home: "What if I don't like it?" - 05/15/13 11:28 AM
This content was previously written [and featured] in 2008 but the topic came up in a FB group. I edited the content to reflect my new logo and it's come back up as "new" on the AR blogs...don't know how it happened but the content still holds true today, even 5 years later! Enjoy!
That question, referring to the furniture and decor proposed for use in a vacant property, was posed to me this week by a client who has never worked with a home stager before. Although I've never been asked this question directly before, I could relate. I'm … (62 comments)

home: The Home Staging Advocate - 03/01/09 02:42 AM
A new title to add to the resume.
As defined an advocate means: preach: speak, plead, or argue in favor of a cause, something or an issue
My advocacy in Real Estate?
  Home Staging As my blog details explain:
As a North Texas Home Staging Professional this blog is a collection of information, thoughts, stories and ideas on the home staging profession as I personally experience it. I welcome comments and suggestions and hope I may help the home staging and real estate community in some way by my contributions on my blog. I am passionate about educating the public and real estate … (13 comments)

home: 10 Easy Changes to Improve the Marketablity of your Home - 02/26/09 02:38 AM
Home Sellers if you already haven't, prepare to change.
Especially in the current state of the housing market (& limited numbers actually buying & those that are -are being extremely picky with what they are purchasing) seriously ask yourself this question; 
"Is it really going to hurt too much to make a few changes that can expedite the sale of my house?"
As a North Texas Home Staging Professional I am sometimes faced with clients who feel that;
 their homes  their choices [whether cosmetic or structural] and the way they are living is perfect for them so why change?  Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!
It's time … (18 comments)

home: North Texas Home Staging Consultation $125 - Immediate ROI $1,000 - 02/23/09 11:34 AM
How is that possible? Let me explain. 
Hiring a Professional Home Stager  for an affordable home staging consultation has an excellent return on investment for anyone thinking about selling a home.  
Money is tight for everyone. Home sellers need to know what updates and upgrades will be the best return for their dollars spent. 
As a standard part of Home Star Staging's home staging consulting services (as well as a standard practice for many home staging service providers throughout the country), we help home sellers identify where to target home improvements and updates and what will provide the best return on investment (ROI). 
Home Star Staging recently … (8 comments)

home: Selling Safely - Why Guns don't say "buyer friendly" - 02/06/09 12:36 PM
Being a Professional Home Stager in the Great State of Texas has its share of perks as well as challenges.  Texans are a proud people and guns are a way of life for many. From hunting, recreational shooting to security, guns are generally accepted here as "normal".
Now I bring up this point not to stir controversy or state a position on them rather, I bring it up as a Professional Home Stager who recommends that while in the process of selling a home, sellers should take serious the consideration to remove or at minimum, lock safely and securely any weapons … (20 comments)

home: Selling a Home in North Texas? Need Help? This class may be just for you! - 01/27/09 04:04 AM
Are you selling a home in North Texas in 2009 or thinking about it?
Are you a North Texas Real Estate Professional who wants to learn more about helping your sellers achieve maximum results?
Are you a Real Estate Investor who wants to know how to stage your investment properties?
Then North Texas Home Sellers, Realtors & Investors (or anyone interested in learning more about home staging) it's not too late to enroll in the fun and informative Home Staging CE Course offered by Collin College from February 2nd through February 11th, 2009.
Offered Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM … (5 comments)

home: So you really want to build a business relationship? - 01/19/09 02:11 AM
Over the past month I have been contacted via email and phone by different companies and individuals seeking different things. 
The variety has been great in the contacts and their inquiries. Bottom line, these contacts have essentially wanted to build a business relationship with me and my company, Home Star Staging. 
Here's a sample of some of the types of people & businesses and their inquiries:
Job hunters and home staging apprentices Individuals seeking advice on how to start a home staging business Art gallery looking to partner with home stagers Spec home business wanting to link websites Painting contractor "Get you at the … (43 comments)

home: Home Staging Specials on Energized Seller - 01/18/09 03:49 AM
Energized Seller, the website connecting the dedicated home seller to the dedicated Real Estate Professional has gone live with their Home Staging Specials from some of our very own AR Pros.
There are still opportunities for some areas nationally that haven't been covered yet and if this is something you want to offer in your market by all means check it out and email support@energizedseller.com to add your offer there too.

