abilene texas: ABILENE HOME STAGED AND SOLD FULL PRICE IN 4 DAYS! - 05/02/14 03:06 PM
HOME SALES are blooming in ABILENE TEXAS!  
This lovely Parkside home complete with blooming roses was
 STAGED AND SOLD at FULL PRICE in 4 days!
 

ROSE BUSHES line the front walk leading to the front door of this home.
 
 
This is the before staging  and then after staging of the Master Bedroom.
 
EMPTY BEFORE 
 
 
 
 
AFTER HOME STAGING MASTER BEDROOM

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abilene texas: STAGED AND SOLD with a TOUCH of TEXAS STAGING & DECOR - 09/20/13 02:16 PM
THIS TEXAS HOME SOLD IN THREE  DAYS WITH A TOUCH OF TEXAS STAGING & DECOR.  HOME WAS PREVIOUSLY RENTED AND THEN VACATED AND THEN STAGED FOR SALE.   

 
 
                                                                          
 
 

 
MASTER BEDROOM VACANT PRIOR TO STAGING
 
 
 
 
AND NOW AFTER STAGING SAME ROOM MASTER BEDROOM
 

 
 
ANOTHER VIEW OF MASTER BEDROOM AFTER STAGING. 
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abilene texas: Full Moon Tonight! - 03/26/13 02:20 PM

FULL MOON TONIGHT COMPETING FOR ATTENTION FROM THE STREETLIGHTS OF ABILENE TEXAS 
 
You never know what will happen on a night with a full moon.  
 
When I was little, I would look for the "man" in the moon.  Tonight, the "man" in the moon seems to be missing.  The dagger shape descending from the moon is the workings of my camera.  Interesting how a view through a camera shot can be so different than what the eye sees .    
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abilene texas: When You Want A Sold Sign, STAGE IT! - 02/27/13 02:42 PM
When you want a SOLD sign, STAGE IT! What is home staging? First of all, home staging is NOT decorating. Decorating is personal. Decorating is all about personal taste, Here in Texas, many homeowners have the heads of dead animals attached to the walls and proud of it! A dead animal head on the wall is decorating but is never STAGING. Second, home staging is not leftover furniture that the homeowner does not want to move. Staging is not about furniture. Staging is about creating an appealing room and space to create emotional impact. Old outdated furniture in a room is … (6 comments)

abilene texas: Cruciferous Vegetables are GOOD 4 YOU! - 11/10/12 02:22 PM
CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES ARE GOOD 4 YOU!  IN ANOTHER  BLOG I WROTE ABOUT THE ABC'S OF NUTRITION
 
THE A WAS FOR APPLE!  Folk wisdom that an apple a day will keep the doctor away may have some merit!
 
THE B WAS FOR BERRIES!  Berries are nutrient dense and very low in calories.
 
THE C WAS FOR YOU GUESSED IT  - CRUCIFEROUS!
 
WHAT IS A CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLE???
 
IF I said cabbage, then you know.  The best thing I can say about cabbage is that it is cheap.  But hey, if you tell me that eating a large … (2 comments)

abilene texas: Christian Women's Connection Luncheon - 11/08/12 02:11 PM
Today I attended The Christian Women's Connection Luncheon which  meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Abilene Country Club. 
 
The featured program speaker was Paula Abbott, who is the associate Paster of a Cowboy Church just east of Dallas.  Paula Abbott was born and raised in West Texas and is from Amarillo, Texas. 
Paula Abbott is a dynamic, inspirational  speaker and her message proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ is powerful, full of energy and transforming.
 
Paula travels thoughout the United States bringing a message of hope to the hurting.  She shares her life journey about … (1 comments)

abilene texas: Staging is NOT Decorating. Staging is SELLING Houses! - 11/06/12 12:50 PM
A person asked me if I do holiday staging?  
 
