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We all know the saying:  “A picture is worth a thousand words…”  That holds true in real estate also.

In one of my multiple listing systems I only have room for around 100 words to describe a home so I especially need that adage to be true!  However, I firmly believe with regard to real estate photos, there needs to be one more word in that saying:  QUALITY.  “A quality photo is worth 1,000 words!”

There are many technical reasons why a quality photograph goes a long way – one of the most important ones being search engine optimization (SEO).  When I tell you I will market your home for a successful sale – I will do so taking all the internet sources, resources and criteria in mind.  The quality, pixels and number of photos is one way to maximize the exposure of your home on the internet.

But even still, when your home comes up in a potential buyers search, I have about 1 second to capture their attention.  In order to do that – the photos of your home have to “Wow!” them immediately!  How do I accomplish that?  By employing two tactics:  1) Professional photography and 2) Staging.

Below I will show you the difference between photos taken with a phone camera (which astoundingly is done a lot these days) and those taken by my professional photographer.  But before I get there, I’ll say a few words about Staging.

The beautiful thing about professional photography is that they have the proper equipment and expertise regarding light saturation, etc. to show every detail in a room, right down to seeing the trees outside the window. That same “beautiful thing” can also become a homes’ undoing if there are too items in a room. Many small items on horizontal surfaces become magnified.  In the television industry they used to say that the camera “adds 10 pounds” onto the actors.  In room photos, a bunch of small items sitting around have that same effect.  You may be surprised at the items I ask you to move, hide or remove for your photo shoot.  I ask for these things because I have learned over the years that our eyes catch things that our brain registers and gets distracted by – even without being conscious of it.

Remember, my goal is to absolutely capture a potential buyer’s attention.  Which one of the following photos catch your eye?

photo I took with my phone...

photo I took with my phone…

Photo by my professional photographer:

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

My phone:

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As shot with my phone…

Professional:

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

My photo:

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Professional:

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

Every home size and style benefits from quality photographs:

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Professional:

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photo by Gaffan Digital

Mine:

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Professional:

photo by Gaffan Digital

photo by Gaffan Digital

 

I do not believe in just “listing” a home and snapping photos – I  believe in showcasing a home in such a way that it takes advantage of that very first moment a buyer sees your home on the internet.

– Laura

 

 

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

Have you dreamed of owning your own Ponderosa Ranch?  Then this is it!  The serenity of the setting and scenic beauty make this home the perfect destination after a hard day’s work.

It is one of those locations that couldn’t be better. Nestled at the very southern border of Genesee County, in rural Argentine Township, this home is only 20 minutes to Fenton, or US23 and less that 40 minutes to Flint, Grand Blanc, Brighton and Highland Township.  Plus, you will be travelling all paved roads to get there.

There isn’t one thing this home lacks for recreation.  Let’s start with the picturesque yard:

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This can be enjoyed from the wrap-around front porch or the back deck that runs the entire length of the house and down to the pool….

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

If you would like to change things up and go to a lake, there is Lobdell Lake just down the road with a State of Michigan Parks and Rec access point, or Bennett Lake – accessible, per the Michigan DNR, through the Lobdell Lake access point.  For a day trip, Indian Springs Metropark is less than an hour away – or go tour a working dairy farm (complete with ice cream and the end of the tour) at Cooks Farm Dairy in Ortonville.

Or maybe you are looking for horse property for sale – or just enough land to have a gentleman’s farm – this can be it too.  There is a pole barn to the right of the driveway as you pull in that can accommodate horses in one end and toys and farm equipment in the other.  Behind the barn is a small goat house – and the pièce de résistance for the kids – a tree house!!

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

If that isn’t the perfect spot for a “club house” or you want a man-cave too, then finish off the area over the garage, which is accessible by the covered breezeway:

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

All that being said, there is still a beautiful house awaiting you inside with updated, durable surfaces such as tile floors in the kitchen and baths…

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

The huge living room, first floor Master, a full bath and an office round out the first floor…

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

Upstairs are two more bedrooms, plus a wonderful room currently used as an office tucked away into a dormer window space (not pictured here) and another full bath…

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

The walk-out basement allows for a whole other level of living space and is awaiting for your finishing touches!

The value and space are all here!  Come and enjoy!

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Introducing another Pinckney Area home in Village Edge Subdivision!

