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Realtor Board Is A Great Way To Market - 01/21/11 05:38 PM
I've been a member of LIBOR for just about a year now and while annual dues are a bit expensive its a great way to mix and mingle with your potential clients. As a home stager I find it's important to focus my marketing efforts towards Realtors, they are repeat clients and really it's a win win for all parties involved. I know many of my colleagues are resistant to try and get business from Realtors or they just give up too soon! If your going to become an affaliate membor of an association like the Long Island Board of Realtors, you need (5 comments)
Finding the Right Fabric to Make it Fabulous! An upholstery and fabric field guide... - 01/21/11 03:54 PM
When redesigning or staging a home adding tons of different fabrics is an easy way to add richness to a space. Check out Kimo's blog to get some tips on what type of fabric you like to use. Via Kimo Stowell - Real Estate Merchandiser (JDS Consulting: Hawaii Home Staging and Decor Design): When merchandising a property for sale, especially high end residences, fabric can play a very important role in establishing a sense of opulence and grandeur; allowing buyers to picture themselves at home in your Real Estate for sale. The tactile and visual elements of upholstery found in sofas, chairs, wall coverings, (0 comments)
Light Your Way to SOLD - 01/18/11 10:39 PM
Lighting is so important as Janice mentions in her blog below. I recently staged a home that had half of their vanity bulbs in the bathroom out. It was an easy fix to shed some light in that room, but definately take a que from Janice blog to learn how to light other spaces around your home. Via Janice Ankrett ASP (Janice Ankrett Home Staging): We are all influenced by the amount of light in a room, especially on a dreary day. We feel so much better with lots of natural light flooding in. Don't ignore the lighting in your house when you (1 comments)
Driving with Style to Washington, DC! - 01/18/11 10:34 PM
I came across this post, which looks all too familiar! This is what home stagers sacrifice their vehicles time and time again as we deliver and pick up staging belongings. Mannie is lucky she has an SUV, but I have a Mazda 3 and am thinking about investing in another vehicle. I had the thought of upgrading to a Mazda CX9, but I'm wondering if buying a van would be worth it? Do any of you use a "work van" to travel back and forth to clients. I was also thinking about wrapping my car with my logo and other information, (0 comments)
I stumbled upon the biggest real estate book ever written and I'm able to share it with you for free.
Dan Auito, author of "Be a Real Estate Heavyweight, 95 Experts Show You How," has created this 1500-page encyclopedia for the real estate industry. All you have to do is click on a topic of interest and start learning from a resident expert in that field. Enjoy all your hero's 95 real estate guru's whom you know and love are in here with pure content. Here is (6 comments)
Liven Up A Boring Space - 01/17/11 10:45 PM
The holiday decorations are all put away and if you find yourself looking at the same 4-boring walls day in and day out, saying how can I update my space to get me inspired again, well then these tips will motivate you!
Not every home has those positive features like grand fireplaces, built-in shelves, or great fixtures many come as boxy rooms with no personality. You can easily make them over with do it yourself projects by adding paneling, crown molding or even using pre-made shelving or bookcases to make one wall your organizational center. For a dramatic change cut foam board to size (3 comments)
Out With Old - 01/17/11 10:40 PM
Putting everything in its place can be a daunting task for many. When visiting client's homes during home staging/redesign consultations I usually find their belonging thrown haphazardly around their space, creating a cluttered mess. Decluttering a home is part of the home staging/redesign process, and we can all benefit from taking on a few organizational tasks to make our home and work space feel functional and less-stressed. These are the tips I share with clients to cut clutter and get them on the right track to organizational bliss: When trying to decide on whether an item stays or goes ask yourself: Do I use it? (2 comments)
Home improvement: Handyman or tradesman? - 01/13/11 11:18 PM
As I try and build my preferred vendor list on my website, as well as building a team for home staging projects this year. This is a good start to show the difference between professions. Do you work with a team of people? Who are they and how have you incorporated them into your business? Via Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Premier Realty Group): To keep home improvement costs at a reasonable level, you have decisions to make. Electrical work: A licensed electrician can handle anything related to electricity. They cost about $75 to $100 an hour. You should hire one (1 comments)
Climbing the SEO Ladder with Real Estate Keywords - 01/13/11 11:06 PM
I'm working on building up my websites ranking this year and wanted to share this blog I found, it tells you how you can get a better SEO with exact keywords. Via RealSupport Real Estate Virtual Assistant (RealSupport Inc.): I’m sure by now you have all heard of Google rankings. We are all striving to climb that ladder up to the top of the search engine. It is called building your SEO - Search Engine Optimization. This coveted top spot is not something that Google is trying to hide from you - in fact, they have a special tool just to help (0 comments)
