How much life is in your old camera?

While modern digital cameras are an amazing collection of electronics, a major component, the shutter, is mechanical and, as such, has a mean time between failures (MTBF). Camera manufacturers publish the MTBF for each of their camera models.

My Nikon D750 is 4 years old and heavily used doing real estate photography, so I was curious as to what the shutter count is and how close to the 150,000 MTBF Nikon specifies for the D750. As it turns out, the shutter count is included in the meta data stored in JPEG files. To easily determine the count, you simply upload an unedited JPEG file to,
https://www.camerashuttercount.com

I discovered the my 4 year old camera is not old, but merely middle age. 🙂

Tips for Picking a Real Estate Agent

You may know Josh Flagg from the hit Bravo TV show Million Dollar Listings – LA. He has more than 2 billion in sales. From his blog, he shares what to look for in a real estate agent,

. Hire someone with opinions.
. Find agents who speak up.
. Look for agents who keep their client’s best interest at heart.
. Agents should be guides.
. Consider their opinions and then make the call.

Check out the full article at, https://joshflagg.com/post/do-real-estate-agents-have-your-best-interest-in-mind

Kane County Home Sales

2019 is underway and we look forward to an increase in Kane county home inventory and sales, which typically starts out low in January and February and peaks around June. According to Redfin, a national real estate brokerage, January 2019 home sales were only 320 units which is the lowest since February 2012. In 2018, home sales increased steadily from 387 units in February to 1017 units in June. The peak months were May (839 units), June and July (978 units).

Also according to Redfin, home inventory for January, 2019 was very low at 1986 units, which is the third lowest monthly inventory going back to February of 2012. The good news is that there were 529 new listings in January 2019, which is a dramatic increase from the 250 new listings the previous month.

Staging Tips

Staging your home before photos are taken is very important. When I arrive at a real estate shoot, I first tour all rooms and make changes as needed. Here are some things that I look for.

  • All rooms: Open Blinds. Turn on lights. De-clutter. Remove pet bowls, beds etc. Turn off ceiling fans. Turn off TV’s and computer monitors. Clear coat hooks and shoe storage.
  • Living/Family Rooms: Straighten cushions and fluff pillows.
  • Kitchen: Clear counters. Remove refrigerator magnets, pictures, etc. Remove towels from stoves, cabinet handles, etc.
  • Bedrooms: Make beds and smooth bed covers. Fluff and arrange pillows.
  • Bathrooms: Put toilet seats down. Clear sinks and back of toilets. Remove soap dishes, toothbrush holders and any other non-decorative items.
  • Outdoors: Remove toys, yard tools, garden materials, etc. Remove seasonal decorations. Clear drive way. Move garbage cans. Pick up dog poop.

This may seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it will pay off. Do you have other suggestions? Please share them in the comments. For more ideas on staging, see this article on Moving.com. https://www.moving.com/tips/10-best-home-staging-tips/