salem oregon real estate: Is Your Hobby Killing Your Home Sale? - 02/19/11 04:57 AM

My job as a professional home stager takes me into over a dozen homes a week and I meet some fantastically creative people along the way.   It is amazing to me the unique things people do, create and collect - a fun part of my job.
All too often I have to tell these clients that their hobbies are going to prevent them from getting a good price for their home.
The doll collector, whose guest room housed hundreds of dolls, the former antique dealer who can't let go of so many beautiful antique pieces, the rock collector - whose every flat … (40 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Selling Your Oregon Home During the Winter Months - 11/01/10 05:38 AM
We've heard from a few home sellers that they plan to take their homes off the market until spring. 
Do experts think prices will be higher in the spring?  No. 
Will interest rates be lower in the spring?  Very unlikely!
Will there be more competition in the spring?  Yes.
Wondering how to improve your odds for a successful home sale in Oregon? 
Keep the thermostat set at least 62 degrees, make sure each room is well lit for evening showings and make sure the curb appeal and staging remain in tip top condition! 
This blog by Catherine Condon says it … (5 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Looking for Quality and Affordability in Your Next Salem Oregon Home? - 08/05/10 03:11 AM
This Salem Oregon home was more than a home staging project!
It’s been a fun remodeling project for our company and involved lots of quality craftsmanship by local contractors we admire!
Located on a quiet street with a spacious lot that offers lots of privacy, it features new windows and added insulation.  Fully fenced back yard too and a .20 lot.

You’ll appreciate the beauty of the wood and finish these stunning original hardwood floors offer!
Featured throughout the living room, dining room and two bedrooms, they will look beautiful and be easy care for … (5 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Salem Oregon Home Has it All! - 12/19/09 12:23 AM
Spacious home on .42 acre! 1925 Hoffman Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305 View Map Looking for a a home with elbow room and a Dream kitchen? Private and spacious sound appealing? Look no further! Beautiful major update just completed by a professional builder. High end kitchen appliances. . One office located in home and another Executive office located in detached garage/shop. Need dual living? Easy to convert executive office to a one bed apt. Private yard features deck, pond, waterfall and fire pit. Come see this amazing home! Contact Judy Quillin of RE/MAX EQUITY GROUP (503) 559-8643
Margaret Oscilia | Home … (4 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Does Your Listing Attract Offers? Seasoned Agent Spills Her Newest Secret Weapon! - 11/16/09 10:24 PM
We've been too busy to post anything about our most recent jobs but hooray - the real estate agent has done it for us!  It's our first chance to work with Mel Wagner of Coldwell Banker here in Salem . . . but from her reaction it won't be the last!
Yes - there are buyers even during the holiday season and they are making offers on the home that stands out as the Best Home in that price range!

salem oregon real estate: Home Staging and Home Selling - When it Doesn't Work - 07/19/09 12:55 AM
This week we removed staging from a home that has been for sale since April.  A routine task for us, but this "de-staging" job was unique.  This is the only house we have staged in 2009 that hasn't sold.  Usually when we remove staging the owner is getting to move on to their new home, maybe a new town and it's a story of wonderful new beginnings.  Not so in this case.  When we remove staging there frequently hugs and glowing testimonials about how staging worked so well for them.  I wasn't looking forward to removing this staging!

What went … (27 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Custom Salem Oregon Home For Sale - 4 Bedrm on Spacious Lot! - 06/23/09 01:03 AM
Beautiful tri-level designer home in well established Jan Ree area with park like setting.  MLS #609339Spacious 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths + large bonus rm and family room! Light and bright kitchen w/island & pantry.  Vaulted ceilings and access to decks from the living, family and dining areas makes the home spacious and light.  Enjoy beautiful .45± acre lot with lots of room to entertain beautifully. Peaceful yard can be viewed from upper deck or patio. Plenty of room for RV w/alley access. Home features both wood and gas fireplaces, lots of storage and much more!
Contact Yolanda Ojeda at … (0 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Ticor Title and Stagers Present Staging Seminar in Salem Oregon - 04/09/09 04:02 PM
What Fun to be able to collaborate with Ticor Title and do this seminar for them.  We (Liz and I) are looking forward to this opportunity to present to many realtors we haven't met before! 