 

I know this is a simple question,  but I think it deserves a little explanation that Staging is NOT Decorating.  Decorating is personal.  Some people already  have Christmas lights up.  I saw my neighbors house down the street lit up with Christmas lights just now.  I don't know if  they are just testing the lights or the Christmas Decorating frenzy has begun in earnest.
Barb Schwarz, the creator of the home staging concept and the website www.stagedhomes.com  states that living in your house is not the same as staging your … (2 comments)

abilene texas: The ABC's of Good Nutrition - 08/29/12 11:24 AM
You have probably heard the saying that ... "An apple a day will keep the doctor away" 
 What if it were true?   Could it be that simple?  How hard is it to eat an apple a day?
The Abilene Reporter News reported that the new school lunch guidelines now require a fruit OR a vegetable on the school lunch tray.  I was amazed at this-- ONLY ONE!  When did we lose the one fruit and vegetable?   I never knew the fruit and vegetable were missing!
Studies of the American people show we don't come even close to eating the recommended minimum  "5 … (2 comments)

abilene texas: WHY SHOULD I GET A STAGING CONSULTATION? - 02/01/12 04:02 PM

WHY SHOULD I GET A STAGING CONSULTATION?
 
When you are ready to sell your home there are many steps to take to get readybefore the sign can go in the yard.  Now, you may be thinking where to start?
Do I really need to stage or not? 
Should I paint the kid's bedroom?   Do I need to replace the carpet? 
Should I take the pool table out of the dining room?
 
These are all good questions and a home staging consultation can answer these questions and more.
What exactly is home staging?  After all you may think, my … (4 comments)

abilene texas: Another Buffalo Photo Op in Abilene, TX - 09/03/11 01:25 PM
Abilene's Buffalo Statute in front of FRONTIER TX. FRONTIER TX is located near the intersection of N 1st and Treadaway.   If you haven't been inside, it is a must see, the closet thing to "Disneyland" in Abilene.
IT IS A MUSEUM ABOUT THE HISTORY OF WEST TEXAS AND HAS A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY.  tHERE IS A SHOW THAT DISPLAYS IN THE ROUND WHERE THE CHARACTERS LOOK LIFELIKE "A LA DISNEYLAND"
There is a stagecoach inside that makes a good photo stop as well, but that will be another blog!
The Farmers Market is across the street from Frontier, TX as … (0 comments)

abilene texas: Abilene's Photo Op with a Buffalo! - 09/01/11 04:31 PM
Oh for a home where the Buffalo Roam ....
 
This Abilene, Texas  buffalo  is a very tame one  complete with steps on
its behind, don't quite know how to say that, but the steps really are behind the buffalo. 
This is a great fun photo opportunity that is kid friendly.  The kids will enjoy getting in the saddle of this buffalo. 


 
Here's the buffalo on the east corner of N1st and Grape just waiting for you to climb in the saddle.



 
 
 



I'm not kidding. There's a real saddle … (2 comments)

abilene texas: Buyer's are still looking for a place that feels like home! - 07/29/11 01:22 PM
 
"THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME"-
I even have a door mat that says that!   Isn't that what we all want to do at the end of a hot summer day is to collapse in the cooling comfort of a place that feels like home?
This summer heat is trying it's best to melt me and my car and my cat, too. However, my most recent buyer clients are  MOTIVATED.  They wanted to look at houses NO MATTER WHAT.  There's someting especially motivating about a looming apartment lease end date.!
 
One would think that sellers would be accommodating and leave the air conditioning on, but … (3 comments)

abilene texas: SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! GET A STAGING CONSULTATION NOW! - 02/03/11 12:02 PM

SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!!   NOW WHAT CAN A STAGING CONSULTATION DO FOR YOU?
 
With all  the bad snow and ice around the country even here in Abilene, Texas, spring may seem like a distant memory, but in six short weeks it will be SPRINGTIME!
 Now  what can a staging consultation do for you???
 
1. Give YOU  a plan to follow to get your house ready to put on the market.
2. Create a step-by-step CHECKLIST for each room.
3.  Make  a LIST OF FURNITURE to remove or put into storage to make your your house look … (2 comments)

abilene texas: Before and After Bedroom - 09/15/10 01:42 AM
Staging the bedroom is really all about the bed as the bed is the obvious focal point. 
Think hotel room look when  you stage a bedroom.   When your house is on the market you are now in the hospitality and guest industry. Most persons would be aghast if one entered their hotel suite and somebody's else's family picutres and half squeezed toothpaste, and a wet towel  hanging on a hook were still inside  the hotel suite.
Clean It, Clear It, Make it Beautiful.  Add extra guest comfort, warmth, panache.   
"STAGE IT" IS THE HOME STAGING PART OF MY REAL … (5 comments)

abilene texas: Abilene's Staged Homes Are Hot! - 09/13/10 05:08 PM
HERE IS MY LATEST STAGED LISTING - 202 MISS ELLIE LANE, ABILENE TX.
This home has a very pretty kitchen with double windows flanking a corner sink, granite counter tops, and nostagic tin backsplash. 
 