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

This is not the standard 3 bedroom colonial floor plan in this sub.   There is a generous foyer:

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from which you can go down the hall, past the 1/2 bath into the beautiful kitchen.  This kitchen is large enough for not just two – but three! – cooks!  With the sparkle of stainless steel appliances that stay with the home.  My favorite part?  The cupboard/cubby area right inside the garage door.  Mail and school papers go no further!

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The eat at counter allows for additional togetherness:

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While still leaving plenty of space for a formal dining table:

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One of the nicest things about this home is the flow of the floor plan.  One room gracefully flows into the next.

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The second floor has the large master suite:

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The hall to the bathroom is lined with closets:

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The other two bedrooms and main bath complete the second floor:

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

When you need more space – either for the kids to play somewhere or for a home office, half of the basement has been artfully finished for you – with a touch of whimsy to make going there fun!

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

Come and see 629 Town Trail, Pinckney Mi and enjoy this great area less than a block from the Lakeland Trail and 3 block from downtown Pinckney.

– Laura

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

 

Have you dreamed of owning your own Ponderosa Ranch?  Then this is it!  The serenity of the setting and scenic beauty make this home the perfect destination after a hard day’s work.

It is one of those locations that couldn’t be better. Nestled at the very southern border of Genesee County, in rural Argentine Township, this home is only 20 minutes to Fenton, or US23 and less that 40 minutes to Flint, Grand Blanc, Brighton and Highland Township.  Plus, you will be travelling all paved roads to get there.

There isn’t one thing this home lacks for recreation.  Let’s start with the picturesque yard:

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

 

This can be enjoyed from the wrap-around front porch or the back deck that runs the entire length of the house and down to the pool….

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

If you would like to change things up and go to a lake, there is Lobdell Lake just down the road with a State of Michigan Parks and Rec access point, or Bennett Lake – accessible, per the Michigan DNR, through the Lobdell Lake access point.  For a day trip, Indian Springs Metropark is less than an hour away – or go tour a working dairy farm (complete with ice cream and the end of the tour) at Cooks Farm Dairy in Ortonville.

Or maybe you are looking for horse property for sale – or just enough land to have a gentleman’s farm – this can be it too.  There is a pole barn to the right of the driveway as you pull in that can accommodate horses in one end and toys and farm equipment in the other.  Behind the barn is a small goat house – and the pièce de résistance for the kids – a tree house!!

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

If that isn’t the perfect spot for a “club house” or you want a man-cave too, then finish off the area over the garage, which is accessible by the covered breezeway:

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

All that being said, there is still a beautiful house awaiting you inside with updated, durable surfaces such as tile floors in the kitchen and baths…

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

The huge living room, first floor Master, a full bath and an office round out the first floor…

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

Upstairs are two more bedrooms, plus a wonderful room currently used as an office tucked away into a dormer window space (not pictured here) and another full bath…

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

 

The walk-out basement allows for a whole other level of living space and is awaiting for your finishing touches!

The value and space are all here!  Come and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you’ve been searching for a home with lake access, then you’ve found your best choice.  The major UPGRADES have been done – by professionals – which sometimes makes a huge difference!

But better yet, this home sits in an area of fine, newer homes, that has the bonus of a DEEDED dock and park area on  Base Line Lake, of the Portage Lake Chain, which many consider the premiere lake of the chain.  The lake is in both Washtenaw and Livingston counties with the Pinckney School system on the north and the Dexter School system on the south.

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

With the basement apartment/in-law quarters – or just recreation central – this home has 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, living room, family room, 2 full kitchens – a patio out the walk-out basement doorwall, a deck off the dining area and a balcony off the Master Bedroom.

There are many reasons you will fall in love with this home – from the entry and living room that is flooded with light from the 2 story wall of windows (never a grey day in any season), and has ranch-plank hardwood floors from Chelsea Plank Flooring.

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

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photos courtesy of Gaffan Digital

Step up from there to the dining and main floor kitchen area:

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photos courtesy of Gaffan Digital

The upgrades here include more hardwood flooring, granite counters, stainless range/oven and dishwasher.  The sellers would love to keep their refrigerator though!

One of the things they have thoroughly enjoyed about the house was the fully finished, walkout basement – for many reasons:  it is fantastic guest quarters with its own kitchen, bedroom and full bath, or as a potential future mother-in-laws suite – OR for those late nights getting off the boats with friends and returning home to continue the evening.  They would just head in the doorwall and be able to continue to entertain, without potentially waking the kids on the upper level.

