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Art of the Interior: Taking Great Real Estate Photos


The interior photograph is a subject matter as feared as it is important to the real estate industry. In the digital age, most home buyers’ first impressions of a property will be through its online photographs. Further, the importance of professional photography in listings has only increased in recent years.

A 2015 survey by the American National Association of Realtors found that 87 percent of individuals who bought homes that year relied on online images to help influence their decisions. Another recent NAR survey concluded that online property listings with more photographs were sold faster than those with fewer photographs. A home with just one photo took an average of 70 days to sell on the market while a home with 20+ photos took an average of 32 days to sell. Producing outstanding photographs will allow your listings to exceed in a competitive market, attract more spectators to your listings and open houses, enhance the value of your listing, and develop increased quality for your brand and character.

When hiring a professional interior photographer is not an option, real estate agents should not be excessively concerned with developing their own photos. Below is an assortment of tips and advice for real estate agents seeking to improve upon their interior photography skills and enhance the quality of their listings.

Choosing your camera

The average “standard” of real estate photography is becoming easier to achieve as technology rapidly develops. The same 12-megapixel camera on your iPhone 7 would have cost you $8,000 for the 11-megapixel Canon EOS-1D in 2002. So long as you have a recent generation smartphone, your photos should already meet a certain standard of quality.

Purchasing a high-quality, professional DLSR camera could be one of the best investments that you make as a real estate agent. It may not be necessary to spend thousands on a camera such as the 40-megapixel Pentax 645D, but $800-$1,000 should be the start of your ideal budget. A wide angle lens is the key to real estate photography, as you’ll be looking to capture tight spaces in a single frame.


Standard lens (left) vs. Wide-angle 11-16mm lens (right).

Many real estate photographers recommend starting with a Nikon or Canon such as the Nikon D7000 along with an 11-16 wide angle lens like the Tokina AT-X116PRDXN AT-X Pro 11-16mm ultra-wide angle lens. This pairing will ensure that you capture a sufficient amount of interior space in the best possible quality necessary for a listing photograph. The Canon DLSR equivalents are excellent as well, including the Canon 6D, Canon 5D MKIII, and Canon 70D. A tripod can be helpful, but is not a necessity.


Bushari’s Art of Staging article extensively details the necessary measures for outstanding home staging. One of the most important aspects is ensuring that all furniture angles are drawn to a focal point. A single focal point makes it easier for your viewers to envision the design and personality of a room.


Poor staging with irregular furniture angles (left) vs. proper staging with a single focal point (right).

Other important staging tips elaborated upon in our previous blog post include decluttering, keeping furniture grouped away from the walls to expand the space, and accessorizing.

The Composition

Your goal in developing professional real estate photographs is to ensure that your viewers can envision themselves in your properties. After you’ve finished decluttering the room for staging, you’ll want to ensure that the furniture, as well, is cleanly arranged so that your audience can see that they have room to breathe.

Since you will be using a wide-angle lens for the shots, it is imperative that you find the best angle to get the largest shot of the room. This will vary depending on the shape of the interior, but it’s usually a safe to back yourself into a corner for the shot. A corner composition allows you to make the interior space look as large as possible. When you’re backed into the corner, you should avoid taking the shot at eye level, or angled downward. Instead, crouch down a bit to the approximate position that your chest would be if you were to stand straight. This will give you the perfect angle to ensure that all verticals are corrected.


Perspective with odd angles (top) vs. corrected perspective with straight verticals (bottom). Image courtesy of BoostYourPhotography.


Finding the perfect lighting for real estate photographs is usually the trickiest part of the venture. Be sure to take some time before shooting to study the natural and artificial lighting in a house. Interior lighting can be difficult because you are trying to find a balance between the room lighting (which usually produces a sort of orange glow) and the light pouring in from the windows (which will be much brighter). In the event that you have absolutely no artificial lighting in a house, then you run into an issue of balancing the dark room with the blinding window lights. Your ideal time for shooting may actually be during overcast or at dusk.


