omaha home staging: Shooting Turkeys As A Benefit For "Toys For Tots"? - 10/13/09 06:21 AM
Well, not quite!  But it is a "Turkey Shoot" bowling event AND "Toys For Tots" Toy Drive.  If you are a Realtor® in the Omaha area make sure you don't miss this event. Hosted by the Omaha Area Board of Realtors (OABR) AFFILIATES, this annual event is a huge hit every year. And yes, ACTUAL Marines will be on-site collecting the toy donations :-)

 
For more information about the OABR AFFILIATES, please view our website at www.oabraffiliates.com. The AFFILIATES are a group of diverse professionals who promote and support the real estate community through education efforts, events and … (0 comments)

omaha home staging: What's The Scariest (Or Strangest) Thing You Have Found... - 06/16/09 06:01 AM
... In A Vacant Property?
The other day as I was driving home and a silly squirrel about ran under my rotating tires, I was reminded of a time awhile back during the winter when I had, "The Scariest Vacant House Encounter" of my Staging career.
One of my agents had asked me to tour a vacant property to do my usual report and rental quote. Since NAR doesn't yet think it is necessary for Stagers to have E-key access, the agent had left a punch code lock box on the door (slight point made there). Whenever I tour a vacant … (11 comments)

omaha home staging: Virtual Staging - What A Concept! - 02/09/09 03:50 AM
Seeing really is believing!  Sellers of mine want to paint their kitchen cabinets in order to update them (old, dark 70's wood) but not sure what color to use. Their appliances, flooring and countertops are all various shades of white and off-white, so painting the cabinets white or off-white would likely look like they were trying to match one of the existing colors but weren't able to get it right. Can you imagine an entire kitchen of different whites?  Blahsville!   
My suggested solution?  Consider another neutral color - sage green. My sellers were still not convinced, so I went to my … (17 comments)

omaha home staging: Are You A Little Off Center? Create A Vignette - 01/30/09 05:47 AM
I had an installation for a vacant house this week in a great neighborhood in Omaha called Happy Hollow. This is a very historic part of town and the house is beautiful.
When visualizing how I wanted this house to look after Staging, I had planned to hang a three piece set of art above the sofa on the wall first visible upon entering the home. In my mind this looked f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!
When the install time came and I had all of the pieces in the living room, I realized that my original vision wasn't going to work. The wall that … (5 comments)

omaha home staging: Hey Baby, What's Your Category? - 01/27/09 11:08 AM
I was Staging an occupied house the other day and was going over some general recommendations. Replace the weathered exterior light fixtures, add a welcome mat. The new paint colors are great but maybe consider replacing the yellowed vinyl in the bathrooms and the brass, builder's grade light fixtures. And then I was describing the "categories" of sellers and realized that there are about four general categories that apply to most sellers.
Category #1: We want to sell this house, and are willing to invest X amount of dollars in it to get it up to par. 
Stager's Challenge: This is … (9 comments)

omaha home staging: I Promise, You’re Not Wrong! - 01/04/09 01:48 PM
Over the last couple of weeks I have been blessed with several Occupied Home Staging appointments and I have noticed a common sentiment among my sellers. 
Many sellers, during the part of our appointment where we create/discuss the comprehensive Staging strategy (move this here, pack this, repaint this, etc) were saying. "Oh, I'm glad I wasn't wrong to put that there" or "I'm glad that paint choice wasn't wrong". 
After hearing this several times I was reminded that many sellers do not hire professional decorators and also many don't have a natural flair for interior design. Therefore, when a professional in … (16 comments)

omaha home staging: Phrases Commonly Uttered By “The Perfect Staging Client” - 12/29/08 12:35 PM
I had the pleasure of Staging an Owner Occupied home this last weekend with the quintessential "perfect Staging client". It has been awhile since I worked with one and I was pleasantly reminded of what phrases are typically used by a "perfect Staging client". 
The "perfect Staging client" experience began with the appointment setting phone call. The referring agent and I have a great set up - he texts my cell phone with the latest client's contact info, I call the client to schedule the appointment, I text the agent back with the appointment time, then I conduct the Staging appointment … (12 comments)

