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Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?

David vs. Goliath

There are some things that are almost impossible to explain without a graphic or visual. With complex issues, the value of using visuals cannot be over-exaggerated. A study measuring the importance of using visuals by the University of Minnesota concluded:

Presentations using visual aids were found to be 43% more persuasive than unaided presentations.

There are many conflicting headlines in today’s housing market. A good graph or chart can go a long way to removing the doubt that these headlines create.

Here are two examples:

Housing Market Is Coming Back

Is the market actually recovering? Is this the time to buy before prices start to appreciate? There are some buyers that might think that you are saying these things just to make a sale.

However, the Pending Sales graph shown here (covering the last two years) proves that the market, without doubt, is recovering nicely.

Short Sales Are Banks’ Priority

Some of you might argue this point because of bad experiences you have had in the past. However, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently released their First Quarter 2012 Mortgage Metrics Report. This graph showing the year-over-year changes in the three major categories of distressed property liquidation (modifications, foreclosures and short sales) shows banks are shifting their priority to short sales.

There are many issues that you need to discuss with your buyers and sellers. Make sure your client conversations are augmented with the necessary visuals that will enable you to nail down the points you are emphasizing.

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