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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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  Scrapbooking has entered the digital age.  Some participate at an scrapbooking event and sit at their laptop. One plus for the digital method is their table is not a mess! They may be blogging instead, for all I know! One good thing for the paper and print photo method is it is one event where...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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A Christmas Poinsetta is a great holiday centerpiece.   The Mental Health Association in Abilene sells Poinsettas each year before Christmas and I got this beautiful plant delivered to me today.  The Christmas card came in the mail today from the Abilene Association of Realtors.    Place the poin...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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STAGING MAKES YOUR PHOTOS BETTER.    Here is a vacant den that has been staged.  What a contrast from empty to staged!    This home has been staged and sold.  However, if I could retake this photo  I would turn on the lamp on the left   and hang something on the wall on the left to balance the ri...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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WHAT'S IN YOUR FOOD SHOPPING CART?       What goes in to your food shopping cart is going to end up in your mouth.  To make it healthier, only buy foods that are healthy.  Now, you are probably going well, duh?! The reason I mention this is that I have proof.  If I buy cheese puffs, I eat them.  ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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  CHRISTMAS TREE FRESH OR FAKE?   Do you prefer a fresh, living Christmas tree or a plastic, artificial one? Growing up on my childhood, farm in Oklahoma, we had a fresh, cut  tree usually cut from the farm pasture that had volunteer evergreen trees growing.   As an adult, I have had both someti...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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NEIGHBORHOOD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS GOING UP!   THANKSGIVING IS DEFINITELY OVER, THE WEEKEND  AFTER  THANKSGIVING, STRINGS OF LIGHTS ARE BEING PUT UP IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.   IT SEEMS THERE A RACE TO GET THE LIGHTS UP BEFORE DEC 1.     ACTUALLY, IT IS PROBABLY THE VERY PLEASANT WEATHER WE ARE HAVING HER...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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  Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) Competition Voting I am a current member of the Real Estate Staging Association, which is advancing professionalism and excellence in Real Estate Staging.  There is an annual staging competition this year that members have the privelege of voting on the en...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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My Vegetable Garden List idea is the result of having eaten too many sweet potatoes and stuffing and gravy this Thanksgiving Day. Now I am most thankful for my food and I enjoyed every bite! Tomorrow is a good day to eat healithier! Tomorrow means it is time to add a green vegetable to the diet a...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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There is a special part of real estate called property managment where you never run out of hearing  unusual questions! There is always a new question! Today's question from a prospective tenant is:     "DO YOU TAKE SNAKES?"   Even funnier is I thought I heard: "DO YOU TAKE Section 8 (eight)?    ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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You have heard the saying, An apple a day keeps the doctor away.    In new research published online September 29 2012, Journal of Functional Foods, study participants who ate one apple every day for four weeks had reduced blood levels of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 5
THREE STAGING MISTAKES OWNERS MAKE!   #1  MISTAKE IS SIMPLY HAVING TOO MUCH STUFF IN THE HOUSE!     EVEN USEFUL STUFF IS STILL STUFF, EVEN EXPENSIVE STUFF IS STILL STUFF! STUFF GETS IN THE WAY OF SPACE.  THE ONLY THING THAT WILL MAKE A SELLER MORE MONEY IS TO SHOW THE BUYER  MORE SPACE AND LOTS O...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
Staging is Not Decorating. Let's not get personal in staging to sell. When you decorate a home, it is designed to appeal to the homeowners.  When you sell your home appeal to the buyers.   Staging is not decorating with  your collections of memorabilia no matter how antique and no matter how valu...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 0
    Scrapbooking is a hobby that many people enjoy. Some are very artsy and fussy about their layouts; others less so.     I am not so artsy, but I do enjoy the process of organizing, sorting, and then arranging photos on a page.  I am too impatient to do that much embellishment. One can also ar...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
Where does the bed go when staging the bedroom?  When you live in the house - where ever you want the bed to go! However, when you are selling or staging a vacant bedroom, this is a good time to think about where the bed goes.   The bed is the obvious focal point in a bedroom and as such should t...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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  How do you Stage a dining room? To create a dining room, the obvious focal point is going to be the dining table.  Even if the dining room has been used for something else such as a  home office, play room or exercise room, by the previous owner, when it comes time to sell a house, it is best t...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
How do you Stage a Fireplace?   A fireplace is almost always the natural focal point of any room.  Even an ugly fireplace needs to be given some focal point honor.  Don't put a couch in front of it.  Don't put a baby gate in front of it.   Don't close it off with a solid screen.  The fireplace ha...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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  Winter Photo in an Abilene Window     Wasn't it just yesterday that Christmas was months away?  The local grocery store  HEB shattered that myth with Christmas music resounding from every corner duirng shopping this weekend including the Hallelujah Chorus. What happend to Thanksgiving?  Did I m...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
HOUSE NOT SELLING?  STAGE IT!    THREE ADVANTAGES OF CALLING IN A PROFESSIONAL HOME STAGER ARE:   FRESH PERSPECTIVE CREATE BEAUTY & EASE OF  SALE     1.  FRESH PERSPECTIVE: A main reason to call in a professional home stager is that they have fresh perspective.  Your home stager will not be attac...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
Staging is More than Clean!  Living Group Arranged Opposite a  wall unit that was going to stay with the house.   Staging is the process of creating buyer appeal for a faster sale.  Staging is not decorating because decorating is personal and staging is to appeal to a broader audience, called buy...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
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 G...

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