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Vacant Staging = Over-Asking

I recently worked with an investor couple on staging their vacant income property.  They knew they could get more money for the property if it was staged rather than left vacant.  However, we were surprised just how much over-list price an Offer came in at.  Yes, it is still a Seller's market, which means [...]

Vacant Staging = Over-Asking2021-04-07T13:27:46-05:00

What to Expect in a Seller’s Market

Because housing inventory is so low, there are a lot of buyers who have lost out on their next home even with strong offers.  Even cash offers, over-asking, short closing dates, and an inspection for educational purposes are being rejected.  So what can a real estate agent do? According to Cara Ameer of Inman, [...]

What to Expect in a Seller’s Market2021-03-09T13:18:04-06:00

Is it Tacky or Tawdry?

I came across a post about "tacky decorating" and wondered specifically what the author defines as "tacky."  The word "tacky" can mean slightly sticky, but in this case, the author means "in bad taste or of low quality." The word "tawdry" usually refers to a person's habits or dress; is defined as "cheap, gaudy, [...]

Is it Tacky or Tawdry?2021-01-22T13:20:56-06:00

Do You Need a Variance?

Land Use I listed two adjoining properties in Dane County (Wisconsin) in an unincorporated town named Mt. Vernon, in the Township of Springdale.  The zoning is classified as HAM-R, residential hamlet.  The land use is under the auspices of Dane County Planning and Land Development.  The required lot size is 20,000 sq ft and [...]

Do You Need a Variance?2021-01-13T14:57:56-06:00

Don’t Neglect Exterior Curb Appeal

The first impression of any property is its exterior.  Are the windows foggy?  Is the landscaping overgrown?  Is the concrete buckled? On this house, the cedar shakes were deteriorating.  The couple had lived here for 18 years.  Due to a northern climate, over time, freezing and thawing had cracked some of the wood.  Plus, [...]

Don’t Neglect Exterior Curb Appeal2020-12-08T16:06:53-06:00

Senior Housing Staging

One of the main reasons older adults move into retirement communities is for a greater sense of security and peace of mind. Retirement communities offer such features as emergency call buttons in bedrooms and bathrooms, ADA-compliant living areas, and onsite security staff. Staging a senior living community means sturdy furniture, no area rugs, no sharp [...]

Senior Housing Staging2020-11-11T16:22:36-06:00

Your Credit Score

Are you pre-approved for a mortgage? Due to COVID-19, most sellers want a minimum number of people in their homes after being listed.  One of the ways to adhere to that request is for a prospective buyer to have a buyer's agent and be pre-approved for a mortgage.  This usually ensures  a prospective buyer [...]

Your Credit Score2020-10-14T14:16:02-05:00

From Staged to Sold in 4 Days

This house needed to be sold to settle an estate.  However, it was FULL of personal belongings and not ready to list.  Luckily, a relative took a week out of their schedule to order a dumpster and box up items he thought some other relatives would appreciate.  Then, after a thorough cleaning, Premiere Stagers [...]

From Staged to Sold in 4 Days2020-09-14T13:53:09-05:00

House Hunting with a Home Stager

My daughter and her husband are looking for their first house in a Chicago suburb.  They are being pre-approved for a mortgage, but in the mean time decided to look at a few Open Houses one recent Sunday while I was visiting.  They chose four very different house styles to see if one style [...]

House Hunting with a Home Stager2020-08-25T15:38:56-05:00
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