Monday, November 30, 2020

5 Reasons to Stage A Home

 The Headlines:

Wanna get the most out of your Home Sale? 

Consider staging it.

I am Realtor.  I love houses.  Buying, selling, decorating, remodeling.  I love it all. 

In the past, I haven't staged houses.  So many people have gotten good at decorating (thank you Pinterest) there's not always a need.  But turns out there are some very good reasons to stage a home. 

What are they?  Read on.

1 - It's empty.   This is an obvious one.  A house without anything in it can be a tad boring to look at.  Staging changes that!

2 - The homeowner is more mature.  People are like fine wines... we get better with age.  I whole heartedly believe this.  But sometimes, and I mean no offense here... as we age, we can become a little skewed as to what is "in".  This goes for almost everything: clothes, make-up styles, food, furniture.  It may have been amazing when you placed it there 20 years ago but to that potential buyer who's a 34 year old mother of 2... she's not impressed.  

Let me give you an example.  My daughter is 14.  Last year, she had to have Air Force Ones... I thought Vans were still the thing.  I was wrong.  Turns out Air Forces were 100% the THING.  Those shoes on her feet made her feel shiny, new and cool.  The same kinda goes for houses.  When some people reach a certain age they may not really know, like or care about trends in home styling anymore.  And that's ok by the way... they're supposed to be playing more golf and drinking more martinis!  However, that's also when they need stagers to bring them up to date. 

According to an article compiled by the National Association of Realtors, the largest group of homebuyers in 2020 are the Older Gen Y/Millenials ages 30-39 coming in at 25%.  Ages 40-54, the so called Gen Xers, are in a close second coming in at 23% of the home buyers.  

They have money and they're ready to buy.  May be a reason to stage.  Just sayin'...

See the whole NAR article: HERE

3 - Quick sale.  Really want to sell that house?  There's 2 things you can do.  Bring that price down and/or stage it.   

4 -The house is amazing but the decor is not.  This is a hard one.  Bottom line here is, not everyone has good taste.  As a Realtor,  it's kind of your job to help the seller put their best foot forward and that could mean suggesting a stager.  This has actually happened to me before:  the coffee table is absolutely horrendous.  But it's the homeowners prized possession.  They think the coffee table alone may sell the house.  When it all actuality, it's so bad it could kill the deal (well, maybe...).  

Turns out,  if you have a good house, it may sell.  But if you stage a good house - it WILL sell. 

5 - Helping BUYERS find their vision.   Some buyers really need to be helped along by physically showing the the possibilities of a home.  If they see a room it's a room.  No big.  If they see a desk in that room it's now an office.  They then remember they NEED an office.  This house has one!  

If a house is poorly decorated,  or spaced... buyers will think it's a bad house.  If they see a well pro-portioned, up to date place... they will think it's a new, cool pad to call home.   It can change their whole mind set.  And their whole plan to purchase.   

Check out some of the possibilities below.  These are BEFORE/AFTERS (love those!)

How do you stage?  There are different ways.   You can hire someone to add to what you currently have like some of the pictures above or you can have the stagers do everything from top to bottom like the pictures that follow. 

What rooms do you stage?  That depends.  What do you want to showcase about your house?  Who do you think would want to buy your home?   Below was a bedroom turned into an office.  Since people are home more these days... a home office is now a top priority.

Master bedrooms are always a big deal.  Stagers will make it feel like a get away, a retreat. 

Here's another Master. 

Of course living and dining is big since that's where everyone is...

Kitchens matter too.   Those can be easily de-cluttered and re-designed.  Throw up some cool counter stools, signs, bread boxes and a trendy canister or two.  Done.  

Finally tonight, please remember not all stagers are created equal.  There are some good ones, some okay ones and some really great ones.  Find a really great one and work with them!  

I like Honeycomb Homes AZ, LLC... you can find them at
And say HELLO to your home sale!

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Friday, August 21, 2020

What I will Tell my Child about High School

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You have a baby...  

And they grow up.

Has this happened to you?  You head to the hospital to have a baby and then you take them home.  They go to sleep... you wake up and they're in high school.  

That's truly how life works.  It's just that quick.  

