texas: SOLD IS EASY TO UNDERSTAND! - 06/17/14 09:22 AM

 
 
 
Today, I sat through another class on social media.  I am beginning to think we are obsessed with media.  
Yes, of course I am missing out on three zillion potential contacts but let's face it,  does quantity trump quality?
Would you rather have ten tedious texts or a short & sweet message:  "love u." 
We have probably  all run in to someone in our path who talks nonstop but doesn't ever really say anything.
Then there is information overload.  The class I sat in today at the Realtor Board was like that.  It could have been called "Forty topics to … (8 comments)

texas: STAGED AND SOLD IN 2014! - 03/16/14 05:55 PM
STAGED AND SOLD IN 2014!
 
1918 WESTWOOD, ABILENE, TEXAS HAD COURTYARD CURB APPEAL AND SOLD IN ONLY 3 DAYS ON THE MARKET and AT FULL PRICE!  
 
BEFORE:
 
AND AFTER STAGING!
 

 
The walls are the same color.  The only changes are the addition of curtains and staging furnishings. 
 
 
1733 S 8th is a vintage charmer that was shown in 20 apts and is now home to a lucky buyer.
 

 
STAGED LIVING ROOM!
INCREDIBLE!
 

 
 
357 LOLLIPOP IS A THIRD STAGED HOME THAT HAS AN OPTION CONTRACT in … (3 comments)

texas: Saturday Morning - 06/15/13 02:37 AM
 
It rained last night and what a delight.
 
  Here in West Texas, you learn to appreciate every drop!   I am reminded of a phrase from the song, "I Believe."
 
I believe that "for every drop of rain a flower grows" 
 
 
 
So here is my little  ode to the  rain:
 
Blogging about the rain
 
On Active rain
 
To me is so plain
And in Abilene
rain falling is supreme
the grass stands tall
when the rain does fall.
The birds are singing
and the bright sun is bringing
joyful hearts this morning
all … (4 comments)

texas: It's a Slow Walk in the Park... - 11/05/12 02:05 PM
This is about a walk in the park, and a slow walk at that.   Rose Park is the best place for a lazy stroll in town.  I would say stop and smell the roses but there aren't any roses, go figure!
I used to walk and listen to inspirational tapes when I walked.  Now I just walk.  One could say I'm an inspirational tape dropout.  Oh, Well!  You can only listen to Jim Rohn's "The Art of Exceptional Living" so many times before you give it a rest.   
I have finally figured out it is EXCEPTIONAL simply to … (4 comments)

texas: Stage It to Sell in Haskell Texas, #2 - 11/02/12 12:47 PM
Stage It to Sell in Haskell, Texas. 
 
I helped a fellow Realtor stage the family dining/kitchen of her listing.  This large spacious kitchen and dining also makes a great casual living space
 
Here is the before of the family kitchen:   
 
 
 
 
Here is the AFTER of the FAMILY KITCHEN!
 
 
View of Family Dining Seating Group in the same large room.
 
Kitchen Close up!
 

 
Staging is showcasing space to enhance the room's purpose, furniture arrangement, and buyer appeal to create desire to make an offer. 
 
 
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texas: STAGE IT TO SELL IN HASKELL TEXAS! - 11/01/12 02:21 PM
STAGE IT TO SELL IN HASKELL, TEXAS! 
I SPENT A VERY ENJOYABLE SIX HOURS ON TUES. HELPING A FELLOW  ASP REALTOR STAGE HER LISTING IN HASKELL TEXAS.  ASP stands for ACCREDITED STAGING PROFESSIONAL.
I HELPED WITH THE STAGING PLAN FOR THE LIVING ROOM AND THE FAMILY KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM.
 
THIS BLOG WILL SHOW THE BEFORE AND AFTER FOR THE LIVING ROOM AND THE NEXT BLOG THE LVING ROOM AND THE FAMILY KITCHEN!
 
As expected the vacant living room does not have much personality.  As the phrase goes:  "VACANT DOESN'T MAKE IT!
 