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Because of the beautiful diamond pattern window, they chose to make their Master bedroom upstairs.

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 This huge window gives you the privacy you want, but plenty of natural light.  This room also has a balcony off the doorwall.

The second floor is rounded out by another large bedroom and full bathroon.

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It’s one thing to find a lake access home – it’s another thing to find one in wonderful condition;  with an attached garage that has additional storage above; AND a paved driveway with an additional parking area for your boat.

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All on a large, professionally manicured lot!

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I am pleased to present to you another outstanding home!

Nestled at the end of this quietly prestigious country development, appropriately named The Timbers for the towering trees that draw you in to this peaceful setting.  A sweet spot just off the beaten path yet within minutes to downtown Howell, I-96 freeway, M59 – oh! and the Tanger Outlet Mall, for those who appreciate shopping!

This home was built with loving attention to detail.  The excellent craftsmanship was courtesy of Gerkin Building Company out of Howell, MI, but the design for gracious entertaining of family and friends was tweaked by the owners themselves.

The gracious feeling is imparted the moment you walk in the door to the grand entryway,

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

which opens to the living room with towering ceilings and a wall of windows allowing expansive views of the natural land beyond.

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To your immediate left is the formal dining room,

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or to your right you can escape to a sitting room/study retreat, complete with gas fireplace.

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Off the living room is a kitchen sure to be a chef`s delight!  The beautiful cherry cabinets look rich against the gleaming granite countertops – all highlighted by the stainless steel JennAir french-door refrigerator and Viking range/oven.  A graceful arched window allows conversation between the chef and guests in the livingroom.  And the breakfast eating area is large enough to comfortable seat 6 people at a table.

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The bedrooms on the main floor are large enough to accommodate a complete bedroom set, should you wish:

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Quality materials were not missed in the main floor, family bath either.

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But the pièce de résistance is the Master Suite.  The bedroom is detailed with tall, trayed ceilings, a bow window with a sitting area looking out to the woods in the back and a master bathroom to die for:

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When your gathering grow especially large, the nearly fully finished – walk-out – basement affords room for games, television and more:

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Add to that – another bedroom (presently used as their sauna room) and another full bathroom:

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This home sits on just over an acre and a half and backs up to State land for incredible privacy, views and wildlife.

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You will never regret choosing to make this your home.

Call today for an appointment for your private showing:  (734) 476-8065 – OR if you wish to have your home presented in this beautiful manner!

Please remember –  for me – there is no such thing as simply “listing” a house – it is about PRESENTING a home for sale.

Please call me if you wish the same caliber of service to sell your home.

– Best to you,

Laura

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Come see this beautiful home for sale in the elegant, upscale family neighborhood of Chelsea Fairways.

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Tucked at the corner of Old US 12 and Freer Roads, and flanked on the west by Pierce Lake, this community offers a fantastic location close to everything:  the elementary and high school, downtown Chelsea and the shopping south of town.  Not to mention easy access to I-94, whether you’re east or westbound.

This subdivision is flanked on the southwest side by Pierce Lake Golf Course.  The Chelsea Wellness Center is practically across the street and the Purple Rose Theater is literally minutes from your door.

We’ll begin our tour with the gracious foyer which boasts a custom tile floor:

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photo courtesy of Gaffan Digital

The formal living room is the first to greet you:

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From there you may enter the formal dining room.  Both rooms feature large bay windows to allow the sun to flow through each room.

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As is most convenient for entertaining, whether formal or casual, the kitchen is well place between the two areas:

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The custom island, topped in the same granite as the kitchen counters, provides the extra seating in the kitchen – where everyone ends up anyway! – and separates the kitchen from the family room.

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What I don’t have photos of is the fantastic utility entrance from the garage that rounds out the lower level.  You walk in from the attached garage into the utility hall that is wide enough for all the coats and back packs.  The laundry is at the end – with a door to shut it off – plus a large utility closet and 1/2 bath.

All four bedrooms are on the second floor.  Each of them very generous in size:

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The master is large enough for a king-sized bed – with side tables – plus a lounge chair, if you wish.  The walk-in closet is double the normal size of most.

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I truly hope you have enjoyed your photo tour of this home.  You will be even more pleased once you tour it in person.

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