home: Real men have mohawks - 01/09/09 09:00 AM
Today I did my thrift store roundup to shop for some inventory for my home staging prop library and hit my local Salvation Army, Goodwill and Habitat ReStore.  Some great deals were to be found!
At my Habitat ReStore stop in South Collin County I found a great deal on new plastic storage bins for what else, storing inventory! Problem was, they were in a tight space and stacked about 4 feet high and I only needed 6.
As I was thinking about how to get them one of the staff was walking towards me, a young woman, and I started to tell her the situation … (14 comments)

home: Home Star Staging's success is Collin County, TX merchant's success - 01/04/09 07:39 AM
Yes, it's a no brainer - my company's, Home Star Staging, success supports not only Collin County's economy but every area I do business in and that includes Dallas, parts of Denton and sometimes Tarrant counties as well.
As I go through the always fun task of getting my year end receipts together I was looking at the businesses I frequent for goods and services in my day to day life as a home staging professional in North Texas. These businesses depend on me and you to patronize them in order for them to stay in business too.
And if I'm a viable business I can afford to help … (14 comments)

home: Favorite Staging Transformation 2008 - but not for the reasons you may think - 12/28/08 09:58 AM
My favorite staging transformation of 2008 was the first staging job I scheduled at the beginning of 2008.
It was my favorite for several reasons but perhaps not for the reasons you may think (in terms of the before and after photos). Here are several reasons why it was my favorite:
First staging job to kick off 2008 It was less than 1/4 mile from my house in Plano, TX and 2 miles from my warehouse ;-) The seller found me online which confirmed and validated my blogging and SEO efforts from the prior year (This was a biggie for me. Thanks Active Rain!) … (17 comments)

home: Looking for a few Good Stagers around the country - 12/28/08 07:42 AM
As many of you may already know I'm a big fan of energizedseller.com the website for the dedicated Home Seller and Real Estate Professional.
If you haven't checked out the site yet or joined, by all means, what are you waiting for? This is a FREE site connecting home sellers to RE Pros around the country with many great features being added daily and exposure nationally with supporters like the Dave Ramsey Show
I was recently contacted by energizedseller to see if I'd be interested in a cross promotional type offer where my company, Home Star Staging would offer a discount through their site to visitors to the site … (9 comments)

home: Sellers, do you know why the first showing of your home may NOT be in your house? - 12/22/08 05:28 AM
When estimates in excess of 86% of buyers are shopping ONLINE on the internet for everything from CD's to furniture then consider that the first showing of your home will more than likely take place online, not in your actual house.
For more on this subject check out my blog at  
Where you'll find FREE ADVICE from Real Estate Professionals all over the country, from Realtors to home staging professionals, www.energizedseller.com is leading the way to connect home sellers to the information they need in order to sell a home in today's real estate market.
Karen Otto is professional home stager and … (4 comments)

home: How one home stager reaches 200,000 (or more) Collin County, TX Residents - FREE - 12/22/08 04:20 AM
I teach, therefore I reach.
It's that simple.
When my instructor packet arrived recently with the newly printed Winter-Spring 2009 Collin College Schedule of Continuing Education booklet inside, it dawned on me again. I am reaching well over 200,000 residents of Collin County Texas who are receiving their booklets with my Home Staging course in it, for free.  The college sends this professionally printed course schedule out 3 times a year to all Collin County residents. How's that for marketing and it doesn't cost me a thing?
Then I see it on page 8 this time, that's right, my very own home staging course … (35 comments)

