plano: Collin College Plano, TX offers Home Staging CE Course Feb 15-22, 2014 - 01/01/14 01:04 AM

COLLIN COLLEGE, Plano, TX is once again offering an 8 hour Home Staging CE course. One course selection time offered this Winter/Spring 2014 Semester!
February 15th and 22nd, 2014 Two Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM Courtyard Campus Plano, TX Please Note:  The February class is the only course offering for the winter/spring term2014. Next course offering will be in the Fall of 2014.
This fun, practical and highly informative Home Staging class is designed for the home seller, Realtor or ANYONE who would like to know more about marketing and preparing a home for resale using home staging.
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plano: Unique Plano, TX Real Estate Video: Lexington Park at Rice Field - 12/14/12 02:21 AM
This is a unique Plano, TX real estate video for the fabulous newly listed development Lexington Park at Rice Field. This is also a recent model home staging project Home Star Staging had the privilege to work on.
The amazing Realtors at Team Branch RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs have created this video for the Lexington Park at Rice Field Luxury 14 Unit Townhome Community in historic Downtown Plano.
This cutting edge real estate video was shot and produced by Lance Selgo with Unique Exposure Photography and has a lifestyle experiential quality to it that can actually help prospective buyers see the lifestyle of the community.  For me this type of video is … (12 comments)

plano: Yes you can easily mix old with new when staging to sell or dwell - 12/10/12 10:49 AM
Blending styles and materials has never been easier when staging to sell or dwell. Consider your own furniture and decor and if updating is necessary often it only takes one or two elements to help turn something boring into something exciting and new. And sometimes it's an old thing that can make it exciting and new!
Here's a simple example of a staging to sell job I recently did that mixes old and new in a newly built property located in the historic section of Plano. I kept in mind color combinations and texture. From the white trim on both the base boards … (20 comments)

plano: Home Selling Seasonally without Santa - 12/10/12 08:28 AM
Are you or a client selling a home this holiday season? Or even if you find yourself selling your home next year during the holiday months, there is  a way to decorate, take MLS photos and have the home show ready that can last beyond the holiday celebrations should the home sale go into the following months.
The trick?
Decorate seasonally not holiday specific!
Whether it's winter, spring, summer or fall all you have to do is set the tone with sights of the season and that does not have to include Santa or the Easter Bunny (at least not where the photos are concerned)

plano: Your company is too hard to find! Scare tactics of SEO salesmen - 07/20/12 12:16 AM
I opened an email this morning to read a letter from yet another company wanting to help me with my SEO ranking. I followed with a response I'll share at the end. 
While I normally just delete these emails the header of the email stated that: "Home Star Staging is too hard to find!".
That intrigued me and I went to read what the email had to say just out of curiosity.
Here's what they had to say (I've highlighted some key phrases in bold italic. A * notes the tone and the scare tactics used): 
Dear Business Owner:
I searched on the term -real estate agent plano TX … (21 comments)

plano: Plano Home Staging Follow Up - Richardson, TX home on market 5 months, no offers prior to staging, under contract 21 days after staging at 98% of original list price - 03/15/10 12:36 PM
This is a follow up to a blog I posted last month on a home in Richardson,TX that had been on the market for 5 months with no offers. 
Home Star Staging was contracted to stage the vacant property as well as recommend minor updating. All work was complete on February 15th, 2010.
I am happy to report that the home was re listed February 19th, 2010 and went under contract March 12, 2010 (21 days) for just shy of 99% of original full list price.  According to the seller's representative, the home has had multiple showings, great feed back and … (19 comments)

plano: Plano Home Stager to stage home that's been on market for 5 months - 02/02/10 07:42 AM
Yesterday I met with a new client I'll be staging a home for in Richardson, TX.
It is a vacant property that has been on the market for 5 months and they need to sell!  The owner is out of the country and has court appointed a family member to take care of the details and sale of the home and at this point they are willing to do whatever it takes to get this listing sold.
They have currently taken the home off market as an "inactive listing" to re list later this month.
Over the December cold snap here in North Texas, … (22 comments)

