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This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
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Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
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Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
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Staging a home is all about showing just how much space a home offers to anyone who is interested in buying it. Stagers try to make a home look larger and as neutral as possible so that a potential buyer can visualize how it can be decorated in the available space at hand. A good stager can emphasize any space whether it is large or small. A stager will bring rooms down to the basics de-emphasizing that warm and fuzzy feeling by removing any and all "clutter" to create a neat, clean space. Staging is the trend in today's real estate market, because buyers don't want to see what someone else has done. They want to image what they can do.
Staging sets a property in a class of its own, and makes the property stand out. Most in the real estate business feel that a staged home will sell faster and bring in a higher selling price. It offers more potential and draws in more potential buyers. As a matter of fact, statistics have shown that homes that are staged are on the market on the average for eleven days, while an unstaged home averages about 22 days.
Staging doesn't come without a price. A homeowner will usually be given an option of a bid or a consultation. A consultation will work with a seller who wants to do the work him or herself. This option costs less than a bid, which has the stager doing or contracting the work. And, when it comes to who pays the bill, it is most often the property owner. Bids can go for as little as $500 (beware - to low) to as high as $5,000 (make sure the stager is phenomenal). A bid somewhere in the middle is usually a safe bet.
To choose a stager, ask around. Someone you know has probably hired one. When you are ready to interview, ask the stager to bring albums of his or her work or ask to see a website. Also ask if he or she is listed as an Accredited Staging Professional or a member of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals. Not all are, but these organizations maintain a code of ethics and different levels of accreditation, and any good stager should be a member. Make sure your personality is in tune with the stager's temperament. You'll be working closing for a while and you don't need to argue about what you think is right but the stager has other ideas. A great relationship will benefit both parties.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.