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Home Stager - Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY
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OK, OK< I know I've already entered the contest...but Roger Mucci's Oscar-themed contest really inspired me; I'm on a roll!  Melding what I do, the various Spring Markets, and Oscar Fever via some famous quotes. 'What we've got here is a failure to communicate' does not have such a great context ...
Cleaning out some closets last week, advice I have often given to clients was ringing in my own ears: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should." Certainly sage advice when it comes to things like that last slice of pizza, or that late movie on a weeknight, but harder to embrace when contemp...
While my communication skills are generally pretty good, tired, with a full brain, and reading comprehension do not mix. This and last years' contests both inspired me, but for some reason I did not fully grasp the options, so just wrote a regular post about a famous movie, and my job. Well guess...
Because we're in February, both Spring Market and Oscar fever are upon us, so famous movie quotes that resonate with Real Estate are a natural. Made famous by Gloria Swanson's portrayal of actress Norma Desmond-"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille" became a punchline, an elbow and a nudge to s...
Please send some love to Gail and her husband, and help send a message to BoA. Read and share-time for the bad behavior to end. After three years of filling out loan modification paperwork and sending it in, I was informed via a phone call today from Bank of America that my loan modification was ...
Ever hear of the Katie Couric Effect? In 2000, eighteen months after losing her husband to colon cancer, Katie Couric underwent a colonoscopy on live, national TV. By facing, and insisting there be a conversation about this screening process, she helped de-mystefy and de-personalize this procedur...
  Analogies help us understand something unfamiliar, by comparing it with something close to us. In this series, we parallel TRH-style of Interior Decorating and Home Staging with some very familiar things. TODAY: Your favorite pair of black jeans. There is no pretense: Jeans, and TRH are always...
It's been quite a year for Westchester County NY homeowners on the cusp of selling: many prognosticators were urging homeowners to be content with small but forward moves towards recovery, while some markets were quietly going from zero to 60. Now the chatter is about wide-spread shortage of inve...
Have you heard about this latest challenge? If it wasn't for Belinda Spillman, I wouln't have, so just paying it forward... Simply, you write a business-type endorsement for up to 2 AR members. It's a great way to get to know someone better,  a wonderful excuse  reason to reach out to someone you...
In 2008, I understood, respected, and embraced agents who also prepared their own listings for sale. Ditto 2009-2011. 2012, it started getting old, and now, here, in 2013, I suggest that *most* agents who do their own Staging are diminishing both our jobs. Agents who have kindly, graciously chose...

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Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
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