home: DFW Stage It Forward Roundtable a big success! - 11/21/08 06:21 PM
On Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 I had the privilege once again of leading the discussion topics for our 2nd Dallas, Ft. Worth, TX Stage It Forward Stager's Roundtable at the CORT Furniture Rental Conference Center in Irving, TX. 
Kathy LaMarr, Home Staging Support Services Representative(yes she has a new title just for the home staging segment of the company!) was again a most generous and gracious event sponsor who not only provided the venue for free but complimentary coffee, sodas and snacks to get us started that morning.  CORT also provided a really cool vase for our stager's inventory … (16 comments)

home: Home Stager survives Middle School Career Day, Plano, TX - 11/21/08 01:42 AM
My fears were alleviated and I can still show my face around Plano,TX. 
I survived middle school - AGAIN!
I also believe I did not totally embarrass my 8th grader when I showed up on November 13th, 2008 for Career Day at Carpenter Middle School in Plano,TX.
For a bit of reference you can visit the original blog post I wrote, Stage "my space", calling on my colleagues for HELP! when I first discovered I was signed on for the gig. It was a bit overwhelming to say the least initially.
After mulling over many ideas (Thank YOU everyone who shared with … (17 comments)

home: Thank you BPW Richardson, TX! - Home Staging Featured at Monthly Meeting - 11/11/08 02:20 PM
Tonight I had the honor and pleasure of sharing the benefits of home staging with the Business and Professional Women's (BPW) Club of Richardson, TX.  It was a wonderful evening spent in the company of business women in my local community who graciously invited me to share with them what I do as a home staging professional.
I had been contacted over a month ago by a BPW member, Saundra Honea, who had read the home staging article from the September 2008 Dallas Morning News, How to Stage your Home to Sell Fast, in which I was interviewed, and thought it would be an interesting … (14 comments)

home: Home Staging Consultation January 26th 2008 - Home sold on day ONE 7 months later - 10/16/08 09:00 AM
Confused?  Let me explain.
This past January I provided a home staging consultation for a Plano, TX couple who knew they were going to be listing their home sometime this year.
Being very proactive sellers with a very savvy Realtor, they contacted Home Star Staging, to provide them with a home staging consultation to assist them in their preparations. I say they were "pro active sellers" because they knew it would take time to do what they needed in order to prepare their home for sale as well as find a home to purchase.
Home Sellers - TIME is your friend when … (17 comments)

home: Dallas/Ft. Worth November 18th SIF Roundtable RSVP Link - 10/16/08 02:46 AM
Greetings Home Stagers and Interested Parties, I know many of you have already received information regarding theDallas Ft. Worth Texas November 18th Staging Roundtablebut I've been asked to have any participants who would like to attend to RSVP via the RESA event calendar. You do not need to be a RESA member to do so. This will help me keep track of who has RSVP'd as well as if you will not be able to attend as the event draws closer. Also, RESA will send updates and information directly to you which will facilitate a faster flow of information. Below is the information regarding … (6 comments)

home: Don't be fooled - I may be a Home Stager but my business is Real Estate - 10/03/08 07:16 AM
This is something I've known for a long time and if you think that as a professional home stager that you are only in the "home staging business" then you are not in the business of real estate.
A good analogy for this is to think back when trains were the main form of transportation (before my day folks but I remember history lessons).
When airplanes came on the scene the big wigs at the Rail Road industries stated something to the effect of," They'll never fly! People and cargo travel by RAIL not air!"
Well as we all know, … (36 comments)

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Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Plano, TX

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As a North Texas Home Staging Professional this blog is a collection of information, thoughts, stories and ideas on the home staging profession as I personally experience it. I welcome comments and suggestions and hope I may help the home staging and real estate community in some way by my contributions on my blog. I am passionate about educating the public and real estate community on the benefits of home staging. Home Star Staging - Solutions for home selling challenges on Facebook View my page on Real Estate World By TwitterButtons.com




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