This service has come about through demand. In the past Bellingen Online has
steered people toward any one of a number of local real estate agents (see links on the homepage)
or sold-by-vendor web sites. However, demand continues as property owners seek to avoid agent fees and go it alone. This section
of the Bellingen Online web site attempts to meet those requests. Advertising costs are outlined below.
"I'm thrilled with the [for] sale by owner web site, I had alot of response from all over Australia."
"Thanks for all your help with the sale of our house. Within 24 hours of the posting we had emails asking about
the property. We also tried other advertising but received no where near the level of enquiry that came via FSBO. The actual
buyers came via your site.
What I appreciated was that anyone 'googling' bellingen real estate came up with your site.
What can we say - it was/ is brilliant!"
EM and JH, Valery
"I had 6 calls from the For Sale by Owner site and none from the agents",
Soul Sobag, Bare Nature
|Real Estate Listing (supply your text & pictures). Features Google Map link and up to 12 images.
||$220.00 inc GST
How to Proceed
We need two inputs from you: text and photos. Ideally both of these can be emailed
to the webmaster (contact us here and we will provide you with our email address) . You need to sit down and think about what you want to say about your property. There is no word limit. You
should try to write at least 3 paragraphs plus a bulleted list of key features. Keep your sentences short and to the point. Be honest and check all your facts e.g.
are there really hardwood floors under the carpet?
If you have hardcopy photographs you can scan and email
them to the webmaster, OR mail us your photos and we will scan them for you. If you scan hardcopy photos yourself,
please save them at 72 dpi and at about 800 pixels across.
If you decide to do you own photography here are some suggestions:
- Try to take your pictures in the "golden hour"... the last 1 hour of the day. This will give your photography a
warm, golden cast.
- Put the sun behind you whatever the time of day. It is hard to shoot into the sun... you need special knowledge to do this
- Glass and mirrors will reflect your flash. Turn it off and try to get the same shot without a flash. You may need a tripod
or to brace yourself against a door frame to do this.
- Taking pictures inside generally requires wide angle lens of around 28mm. Even still, you may end up with a lot of ceiling
in your shots. Use both portrait and landscape orientations inside.
- Don't take pictures of things you like; take pictures that document your property. Remember complete strangers will be looking
at your internet property listing besides many, many others. i.e. they are window shopping and working quickly, and therefore
may only glance at your property page.
- Don't picture things that are not on your property. e.g. streams and dams.
- Tidy up. It is far easier to put sundry items to one side than to remove them digitally later.
Real Estate Photography Tips
From the Department of Fair Trading - The Contract of Sale
A residential property cannot be advertised for sale until a Contract of Sale has been prepared. The contract must contain
a copy of the title documents, drainage diagram and the Zoning Certificate (s 149) issued by the local council. Property exclusions
must also be included and a statement of the buyers cooling off rights must be attached. The draft contract must be available
for inspection at the agents office. It is important that you consult your solicitor or conveyancer about preparing the
contract to make sure that everything is in order. More
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when organising your own sale is youre not selling a building - youre
selling a home and a lifestyle. Here are 10 "tricks of the trade" to get you started
- Jot down your favourite spots in the house and what you like to do in them.
- List your favourite local restaurants, cafes, and beaches especially those in walking distance.
- Note any pleasant fragrances plants like jasmine and gardenia, or evening sea breezes.
- Mention your favourite spot for a morning coffee, an afternoon snooze, or an evening wine.
- Write about 300 words.
- Dont include cars, garbage bins, or the road in your photos.
- Tidy your house and remove any clutter before taking inside shots.
- Capture colour both inside and out, but keep it simple.
- Take digital photos and save to CD so you wont need a bureau for scanning and production.
- Invest in a prominent newspaper ad and make use of the Internet
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