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Investing in Home Staging - Makes cents! - 03/18/08 11:48 AM
The way properties are being sold has changed but changing the mindset of those selling can be a tough one. The analogy of selling your car has been made because many people relate to it. Take the garbage and personal items out of it, clean the interior, the carpet and give it a great wax job and you've increased the asking price and its chances of selling quicker as apposed to selling it as is. Makes sense. So why are many people still saying, "why should I spend money on a house I'm selling?" when getting their property listed. If a paint job (0 comments)
FREE Personalization for Home Staging and Real Estate Professionals. - 03/16/08 04:08 PM
I've decided to give a special deal to professionals in the real estate industry until the end of April. I will provide a custom personalized cover for the Get Ready To Sell Workbook to those professionals who want to give clients value added service and your contact information for future reference. FREE: visit the website: Get Ready To Sell to find out more about the workbook and to order yours today. Special applies to the Point2Agent purchase option to be mailed to you. (Does not include Ebook) (The bottom portion of the cover will be white and include your logo, picture and contact information.) Unpaid recommendation ;-)Karen Otto, Collin County, (12 comments)
Is Carpet Dead? What to recommend? - 03/16/08 03:25 PM
I was asked by a client yesterday who was making some big changes to her home, what to do about flooring. Should she change the carpet on the stairs to follow throughout the lower floor or go with laminate as was already installed upstairs? Because I'm not an advocate of laminate flooring for various reasons and didn't want to give her a personal opinion, I did some research and fell upon this article. Some very good information to help in a somewhat confusing decision. Personal Opinion: Having to deal with this question a year prior when preparing to sell my own house, I had to research because my 3 (14 comments)
How the generation gap will affect the real estate industry - 03/14/08 12:59 PM
I've been doing a lot of research lately about the generational gap between the Baby Boomers and Generation X'ers and how it can impact the real estate industry. Basically, when the majority of Baby Boomers want to sell their house to either downsize or liquidate their retirement fund - their home, it is predicted that there will be a shortfall of potential buyers for two reasons. The typical Generation X'ers are more apt to buy an urban location over suburban neighborhoods where Baby Boomers have built. There aren't enough Generation X'ers to purchase all the houses and the market is having to rely on immigrants to (1 comments)
How the generation gap will affect the real estate industry - 03/14/08 11:07 AM
I've been doing a lot of research lately about the generational gap between the Baby Boomers and Generation X'ers and how it can impact the real estate industry. Basically, when the majority of Baby Boomers want to sell their house to either downsize or liquidate their retirement fund - their home, it is predicted that there will be a shortfall of potential buyers for two reasons. The typical Generation X'ers are more apt to buy an urban location over suburban neighborhoods where Baby Boomers have built. There aren't enough Generation X'ers to purchase all the houses and the market is having to rely on immigrants to (2 comments)
Clients looking through closets and cupboards - A great indicator! - 03/07/08 06:17 PM
The horror of it! People going through your closets and cupboards!~ For me this is the most daunting part of selling my house. It feels like such an invasion of privacy. Believe it or not, potential clients feel the same way. If the house feels like they are intruding on someone else's private space they are less likely to be comfortable enough to open closet and cupboard doors, which is what you want to have happen. Allowing buyers to look through your cupboards, drawers and closets is a good sign they are interested in buying the home. They are mentally moving in and checking out whether or (3 comments)
Your SECOND chance to make a first impression! - 03/01/08 04:20 PM
I think it's time to drop an old cliche in today's real estate industry: "You only have one chance to make a first impression" I believe you have TWO when selling a home. The first of first impressions happen when you put your house on the market before considering today's market expectations. The second chance happens when a professional home stager is called in to let you know what the new expectations are and get your home ready for both new photos to put on the Internet and a wider spectrum of potential home buyers.There are so many stories across the continent being shared on (4 comments)
Your first impression is NOT curb appeal! - 03/01/08 02:16 PM
I know I am not the only one to make this connection but do feel it needs to be screamed from the rooftops for all to be made aware of: YOUR PHOTOS ARE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION! I agree that curb appeal is an important impression you don't want to neglect but if you don't get people interested enough to drive by then it doesn't matter that you've freshened up the paint or mowed the lawn. If you haven't heard yet, close to 90%of people interested in selling or buying properties look to the Internet before calling a real estate agent! That means your photos (12 comments)
As a Certified Professional Home Stager, Tina will combine proven home staging techniques with
20 years experience in design and target marketing strategies, using insight into the minds of potential buyers to produce an effective design approach.
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