Unless the sunlight has produced sufficient lighting in your rooms, you’ll want to flip on all of the lights. Once you judge that a room is thoroughly illuminated, you’re ready to take your shot. You may want to experiment with the various settings on your camera to see which looks best with the room’s lighting. You may want to use your “auto” setting, but be aware that flash settings can often cast shadows onto the floor, which can be difficult to clean up and balance during post editing work. Lighting is always going to be an experiment for interior photography. Take a few photos with flash, check how they turned out, take a few with increased ambient lighting, and check how they turned out. It can be a lengthy process, but the result will be well worth it over the traditional run-n-gun photography method many are so used to.

Post-Editing Work

This section is optional but recommended for those who want to go above and beyond with their photographs.

After narrowing down the best of your compositions, you can utilize several software programs to make them truly outstanding. The most popular software programs for real estate photographers will be Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Lightroom is a photo processing tool that allows for corrective retouching of digital images.


After importing your photographs into the program, you can use the “develop” module to change several aspects of them. The “temperature” and “tint” sliders will alter the coloring of the photos, which may be necessary if your camera caught a lot of green light from the windows or any ambient orange glow from lightbulbs. “Exposure” and “highlights” are important for adjusting the brightness and whiteness of the lighting. If you have excess light streaming from the windows, you may want to turn down the highlights.


Further, Lightroom can even alter the perspective of a photograph to adjust for disproportioned verticals. This can be especially helpful for small, tight rooms such as the bathroom. Use the “auto” or “vertical” perspective corrections to turn an awkward bathroom angle into a straight, open position.

After correcting the lighting and perspective of your photos, you can utilize Adobe Photoshop to clean up any smaller details you may want to correct. For instance, there may be a few wires jutting out from the television that can be cleaned up; or a dish in the sink that you hadn’t noticed during the initial shot. Photoshop will be the perfect tool for correcting these smaller mistakes.

Taking the quality of your listings and rentals to the next level will pay off when your viewers notice that you are taking the necessary strides to ensure that your photographs are flawless. Check back regularly on the Bushari Blog, as we will cover real estate photography software in the next “Art of real estate” publication.

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Katt Pease Joins Bushari Real Estate

Bushari Real Estate is happy to announce Katt Pease as the newest member of our team.

Katt Pease is an energetic and dedicated residential sales and leasing professional with a “no nonsense” strategy and unique skill set that makes the home buying and selling process enjoyable for her clients.

Having grown up in Connecticut, Katt attended Johnson and Whales University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Culinary/Nutrition, and then continued her education at the University of Bridgeport, where she earned her Masters in Education. With a professional background in management and personal training, Katt made the move to Boston four years ago and pursued a career in real estate. She has spent the past several years helping clients find their perfect homes in the Greater Boston area.

Katt currently resides in the Kendall Square area. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, making wine and spending time with friends.
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Bushari Agents Featured in Boston Agent Magazine’s “Who’s Who 2016”


Bushari is thrilled to have several of our agents represented in the first ever issue of Boston Agent magazine’s “Who’s Who in Boston Real Estate”. Agents Josh Drawas, Randall Horn, and Chris Thoman were selected for this honorable designation. The articles feature in-depth interviews that paint an extensive portrait of our agents’ real estate history and ambitions. We give our thanks to Boston Agent Magazine and our warmest congratulations to all of those who were featured in the publication.











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8 Boutique Residences Coming Soon to Boston


While Boston enters a residential tower boom, plans for a number of smaller, chic buildings have been coming to fruition. These boutique residences can be characterized by their small number of units (typically less than fifteen), and partiality toward fewer amenities. Our crane watch feature on the newly-redesigned highlights a number of these prospective developments in extensive detail. The following list of eight approved and under-construction boutique buildings is designed for those who seek luxury living in a smaller and more personal community.

The Faretra


Address: 186 Havre Street

Neighborhood: East Boston

Number of Units: 9

Expected Completion Date: Spring, 2017

The Faretra is a premier East Boston condominium development built from the ground up.  Each unit will feature 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.  Select units will feature private balconies and the penthouse units will feature exclusive private roof decks with direct access from each unit.  The building will have a well appointed lobby with elevator access to all floors, and garage parking.  Experience contemporary high end finishes with a clean and sophisticated aesthetic. Residents will enjoy fabulous Boston skyline views from many units and an abundance of natural sunlight.  This property is in a fantatsic East Boston location, awarding it a 95 Walkscore. Located just 10 minutes from the Maverick or Airport MBTA Blue Line T Stops, the Faretra allows easy access to Downtown Boston and State Street.  Minutes to Central Square, Piers Park and the wonderful restaurants throughout the entire neighborhood. See more about this development at

