How to Take Great Real Estate Photos with Your iPhone Part 2

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This is the second part in our series called How to Take Great Real Estate Photos with Your iPhone. Read Part I here.

When it comes to selling your own home in Australia, you get to save thousands of dollars in commission. It does mean, however, that you’ll have to do certain tasks yourself–and know how to do them well. Taking amazing photos of your home spells the difference between closing a deal and not attracting potential buyers.

You don’t need an expensive camera to get real estate images that will lure in customers. Knowing how to take photos with your iPhone will take you a step closer to sell a house privately. Here are additional tips to take your pictures to the next level

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Tip #6 Tap the screen for hidden Camera app features

Did you know there are two “secret” features in the iOS Camera app that can greatly improve your real estate pictures?

The first feature is the auto-focus. You can adjust the focal point before you take a photo. By default, the iPhone’s camera uses auto-focus. If you want to manually, and easily, focus on an object, simply tap the screen once you have opened up the Camera app. Then tap on the specific area that you want the camera to focus on and take the shot.

The second feature allows you to set the auto-exposure adjustment. Bring it up by tapping on the screen after you’ve selected the Camera app. Then swipe up or down. A small slider will appear, allowing you to adjust the amount of light in the photo. Take pictures after you’ve adjusted the slider to your desired lighting effect.

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Tip #7 Use iPhone camera accessories

Just like fancy cameras, you too can get additional accessories to improve the pictures your iPhone takes. Good choices include Apple’s Photography Kit and the MeFOTO tripod adapter, Manfrotto tripod and an Incase carrying case.

Some iPhone covers that were designed to protect your gadget can also make taking pictures easier. One example is the Moment Case which comes with a dedicated shutter button.

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Tip #8 Invest in a good iPhone lens

You can get accessories that can significantly improve your iPhone’s lens. Check out the Moment Lenses. If your goal is to sell a house privately, choose the wide-angle variety.

As we talked about in Part 1 of this series, taking landscape photos will give the rooms of your house a more spacious look. Bring this camera trick a step further by taking wide-angle shots using a good add-on lens.

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Tip #9 Edit using top photo apps

Photo apps are some of the most popular apps from the App Store. Experts love to use VSCO. It’s filled with features like shutter speed control and the ability lock white balance. Best of all, it’s free.

Enlighten is another top option, garnering high reviews from both critics and regular users. Its price tag of US$3.99 is nothing considering how vital beautiful house photos are if you’re selling your own home privately. Apple has furthermore called this app one of the best in 2015.

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Impact of Tighter Beijing Regulations on Australia’s Real Estate Market Exagerrated

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A top researcher has claimed that the impact of the demand coming from China on real estate properties in Australia has been overblown. There was the initial speculation in various finance and real estate sectors that stricter regulations in Beijing towards foreign investments could negatively affect the Australian real estate industry.

A professor from the Australia-China Relations Institute, James Laurenceson, spoke to Mortgage Business about the impact of China and how their government made it more difficult for their citizens to get money out of their country. According to Mr. Laurenceson, “The China factor in Australia’s property market, certainly in general, has been overblown. If there’s a pullback in Chinese investment over the next couple of quarters – I don’t think that’s going to have a dramatic impact.”

Mr Laurenceson further stated that investments from China has a small effect on the whole picture of the real estate market in Australia. He claimed that only “very small pockets” will be affected.

“There have been other bigger factors like record-low interest rates which have been encouraging Australian investors to put their money in property. I think those sorts of fundamental factors are going to continue to drive the real estate market, not Chinese investment,” Laurenceson added.

The professor also said that’s with regards to the changes in Beijing and how the Chinese government has made it more difficult for the Chinese to bring money out of their country, he feels this is a short term situation and that the nation’s capital is only “enforcing existing rules”.

He noted how in the past, the law in China stated that their citizens couldn’t send out more than US$50,000 each year. This rule was never enforced, according to Mr. Laurenceson. The recent tight regulations was simply an effort to enforce the “existing rules”.

The expert claimed that there will be a slowdown of investment stemming from China in the next one or two quarters, but in the grand scheme of things, he expects the Chinese will increasingly continue to invest in Australia in the years to come.