix all the obvious broken things in order to sell their home faster. Now with virtual staging, we’re in a whole new world! I’ve started the article below, then click over to read the rest. It’s really quite interesting!
-Tre Pryor

Staging a home for sale has been a tool used by real estate agents and sellers for years. When a home is beautifully staged, it can be a real lure for potential buyers. The process of home staging involves a lot of heavy lifting, rearranging furniture, and intense attention to details and decorating. Most buyers prefer to purchase a home that looks well-kept and on-trend, which makes staging the property a smart marketing move. However, a lot of physical work, time, and effort comes with the staging process and it doesn’t mean that a quick sale is guaranteed. Virtual staging uses the same principles as regular staging, but with a technological twist. This process can save you a lot of headaches while still providing you with amazing results. 

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What is Virtual Staging?

When a buyer opts to use virtual staging, the stager takes digital photos of the home. The property could be empty, or it could even be full of mismatched furniture, knick-knacks, and clutter. Once the photos are taken, the virtual stager uses special photo-editing software to “tweak” the way the home looks. This software can remove unwanted clutter, remodeling being done, and furniture with a few commands. It also allows the stager to add anything they want including new matching furniture, décor, and more. Extreme care is taken to ensure that every room of the home appears as if it’s been physically staged. The final photos are then posted on the listing, giving sellers a chance to entice new buyers to make a purchase or schedule a showing.

How Does Virtual Staging Work?

Today’s modern home buyer tends to look for property online before they even set foot in the door. Most buyers want to get an idea of the home’s size, design, and aesthetics before they take their valuable time to physically go to a showing. With virtual staging, software is used to create a beautiful home remotely. The seller doesn’t have to lift a finger (in most cases) and the virtual stager simply works their magic once the photos are obtained. This advanced software allows the stager to brighten up a room and add new furniture, rugs, and even artwork. The process requires skill and training in order to ensure that the final product looks polished and realistic. Through the use of shadowing and other techniques, the final photographs of the home offer buyers a beautiful perspective that entices them to learn more. With so much digital marketing being used for real estate sales today, it’s not surprising that this new method of home staging is becoming more popular than ever before. 

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Essential Factors You Should Look For When Choosing An Energy Company

Choosing the right energy company is an important decision that many homeowners tend to overlook. In most cases, many don’t put much thought into choosing an energy company. But it’s important to weigh its impact on their finances and their homes’ comfort and safety. 

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If you don’t want to experience low-quality services that could put your home at risk and cost you a lot of money. Your home is a major investment. It’s important to pick the right energy provider at the start. Depending on your home’s location, you may have many suppliers or just a single one. To help you make the best possible decision, here are essential factors you should look for when choosing an energy company. 

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Before You Move To-Do List

Making a new place home is a milestone and gives your life a fresh start. Nonetheless, many people dread the relocation process as it is physically exhausting and can emotionally drain anyone. There’s so much to do! So, what should you focus on before you move?

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With more and more people moving to the suburbs, there’s actually a far greater demand for movers and moving-related companies now than in the recent past. It makes it all the more important to have thorough planning and preparation.

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7 Tips to Raise Your Credit Score Before Buying a Home

A higher credit score will lower your mortgage interest rate and give you more buying power. Since the COVID-19 induced recession, buyers are finding that some credit scores that were previously sufficient to qualify for mortgages are now inadequate. And if you’re torn between buying or renting, your credit score might make the decision for you.  Read on to learn some great ways to raise your credit score before buying a home.

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My Mortgage Insider explains,

“The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, requires a credit score of at least 500 to buy a home with an FHA loan. A minimum of 580 is needed to make the minimum down payment of 3.5%. However, many lenders require a score of 620 to 640 to qualify.”

In reality, marginal borrowers may find that a 640 credit score is the absolute minimum required for a conventional loan. Therefore, it’s critical to raise your credit score before beginning the home buying process, and here are seven ways to do that.

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Real Estate Expert Tre Pryor Interviewed by NBC News Regarding COVID and Louisville Home Sales

I believe this is my fourth interview with local news sources. I’m happy that they consider real estate expert Tre Pryor a source for their stories. Always happy to share my knowledge of the local real estate market, I said “Yes” to be interviewed by David Mattingly anchor of Wave3 news.

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Real estate expert Tre Pryor interview with David Mattingly of Wave3 news.

The topic of this interview was COVID and its effect upon the local real estate market, specifically in the Downtown areas where most of the protesting has taken place. The title of the piece of Louisville home sales remain surprisingly strong in spite of COVID and protests and I invite you to check it out.

The guts of the piece center around whether the market has experienced any downturn from the protesting and violence that’s occurred since the Breonna Taylor indictments were announced.

As it always the case, I had hoped a different quote might be used or that I looked better on camera (ahh vanity) but I’m still happy to be a part of the process.

If you have any questions about Louisville real estate, I’m happy to answer them. It’s been my pleasure to serve clients here in Louisville for almost 15 years now. I’d love to help you too, so please contact me.


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How to Keep Your Roof in Good Condition

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How to Set a Budget for Home Renovations

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Why Should You Consider Major Repairs When Selling Your Property?

Out of 10 property sellers, at least 3 ask themselves if they should do major repairs before selling their homes. You can always market your property as a fixer-upper and sell it “as-is.” But that will limit your buyer pool. Depending on the current condition of your home and what your design plan might be, performing these updates can greatly increase your chance of selling your property quickly.

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Reasons Why Now Is a Great Time to Invest in Real Estate

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