Here is the oversized laundry room with fire engine red washer and dryer!
 

 
Spa Like  Tub in Master Bath!
 

 
Master Bedroom -
 
 
Great Looking Fireplace and Big Living Room.
 
 
TO SEE ALL OF ABILENE'S STAGED HOMES, GO TO WWW.STAGEDHOMES.COM AND TYPE IN "ABILENE" 
 
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abilene texas: Keeping your staging cool in the summertime heat! - 06/11/10 09:51 AM
Tips for keeping the staging cool.
This is one of my very rental properties in Abilene, TX.
 
1)  Make sure the front door is clean and not dusty.
2.  If there is a mailbox and porch light, clean them off too!
3.  Place a fresh welcome mat in front of the front door.
4.  If there is a front porch/courtyard, place a small bistro table and chair
with a small green plant on it.   Water daily when in West Texas!
5.  Trim any errant branches on bushes or shrubs or trees hiding the front of the house.
6.  Check for … (6 comments)

abilene texas: Rose Park Photos - Abilene, Texas! - 06/04/10 02:33 AM

 
 
This is the sign at the S. 7th entrance to Rose Park.  The park has something for everybody,  walking, children's playground, skate park for older children, tennis courts, and adjacent to a public swimming pool.
 

The playground!

 
Along Barrow Street and Rose Park.
 
 
 
 
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abilene texas: Put the Parti O in the Pati O - 05/27/10 06:33 PM
This Memorial Day Weekends has most people thinking what to put on the outdoor grill for the cookout with friends and family.  One of Abilene's luxury homes for sale has outdoor porches  galore. 

Here is the front of the house:
 

In the back of the house, there is the  sweeping expanse of the back covered porch/patio and then there is a huge patio from the French doors of the Master bedroom.

  
Patio of 7850 Saddlecreek
 

Here is the patio off the Master Bedroom.

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abilene texas: WHATEVER IT TAKES! STAGE IT! - 05/25/10 01:46 AM
HOME STAGING IS NOT JUST FOR THE HIGH END LUXURY MARKET. EVERY HOME CAN BE STAGED!  
Staging is not decorating.  Staging is marketing one's home like a product, in the same way that when you market your car for sale, you wash it, wax it, detail it, even if the car has never been detailed before when you decide to sell it.  One would never think of advertising their automobile in the newspaper, "AS IS" ... with all the tossed floorboard gumwrappers included!
When preparing your home for the market, Barb Schwarz, the Creator of the home staging industry in the US. recommends that sellers walk across … (4 comments)

abilene texas: WHEN STAGING A HOME FOR SALE, GO GREEN! - 03/30/10 02:23 AM
When STAGING A HOME FOR SALE,   FRESH GREENERY, FRESH FLOWERS,and  FRESH FRUIT ADD a sense of LIFE AND NEWNESS AND COLOR  TO THE HOME.  For the home seller, there is no faster OR less expensive way to add the touch of luxury. 
The training from the Barb Schwarz organization at www.stagedhomes.com suggests to look to the outdoors, to what can be brought indoors to add fresh, to add green, to add life and  to "bring the outdoors in."
In the dead of winter, it  can be that greenery may be scarce; however not so in Spring. In Abilene the redbud trees are blooming all up and down Sayles Boulevard, the oldest street in Abilene. The … (7 comments)

 
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Abilene's Staging Realtor

Abilene, TX

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Carlson Properties 325-721-2429

Address: 1718 N 3rd St., Abilene, TX , 79603

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My Blog is about my real estate career of buying, selling, leasing, managing properties, and home staging. I can help anyone in Abilene, Texas to buy or sell or manage properties or stage properties. My passion is staging because it is the premier marketing strategy to get to "SOLD" in the shortest amount of time. Staging a home leads to more showings which leads to more offers. Staging is part of my marketing plan for selling and leasing. I stage for other Realtors and homeowners. I stage both vacant and occupied properties. I do model homes and model apts. Big or small, I stage them all.


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