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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE,  $6,500 TOWARD MOVING COST, OR $6500. TO DO ANYTHING  YOU WANT IS  BEING OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR MOVE UP, MOVE DOWN, MOVE RIGHT SIZE BUYERS! Where is this money coming from?    It is the NEW tax credit that was signed into law 11/06/2009.  A tax credit up to $...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
   1. $$$$$ -  First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit up to $8,000.   Move Up Buyer Tax Credit up to $6,500 for current homeowners,                               FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS - The tax credit which was to have run out on 11/30/09 was extended by Congress to 04/30/2010.  A first time home buye...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 9
Ktchens are so easy to stage if they are already empty.  That means vacant homes are a stagers dream when it comes to the kitchen. For sellers still live in the home, the kitchen is the nightmare room.     The expectation of the buyer is that the kitchen counters are clean and clear at all times ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 8
Drama Free Home Selling begins before any hint of a sign in the front yard.   Home selling REQUIRES preparation NOT drama.  The tasks include repair, clean,  declutter, and home stage prior to listing the home and prior to placing a For Sale sign in the  yard.   Keep the drama on the stage of the...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 8
After having staged a few houses 35 of them since 2007, but whose counting?!  I picked this before and after as my favoite before and after for now.   This is a sun room bonus room living area before. As you can see it was being used for exercise, except as you may expect not much exercise really...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 11
With cooler weather, it's time to make hot chocolate and enjoy warmth of the fire in the fireplace.  Staging the Fireplace when the house is for sale makes the Fireplace a desirable selling feature of the home.  Nothing is more appealing than warm firelight on a blustery day.               This f...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 10
Anybody else noticed that one day it was Halloween and the next day it was Christmas in all the stores? I have three houses with staging in them, one of them is under contract, yippee!   I have a lot of pumpkins in one, real ones, fake ones, little ones, big ones, okay okay I got a little carried...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 13
Lets admit it, there's nothing too exciting about vacant homes.  The other day I was in a vacant home that actually echoed,  it was spooky and wasn't even Friday the 13th or Halloween.  This most recent house that I staged for another Realtor is a newer  2 story home with great curb appeal, but w...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
The Paramount Theatre, is one of my all time favorite places to go in Abilene.   It was first built in 1930 so it's older than me and that is a good thing! In 1987 the theatre was totally restored and it is truly one of the sights to see in Abilene Texas.  The theatre is on a national registry o...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
 JUST A LITTLE STAGING AND IT'S SOLD! A little while back, a Realtor Friend asked, Can you do a little staging something for me?   Of course I could and  I took a package of  decor items out to the house to dress the fireplace, for some enhancement of the dining/kitchen area,  and some bath decor...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
The day was all set first a ten o'clock appointment with a Realtor about staging their listing.  At exactly ten minutes prior to the appointed time,  I pull out of the driveway and hear a little rumble and immediately think oh,oh, the engine light that  has been on three days, now, is now talking...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 7
IT WAS A HAPPY DAY! I met my first time home buyer at her soon-to-be NEW house at 8:45 a,m. this morning  to complete a buyer walk through and follow up on a home inspection repair.  At 9:00 a.m. my buyer began signing the stack of many forms required to complete a FHA home loan.   Then the momen...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
WHAT'S MORE FUN THAN A WHEELBARROW OF MONKEYS?   Home Staging is!         HOME STAGING IS FUN FOR THREE REASONS, IT IS PART ART, PART COMMON SENSE, AND BEST OF ALL A GOOD EXCUSE TO GO SHOPPING!  FIRST:  About that shopping! The other day I ran into the bargain of the season... battery operated ca...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
There are 2 kinds of people, those who like cats and those who don't.  There's some property managers that allow dogs, but not cats.  I haven't figured that one out. Cats have many fine qualities. Cats dont chew things up. Cat's are too lazy to chew on things.  They will only chew for fun as in t...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 10
There are virtual assistants, paperless transactions and now virtual staging. What is virtual staging?     I had to do a little homework surfing the net to make sure I understood virtual staging because you see, virtual staging is not really there.  It is real estate "make believe."  It is more a...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
Stage them all Big or Small! Realizing my last blog was about the commode, gasp, let me get this blog out of the toilet.  What was I thinking? Last week I had a bathroom apt painted/repaired around the bathtub and liked the paint color (Benjamin Moore)  so well that I plan to use it again in anot...

By Angela Zuyus
(Keller Williams Realty-Abilene)
Comments 1
First Time Homebuyer's Tax Credit Time is Running Out...You Don't Want To Miss Out The Government is giving First Time Home Buyers a credit on their 2008 Taxes of 10%, up to $8,000, of the sales price of a new home purchased and closed by November 30, 2009. For example: Sale Price of $55,000=$5,5...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 3
It was an unplanned event the purchase of a new commode.     There's no stimulus funds that I am aware of for cracked commodes or cracked pots to use the vernacular.   I was all on my own this time.  The decision to invest in a new pottie was made when the plumber gave me the bad news that the co...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 8
CRANK UP THE CURB APPEAL!       MY GRANDMOTHER had a sewing machine that you cranked and now I have a sewing machine with a computer chip inside with funky stitches that most of them  I hardly ever use.         The old crank machines were easy to understand  - turn the wheel and the needle went u...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
When life hands you lemons, make lemon aide, is common folk wisdom.  Despite  marketing hype to the contrary which often advises folks to stop making a landlord rich and buy instead of renting.  Unfortunately, I am not getting rich from people paying me rent.  To prove this point, a recent past t...

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