~Join Ticor Title for a Series of STAGING Classes for Area Real Estate Professionals ~ 
Help your seller embrace the staging process Understand staging as a powerful marketing tool Top 10 staging tips Enter to fin a FREE staging consultation (compliments of your speaker) Choose the date and time that works best for you...
Wednesday, April 22
Liz Harrison, ASP - Staging Consultant of

salem oregon real estate: Accentuate the Positive and it Eliminates the Negative! - 03/11/09 03:07 PM
I stood in the entryway of a uniquely styled home with the listing agent.  He said to me "This is where buyers will decide if they are going to buy the home or not - within seconds".  He understands how important it is to "set the tone" and that first impressions were diappointing in this entry.
The pressure was high and the budget limited.  Removing the cedar paneling and shingle like decor was not an option.  It was a dark tunnel viewing into a stark white room with dated drapes and worn carpet. 
Sometimes it's the smallest details that can make … (19 comments)

salem oregon real estate: My Secret is Out Because of a Fellow Active Rain Member!! - 02/26/09 12:43 PM
 Some people can’t keep a secret – that’s what I’ve decided – especially about the great benefits found here on active rain!
Several months ago I started the agonizing (it has gotten easier) process of blogging and though my blogs still are far from professional I’ve somehow managed to have made wonderful friends, learned so many new things, received super advice and amazing . . . new clients as well!  Paying business! 
Before active rain, I must confess it was hard to find our business . . . we don’t have a building . . and online our … (23 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Local Business Providing Sparkling Community Service! - 01/17/09 01:50 AM
We love to focus on the positive and great businesses in our community -- especially those who continue to make the Willamette Valley a wonderful place to live.  One such business that caught our eye this week is Let It Shine Cleaning.
Let it Shine Cleaning has joined a non profit organization that offers free professional housecleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment.  
What an amazing offer and what a blessing to those who will benefit from their care and expertise!   
When reviewing what Let it Shine Cleaning website, I was impressed that not only are they licensed and bonded, … (4 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Local Title Company Gives More Than Great Service! - 01/07/09 12:03 AM

We love to discover local companies doing great things for our communities - making our beautiful Willamette Valley a even better place to live!
The Mid Valley offices of Ticor Title have an annual fundraiser benefiting the Marion-Polk Food Share, Salem Area Realtors Community Fund and other food banks and charities in Silverton, Woodburn, Monmouth, Independence, Dallas and Linn/Benton counties. 
Realtors, Ticor employees and lenders participated in raising money and food donations equivalent to 2,787 pounds.  Prior years have been cash donations only.  This year, in light of the rough economic times food donations were also sought. 
Rosi Green - … (9 comments)

salem oregon real estate: 'Twas the Month Before Listing and All Through the House . . . - 11/29/08 04:23 AM
'Twas the month before listing, when all through the housethe owners were nervous, and began to grouse.It was time they decided their house to prepare,in hopes that some buyers soon would be there.
There was no time to rest all snug in their beds,images of projects danced in their heads."What to do, where to start." I said with a snap."A buyer‘s not going to just fall in our lap!" 
Bring in the stager and stop all this chatter,See if they can tell us what improvements really matter.In this poor economy to sell in a flash,we must learn how to give our … (32 comments)

salem oregon real estate: The Future Hold Promise! Article on Salem Oregon's Economy - 11/10/08 12:02 AM
This editorial was in the Stateman Journal on Sunday and I felt it filled with so many wonderful economic aspects about Salem, that I wanted to share it.  It seems that negative and sensational news is what we remember, while there are so many positive aspects of our local economy we can focus upon! 
The future does hold promise for Salem!
Economic news is not all bad in Salem - Bill Church - November 9, 2008
Eons from now, when media archeologists pick through the rubble of 2008, they'll find remains that will make them pause. 
There, on the front pages … (0 comments)

salem oregon real estate: Increase the listing price and offer received -- what changed? - It was Staged! - 07/17/08 01:02 AM
This Salem home has sat on the market for nearly a year.  It started out at $179k, was increased to $185 after a new roof and was being reduced to $169k. Frankly did not show well even though it had new carpet, paint and linoleum. 
Before the online presence was -  well -- bland -- here are the actual photos:

We were hired with a very limited budget.  While I was was out buying curtains, the realtor stopped by and took these photos.  She was SO delighted and didn't realize that we were not done with the finishing touches … (2 comments)

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