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What Impression are you giving?

Posted on 30th October 2014 in Photography, Plymouth Property, Property

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What Impression are you giving?

Agency photography really can be the difference between selling your property and being on the market for the next 6 months.  The article below will summarise a few keys areas to consider when choosing your agent and putting your home on the market.

The Front Photo:

The front photo is arguably one of the most important as it is the first thing that the potential purchaser will see when browsing Rightmove, Zoopla or Prime Location. Having a bright blue sky as opposed to taking a photo on a rainy day is of Paramount importance. For the sake of a day or 2 waiting for the opportunity to have a blue sky front photo could be the difference between standing out and getting lost amongst the other uploads. The front photo where possible should accurately display the frontage of the house, this will allow the potential purchaser to have a clear mind of what the property looks like and the external condition.

Is your agent content to leave an untidy room on display?

 As an agent it is our responsibility to highlight each and every room to our best ability, from the entrance vestibule to the main living quarters.  Moving objects and/or furniture to highlight the size of a room for the photography is always advisable. As a vendor it is always handy to be present for photography as you can discuss with your agent the layout of a room and if anything needs to be altered within the room in order to get the best photo.

Having a good tidy up the night before your photography appointment is again a key part of selling your home. Ultimately the more items you have on display that look out of place could be telling the potential purchaser that the property is small and lacks storage space. Whether this is accurate or not you have to be mindful of what message your property is sending out.

For me personally I am enthusiastic about all of the photography I present to the public, having an agent who is content to show an untidy room shows laziness and if they are prepared to be lazy with your photography, what else will take a back seat….

How can I ensure my photo’s stand out?

The best tip I can give any potential vendor considering selling their home in the near future is to regularly have a look on the market, have a look at all the properties on display and avoid the agent’s whose photos you don’t like. At Cross Keys we value our photography and have gone to great lengths to ensure the equipment we use is of the highest standard. Having a good camera with the capacity to show the full room makes all the difference.

To summarise the points above barely scratch the surface of what it takes to sell a home, however it is important that you consider all aspects of your home and its presentation. Taste is subjective and ultimately you have to accept that you cannot please everybody. By implementing small changes you can appeal to the majority and ultimately the more people you have come to view the property, the increased chance you have to sell for the best price.

Written by Rob Down, Estate Agent at Cross Keys Estates in Plymouth

 

Oktoberfest at the Treasury

Posted on 2nd October 2014 in Plymouth Events, Uncategorized

 

 

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If you have even the faintest interest in beer, you’ll know that brew lovers from around the world gather each year in Munich, Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest. The 16-day drink fest that runs through Oct. 5 serves only beers that conform to German purity regulations (the Reinheitsgebot) and which are brewed within the city limits of Munich.

If you aren’t lucky enough to make it to the Bavarian capital, don’t worry, The Treasury in Plymouth will be putting on Oktoberfest on Saturday 4th October from 7pm Black Friday & Retro Gents plus authentic Bavarian band the Hugaal Oompahs!

Some more interesting facts about Oktoberfest to get you in the spirit.

1) Wish Oktoberfest 2014 a very happy 204th birthday. In 1810, the very first Oktoberfest took place in Munich, Germany to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage. Today, the 16-day beer festival is still going strong.

2) If you’re wondering how much beer is consumed by the 6 million people that go to Oktoberfest each year –it’s a lot. To be precise, it’s 1.8 million gallons of beer. That’s like filling the legendary King’s Pond pool at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii with brew.

3) This year, 48,000 members of the baker’s union threatened to strike, inciting fear of a possible pretzel shortage, or as you say in Munich, Riesnbrezn shortage. In the end, the bakers chose to respect the Oktoberfest tradition and are keeping the pretzels flowing.

4) In an effort to keep festival attendees as safe, the Red Cross has set up 15 hangover beds for people, in case they need to sleep off the booze for a while. That doesn’t seem like a lot for the more than 7,000 people that come to the Red Cross tent for treatment each year, but I guess it’s better than none. They’ve also got spare pants, too, just in case you need those too.

5) Each year, over 4,000 items end up in the Oktoberfest lost and found. The weirdest from 2013 was a set of dentures.

6) Beer prices differ in the various tents at Oktoberfest, but a traditional stein, which is slightly less than 34 ounces, will cost you about $13.

7) At Oktoberfest, there’s a lot of standing, as there are fewer seats than there are visitors. The largest Oktoberfest beer tent of all time was the Pschorr-Brau-Rosl-tent in 1913, which held 12,000 people. Today, the Hofbrau-Festhalle is the largest tent, with 10,000 seats. But you better get there early.

8) There is a variety of traditional, hearty fare to be had at Oktoberfest. Offerings include Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (pork knuckle), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Wurstl (sausages), Brezn (pretzel), Knodeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkraut (pickled red cabbage), Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction), and Weisswurst (white sausage). So dig in!