Author Archives: Linova Photography

Solving Cox.net Email Issues

Occasionally, an email system will present delivery problems and Cox is one of the biggest offenders. What happens is that when someone sends you an email, by default, if Cox deems it to be spam for whatever reason, you will not receive the email nor is the sender  notified that it was not delivered. You could be losing valuable clients who presume you are ignoring their attempts to contact you!

Fortunately there is a fix. First, we normally recommend that you setup and use a gmail account…something that will travel with you when you decide to change service providers. To continue using Cox however, you will need to make some changes to your account.

Start by going to http://www.cox.net and sign in to your email account. You must do this from a web browser. Click on the WebMail Inbox as shown below.

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Next, click on the Settings button, as shown below.

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Click on the SpamBlocker Settings as shown below

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Finally, select the option to Tag junk email with SPAM and click OK.

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You will now be able to receive email from potential clients as well as our photo links without delay. If you wish, you can select the second option to deliver email to the WebMail Spam folder, but you will need to log in from a browser and check it manually. The emails will not come to you automatically.

The reasons why you should use virtual tours for marketing of your property.

When paired with professional images, virtual tours are an important marketing tools for promoting a home for sale online. Here are some of the advantages of using a Linova Photography virtual tour to market your property.

Increased Views

The average online listing with a virtual tour receives substantially more views than listing without a tour.†

Open House Anytime

A Virtual Tour is like having an “Always Open House where potential buyers anywhere in the world can view the listing from the comforts of their own home 24/7.

The Perfect Time Saver

A Virtual Tour is a tool to help Realtors® and home buyers pre-qualify properties, saving everyone time.

More Information at Your Fingertips

Today, 92% of buyers use the internet in some way in their home search process†. A Virtual Tour can be easily found online and provide instant information to the home buyer about the property, such as schools, location and more.

Used in Social Networking

With just one click, a Tour can be submitted to popular social networking sites such as: Facebook, Twitter, Digg, etc.

More Visibility on Real Estate Sites

A Virtual Tour is effective on all real estate search engines like Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow and many more.

Easy to Share

The Realtor® or home seller can easily share a Virtual Tour to prospective buyers via email, text, or social media.

Home Owner and Realtor® Partnership

The home seller has the same potential as a Realtor® to use a Virtual Tour. The home seller can send out links to the tour using her own social network and be an active partner in marketing the property.

Your Tour Provider is also a Marketing Partner

Linova Photography, as your virtual tour provider, has an extensive social media network and the ability to market the Realtor’s® listings.

Homebuyers Prefer Virtual Tours

Surveys show that over 80% of home buyers prefer to view virtual tours when searching for a house.†

† Source: National Association of Realtors®

For more information or to order Virtual Tour call 949 945 2045

Tips on How to Prepare Your Property for Real Estate Photography

It’s certain that you want to sell your home quickly and at the highest price. Here are some tips how to prepare your property for real estate photography that will help market your property.

This article is divided into three sections depending on which service offering you ordered. The first section deals with photos. The second section applies to Aerial (or drone) Photography. Finally, we provide some tips on getting your property ready for a 3D Open House Tour.


Part 1: Photography

Things to do in all rooms before the photographer arrives:

  • De-clutter everything by cleaning and clearing every room.  Remove family photos and other personal items to give your your space a model home like appearance.
  • Check every light and replace burned out bulbs. More light means better pictures. Any missing or burned out lights will only be visible in the photos but risk potential buyers perceiving an electrical problem. Be sure to have spare bulbs on hand just in case.
  • Be sure that all blinds are functioning properly.
  • Clean and dust highly visible surfaces such as ceiling fans, light bulbs and fixtures, mirrors and windows, etc.