10 Farnsworth


Address: 10 Farnsworth St

Neighborhood: Seaport

Number of Units: 9

Expected Completion Date: October, 2017

The corner of Farnsworth and Congress streets will soon be enriched by this stylish, glass-walled, six-story residence. The nine luxurious condominiums at 10 Farnsworth will blend the private character of a boutique building with a contemporary elegance. Featuring generously open floor plans with state-of-the-art finishes and appliances, the building is further enhanced by a 1,765 square foot roof terrance. 10 Farnsworth is a beacon of the stylish, modern character that has taken over the Seaport District. While residents may enjoy the advantages of garage parking, they are encouraged to further indulge in the growing number of shops, attractions and museums that call this neighborhood home.

31 Orleans St


Address: 31 Orleans St

Neighborhood: East Boston

Number of Units: 14

Expected Completion Date: June, 2017

We’re seeing a significant change as an increasing number of developments and condo buyers assemble in the East Boston neighborhood. One of the most promising developments recently approved in popular Jeffries Point is the residences at 31 Orleans Street. Ranging from one- to three-bedrooms, its 14 residences will bring boutique charm to a growing neighborhood. Further, the new building will be Gold Certifiable under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Standards.

40 Fisher Ave


Address: 40 Fisher Ave

Neighborhood: Mission Hill

Number of Units: 15

Expected Completion Date: 2017

The boutique residences at 40 Fisher Ave in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood plans for fifteen new rental units, with a unit mix of two one-bedroom units, six two-bedroom units, and seven three-bedroom units, along with car and bicycle parking. The site is in an excellent location for commuters; moments to Roxbury Crossing and Jackson Square Orange Line and Heath Street Green Line MBTA stations. This project will result in a number of public benefits for the Mission Hill community, including creation of much-needed residential rental housing, improving the streetscape by infilling a vacant site, and developing a project consistent with Mission Hill’s Community planning and zoning objectives. While a completion date has not yet been given, we can expect construction to wrap up before the end of 2017.

199 West Brookline


Address: 199 West Brookline St

Neighborhood: South End

Number of Units: 9

Expected Completion Date: 2017

While little information has been brought to light surrounding the development of 199 West Brookline, its proposal has called for the adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the existing Concord Baptist Church. Interestingly, a growing number of condominium developments around various Boston neighborhoods are being built out of older church buildings. This 9-unit development with 21 below-grade parking spaces is currently under construction in the busy intersection of the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods.

120 West 4th St


Address: 120 West 4th St

Neighborhood: South Boston

Number of Units: 9

Expected Completion Date: TBD

A nine-unit boutique South Boston development has recently been approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The building will also include business space for photographer Michael Indresano. Each residential unit will include a parking space, with all parking spaces being concealed behind the facade of the building through photographic work built into the masonry wall. The building will be situated mere moments from the Broadway MBTA stop – surrounded by a number of popular shops and restaurants.

Residences at One Hundred A


Address: 100 A. St.

Neighborhood: South Boston

Number of Units: 9

Expected Completion Date: April, 2017

A new proposed residential project in South Boston will bring 9 luxury condominiums to the triangular intersection of West Third Street, West Second Street, and A Streets. Conveniently located moments from one of the busiest transportation nodes in Boston – the Broadway T Stop – the development at One Hundred A is conveniently situated for commuters, shoppers and foodies.

The project will provide new housing units at a time when demand is strong for new housing in South Boston. It will reflect an attractive aesthetic with warm earth-toned brick and black framed curtain walls. The development will also provide an increase in the strong economic vitality of the neighborhood, assist in the continued revitalization of its residential district and lend financial support to various small local businesses on West Broadway. 8 units will feature 2 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms with approximately 1,750 square feet of living space. The penthouse unit will include 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and include 3,608 square feet of space.

