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Sunday Selling Tips: Ask Yourself These Questions Each Morning Before Leaving for Work - 07/29/12 06:47 PM
Sunday Selling Tips: Ask Yourself These Questions Before Leaving for Work There are many things that need to be done when you are selling your home. You've got to make the bed EVERY morning. Be sure the house smells FRESH and CLEAN. Keep the clutter AWAY. You just never know if today is the day that the buyer for your house will schedule a showing and you MUST be ready. Valerie Zinger, a Real Estate professional in Canada shares THE 7 Questions to Ask Yourself EACH Morning Before Leaving for Work... Compliments of The Foerster Team, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, (5 comments)
Saturday Staging Feature: What If You Can't Afford to Update Your Home to Sell? - 07/28/12 09:21 PM
Saturday Staging Feature: What If You Can't Afford to Update you Home to Sell? When a buyer looks at your home for sale, you want them to imagine themselves living in the home. You want to accentuate the features of your home as best you can. When funds are limited it's best to get the advice of a professional. Thank you Shar Sitter, a professional Home Stager in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for sharing your before and after photos. Compliments of The Foerster Team, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, (720) 530-5554
Via Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, MN - (7 comments)
Friday Flooring Feature: Is it better to paint or do the floors first? - 07/28/12 09:13 PM
Friday Flooring Feature: Is it better to paint or do the floors first? I thought this was going to be an easy question to answer. Paint first. Not so easy. Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl gives us some "issues" to think about. 1) Are you hiring professionals to paint and to replace the flooring? 2) Do you have wallpaper or paneling to remove? 3) Will the change in flooring effect the baseboards? Debbie suggested prepping the walls for paint FIRST. Paint the ceiling FIRST. Then do the flooring. Finish by painting the walls. By doing the work in this order, (3 comments)
What a Difference ONE Year Makes - 07/28/12 06:07 PM
What a Difference ONE Year Makes It's difficult to believe that a year ago, I was in the hospital fighting for my life. On July 27, 2011, I was very sick. I was dehydrated, my lips were blue and my pressure was dangerously low. I insisted all I need was some Sprite and Cheerios and I would be fine. My husband, Rich wanted to call for an ambulance. I kept saying no. It wasn't until I passed out and fell that I said yes. I was rushed to the emergency room. I remember arriving and having about 15 people ~ nurses, doctors, (16 comments)
We are in need of some Active Rain LOVE! Please help us to get to 100 LIKEs by the end of July! We've got 5 days to make it happen! Please visit The Foerster Team Facebook Business page, hit the LIKE button and leave a comment. Leave your Facebook link in the comment section of this post and I'll be happy to return the favor! I'll even feature YOU in a future Facebook Fridays post! Thank you for your support!
Facebook Fridays: Help! We only have 60 LIKES! (14 comments)
My First Blog EVER and I'm Scared to Death - 07/26/12 04:06 PM
Please Welcome Mike and Michelle!~ Mike and Michelle Kemper from Surprise, Arizona are new members of our Active Rain family. Pleast take a moment, read their first blog post and say hello. Remeber your first post and how nervous and excited you might have been. I know that's how I felt.
Reblogged by Donna Foerster. Comments disabled. Via Mike Kemper SFR, CSSN, ABR, ePro, VA & Military (HomeSmart Realty): Hi, this is my very first blog post and I am terrified. I thought if I simply acted like Nike and JUST DID IT... it might get easier! I Love to talk and (0 comments)
Would You Join a Leads Group? - 07/21/12 08:03 PM
Would You Join a Leads Group? I've been part of 2 leads groups in my 8+ years in Real Estate. One was with a local chamber. You had to pay to be a member. It was very structured. The only bad thing? I never passed or received a lead! Why, you might ask? Good question. I believe it's because I didn't take the time to build relationships with the other members. Bottom line? Whether you are in a leads group or not, it's still all about building relationships. Let's face it. We are in the PEOPLE business! My broker challenged us (53 comments)
Saturday Staging Feature: Why Put Furniture on Angles? - 07/21/12 04:09 PM
Saturday Staging Feature: Why Put Furniture on Angles? Melissa Marro, a professional home stager in St. Augustine, Florida talks to us about furniture placement. Why would a home stager, or a designer for that matter, angle furniture in a room? Some possible reasons: There may be an existing angle in tthe room, such as a fireplace (see the first photo to the right) There many be an offset window in the room Create better flow, movement Compliments of The Foerster Team, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, (720) 530-5554
Via Melissa Marro ~ StagingAndRedesign.com MarketReadyRealEstate.com (Staging & Redesign): I laugh almost every (6 comments)
My FIRST Ride in a Pedicab! - 07/21/12 02:31 PM
My FIRST Ride in a Pedicab! Never heard of a Pedicab? Allow me to share what Wikipedia has to say on the subject.