Here is the living room before:   … (3 comments)

texas: Summer Staging Vignettes for Vacant Homes! - 06/24/12 12:59 AM
Sumer Staging Vignettes for Vacant Homes have to be NON-PERISHABLE.  IN VACANT HOMES, FAKE FRUIT WORKS!
HOWEVER, WHEN THE HOUSE IS OCCUPIED SET FRESH FRUIT OUT.  THE FAKE FRUIT TASTES FUNNY - WELL LIKE PLASTIC,
  I EVEN HAVE SOME FAKE ICE CUBES AND I CAN'T WAIT TO USE THEM.  THEY REALLY MAKE THE DRINK LOOK REAL.           
Summer Staging Vignettes need to remind  the buyer of the JOY of homeownership SUCH AS COOK OUTS, GRILLED HAMBURGERS, AND ALL THE FIXINS,
ICE COLD DRINKS, AND   ENJOYING THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN THE SUN
 
HERE IS … (4 comments)

texas: Abilene's N 1st Sculptures! - 09/27/11 01:18 PM
Abilene's N 1st Scultpures.
 
You just never know what you are going to find in Abilene sculpture wise, that is.  There is something for everyone, including a statue with many arms, a gigantic insect, and a row of rocks or stones.  
 
Now of course my favorite is still the pink flamingo!!!
 
This sculpture has MANY arms!
 

 
HERE IS ONE GIGANTIC INSECT!
 

 
 
AND REALLY JUST A ROW OF BIG STONE BLOCKS, BUT LOOKS NICE AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THE BANK OF AMERICA BUILDING.
 

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texas: Abilene Downtown Photos 09/16/11 - 09/16/11 05:27 PM
Downtown Photos taken 9/16/2011.
The Paramount is on the left  just past N 3rd and Cypress.
 

 
 
The Grace Musuem is on the corner of the N lst and Cypress and is an Abilene Historical Landmark.
  The musuem is the previous Grace Hotel.    The Grace could be Abilene's best attraction.  There is something for everyone, Art, Abilene history displays, and really fun for kids -  a children's musuem! 
 

 
What is life without some CHOCOLATE?   Here it is right downtown!
 

 
and
Wouldn't you know it?  Another sculpture...   
NOW THE pink … (0 comments)

texas: Staging To Sell is Market Reality! - 09/26/10 02:16 PM
I'm still trying to figure out a catchy title for this post and maybe it will come to me and maybe it won't.
If you are a home seller in Abilene, TX, then you need to know what I am going to say - that is if you need to get the equity out of your property any time soon.
If you are a market tester, a lookee loo, or  have millions already socked away in the bank, then this blog is NOT for you.  Read a book, take a nap, take a cruise, ignore this information.
Staging your home is as … (5 comments)

texas: The " TEXAS REALTOR" says - Blogging Makes Me and You Special! - 09/25/10 03:35 PM
On this pleasant, rainy Saturday afternoon, the mail man brought me my "TEXAS REALTOR" right to my door.
One of the things I love about living in an older home in an established Abilene neighborhood is that the mailboxes are by the door and no having to go to the mailbox in the rain!
 
The TEXAS REALTOR features an article called:  How do you compare?
One of the measures and this is the first time I have seen this is about real estate blogs:
 
The article says the following realtors
Have a blog                         13 percent
Do not have a … (5 comments)

texas: Green Grass in Abilene! - 07/15/10 08:34 AM
The 
7850 Saddle Creek -FOR SALE - ABILENE TEXAS-
The good news in Abilene is that this summer has had plenty of rain so far that is...
The bad news is that the lawns want to be mowed once a week. 
        This past week, I turned my house  lawn duty over to the neighborhood kids and they did a pretty good job.  Lawnmowing they did okay with, however, word to the wise,  I wouldn't let them cut my hair. The weed wacking/edging left a little to be desired.    The front walk seems to have a drunken jagged grass edge to it … (2 comments)

texas: Shower Curtains and Staging! - 06/25/10 05:34 PM

If your house is for sale and there is no tub enclosure and there's a shower head over the tub, an inexpensive staging trick is
to update your shower curtain and rod and and don't forget the curtain rings.
My favorite stores in Abilene for shower curtains are Target, KMart, or Family Dollar.   They are my favorites because they are the only places I have bought shower curtains.  Walmart has shower curtains, but mainly I just buy shower rods from them.
Yesterday I was in KMart, looking at you guessed it the shower curtains,  and there was a young couple deliberating their choice of … (13 comments)

texas: PALM HARBOR MODEL HOME STAGING - BEFORE AND AFTER! - 06/24/10 04:30 AM
In this project, the furnishings and decor and art work  had already been placed inside the house for staging.
As the home stager I only arranged what was already there.
 