377 West First St


Address: 377 West 1st St

Neighborhood: South Boston

Number of Units: 9

Expected Completion Date: TBD

Recently approved for construction by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the nine opulent residences on 377 West First St will consist of six two-bedroom and three three-bedroom units. The parking garage, situated at grade level, will provide sheltered off-street parking for 15 motor vehicles. Great care has been put into the design of the development, featuring an inviting and attractive building entry. Each unit will have “smart” wifi-enabled thermostat devices and will be serviced by its own hybrid water heater for maximum efficiency. Its development will offer many public benefits to the South Boston neighborhood including tax revenue and construction jobs; and will also exhibit an attractive residential facade in place of the current underutilized vacant lot for industrial vehicles. Construction and completion dates are currently to be determined, be sure to check back regularly on our crane watch at for more information on these and more buildings.


(The Faretra rendering courtesy of Bushari Real Estate & The Ballas Group. All other images courtesy of Boston Redevelopment Authority).

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Chris Thoman Places in Brookline’s Top 20 for September 2016


Congratulations to Bushari’s Chris Thoman for placing among the Top 20 agents in Brookline for the month of September 2016 with $2.15 million in sales, according to MLS-PIN.

Chris Thoman has been an active member of Boston’s real estate community for over thirteen years, assisting a wide-range of clients with buying, selling and renting both residential and commercial properties. Prior to that, he worked in the mortgage and real estate law industries, which has given him a broad and valuable perspective of real estate transactions.

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Market Trends at – A Brand New Feature for Finding Your Ideal Home



Last week, Bushari unveiled the newly redesigned – your destination for all information pertaining to the Greater Boston real estate market. As Boston homebuyers begin their searches, they’ll want to take notice of any market trends in their prospective neighborhoods. Keeping a close eye on real estate trends is the best way to gauge the perfect time to buy or sell your home. Through’s easy-to-follow market trend graphs, you’ll see average days on market and average sales prices for home in the neighborhood, as well as the inventory for each month.


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Our reports are automatically updated so that we may provide you with the best and most current market information, no matter which neighborhood you would like to call home.


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Buyers can compare and contrast the average days on market for homes priced from $0-$500,000, $501-$1,000,000, $1,000,001-$1,500,000, $1,500,001-$2,000,000, $2,000,001-$3,000,000, and $3,000,000+.

The above example shares the average number of days on the market, separated by price, for homes in the South End. This data is collected from market reports in the last three months. You can change the input to six months or one year for further insight into the neighborhood’s longer-term market trends.


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The average sales price chart provides information on the cost of living in your prospective neighborhood. Buyers can compare the list price and sale price of homes bought in the neighborhood to consider when they want to buy or sell their home. Similar to the average days on market chart, buyers can switch between data collected from the last 3 months, 6 months, and one year. The above graph shows us that the average sales price for a home in the South End was approximately $763,081.


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One of the most fundamental parts of buying or selling your home is finding the perfect time to do so. Our inventory market trends analyze the number of homes that were on the market in a particular month. This chart, which collects inventory for South End homes in the past year, shows us that there are a larger number of homes on the market in the summer months than the winter months. Analyzing this information is beneficial to homebuyers or anyone interested in learning more about the market trends in the Greater Boston neighborhoods. See more of our exclusive listings and get up to date market reports on the latest homes to hit the market at

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Andrea McDonough Team Places in Boston & Brookline’s Top 20 Agents for August 2016


Congratulations to Bushari’s Andrea McDonough Team for placing #10 amongst all agents in both Brookline and Boston for the month of August 2016, with more than $11,000,000 in combined sales, according to MLS-PIN.

As a luxury specialist of the Andrea McDonough Team, a division of Bushari Real Estate, Andrea McDonough serves an elite list of clients with an array for real estate needs, ranging from primary home buyers/sellers to multi-million dollar investment funds. Boston”s highest social and financial circles choose Andrea McDonough for her proven ability to cater to their unique needs. Andrea delivers results and that is why she continues to have close to 75% of her business as repeat clients and referrals from past clients.

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Introducing the All-New

Introducing the all-new your destination for all information pertaining to the Greater Boston real estate market. With a wealth of state-of-the-art features and guides, we seek to make the process of finding your home easy and efficient. Our site was custom designed, working with cutting edge web developers, to bring users a unique on-line home-searching experience. Our site provides users unprecedented access to on-demand, current market data and upcoming residential developments, through our exclusive Crane Watch feature on the Neighborhoods page.

