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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 1
Today I attended The Christian Women's Connection Luncheon which  meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Abilene Country Club.    The featured program speaker was Paula Abbott, who is the associate Paster of a Cowboy Church just east of Dallas.  Paula Abbott was born and raised in West Texas...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
The Clearly Speaking Toastmasters Club meets every Wednesday Noon for one hour at the Southwest United Methodist Church in Abilene, TX.   This local club is part of the international organization of Toastmasters International and is a nonprofit educational organization to help people overcome a f...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
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 ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
What if the Sellers don't want to Stage their Home?   This was a question asked by a fellow active rain member to one of my staging blogs.   This is an excellent question.   First, I welcome the opportunity to better educate the seller.  Staging is simply marketing.  The seller might not want a s...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 7
My cat, known only as "KITTY," knows how to enjoy life.  This cat is never stressed.   The glass of the coffee table is a cool spot to stretch out during a warm summer afternoon.     She doesn't worry about her diet, her exercise, or her health!    When she needs a change of pace, she just moves ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
You have probably heard the saying that ... "An apple a day will keep the doctor away"   What if it were true?   Could it be that simple?  How hard is it to eat an apple a day? The Abilene Reporter News reported that the new school lunch guidelines now require a fruit OR a vegetable on the school...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
IT ALL STARTED WITH A STAGING CONSULTATION AND A MOTIVAED SELLER.  BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF A STAGING CONSULTATION, THE SELLER CHOSE TO MAKE  $5,000 OF MINOR REPAIRS, AND REPAINT SEVERAL ROOMS, AND REDO THE MASTER BATH. THEN THERE WAS THE STAGING DAY. TWO ACCREDITED STAGING PROFESSIONALS S...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
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 ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
    BIG HOUSE PLUS STAGING DECOR EQUALS CLOSED.    THIS WAS A STORYBOOK CHARM OF A TWO STORY HOUSE, THAT I DID A DECOR PACKAGE PLUS A BREAKFAST TABLE AND SOME PATIO STAGING.  Three weeks later - wallah, it is S O L D   !!!  BEFORE BREAKFAST AREA.   AFTER       Living Bookcase and Fireplace. Maste...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 1
It snowed today in Abilene at my Open House.    Fortunately the house was warm and cozy.  I was so happy that I had already done a little extra staging for Valentine Showings.  Below is 2509 Minter Lane which I have staged the interior.    The snowflakes add a surreal touch, don't you think?     ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
WHY SHOULD I GET A STAGING CONSULTATION?   When you are ready to sell your home there are many steps to take to get readybefore the sign can go in the yard.  Now, you may be thinking where to start? Do I really need to stage or not?  Should I paint the kid's bedroom?   Do I need to replace the c...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 5
FINALLY -- FALL COOL!!!!   OPENING THE UPSTAIRS PORCH DOOR TO CRISP COOL AIR WAS A DELIGHT!  AS USUAL THE CAT WANTED OUT AND THEN SHORTLY DECIDED TO COME ON BACK IN.  NOW THAT IS CRISP COOL WHEN THE CAT IS TOO COOL!! IF ALL GOES WELL THIS FALL, OCTOBER WILL BE SPLENDID NOT TOO HOT, AND NOT TOO CO...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
  80 DAYS of 100 Degrees ABILENE HOT!  NOT SORRY TO SEE THE HOT DAYS GO AWAY!   The 100 degrees started in May, and didn't let up until September.   Today's high was still in the 90's but the Abilene Reporter News Weather Forecast is for more normal temperatures next week in the 80's.   The only ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
Abilene House's Cupola!     Cupola - has a nice ring to it even if it might not match the WIKI architectural definition.  My house's cupola did match the part of the definiation about an ornamental structure on the high point of the ROOF. I first called it a cupola when the roofer told me that it...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
  As the SUN dimmed over the park and the park lights lit up the the wrangly tree limbs half hidden in shadows  - THERE WAS A GHOULISH FEEL TO MY EVENING WALK.    ROSE PARK looks different at NIGHT!     More Shadows!        AMONG THE SHADOWS, HIDDEN SHADDOWS, AND BRAMBLY SHADOWS AS NIGHT TIME DES...

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

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
    NO CATS AND NO TOILETS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE!   in the photos anyway! A framed photo of a cat on the wall such as this one would be okay, but no kitties napping on the bed, no matter how cute they are when the house is for sale.  Believe it or not, there are people who don't appreciate Cats...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
Buy a can of paint or lower the price? That doesn't seem like a tough decision, or is it? It can seem so impractical, I suppose when the paint is not chipped, not gouged, not even that dark,but just is the wrong tone. The room in question is a kitchen with a lime green painted backsplash only wit...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 23
EVEN THE CAT KNOWS TO STAGE THE REFRIGERATOR.  EVEN THE CAT KNOWS TO CLEAR THE MAGNETS OFF THE FRONT OF THE FRIG BEFORE SHOWING YOUR HOUSE TO SELL!     In this photo below, the cat is making the staging plan to clear this  refrigerator of its door magnets!                               NEXT the c...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
What you don't know about carrying costs can hurt you! WHAT ARE CARRYING COSTS?  CARRYING COSTS ARE THE COST OF KEEPING YOUR HOUSE ON THE MARKET AND READY TO SHOW WHILE IT IS FOR SALE. CARRYING COSTS INCLUDE: THE BIG THREE!  NO WIGGLE ROOM! 1.  MORTGAGE   2.  TAXES 3.  INSURANCE   SURELY THAT IS ...

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