According to Wikipedia: The pedicab is a small-scale local means of transport; it is also known by a varity of other names such as bike taxi, bikecab, cyclo, trishaw, or rickshaw (to name a few). Pedicabs are human-powered, type of tricycle designed to carry passengers in addition to the the driver. Pedicabs can be found rolling about city centers, nightlife districts, park lands, sports stadiums and tourist-have areas. Myriad uses include car-park-to-event transport at large (14 comments)
Friday Flooring Feature: How well does this carpet hold up to stains? - 07/20/12 06:02 PM
Friday Flooring Feature: How well does THIS carpet hold up to stains? The most common reasons for replacing carpet are odors and stains. If you can control the stains, your carpet may have a longer life. Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl, recommends Shaw. They have recently upgraded their stain protection. The World's largest pie throwing contest demonstrates the brand's resistance to stains! Compliments of The Foerster Team, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, (720) 530-5554.
Via Debbie Gartner - Westchester Flooring -Hardwood Floors Carpet Tile Refinish - (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT): When it comes to carpet, stain protection (2 comments)
1000 Points to go! - 07/18/12 01:59 PM
Let's help Peg Barcelo-Jackson to reach her goal! She's only 1,000 points away from being #1 in her area. (I'm sure she's much closer than that.) Please take a moment to visit with her and comment on her blog! Reblogged by Donna Foerster. Comments disabled! Via Peg Barcelo-Jackson the Flufftastic Stager from Edmonton, AB (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 780.710.6369): 1000 Points to go! A Comment on my blog by Jan of Ralph Henze Real Estate, let me know I was nearing the #1 position in our area.
I never even realized that (0 comments)
Featured HUD Homes (Condo): Arapahoe County, Colorado: July 2012 - 07/15/12 09:10 PM
Featured HUD Homes (Condo): Arapahoe County, Colorado: July 2012 Every Sunday we feature HUD Homes. Some weeks it will be information about purchasing HUD homes(see the links at the end of this post). Other weeks we will feature available HUD homes in Douglas and the surrounding counties. This week we are featuring a HUD home in Arapahoe County, Colorado. For more information about Arapahoe County, please visit the Arapahoe County website.
Price: Low $100sStyle: Ranch/1-StoryType: CondoBedrooms: 3Baths: 2Sqft: 1271Year Built: 1999Neighborhood: Pinnacle RanchFeatures: Walk-in closet, garden tub in master bath, balcony, open floor plan, fireplace, Cherry Creek school district
(HUD is the U.S. Department of Housing and (11 comments)
Sunday Selling Tips: Wallpaper, yes or no? - 07/15/12 07:31 PM
Sunday Selling Tips - Wallpaper, yes or no? When you are selling your home there are some challenges you might have to face. Perhaps your home is in need of some repair. Maybe you carpet is worn or dated and needs to be replaced. One of the biggest challenges is depersonalizing your home. What do I mean? Do you have a collection of Disney items? Do you have photos of your family on the wall going up the stairs? Is there a cow decorating theme in your kitchen? All of these things have something in common. They are YOUR preference (6 comments)
Saturday Staging Feature: Does Your Home Look OLD? - 07/14/12 09:00 PM
Saturday Staging Feature: Does Your Home Look OLD? You have your home listed for sale. You have interested buyers scheduling showings with their real estate agents. What do they see? What is the feedback? Do these potential buyers think that your home is OLD looking or dated? Perhaps you need to consult with a professional! Sharon Tara is a Home Stager in New Hampshire. In her blog, she shares before and after photos of a recent staging opportunity. As she tells us, the living room screamed "colonial". After a few easy changes to lighten and brighten the room, the seller had (12 comments)
Can you change the color of your hardwood flooring? - 07/13/12 04:23 PM
Friday Flooring Feature: Can you change the color of your hardwood flooring? Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girls says the answer is usually YES! (There are some instances where the answer is no, so be sure to completely read Debbie's post.) Debbie shares the sanding and refinishing process with us and then she talks about color. How light or dark you can go will depend on the type of hardwood. Isn't it great to know you have options? Maybe you just bought your home and you are unable with the current hardwood floor color. Of course the change will cost you some (7 comments)
Active Rain is a special place for so MANY reasons. It gives Real Estate professionals an Internet based platform to share their knowledge and experience with consumers and other professionals. Through sharing information we learn from each other and we teach each other. We can easily find colleagues for referral business in other areas of the country and Canada. All of these things are possible because of the relationships that we form in the Rain. Are you making the most of YOUR Active Rain relationships?
What is YOUR Active Rain (53 comments)
Featured HUD Home: Arapahoe County: Aurora, CO: July 2012 - 07/08/12 06:55 PM
Featured HUD Home: Arapahoe County: Aurora, CO: July 2012 Every Sunday we feature HUD Homes. Some weeks it will be information about purchasing HUD homes(see the links at the end of this post). Other weeks we will feature available HUD homes in Douglas and the surrounding counties. This week we are featuring 2 HUD homes in Arapahoe County, Colorado under $200K. For more information about Arapahoe County, please visit the Arapahoe County website.