Here is the living room before:
 

 

 
Here is the living room arranged.  I took the couch which was pushed under the front windows and floated it at an angle in front of the fireplace.  I added decor to the fireplace and found the living room lamps in the bedroom and found the sofa table in the "office"  and that is pretty much it!  Voila,  buyer … (7 comments)

texas: It's a Great Time to Buy A House in Abilene - 06/15/10 08:03 PM
IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY A HOUSE IN ABILENE, TEXAS

 
REASONS:
1:  THERE ARE PLENTY OF HOUSES TO CHOOSE FROM:
According to the Abilene Board of Realtors Monthly Statistics, there are over a 1000 properties for sale.
2.   LOW INTEREST RATES:
Interest rates are still hanging around five percent. 
3.    LOW DOWN PAYMENT OPTIONS.
FHA loans are great loans to keeping your down payment small.
Of course, veterans may be elgible for a zero down Veterans loan.
4.  IN  ABILENE, OWNING TRUMPS RENTING EVERY TIME!
  First Financial Bank's website has a link to a rent-versus-own calculator that is easy to use. I played with it with … (0 comments)

texas: THIS IS WHAT STAGED EQUALS SOLD LOOKS LIKE! - 06/12/10 01:52 PM
SHOWSTOPPER STAGING HAS OPTION CONTRACT!!!

 
and AFTER MASTER BEDROOM STAGED and NOW S O L D   ! ! !

This is the Master of a 3 bedroom 2 bath staged in Abilene Texas on May 1st, then listed 2 days  later, and now under option contract!!!
 
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texas: THREE SHOW STOPPER HOMES STAGED TO SELL IN ABILENE TX!! - 05/29/10 02:03 AM
SHOWSTOPPER #1  7850 SADDLE CREEK ESTATES, ABILENE, TX  ALL WYLIE SCHOOLS!!!
HERE'S THE DOWNSTAIRS LIBRARY/STUDY;

 
 
SHOWSTOPPER #2 858 BIG WATER, ABILENE, TX  - MASTER BATH RIGHT SIDE VANITY-


 
 
SHOWSTOPPER #3 - 3609 SCRANTON - ABILENE, TX  - FRONT YARD
 

 
3609 SCRANTON - BACK YARD

 
 
3609 SCRANTON - INSIDE!

KITCHEN AND BREAKFAST DINING AREA ABOVE
 
 
LIVING ROOM WITH VAULTED CEILING AND STONE FIREPLACE AND BOOKSHELVES AND FRENCH DOORS TO PATIO!!

 
MASTER BEDROOM - 3609 SCRANTON
 

MASTER BEDROOM ABOVE  HAS HUGE AND I MEAN … (5 comments)

texas: Show Stopper Rooms! - 05/27/10 05:54 PM
SHOW STOPPER ROOMS ARE ROOMS THAT GET GARNER POSITIVE FEEDBACK WITH ALMOST NO EXCEPTIONS!!!
HERE IS AN EXAMPLE MASTER BEDROOM

This is the master bedroom at 3609 Scranton which is currently for sale!  TO SEE MORE ROOMS LIKE THIS, GO TO WWW.STAGEDHOMES.COM AND SEARCH FOR STAGED HOMES IN ABILENE. 
TO SEE THIS HOME, CALL BEVERLY AT 325-721-2429. 
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texas: New Construction Home Staged! - 05/23/10 02:28 AM
High end luxury or affordable first timer home, from vintage home to brand spanking new, large home or small, vacant home or occupied, I stage them all! 
Here's the latest, brand new construction completed in 2010 in the Indian Wells Subdivision Abilene Texas, Wylie Schools.

To see this staged home, call Beverly Carlson at 325 -721-2429.
Here's the Living Room!
 

 
Dining Room:

To see more photos of this home, or to see more staged homes in Texas, go to www.stagedhomes.com, click on "Staged Properties" and then click on Search after typing in "Abilene"
To find out more about this home or home staging, call Beverly at 325-721-2429. 
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texas: The Bluebonnets are Blooming Even in Abilene! - 04/13/10 03:47 PM
The bluebonnets are blooming in Abilene. 
These bluebonnet photos were taken off of the Road 707 just south Abilene Regional on Highway 83/84. 

Here is a close up!
 

 
and closer!!
 
This field of bluebonnets is next to Saddle Creek Estates.
 I recently staged 7850 Saddle Creek and is a fully staged to sell home.  More photos are available on www.stagedhomes.com.
 
a view from the upstairs bedroom of some  West Texas blue sky.
 

 
Upstairs bedroom 7850 Saddle Creek  with East Window to Blue Skies!

 
 
Downstairs kitchen of 7850 … (2 comments)

 
Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor (Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)

Beverly Carlson

Abilene's Staging Realtor

Abilene, TX

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Carlson Properties 325-721-2429

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

Office: (325) 721-2429

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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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