omaha home staging: Allowance: Effective For Your Kids, Not For Your Buyers - 10/06/08 01:57 PM
When sellers consider putting their home on the market and the carpet or counters or vanities or light fixtures, etc are outdated, the all-familiar debate ensues - upgrade now or offer an allowance to potential buyers? 
Many sellers think it is wise to offer an allowance and then the potential buyers can select what THEY want to put in.  There are several backfires to this theory. 
The first backfire is that buying a house is often an emotional decision.  If a buyer doesn't fall in love with what they see upon entering the house, it is harder to appeal to that … (11 comments)

omaha home staging: Safety For The Single Mom - Another Reason Not To Go FSBO? - 09/05/08 11:50 AM
Often when Staging a home for a single woman/mom, I suggest that they add some men's clothing to the Master bedroom closet.  Either borrow some slightly off season items from a friend or family member, or buy some inexpensive items at a thrift store. When only women's clothing is in the Master closet it can signal that either the husband has already relocated or the husband has left the home due to death or divorce - all of those situations infer to a buyer that the seller could be in a stressful situation and NEED to sell. Even more worrisome, it … (52 comments)

omaha home staging: Great Blog From Successful Agent – Pro Staging - 09/03/08 02:41 PM
Here is a great blog from a very successful agent partner of mine, If Your Home is not Staged to Sell, then it Won't Sell. It was originally posted in February, but I just recently came across it.  The info is so on point I thought I would share it with other Stagers in case they would like to add this info to their arsenal when educating agents about Staging.
A little about this agent, Troy Trumm of Alliance Real Estate.  He became an agent in 2005 and has bought/sold over 50 homes per year, every year since. Those are great … (6 comments)

omaha home staging: The "Real Estate Reality Hour" Is Proud To Present ... Troy Trumm of Alliance Real Estate - 08/22/08 07:20 AM
This Saturday's guest on the "Real Estate Reality Hour" is Troy Trumm of Alliance Real Estate. Troy is a highly successful agent in the Omaha area. Troy will be discussing what makes him such a success and a great choice of a Realtor when selling homes.  We will also briefly discuss the Omaha market and whatever additional information Troy has to share. Click here to view his profile on Activerain.
Tori Lynn Ross of Ross Designs, LLC is Omaha's Premier Home Stager, co-host of the "Real Estate Reality Hour" Saturdays at 1290 KKAR.  Listen locally or listen via the web at www.1290kkar.com.
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omaha home staging: The "Real Estate Reality Hour" Is Proud To Present ... Paul Vojchehoske - 08/15/08 10:43 AM
This Saturday's guest on the "Real Estate Reality Hour" is Paul Vojchehoske. Paul is involved in many areas of residential real estate such as the Omaha Landlord's Association and operates www.omahaarearentals.com.  He also does a lot of training of agents through his company called the "Real Estate Resource Institute" and with his position at Deeb Realty.  Paul is a wealth of knowledge and will be discussing a potential new Omaha city ordinance that would require homeowners to certify that their homes are lead free every three years.
Tori Lynn Ross of Ross Designs, LLC is Omaha's Premier Home Stager, co-host of the "Real Estate … (3 comments)

omaha home staging: The Power Of The Ionizer - 08/08/08 04:44 AM
About two months ago I became intrigued by some of Michelle Molinari's comments about her industrial strength ionizer that is available for rent. I thought it sounded like a dream come true for sellers with odors in their home so I HAD to buy one and try it out.
I have had the opportunity to test it out a few times and so far the results have been great.  The most notable home was two weeks ago. The agent was at the property in the morning before the ionizer treatment to do her measuring, and she said she really didn't detect … (11 comments)

omaha home staging: The "Real Estate Reality Hour" Is Proud To Present: Dan Grwyza from American Family Insurance - 08/07/08 03:00 PM
This Saturday's guest on the "Real Estate Reality Hour" is Dan Grwyza from American Family Insurance.  Like much of the country, Omaha has been hit hard in recent months with tornadoes, hail and other extreme wind storms. Significant damage and insurance claims have been the results.  Tune in Saturday morning at 9am CST to visit more with Dan about this increase in activity.
Tori Lynn Ross of Ross Designs, LLC is Omaha's Premier Home Stager, co-host of the "Real Estate Reality Hour" Saturdays at 1290 KKAR.  Listen locally or listen via the web at www.1290kkar.com.
 