plano: Collin College offers Home Staging CE Course starting Feb. 8th -17th, 2010 - 01/19/10 12:59 AM
COLLIN COLLEGE, Plano,TX is once again offering a Home Staging CE class starting February 8th 2010. This is the only session being offered for the Winter/Spring Term 2010. Next course offering will be in Fall 2010.
This practical and informative Home Staging course is designed for the home seller or professional real estate agent who would like to know more about marketing and preparing a home for resale.
Learn from a professional home stager the benefits of home staging and how staging a home can help you achieve a faster sales time and top dollar.
Please note:This home staging course is not designed … (10 comments)

plano: Plano East Theatre presents - EAT (It's not about food) - October 8th, 9th, 10th - 09/22/09 12:31 PM
Plano East Senior High Theatre proudly presents, EAT (It's not about food) (EAT) as the first show of the fall season.  Written by local playwright in residence at the Dallas Children's Theater Linda Daugherty, EAT first debuted at the Dallas Children's Theater in the spring of 2008. 
In a highly relevant, informational and at times, lighthearted drama, EAT uncovers the dangerous and baffling world of eating disorders affecting boys and girls, men and women. Eat explores the causes and warning signals and takes a hard look at the role society, media and pressure for perfection play in the spread of this disease. Woven together in a series of individual stories … (0 comments)

plano: Selling a Home? House get ready for your date. - 07/29/09 06:22 AM
Selling a home?

Then staging your home is like getting ready for a big date.

Only it's your house that has to impress its potential mate.
For expert advice on preparing a home for sale contact Home Star Staging, a Plano,TX based Real Estate Staging and Consulting company. Home Star Staging is here for you North Texas! 


plano: Collin College Home Staging CE Course - September 16th - 28th 2009 Register now - 07/28/09 03:17 AM
COLLIN COLLEGE, Plano,TX  IS OFFERING A HOME STAGING COURSE STARTING SEPTEMBER 16th 2009. This is the only session being offered for the Fall Term 2009. Next course offering will be in Spring 2010.
This Home Staging CE course is designed for the home seller or professional real estate agent to prepare a home for resale. Learn from a professional home stager the benefits of home staging and how staging a home can help you achieve a faster sales time and top dollar.
Please note:This course is not designed for those interested in starting a home staging business.
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plano: 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)

plano: 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)

plano: 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)

plano: 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)

plano: Plano East Fine Arts Presents - FOOTLOOSE! Nov. 20th , 21st & 22nd - 11/21/08 12:03 AM
I'm a little late in posting this but after seeing the show last night I wanted to make sure that you had the opportunity to hear about the Plano East Fine Arts musical production of the 1980's hit FOOTLOOSE presented November 20th - 22nd, 2008 at 7:30 PM at Plano East Theatre. 
Footloose is a high spirited, high energy musical based on the hit 1984 movie, starring Kevin Bacon. It's the story of a big city boy who moves to a small town and shakes up the status quo with his unconventional, rebellious attitude. Music includes; "Holding Out for a Hero", "Almost … (7 comments)

plano: North TX Active Rain Get-Together! December 4th, Kelly's Eastside Downtown Plano - 10/23/08 11:44 AM
Hey all you North Texas Active Rainers, Lorrie Semler and I have been at it again and thought we'd get another Active Rain Networking event on the calendar before the end of 2008. I know it's early but those holiday schedules sure fill up fast. It's on a Thursday, not a big night for holiday parties we imagine - so just stop by!
Come see some of your friends & fellow North Texas Rainers or meet some new ones. We had a great time at the last meet up!
This time we're going to meet atKelly's Eastside on the heated patio in Downtown Plano.

plano: 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)

plano: Plano Police Crime Prevention Unit Hosting Citizen Classes in October - 10/14/08 10:23 AM
Just got this in my inbox from my Neighborhood Crimewatch Coordinator, in Plano, TX. If you are interested in taking any citizen crime prevention classes, October is the month to do it! Unfortunately the first class is tonight but there are 2 more scheduled this month. Below is the information I received.
 Dear Plano Citizen:
 The Plano Police Department Crime Prevention Unit is hosting several classes which you may be interested in attending.  This letter is being mailed to many citizens, including people who may be victims of burglary, stalker victims, harassment victims, people with divorce complications, family violence situations, victims … (0 comments)

plano: 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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