Voicemail Etiquette - 01/13/11 10:11 PM
My answering machine on my business phone stopped working the other day, so I had to buy a new one and that got me thinking about the voicemail message I leave. For the past year, I wasn't exactly truth on the message I directed callers to my website where they could find more information and pricing, but my pricing isn't listed on my website www.stylishstagers.com . I came across this blog and took some pointers before re-voicing my message. If your voicemail doesn't follow these pointers than it's time to hit the delete button and start all over. Via Lorraine or Loretta (3 comments)
Feature This... STAGING TIP No. 26,731 - SMART ART! - 01/10/11 01:30 PM
I'm loving creating my own artwork for spaces, but sometimes it can be hard trying to come up with what to paint. I cam across this blog post from Feature This and using exsiting photos can be a great way to decorate your walls and is a simple solution to having what I like to call "painter's block." Via Michelle Molinari -Feature This Real Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor): Feature This... STAGING TIP No. 26,731 - SMART ART! Making a color statement for the walls doesn't have to include a trip to the art gallery or (2 comments)
Special thank-you tulips for the AR community! As a relative newcomer to Northern California, it's important for me to present my staging business, Leslie Olson Interiors, to Realtors face-to-face. The good news is that Real Estate Staging is the rule more than the exception here, and Marin County Realtors are technology and market savvy. The more challenging news for my business is (0 comments)
Green I can AFFORD!!! - 01/06/11 04:58 PM
With NYC's latest snow and garbage removal crisis, I noticed just how much garbage my street collects in just 2 weeks, my home especially. While we try and recycle, I saw many people in my area who just don't. Cardboard boxes in with food grinds, milk jugs and other canned goods in with a watery substance stuffed in bags, not sorted. Where do these people think this stuff goes? Then I came across this blog from Jennifer Marks and she is right, green living isn't the cheapest thing to afford, but we can all do our part to live a little greener with (1 comments)
2011 Housing Market Outlook via Barbara Corcoran - 01/06/11 04:41 PM
See it's not just home stagers trying to sell you our services, what comes out of most of our mouths are pure facts. When selling your home, presentation which means staging your home is just as important as price and marketing. I can't wait for the day when home staging in the public eye becomes as crucial as getting a home inspection or appraisal. I would take Barbara Corcoran's advice in Kathy's blog and say, if you are selling a home in 2011, Stage It First!
Via Kathy Burke-Sensational Home Staging-Danville (Sensational Home Staging & Design): 2011 Housing Market Outlook with Barbara Corcoran (1 comments)
Cool Calorie Tool - 01/06/11 04:02 PM
Alright, counting calories can drive anyone nuts. Hmm, maybe I want nuts now! I'm one to write what I eat down daily in a food journal but measuring and counting calories just isn't my thing, until I started using this cool tool on my phone. The Calorie Counter is the essential BlackBerry application for people who want to keep track of their food, exercise and weight and be able to sync and access all their information online at FatSecret.com. It's great because you don't have to remember the calories it's in there for you and adds up your total calories everyday along with (2 comments)
Boost Your Success in 2011 by Hitting the Gym! - 01/04/11 11:07 PM
This is an outstanding anology I'd like to share with you originally posted by The Real Support Inc. Team. It's important to be consistent in 2011 and that's what will bring you success in not only in your personal life, but your professional life as well. Via RealSupport Real Estate Virtual Assistant (RealSupport Inc.): The new year gives us all a fresh start and, as well all know, a new found determination to stick with the resolutions we’ve made. Of course with the weeks of holiday festivities and irresistible food, the resolution that climbs to the top is fitness. Now, before you roll (2 comments)
Revamp Your Pillow Inventory for ZERO Dollars!!! - 01/04/11 10:43 PM
I'm excited to say that **reusing** will be a project on my to do list this year! I came across Connie Tebyani's post a few months back and while I thought this way a great idea and easy solution to update your pillow inventory, I didn't quite have the capability of making new pillow cases. So, in the meantime, I was trying to purchase already made pillow cases at IKEA, Target and other places to change up my themes. Which can get costly... Not anymore! I received a sewing machine as a Christmas gift from my mother, so now taking the time and learning to sew, I (0 comments)
Better Than a New Box of Crayons! Sherwin-Williams 2011 Color Forecast - 01/03/11 10:04 PM
Home staging isn't just about using tan & white to lighten and brighten a space. Buyers are onto the old home staging tricks and are looking for something more to entice them to open up their wallets. Now, I'm not saying go out and paint each room a different bold color. But using this Sherwin-Williams 2011 Color Forecast originally posted by Kathy Streib has alot of diversity to choose from. Use these palettes not only on your wallets (in moderation) but add these colors with pillows, throws, artwork and other accessories to attract the buyer's eye. Via Actively Raining Thoughts-Kathy Streib- Stager-South Florida - (2 comments)
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