Security Assessments When Buying A Home

When it comes to home security, making sure that you know what your risks are and what you can do to protect yourself is very important. People shouldn’t live in fear of a break-in, but the fact is, if you understand what the risks are and how to mitigate these risks with the help of a good residential locksmith, you won’t have to be concerned about a home burglary.

There are things that you can do that make your home off limits to thieves. In most cases, they know their business like anyone else so they look for homes that are vulnerable and avoid those that appear to be protected by security companies. It is amazing that people will pay a landscaper every couple of weeks to manicure their lawns and their bushes (which is great), but they never think about having a locksmith take a look around and install the appropriate security upgrades. They don’t mind performing regular maintenance on their homes, but they don’t consider the fact that locks need maintenance and upgrades just like anything else.

Although it is important to make sure that all of the locks throughout your home are in good working order, the front door lock is extremely important.  About 80% of home break-ins involve the front door being compromised in some way.   If you ever lose your key we advise  you contact a Brookhaven locksmith.  Clearly, having high quality, bump proof locks installed in the front door is a huge deterrent. When thieves see that you have taken the necessary precautions that make it tough for them, they will scratch you off their list.

Have you ever wondered how likely it is that your home will be burglarized? Most people would think that yeah, it happens, but it is very rare and unlikely to happen to me. However, the facts say otherwise. Studies have indicated that about one out of every six houses will be burglarized at some point. In fact, a burglary takes place about every twelve seconds, which is a mind boggling statistic. And if you thought that most home break-ins happen at night, guess again–around 60% of burglaries occur in the light of day.

Another factor that comes into play when assessing how at-risk your home is to burglary is its location. 40% of all homes that are burglarized are on a corner. Houses that are on dead-end streets or cul-de-sacs are statistically at greater risk of a break-in, and if you live close to a major thoroughfare you are more prone to burglary.

These are just a handful of statistics to consider when you are assessing your home security. The main thing to remember is that burglars look for vulnerable locks. A Residential Security Locksmith can install bump proof locks around your property and make sure that the sliding glass door locks and window lock are protected as well.

5 tips to hiring a good real estate agent for selling your property

When you are selling a property, it is necessary to find a good real estate agent to help you with the whole process. Here are some tips to help you make an informed decision.

1. Research online


Do some research online to find a list of good real estate agents. Look at their websites and find out about their experience. You can check out their portfolio and client testimonials as well. Choose an agent near your area.

2. Do local search


The agent is going to represent you and your property. It is better to search locally, as the agent will have better knowledge about the local housing industry and its neighborhood. He will know about the other properties that are on sale. They will be able to compare similar properties.

3. Watch an agent in action


You can enter open homes and inspect how the agent works. See how he deals with the prospective buyers. You should notice the way he communicates, his behavior, his selling skills, etc. You can get contact details and get back to them later to discuss things in detail.

4. Are you comfortable?


You need to feel comfortable with the agent. You should be able to have open communication with him. You should be able to trust him.

5. Check the expertise

Find out how many properties the agent has sold recently. Ask about facts like sale prices; time left idle in the market, etc. Find out the depth of knowledge the agent has on the market in your area. Check out whether they know about the neighborhood, schools, transportation and other facilities that buyers usually look for when buying a house.

You should consider all these things before hiring a real estate agent for your property. If your real estate agent isn’t good, you may not get the right value for your property, and it might sit idle in the market for a long time.


How can aerial photography improve real estate marketing?

Selling a house is a complex process. It’s a life changing decision. The role of a real estate agent is to give the customer insight into what it would be like to live in that property. The agent tells them in detail about the room size, amenities, etc. An aerial photography allows the real estate agents to show pictures of the properties in and out. It improves real estate marketing in the following ways.

Increase house viewings

People don’t buy a house unless they examine it fully. The more the viewings, the faster, will be the sale. Aerial photography gives a new perspective of property. It increases the chances of people buying the house.

Spreading the word

You should use various media to spread the word of your properties. You can share beautiful photos and videos so that people can see your property. The better the content, more people will be viewing it.

Opportunity for quick sales

No one wants to waste time seeing a property that’s not right for them. It’s not good seeing unsatisfied prospective buyers walking out of the door. With aerial photography, the potential buyers can have a good look at the property and decide quickly whether they want to buy it or not. Sometimes, they don’t even need to visit the property in person for inspection.

Get more clients

If you can include good quality aerial photography in your marketing mix, like brochures, leaflets, etc. then you can get more customers. Aerial photography increases the chance that people will want to view the property and eventually make the decision to buy it.

Taking aerial photography is very easy now with the help of a drone. You will find high quality drones the market that will be able to capture some high-quality photographs of your property from various angles. These photographs will increase the chance of selling your property.

Reference – The above video was actually taken from Sarah Williams’ Blog, formerly of ANCS Realty, and currently of Home City Real Estate in San Marcos Texas.  In her blog she talks about the advancements in drone technologies, and the ability to use them to increase the amount of homes she sells in her area.  After learning to use much smaller drones she started using a service that actually requires the person flying the drone to have a pilots license in order to shoot footage of properties.  What comes out is glorious aerial footage of rolling hills and a scenic view so perfect that it makes you almost want to purchase land for sale in Texas.  For more information on drone footage tips and tricks please visit Sarah’s website by clicking either of the links above.