tx: 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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tx: Home Staging CE Course Plano, TX offered by Collin College 2013 - 01/10/13 09:34 AM
COLLIN COLLEGE, Plano,TX is once again offering an 8 hour Home Staging CE course. Two course selection times offered this Spring 2013 Semester!
January 15 - January 24, 2013, Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the Courtyard Campus in Plano,TX  February 9 - February 16, 2013 Two Saturdays 9 AM - 1 PM at the Courtyard Campus in Plano, TX Please Note:  February is the last session being offered for the Spring 2013. Next course offering will be in the Fall of 2013.
This fun, practical and highly informative Home Staging class is designed for the home … (8 comments)

tx: 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)

tx: 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)

tx: 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)

tx: What is Home Staging? My first ever promo video for Home Star Staging - 10/22/12 03:23 AM
Video may have killed the radio star but fortunately for me I'm not a radio star & video is helping businesses like mine optimize search engines to find out more about home staging (or whatever your business may be) and individual businesses as well.
This is my first promotional video for my company Home Star Staging. It was produced by Lance Selgo with Unique Exposure Photography, my professional real estate photography company of choice here in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex. Lance is not only a fabulous Dallas real estate photographer he is also a dedicated RESA Dallas Chapter member and affiliate! The combined services of home staging and professional photography are … (15 comments)

tx: Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! - 12/24/11 10:15 AM
From my home to yours, I would like to extend my wish to you and your families to have a very
Merry Christmas!
I am grateful for each and every connection here on Active Rain and allowing me to open your "presence" each time we comment and connect on each other's blogs. 
Merry Christmas from Plano, TX!


tx: Through the eyes of a home stager; a property transformation, no furniture rental required - 10/12/11 01:51 PM
Today's client had completed some of the staging recommendations we had discussed during our 2 hour home staging consultation on Monday. In fact when he called to confirm further home staging services for his Mckinney, TX home with Home Star Staging he asked if I could reduce the rate based on the amount of work he did. From what he told me, I was able to estimate an hour less of time to complete our portion of it. I was very happy that he felt motivated and empowered to do some of the work prior to our staging appointment and he, as many home … (73 comments)

tx: SAR Home Staging Business Training in Texas where East Coast meets West Coast - 12/10/10 12:59 PM
East Coast meets West Coast in a SAR Home Staging Business Training exclusive class that I'll be teaching in January 2011 in Dallas,Texas!
The first Dallas,TX 3-Day SAR Home Staging Business Training class starts Tuesday, January 11- 13th, 2011 and I not only have the honor and privilege of hosting Melissa Marro, founder of SAR and owner of First Impressions Home Staging & Interior Redesign from South Carolina but also Annie Pinsker Brown, owner of Stage to Sell in California as she "trains" to teach the SAR course in CA.
While it will be the first course offering for the 3-Day SAR Home Staging Training class in Dallas,TX, I have … (10 comments)

tx: RESA-Dallas Chapter Holiday Open House December 13th, 4-7PM Sanctuary Sanctorum - 12/06/10 03:05 AM
Greetings North Texas Active Rain Members,
The RESA-Dallas Chapter cordially invites all of you to attend our FREE Holiday Open House at on December 13th, 2010 from 4 PM - 7 PM at the lovely Dallas, TX store Sanctuary Sanctorum.  Regardless if you are a member of RESA Dallas a guest or a friend, we want you to come!
A portion of the sales proceeds that evening will benefit an organization of our choice.  We recently hosted the gals with www.dwellwithdignity.org at our last meeting and will be working with them in 2011 as our community service project of choice.
Here … (4 comments)

tx: Plano Holiday Home Tour 2010 - 11/21/10 02:48 AM
There is still time today to make it to the Plano Holiday Home Tour 2010.  The tour runs until 5 PM today and tickets may be purchased at any of the homes.
I had the pleasure of attending with my sweet friend Carla yesterday and we got to peek inside some of the charming and historic homes in downtown Plano.  Although I could not take photos of the interiors of the homes, exterior photography was allowed.  If you are looking for a nice afternoon activity, enjoy history and supporting a good cause, you'll definitely want to get in the holiday spirit … (9 comments)

tx: Brook Furniture Rental Dallas Showroom Clearance Sale June 26,2010 - 05/25/10 05:07 PM
Need staging inventory or funiture for your current or "for sale" home?  Check out this sale at Brook Furniture Rental's Dallas Showroom.  The sale doesn't happen often and they have lots to choose from!


