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By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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      My Favorite Abilene Chinese Restraruant is SzeChuans.  I  had lunch there today and feeling a little adventurous asked for medium spicy SzeChuan Chicken, but it was a little TOO SPICY for me.  NEXT TIME, I will stick with MILD! The weather was delightful today, and gave a great photo oppor...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
Warning, what you are about to hear will shock you.  You may be thinking that this has nothing to do with you, but  check your ELECTRIC BILL anyway!   In July, I turned on the electricity at a rental for 6.9 cents per kilowat hour and paid $57 for the first bill partial month of July.  Imagine th...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 3
#1  Pier One is  a good source of Wicker, seaasonal decor items and tableware such as placemats, napkins and  napkin rings.  All it takes for a seasonal look is for a round decorative plate placed on a plate stand with a silk plant and a candle to stage a kitchen counter vignette.   #2  Target -...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
How long is too long to keep customers on hold?   I once worked in an office and waa expected to pick up the phone before the 3rd ring.           Now it seems that an electric provider that I called today hasn't gotten the same phone etiquette instructions. After being on hold for 15 minutes for ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
VACANT DOESN'T MAKE IT; STAGE IT! ONE EMPTY BEDROOM LOOKS JUST ABOUT ANY OTHER EMPTY B EDROOM.  ONE MAY BE A NEWER OR OLDER CONSTUCTION, BIGGER OR SMALLER CLOSET BUT A LOT OF BEDROOMS ARE NEUTRAL BLAND WHEN LEFT EMPTY.   EMPTY BEDROOM LOOKS LIKE MANY OTHER ROOMS - (except for the ladder that snea...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
I DIDN'T DECLUTTER, I DEJUNKED!   BACK 4 MONTHS  ago in MAY,  PRIOR TO THE MARATHON 100 DEGREE DAYS, I HAD A  person help me rearrange my stuff and  have a small garage sale,  BUT I NEVER FINISHED DEJUNKING AND it was always too hot even at 7:00 in the morning!   Yes, you guessed some stuff went ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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Downtown Photos taken 9/16/2011. The Paramount is on the left  just past N 3rd and Cypress.       The Grace Musuem is on the corner of the N lst and Cypress and is an Abilene Historical Landmark.   The musuem is the previous Grace Hotel.    The Grace could be Abilene's best attraction.  There is ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 3
NEED TO RENT OR LEASE - CARLSON PROPERTIES CAN HELP YOU!   Today, all my properties are leased; HOWEVER, as some of my units are month-to-month, it never hurts to check in with me from time to time.  I have several nice homes that I manage from modest to executive-sized, so it never hurts to chec...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 6
    This is a rattan tray, plate, pitcher with 2 pear candles and some greenery to round the corner of the kitchen counters.  WITH PLATE WITHOUT PLATE     SIMPLEST OF ALL. GREENERY AND 2 PEARS AND PITCHER..  OF COURSE FRESH FRUIT WOULD BE NICE, BUT DOESN'T WORK FOR A VACANT HOUSE.   THE PITCHER W...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
NESTLED IN A DOWNTOWN CORNER of Cypress and N. 2nd, there is a surprising waterfall that charms and soothes with the sound and sight of cool water falling.     The City of Abilene website says that Vera Minter- Memorial Park at N 2nd and Cypress was the site of one of Abilene's first businesses, ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 0
It is time for Fall Activities!  The Taylor County  Fair is going on this week, and I haven't been yet, but I just might particularly if that would make it rain. One of my favorite places to visit in Abilene is the ZOO!  One year we went on the 4th of July and the temperature wasn't too bad.  Her...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 3
I admit it I'm addicted to "Get It Sold" Reruns.  Today I decided I would listen close and see where this $650,000 AND 3 bedroom 2 bath house was located for sale. NOW I listened hard but the show narrator didn't bother to mention what city the  home was in.  I wonder why that is,  hmmm.   Obviou...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
SAN ANGELO makes a great quick getaway day trip if you live in Abilene, and that is what a friend and I did today! We both had San Angelo errands to run, but even if  you don't have a reason, San Angelo makes a great day trip, and don't tell anybody, but the Mexican food is just better in San Ang...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
IT'S A BRAND NEW ROOF COMPLETED TODAY. The old gray shingles are history!  Mike at Ace Roofing, who also is a military veteran,  was true to his word and DONE in ONE Day! I would recommend talking to Mike if you need roofing done.   Amazing, 2 layers of roofing came off, new felt laid down and th...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 4
Tried to think of a CATCHY TITLE but couldn't come up with one.  It's too boring just to call a blog "CATCHY TITLE"!  I will just cut to the c rux of the matter.   In a buyer's market you don't have to ponder this question of should you REDUCE THE PRICE OR STAGE IT? The good news is no long ponde...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 2
  THIS PLACE MATTERS!   "ONE OF THE EARLIEST FINE HOMES BUILT IN ABILENE IN 1903 IN COLONIAL REVIVAL STYLE BY  DR. JEFFERSON MAGEE (1861- 1935)" IS WHAT THE OFFICIAL HISTORICAL MARKER STATES.   THIS IS THE HOME ON THE CORNER OF N 3RD AND CLINTON STREET. TRAGICALLY THE HOME CAUGHT ON FIRE A WHILE ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
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  F i N A L L Y, A LITLE COOLER WEATHER.   LABOR DAY WAS ONLY 81 degrees F AND was idyllic  weather to take a little walk downtown.  This is Everman Park which is on N First  across from Cypress  Street.         The green of Everman Park on N. 1st and Cypress is a sight for sore eyes.  Thank you ...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 8
    Today on the Nate Berkus television show, Suze Orman, a financial planner,  advised not buying a house unless you were going to live there 7  years, put 20 percent down, and have an eight month emergency fund.   Im thinking hmmm, maybe Suze might as well add ...... make sure you win the lotte...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 15
I'M NOT CHANGING THE WALLPAPER!  As a Realtor or a homestager, have you ever heard that one?      Wallpaper is a wonderful decorating tool that swings in and out of vogue, but taste in wallpaper is really personal like fashion.  Send two women to the mall for a new blouse and the odds are that th...

By Beverly Carlson, Abilene's Staging Realtor
(Carlson Properties 325-721-2429)
Comments 0
Abilene's Buffalo Statute in front of FRONTIER TX. FRONTIER TX is located near the intersection of N 1st and Treadaway.   If you haven't been inside, it is a must see, the closet thing to "Disneyland" in Abilene. IT IS A MUSEUM ABOUT THE HISTORY OF WEST TEXAS AND HAS A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR EVERYB...

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