At the time of the photo shoot:

  • Turn on every single light on the inside and outside of the home. If any lights are on a timer please be sure to override them in order to ensure that the lights are on.
  • Open all of the blinds and curtains. Opening the blinds and curtains lets more natural light into the room. More light means better photos.
  • Turn off all ceiling fans (to avoid blurring from long exposures) but make sure that the light remains on.
  • Remove or hide from view all interior and exterior trash cans.
  • It is best to downplay any pets. Be sure to hide pet bowls, toys, beds, litter boxes and cat trees. While we are photographing the house, cats usually hide and are not a problem. Dogs are more curious, so we prefer that they are out for a walk or out of sight.
  • if you have a pool, spa or fountain be sure to have everything turned on and running. Keep all pool cleaning equipment out of the water and out of sight.

Kitchen - real estate photography Orange County

Preparing The Kitchen For A Photo Shoot

  • Remove everything from the top and doors of the fridge. This includes magnets, business cards, photos, etc.
  • Clear and wipe off the counters. Clean counters look great in photos.
  • Hide dish soaps, sponges and paper towels.
  • Set up the kitchen or dining table with nice set of dishes.
  • A bowl of fruit or bouquet of flowers presents nice on the photos.

Bedroom - real estate photography Orange County

Preparing Bedrooms For A Photo Shoot

  • Make the beds.
  • Hide personal Items.
  • Close the closets doors
  • if the closets are going to  be photographed they need be uncluttered and organized. A good start is to remove half of the items from the closet.

Bathroom - real estate photography Orange County

Bathroom – real estate photography Orange County

Preparing Bathrooms for Photo Shoot

  • Put down toilet lids.
  • Hide any toiletries that are in the shower or bath, as well as on the counter.
  • Clean mirrors and any glass surfaces.
  • Remove old towels from doors, showers and bathtubs. Hang a new set of towels that coordinate with the paint or tiles.
  • Depending on the space, a flower or plant can add a nice touch.

Living Room - real estate photography Orange County

Preparing The Living and Family Room for Photo Shoot

  • An overly crowded living room does not allow buyers to properly visualize the space. Pack and remove any unnecessary items and furniture to create more open feeling.
  • Turn off  the television and hide the remotes.

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Preparing The Exterior For Photos

  • Clean porches and walkways. Put away bikes, hoses, trash cans, etc.
  • No cars in the driveway or in front of your house.
  • If it is a trash collection day, place the containers away from the front of the property.

For more information visit: http://www.linovaphotography.com


 

Part 2: Aerial (Drone) Photography

All of the tips above apply to our Aerial Photography but…

There are a number of things you do to make your home’s exterior look even better since we will be filming it on a completely different angle! We’ll see everything from up above so just hiding trash cans or other items behind a fence or on the side of the house may not work.

Things to do outside the photographer arrives:

  • De-clutter the yard. Be sure to put any hoses, trash cans, toys and other items in a shed or garage where they will be completely out of sight from all angles.
  • The side yards will be visible from overhead. Be sure to declutter and hide anything you do not want prospective buyers to see.
  • Close all windows and doors. Be sure that all all blinds or shutters are evenly positioned and look the same throughout the home.
  • Depending on the time of day, turning on exterior lights can make for a nice and welcoming effect. Be sure all fixtures are working and replace any burned out bulbs.

 

Part 3: 3D Open House Tour

With our 3D Open House Tour, prospective buyers can view your property from the comfort of their own home. This allows even more people to see your listing and betters your chances of a quicker sale!

As with interior photography, it is important to declutter and have everything nicely organized and staged. Sometimes, we will enter a bedroom, for instance, and from the doorway, the room looks immaculate. When we walk to another corner, however, all of the items that were cleared away for the photo, is now laying on the floor next to the other side of the bed. This eliminates us being able to take the second shot without having to move piles of stuff. Since we service many clients every day, this is just not a practical approach.

When we do a 3D scan of a room, we are taking several scans from many different angles in each room. Ideally, the entire house should be ready to go from the time we walk in the door.

Hide anything you don’t want to be shown. If we see anything that we feel should be moved, we will discuss it with you during our initial walkthough of the home before we start scanning.