tx: HGTV Show "My First Sale" is looking for Dallas,TX area 1st time home sellers! - 05/25/10 04:00 PM
I received an email tonight from an Associate Producer with HGTV regarding candidates for their show, "My First Sale".  As a special incentive, Home Star Staging would be willing to provide your potential home seller a free home staging consultation should they be chosen to particpate in the show.   Please call me to schedule should you wish to offer this to your client. Below is the press release:
Then HGTV is looking for you!
MY FIRST SALE, the popular primetime HGTV show, is looking for first-time home sellers (and their real estate agents!) in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Washington … (8 comments)

tx: Why join a local RESA Chapter? - 05/22/10 10:41 AM
As the 2009-10 Charter President of the RESA-Dallas Chapter I am thrilled to be involved with a local association of professional home stagers who value professionalism, ethics, accountability, education and what they do as home staging professionals locally in the Dallas area. We officially started our chapter in September of 2009 after almost 2 years of Stage it Forward Round tables, casual get togethers and then active recruitment. So don't be discouraged if there is not a RESA chapter locally yet in your area.  YOU can do it!
As a national member of RESA & a RESA-Pro I am also equally thrilled to be in the … (12 comments)

tx: Selling a home? Beware of strangers who may want what you're not selling. - 05/13/10 02:40 AM
The recent North Texas local news report about the crook who is posing as a home buyer but has stolen 10's of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from local home sellers has prompted me to revisit a subject I wrote about a while back on this very issue.  This subject is unfortunately never going to go away and I believe we all need to be much more aware of our surroundings when selling a home in today's real estate market.
Whether it's out of financial desperation, addiction or plain old greed and thievery, there are unfortunately many out there who look at homes … (27 comments)

tx: RE/MAX Four Corners Hosting FREE Home Staging Class for Realtors April 8th 2 - 4 PM - 03/31/10 02:51 AM
On Thursday, April 8th from 2 to 4 PM RE/MAX Four Corners is hosting a free Home Staging Class for Realtors.
I'm personally excited to share this as this class will be taught by me! More information below.
This class is open to any Realtor interested in learning more about home staging for marketing their listings. 
What: Home Staging for Realtors When: Thursday April 8th 2 - 4 PM Where: RE/MAX Four Corners | 8930 State Hwy 121 Ste 525, McKinney, TX | (972) 396-9100  Class size will be limited to 20. Please call 972-396-9100 to reserve your spot More details below:
Home … (1 comments)

tx: Why selling a home yourself is NOT a good idea. - 03/28/10 10:04 AM
First let me say, I am not a Realtor.
However, as a Plano Home Staging Professional, my business involves selling real estate.  And even though I am not a Realtor nor selling my home one thing I do know is that selling a home yourself is not a good idea!
Let me explain.
Today I took the time to visit 2 North Texas open houses.  One I was invited to as a professional home stager to provide some feedback on, the other I stopped in on my way home, just because I wanted to.
The first open house was a gorgeous home in … (69 comments)

tx: 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)

tx: Plano Home Stager shares RainCamp Dallas Nugget No. 2 - What Can You Blog About? - 02/22/10 03:25 AM
Whether you're new to the blogging scene or a seasoned vet, there will always come a time when you ask yourself the question: "What can I blog about?"
RainCamp Dallas shared with us the following great tips on that very question.
Here is another nugget for your blogging treasure chest:
What can you blog about
Blog for business, share what makes you special and unique but don't just sell yourself constantly Share your knowledge of the home buying and selling process - this is an endless source of material that you can share in your writing style and your own personal voice. Our own … (14 comments)

tx: 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)

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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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