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Staging In the Nude Group, or Group of SINners - You Got Questions, We Got Answers! - 06/30/07 01:21 PM
This group could be a great source of information for anyone wondering about different 'training' providers. By that, I mean a place where they can get the whole picture, not just the rose colored classes view. I'd marked this members only, I think that was wrong of me and will change the visibility to Public. No staged answers here! SINner Dane (11 comments)
Real estate prices are determined by the buyers and Realtors analyze their local markets to determine pricing for listings unfortunately many sellers are deciding their properties value 'be-damned' what the market and their Realtor is telling them. The percentage of double income households hovers around 60% and personal savings rates are at record lows. As well single women are buying real estate at record numbers. There is a direct correlation between these numbers and residential real estate purchases which is being ignored by the majority of home-sellers and not stressed anywhere near enough by many listing Realtors. See where this is going? I'm not talking about the affect these numbers have on (28 comments)
There have been many posts from Realtors saying they haven't found any Professional Home Stagers in their area. Too many posts I say! Now I'm reading IAHSP is claiming there are over 1 million home stagers. If that's so, we can surely match up our misplaced stagers with their respective Realtors! (No comment on the IAHSP numbers from me & you please!) Let's get some info, from you AR Realtors, and find out which areas you have not been able to find Professional Home Stagers. Heck, if you list a place I would love to live, maybe I'll become a 'Snowbird' and live 6 (19 comments)
You want to have a successful blog. You want to have readers coming to see what you have to say. You've managed to get a healthy number of subscribers, but that is not good enough of course. If you are like my you know you have much work ahead...the question is WHAT?! Let me tell you what I've realized about my blog today: I look at my blog post stats frequently but could not seen the connection; until today. I have Craig Schiller to thank for prompting me to return to looking at my stats, again, in-order to improve my blogs. His post was, I'll show you mine if you'll show (9 comments)
The funniest agent's listings... - 06/21/07 09:51 AM
In a recent Blog I wrote, Hire a 'Naked Stager': Satisfaction Guaranteed!, Paul Viau wrote how we sould all use the word "Naked" more in our advertising. Well, there is an agent in the U.K., Ralph Bending who does just that! You have to read his listings, they are hysterical. His tagline is 'the most fun you can have with an estate agent'. Here are some of his current listings: "Ground floor flat synonymous with the type of person who eats red kidney beans and exhudes certain aromatic gases. Bedroom at the front with en-suite shower room, small sitting room at the rear, brand new kitchen, (27 comments)
Hardware - A Little Bling Never Hurt! - 06/20/07 03:48 PM
If you want your house to stand out among the hundreds for sale, or just want to upscale the image of your house, look at the hardware you currently have.
Hardware includes: door knobs cabinet/drawer pulls and knobs door bumpers levers faucets hinges push/kick plates hooks switch plates Determine the finish (e.g. bronze, chrome, brass, iron, stainless...) that best complements the house/condo. Ideally you want the finish to be consistent throughout, although some different finishes can complement each other if not overdone. Old pieces can be restored or purchased at architectural salvage shops, or new hardware can be purchased, the point (17 comments)
Hire a 'Naked Stager': Satisfaction Guaranteed! - 06/20/07 10:25 AM
At 2 Hounds Design + Home Staging, we are always looking for ways to stand out in the industry and offer the best service possible. Well you ain't seen nothin' yet! Today we announce we will officially begin 'Staging Naked'! There are no additional fees, as 'Naked Stagers' we just want to have satisfied customers...because we all know a satisfied customer is a repeat customer! 2 Hounds Design + Home Staging, Greater Toronto Area 'Naked Stagers', Bending Over Backwards To Satisfy Our Clients! If you 'stage naked' list yourself below, along with the area you serve and your website, to help clients find you! Stage It Forward, (39 comments)
Customer Service, Is It A Thing Of The Past? - 06/18/07 07:20 PM
This is the first year we decided to have our lawn treated by a company, rather than by ourselves. We have a hectic life and little time to spend caring for our lawn. When the company came out the first time, they did a spring 'feed'. This was in May. We were told they would return in a week to aerate and 'weed' the lawn. Well, it is June 18th, and they have not returned. For the past 3 weeks we have called to ask where they were and were told the techs were 'in the area' and would be out within the (6 comments)
Architectural Elements - Simple Upgrades To Increase The Value Of Your Home - 06/10/07 01:57 PM
When considering listing your house to sell walk around and look at what architectural features it already has. Architectural elements we are interested in here are: crown molding baseboard wainscoting chair rails balusters handrail window and door casing doors (yes, look at the statement your doors make!) fireplace/mantel windows radiators built-in-furniture List off what you do and don't have. By adding some of the elements to your home you will not only increase the value with very little investment, but the perceived value as well. Your house will stand out in the crowd as being a lifestyle 'step up' from the competition. (15 comments)
The Three Design Principles...Guidelines for Decorating - Rules for Staging - 06/09/07 09:36 AM
The three design principles are extremely important to staging, but when decorating you can take more liberty with them. The three principles are: Simplicity: As Coco Channel said, less is more. Limit the amount of furniture and accessories you have in a room. Too much and the room becomes 'noisey'. When selling a house, you want buyers to feel relaxed, calm, comfortable, not overwhelmed or 'edgy'. No one takes their time in an overwhelming room. The only thought going through buyers' minds is to get out and move on to the next showing. As a seller, you don't want this to (1 comments)
This blog is for homeowners - 06/07/07 11:38 AM
There are so many service options that can be offered to clients, by home stagers and re-designers, but I would like to know, as a homeowner who may be considering selling your house/condo, or actually are selling it,what services you would like to receive. I get many calls from homeowners who are thinking about staging or re-designing their home, but don't know what services are offered and how they are offered. In terms of home staging in the city of Toronto, my services are pretty much utilized in actual staging rather than consultations for the owners to complete on their own. However, in (2 comments)
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