Price: Low 100sStyle: Two StoryCar Storage: 2-car, attached Bedrooms: 3Baths: 2 Sqft: 1890, plus 945 (2 comments)
Sunday Selling Tips: Preparing Your House For Sale - 07/08/12 11:44 AM
Sunday Selling Tips: Preparing Your House For Sale Preparing your house for sale can be a daunting job. If you break down the preparation in to smaller "bite sized" tasks and may create less stress and frustration for yourself. Valerie Zinger, a Real Estate professional in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, suggested starting with your guest bedroom. For some, this room can become a catch all of items that don't have a proper place otherwise. What about the closets? Potential buyers will look at every square inch of the house they are considering to purchase. That includes kitchen cabinets, basement crawl spaces, garages (6 comments)
Saturday Staging Feature: Update, Lighten & Brighten! - 07/07/12 02:41 PM
Saturday Staging Feature: Update, Lighten & Brighten Light fixtures are often an item in a house for sale that goes over looked. Having "dated" light fixtures can create a negative feeling about a possible purchase of a house for sale. Many buyers want a home that is move-in ready, and that includes the house being current as far as style goes. Julia Maher, a professional Home Stager in Fairfield, Connecticut, shares the impact of updating, lightening and brightening the dining room of a house for sale. Simply removing the window treatments and replacing the light fixtures rejuvenates the room. Compliments of (2 comments)
Friday Flooring Feature: What species of hardwood flooring are there? - 07/07/12 01:12 PM
Firday Flooring Feature: What species of hardwood flooring are there? In this post, Debbie Gartner, the Flooring Girl, educates us on the various types of hardwood flooring. Some take stain (color) better than others, some are stronger than others. Your choice will be personal based on the look you want in your home and of course, your budget. Compliments of The Foerster Team, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, (720) 530-5554
Via Debbie Gartner - Westchester Flooring -Hardwood Floors Carpet Tile Refinish - (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT): There are many species of hardwood flooring, and I thought it (4 comments)
Get out your calendar and save the dates for July classes and events at Tagawa Gardens, one of Colorado's largest garden centers! Tagawa Gardens is THE place to visit to learn, have fun and shop for all your landscaping and gardening needs! There is something for everyone, kids and adults alike! (Some classes require registration and/or a minimal fee.)
Saturday, July 7thPink Day ~ All Day~Invincibelle® Spirit Hydrangea will be featured in the tree/shrub department with a portio of the proceeds going to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 10:30-11:30am~Refrigerator Jam for Kids~Limit: 15, (3 comments)
Help Push Lori Bowers Across The Finish Line - 07/04/12 04:35 PM
Help Push Lori Bowers Across The Finish Line One of the things I love most about Active Rain is its members. Making friends and building relationships in the Rain is one of the sweetest benefits of this wonderful place. Today I want to help another member achieve her goal of reaching 500,000 points! Please visit Lori and help her to cross the finish line. She's SO close! As of this posting, she's at 499,839!
Via Intero Real Estate Services: I do not check my points often. I just blog and comment and enjoy my time on active rain. Today I noticed (0 comments)
Rich and I have been enjoying a lazy day today. No appointments, no lunch dates (except with each other), no coffee meetings, and no ringing phone (I hope I didn't jinx anything). We had a leisurely breakfast of waffles and maple syrup, some leftovers for lunch, a late afternoon snack. Not sure that we'll have much for supper. Don't really have any plans beyond that. All the fireworks have been canceled due to the wildfires and that's OK. We want EVERY one to be safe. In between watching Matlock on the (39 comments)
Sunday Selling Tips: Paint Color Selection - 07/02/12 12:35 PM
Sunday Selling Tips: Paint Color Selection Sharon Tara, a professional Home Stager in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has some good advice. If you are planning to paint your home to prepare it for sale, consult with a Home Stager to select the paint color. As she discusses in her post below, it's best to select neutral colors and you want to chose something that will compliment your furnishings and floors. Compliments of The Foerster Team, Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors, (720) 530-5554
Via Sharon Tara New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations): NH Home Staging FAQ - Can You Help Me Choose (8 comments)
Featured HUD Home: Townhouse: Douglas County, Colorado: July 2012 - 07/01/12 02:40 PM
Featured HUD Home: Townhouse: Douglas County, Colorado: July 2012 Every Sunday we feature HUD Homes. Some weeks it will be information about purchasing HUD homes (see the links at the end of this post). Other weeks we will feature available HUD homes in Douglas and the surrounding counties. This week we are featuring a HUD home in Douglas County, Colorado. For more information about Douglas County, please visit the Douglas County official website and/or visit the Douglas County Relocation website.
Price: Mid 100sStyle: Two StoryType: TownhouseBedrooms: 3Baths: 2.5Sqft: 1491Year Built: 2005Neighborhood: The MeadowsFeatures: Tile floors, view mountains, open floorplan
(HUD is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.) If you (4 comments)
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