With beautiful high-resolution photography and a smooth user interface, the all-new is the only address you need to visit. Stop searching and start finding.

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A Day in the Life: Bushari’s Chris Thoman


For over thirteen years, Chris Thoman has been an active member of Boston’s thriving real estate community. With hundreds of real estate transactions under his belt, throughout each and every neighborhood in Boston (and beyond), Chris has been around the block a number of times. When he’s not in the office, he’s meeting up with clients or touring and inspecting his listings. A proud father and loving husband, he spends much of his time with his wife and two children in their brand-new Dorchester home. It’s been a busy week balancing his recent move and his several homes on the market. We hit the road with Chris to see what it’s like to live a day in his life.

Early Morning: Up and At ‘Em



Starting the day off right in his Jeep Wrangler Sahara.


5:00 AM, Thursday morning. By the early dawn, Chris is ready to start his day. Up first is a quick run to the gym before breakfast with his wife and kids. Even though he’s continually running around to meet up with clients, an early trip to the gym is sometimes the best way to get a little morning motivation.



Chris is the proud father of two children, Jace (turning two in October) and Kaia (3-month old newborn).


Early Afternoon: Breakfast at Tiffany’s



A quick errand before the start of a busy day.


In between client calls and conferences, Chris makes a quick stop at Tiffany’s to exchange a few rings for his wife. He’s picked out a beautiful pair from their T collection. We’re sure she’ll love them.



Can’t forget to check out the watches. Not sure about that price tag, though!



Back to work! No breaks in the real estate business.

Mid Afternoon: A Walk Through in Chestnut Hill




By the mid-afternoon, Chris is previewing a new sales listing in Chestnut Hill. While the property is not quite yet on the market, you can inquire about the opportunity through email. Interestingly enough, the seller of this home is the mother of one of his current clients. This goes to show just how important it can be to market yourself and communicate regularly with your network of clients. You never know when the cousin or friend of one of your clients may be looking for his or her own home. Check back regularly at for updated information on when this home hits the market.

Late Afternoon: Under Agreement



Under Agreement: 90 Babcock St #A & #B


In Brookline, we made a stop by 90 Babcock Street. This lovely and contemporary home consists of two separate units, each of which Chris is representing as the seller’s agent.  Just moments from Coolidge Corner, this neighborhood is known for its award-winning restaurants, schools and parks. The old adage of “Location, location, location” certainly rings true. At long last, he’s able to switch out the yard sign as both homes are now under agreement, representing $4.125M in sales. Congratulations to Chris and his clients!


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A few inspections before move-in. Fire alarms are working! (But our ears are still ringing.)

Early Evening: A Walk in the Park



After a quick bite to eat at one of his favorite stops, Pret A Manger, Chris winds down on his home tours with a walk along the beautiful Commonwealth Ave. A gorgeous environment for making a few client calls, Commonwealth stretches along the Back Bay neighborhood and connects the lush green of the Public Garden and Back Bay fens. Finally, Chris will be heading back to install furniture in his new house, negotiating on behalf of his clients along the way.

Prospective real estate agents should always remember that it’s a 24/7 business, even in late August which can be the slowest two weeks of the year. While Chris is running errands and moving furniture, he’s still on-call with several of his clients. Are the hours worth it? “The gratification of my clients makes it worth it,” he said. “When buyers call me up after a deal and send me their thanks for a smooth transaction, I feel I’ve done my job.”

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Bushari Welcomes Cody Chy



We are happy to introduce Cody Chy as the newest member of Bushari Real Estate. Cody is a real estate professional with a diverse background in sales, technology and hospitality; he firmly believes in providing the highest level of service to his clients and brings a strong sense of enthusiasm and energy to each transaction. Cody joins Andrew Costanzo and Antwane Daye on the Costanzo Market Strategy Associates real estate team.

A Boston native, Cody is fluent in three dialects of the Chinese language: Cantonese, Mandarin and Hakka. He graduated from Fisher College with a degree in Paralegal Studies and pursued a career in sales; his will to succeed made him one of the top sales people at each company he has worked for.
Cody currently resides in Quincy, Massachusetts. He enjoys tennis, badminton and finding great food.