As a real estate photographer in Albuquerque I sometimes shoot out of town up in the Sandia mountain range. This was a listing the agent had not seen before I shot it and the window curtains had not been hung correctly. Of course neither the realtor nor home owner were there and I hiked over 2’ of snow.
I proceeded with the photography shoot and got the dreaded email from the broker saying that she wished the curtains had been different. This would have been a 3 hour fix dealing with the drive, shoot and post. (more…)
The delivery truck has arrived and RTV's Do-It-Yourself virtual house staging just got a very nice overhaul with a full load of new digitized furniture for you to use to "Virtually Stage" your rooms! DIY virtual staging technology is gaining traction in the real estate industry as broker’s look to technology to win listings. Furniture companies are beginning to make 3D samples on their sites. They generally show 3-4 views of a piece of furniture. Companies that have the software to sample and complete the views can create a true 3D piece that can be rotated 360 degrees. Then lighting and shadows are added to give the furniture a realistic look.
What remains is the need for a platform that can straighten, calibrate rooms, position and rotate furniture within a picture. All this technical background on how virtual staging is just to give you a glimpse behind the scenes. Until recently the 3D models available on-line were limited sometimes to unrealistic looking furniture. That is all about to change!
Here at RTV, we will be adding 100’s of pieces of new digitized furniture over the next months to our powerful virtual staging software platform. We have already released many new pieces this week in several categories. Please let us know if there are specific categories or styles of furniture pieces that you would like to have added. As we are able to locate them from 3D online stores we will be adding them to the RTV Stager.
For those of you that don't have your virtual staging account opened up yet, or if you have not visited the site in awhile please take a moment now to check it out today!
Go ahead and create your best staging job to submit here: https://stager.virtualhousestaging.com/#houses
RTV Staging Team
We are all so excited at RTV about how many of you have been using the new DIY virtual house staging software to make extra income. Many of you are purchasing 100 credits or more at a time to virtually stage multiple projects.
Also many folks are just getting their feet wet with 10 credits to try a room. We want to reward you with volume discounts so we have set up a new pricing model which will start next week as follows. (more…)
I had a phone call Saturday morning while I was out working in the back yard. I was dealing with the mixed emotions that come from the enjoyment of working outdoors when you know you should be out shooting homes on a Saturday. But no orders this weekend!
The caller was a home owner who had just listed her expansive home in Colorado which was completely vacant. She saw on my photography site that I also offer virtual staging. Like many home sellers, she was there on the weekend doing her agent’s job trying to figure out a way to improve the marketing on the MLS to get more showings. Not able to afford the several thousand dollars for traditional staging she wanted to know if I could help her virtually stage her rooms.
So I told her that not only could we do that but if she ordered 5 our September online special would include a tour format to syndicate to the MLS and real estate sites. She could have it to list by Monday for about 1/10th the cost of traditional home staging! Since her agent had used a professional photographer I explained it was just a few quick steps to have the agent ask the photographer for approval to send us 5-6 images for staging and a tour. Two hours later and $450 richer, I continued my yard work feeling guilt free – without putting 1 mile on my car!
Do I just make this stuff up as I go? Absolutely!! Welcome to the dream of making 6 figures using fine arts! Seriously though it’s really a matter of creating additional income streams from your base of services and marketing them to the right audience. Virtual Staging is about to explode because sellers know that great photos are the primary vehicle to showings. In many cases pictures of vacant homes look better staged. As a realtor and real estate photographer I can say first hand that when sellers move they generally take what’s little is left of their money with them. Asking a seller to stage a house after they move is not generally successful, this also applies to virtual staging. But when they are staring at a $3,000 staging job that is the time to give them the options and show them examples.
RTV has had 100’s of homes staged by their photographers in the few months they have offered virtual staging to their photographers. They have examples if you have not staged any yet. Give sellers and agents a choice and watch your income increase.
To help launch this we will be starting a weekly contest on the RTV Facebook page for the best virtually staged home. The weekly winner will receive 20 free credits to stage 2 rooms for free! Stay tuned for the contest details next week. Go ahead and create your best staging job to submit to RTV virtual staging system.
If you are new to our virtual staging system this video will help you learn to use the system.