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The one thing successful home listings have in common

The best house listings all have one thing in common. And it’s not a certain color palette or the newest high-tech kitchen appliance that sets certain homes apart, it’s the photos.

Whether you like it or not, if you want to sell your home quickly and for the best possible price, you’re going to need good photos.

"Remember that you're selling a home, not a hotel or a location," Marie Bromberg, a real estate agent with Corcoran in New York City, explained to Apartment Therapy . "It's not a hotel or location and your photos should reflect this and show a place someone will want to live in for years."

But it’s not as simple as just taking a few photos on an average weekday. Before picture day, experts advise removing clutter and personal effects. "Take shampoo out of the shower, clear the kitchen counters, etc.," James McGrath, co-founder of Yoreevo, told Apartment Therapy. "Buyers are better able to envision living there if someone else's life isn't on display."

And don’t forget to photograph the most important areas of the house, namely the kitchen and living room as well as the master suite. People want to see where they’ll be spending most of their time.

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Last but not least, you should consider ditching your smartphone and hiring a professional. "You want photos that will make the place look like a million bucks, so hire a professional to shoot your home," Sep Niakan, owner of HB Roswell Realty in Miami, Florida, noted. "Especially in a competitive market with lots of inventory, when someone searches online, the photos are what makes them decide yay or nay for the showing. If they never come to see your place, you will not have a chance to sell it to them."

You heard the experts, get to snappin’ y’all!

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