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Staging Tips for Photos
FROM “ST YLED, STAGED & SOLD” If you opt
to take staging photos yourself rather
than use a professional, here are tips for
making the images the best they can be.
Arrange the space from the perspective
of the camera lens rather than the user.
Indirect sunlight is much better than
shooting on a sunny day or at night.
Unless you want your house to look like
an old warehouse in puke yellow, do not
use CFL lightbulbs any where in your
home for photos. Especially if you have
dark walls, they will discolor everything.
Fred Light, Nashua Video Tours, Nashua,
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About Your Safety
FROM “SPEAKING OF REAL ESTATE” Real
estate professionals know they need to
be cautious in the field, but many worry
that using strict measures to stay safer
will drive clients away. Members can
direct consumers to this video from the
National Association of REALTORS® so
they know what to expect when meeting
an agent for the first time.
The biggest thing is educating the public.
Then we will all be safer and not have to
worry about losing clients.
Julie Gritton, Lewes Realty Inc., Lewes, Del.
Watch the video and join this discussion
The Dangers of Disparity
I was glad to see that REALTOR®
Magazine is willing to join the discussion
of wealth disparity and how it a;ects the
entire chain of real estate transactions
(“A Dream Too Far,” November/December
2015, page 16). I often get the feeling that
when this topic is introduced, it has political overtones and people just retrench
into their respective corners. This was
an insightful and informative article on
how we are all a;ected, regardless of
Lawrence B. Ross, GRI, SRES, Weichert,
REALTORS®, Four Corners Real Estate LLC,
“A Dream Too Far” confirms what I have
gleaned from anecdotal evidence on the
street and studies published by the Fed:
The rich are getting richer and the poor
are getting poorer, and it is becoming
a barrier for many middle class people
who want to own their own homes.
While the wealthiest 5 percent make
their money playing the stock market
and buying and selling futures, the rest
of the country will be left to try to divide
what’s left of income coming from the
manufacturing and retail sectors, and
that pie is shrinking with each passing
year. Since the wealthy will not pass any
laws that increase their tax burdens,
their only option will be to increase taxes
on a shrinking middle class. Eventually,
they will put one too many straws on the
The American Revolution was fought
largely over political autonomy and
overtaxation. The French Revolution was
fought over the growing gap between rich
and poor. In early 21st century America,
we are on a collision course with both
Mark Forror, Exit Professional Real Estate,
5 Things You Didn’t
Learn in Real Estate
When facing di;cult work situations,
you may ask yourself, “Why didn’t I
learn that in class before I started?” One
potentially contentious area involves
exclusions in a sales contract. How do
you avoid disputes between a seller and
buyer over items like a light fixture, which
may or may not stay in a home? (Online
Exclusive, November 2015)
Using phrases such as “replace with a
comparable or nice one” only sets you
up for failure. One person’s “nice” can be
another’s garbage. Better to counsel your
sellers to take down or remove an item
before listing a property.
Ray Faragher, Lake Conroe Realty,