When you are looking to show your real estate property to market, the quality of your images is paramount, as this is effectively the first time buyers/renters will view your property. So check out these five simple hacks to have your real estate pictures looking top of the market. 

 1) Stage the property.  You don't need to be an interior designer to make your property look photo-ready! Have a checklist of the areas you want to photograph before you start, although each pro 2 wide-angle shots of each bedroom, the kitchen, and the living room. 1 photo of the bathroom, unless it's incredibly beautiful or spacious. If you have a front/back garden, 1-3 images depending on how appealing All other rooms 1 image unless particularly appealing   Minor things include removing clutter such as wiring, remote controls, mowing the grass, closing toilet seats and bin lids. Allow buyers and renters to envision what the property will look like when they move in. One good rule of thumb is less = more. In shooting interiors, don't photograph closets unless they're spacious or customized. At most times, a closet is a perfect spot to stash those small items until the photo shoot ends.   

2) Utilising Natural Lights: 
Although today's phones have the technological capabilities of the cameras of 30 years ago, it can be tricky to get the perfect shot without natural light; it is best to plan ahead to optimize the light for your photos whenever possible. The best time to shoot is during magic hours.s the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky. 
If shooting using low light, use all the resources to your advantage. If the sun is setting, you can create a relaxing silhouette, Emphasize shadows, shoot near or in front of windows and other outdoor light sources. 
3) Fly on the wall perspective: 
The fly on the wall perspective is exactly how it sounds, utilizing all components of a room by giving the person looking a complete look at everything in the room and making it seem more prominent because of our dept persecution. Take a photo as far into the corner of a room (don't be afraid to really squeeze in there) to help give viewers a complete perspective of a room. 
5) Make use of all possible iPhone settings: 
It can be fun to play around with possible settings for your shots : 
Below listed are some basic settings you can use (and where to use them) to help with your property photos: 
Ultra-wide camera: When you really emphasize all amenities in a room. 
iPhone Portrait mode: This will give a studio lighting feel to a photo 
Optical zoom: Photos without zoom always work best, but if you can't quite get close enough to the image you're trying to portray, make sure you use optical zoom. 
Burst photos (best used if you're not quite getting the shot you want as it enables you to judge after) 
The iPhone Camera grid: when staging a property, it's best to highlight all the features you want to line up on the grid. 
AE/AF lock: This is invaluable when trying to achieve perfect iPhone focus 
iPhone HDR: This setting allows you to optimize all exposure and is best used during low light 
There is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused our work life to change. With a lot of confusion and uncertainty right now, it can get very demanding as a landlord. 
If you are either a property owner who, on a short-term or long-term basis, rents out their property, then you probably have a lot of questions and very few answers. Check out our 3 essential tips to help you as a landlord manage during Covid: 

 1) Stay informed:  COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions are constantly changing, often with little notice to landlords and tenants to stay updated with the news and only rely on trusted sources. If still unsure, visit the Citizens information page that is regularly updated in line with the latest COVID-19 guidelines: https://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/housing/renting_a_home/tenancies_and_covid19.html.  If an agent manages your properties, ask what steps your agent is taking concerning the current situation.     2) Isolate if necessary.  If you or your tenant have been informed they need to self-isolate, it is essential to avoid exposing you and your tenants to risk. A good recommendation will be to have a contingency plan in place your tenant's movement is restricted for two weeks. Keeping several accessible forms of communication with all stakeholders will really help in this situation in the event of Covid.       3) Don't Panic:  If you feel your anxiety levels rising, know that you're not alone with so much conflicting information coming out on a day-to-day basis it's easy to be overwhelmed.  And remember, you do not have to figure everything out by yourself. If you need advice, Forbes Property is always available to give a helping hand. Why not throw us an email or call and help us take that burden off your shoulders. 

With an extra 1 million people set to live in Ireland by 2040 check out one of the solutions to urbanistation below: 

What is compact growth? 

Compact Growth is a new preference of developing the cities in Ireland. Centralizing future population into urban areas has its advantages. Living in urban spaces turns out to be much more beneficial to people. Cities and bigger towns provide a large selection of jobs, educational centers and services. Living around urban areas gives residents many life opportunities and saves time on commuting which also favorably affects the environment. 
The target is to support population growth in four cities of: Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford and better management in the capital so that the residents can be accommodated close to the city. It is essential to restore unnecessary, unused and abandoned land and buildings to active use. 
With reference to that, we should stop expanding low-density suburban development around our cities and towns and rather increase building heights to tackle our problems with urban sprawl. This can reduce the cost of infrastructure and carbon emission, save residents a lot of time on commuting, as well as protect the prime green land which, once developed, is irreplaceable. 
The increased height of a building is a key factor in helping to create a modern space and improve the overall quality of our urban environments. Not only will the taller buildings bring much-needed additional housing and economic development in well-located urban areas, but also they can help to strengthen and contribute to a sense of place in the city center, identifying major activity centers, public spaces and transport nodes. Therefore it can bring us more accommodation for the rising population and improve the city. 
With Covid 19 bringing tourism in Ireland to a standstill Dublin has seen an increase of over 1300 properties available for long term rental properties available. 
According to the Daft.ie' Q3 rental report, the number of properties available to rent in Dublin doubled over the past twelve months, with 2,700 properties available to rent compared to 1,400 available in the third quarter of 2019. 
With tourism in Ireland ground to halt landlords are withdrawing their rentals from short-term sites such as Airbnb 
Dublin has seen 0.8% decrease in rents since the same period in 2019. 
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