They are your little boy/girl and then overnight they are a complete adult.  Their voices change.  They have opinions.  They get boy/girl friends.  They find themselves.  They lose themselves.  They go out ALL THE TIME.  They seem to not need you.

But they do.  They definitely do. 

My daughter is ready to grow into her own person but she also still wants my input as to how that happens.  She wants to know if a sharp right turn is a good idea or if veering there is better.  And I want to tell her.  But I'm treading lightly.  

Why?  Because I want her to know that many decisions are now hers to make.  Now,  I'm here to see her make them.  In 4 more years, I won't be.

After 14 years, this time of input isn't "my way or the highway"  but rather, here's what I would do - so what do you think you should do?  It's hard letting go of that control but I've seen what happens if you don't... either clear cut resentment and anger or a child who never knows how to make decisions on their own.  

Neither is good.  

It's like High School is a 4 year training program: into adulthood.  Cause they're going there with or without our help.  

High School is also the last time we get full time with this little girl in our house.  And that, my friends, is somewhat excruciating, isn't it?  My husband lived for almost 3 years in California doing his job.  Good job experience - not so great for the family.  He missed her entire Middle School.  Time he will never get back.  He "moved home," a few months ago.  I thank God he won't miss her High School in the same way.  These next few years will be a fresh and fast new reality that will go a little like this...

Freshman - pretty similar to 8th grade.  She's new to HS... she will proceed with caution. Make new friends.  It's still Corona time.

Sophomore - she'll be more comfortable.  Lots of friends and activities will follow.  Life will start to speed up (COVID will be mostly behind us - hopefully), she'll be preparing to drive.   

Junior - so much happens this year.  Freedom abounds. College visits, studies and sports hit a high,  she is in her High School prime!

Senior -  she's speeding up while winding down.  she may begin to hate us.  She's practically out the door. 

And then she is... gone.  Off to college.  

As suddenly as she came roaring in to our lives - she darts out.  So what can I tell her during these 4 incredibly formative years?  Do I have any knowledge to share?  I do.  You do too. Maybe it goes something like this:

Dear Dream Come True, 

Get ready for the time of your life.  

These 4 years can be incredible.  There will be major highs and deep lows.  Studies will consume you.  People will confuse you.  You will find a Best Friend Freshman year who may not be a Friend Senior year.  There will be opportunities before you that you have to take advantage of and focus on.  Be true to yourself while remaining supportive of others.  Do not pretend to be someone you're not.  Try something new.  Something unexpected.  As long as it's legal.  Remember three's a crowd so maneuver that carefully.  Be on Social Media, do not rely on it.  Talk to people more than snapping them.  Make friends for who they are, not what they can do for you.  Find a crush but don't marry them.  Laugh ALL THE TIME.  And don't eat frozen yogurt with sourdough bread every afternoon.  That did terrible things to my rear when I was your age.  

Let me break it down: 
Find yourself and through that you will find others.  
Help others and you will become true.
Be true and kind and kindness will follow.  

You have so much to give, so much depth and potential that I cannot wait to see where it will lead you.  Or where you will lead.  Because the girl you are today is just the beginning of the woman you will be tomorrow.   

Please know, during all 4 years of high school... your family will be here.  By your side.  The entire time.  We will wait to see you soar, stop to catch your fall, dry the tears that come and cheer when you stand tall.  By yourself, not alone.  

That's not reassure you.  It's our Promise to you.  

Trust in that...  trust in God and trust in yourself.  If you do that, fully and heartily - the rest will be "easy".

All our love and prayers,
Your Mom, Dad and Brother

Yes, High School is fleeting but I contend it leaves a lasting mark on many.  It can set the tone for the rest of ones life.  In many different ways.  

In this day in age, of COVID, I am certain the "Coronnials" as I call them... will not only have the typical trials and tribulations of growing up but they will have so much more.  

Perhaps the challenge will make some rise.  It will also make others crumble.  It's their choice which path they take.  As a parent of a high schooler I want to encourage my child to push her limit beyond what others would have imagined.  The opportunities will flow like a thriving waterfall if they see and live it that way. 

When I brought my little bundle home from the hospital I knew we were in for a wild rollercoaster ride.  Just never thought the ride would take us to High School... the very next morning.  

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