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omaha home staging: Successfully Sold In 12 Days!! - 08/07/08 02:53 PM
This vacant home was Staged before listing and successfully sold in 12 days!  Tell the national media that it's not impossible to sell a house quickly in this market.  Staged rooms included the living room (shown below - this is the room the entry opened into), kitchen, bathroom and master bedroom.
 


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omaha home staging: The "Real Estate Reality Hour" Is Proud To Present Jamie Grayson, Executive Director of Destination Midtown Omaha - 08/01/08 01:03 PM
This Saturday's guest on the "Real Estate Reality Hour" is Jamie Grayson, Executive Director of Destination Midtown for Omaha, NE.  Jamie will let us all know exactly what Destination Midtown is all about and some of their upcoming activities. Tune in Saturday morning at 9am CST.
Tori Lynn Ross of Ross Designs, LLC is Omaha's Premier Home Stager, co-host of the "Real Estate Reality Hour" Saturdays at 1290 KKAR.  Listen locally or listen via the web at www.1290kkar.com.
 
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omaha home staging: Butttttt …. I don’t wanna use a Stager! She’ll make me work! - 06/25/08 03:08 PM
I often wonder why some of my devoted agent-clients don't hire me for every SINGLE one of their listings. I don't stalk their websites like a hound dog and accost them for not hiring me for some of their listings or anything like that.  But occasionally I come across one and wonder to myself, "Is it something I did?  Or is it more likely some resistance on the seller's part?". 
Then I started thinking to myself about how UN-anxious I am about the prospect of selling my own house a couple of years down the road.  I don't wanna fix the … (7 comments)

omaha home staging: Don't Laugh - Staging On A MAJOR (I mean, really MINOR) Budget - 06/19/08 11:23 AM
Okay, so we all know what it is like to work on tight budget.  The following photo is not indicative of my typical quality of work, but IS indicative of what Staging can be done on a VERY tight budget.
The following living room photo is actually a SUCCESSFUL Staging photo.  I was put in touch with a client whose home was very dated, full of wallpaper and they refused to put any money into their home to change anything.  However, they were sold on renting some furniture for the living room.  As long as it cost them almost nothing.
So … (26 comments)

omaha home staging: The Real Estate Reality Hour Is Proud To Present: Dan Pittman, Sarpy County Tax Assessor - 06/19/08 11:06 AM
This Saturday's guest on the "Real Estate Reality Hour" is Dan Pittman, Sarpy County Tax Assessor.  We tend to get a lot of phone calls when one of the local County Tax Assessor's is brave enough to come on air, and we always appreciate their bravery!
Tune in Saturday morning at 9am CST to hear more about Melissa's services and her take on the local market.
Tori Lynn Ross of Ross Designs, LLC is Omaha's Premier Home Stager, co-host of the "Real Estate Reality Hour" Saturdays at 1290 KKAR.  Listen locally or listen via the web at www.1290kkar.com.
 
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omaha home staging: The Real Estate Reality Hour Is Proud To Present: Melissa Jarecke of NP Dodge - 06/12/08 03:00 PM
This Saturday's guest on the "Real Estate Reality Hour" is Melissa Jarecke of NP Dodge.  Melissa is one of only four agents in the greater Omaha area to have the GRI, CRS and CRB designations.  Tune in Saturday morning at 9am CST to hear more about Melissa's services and her take on the local market.
Tori Lynn Ross of Ross Designs, LLC is Omaha's Premier Home Stager, co-host of the "Real Estate Reality Hour" Saturdays at 1290 KKAR.  Listen locally or listen via the web at www.1290kkar.com.
 
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