Home Staging During The Real Estate Slump

Within the first 90 seconds, people decide if they could live in your home. The problem is that there are so many homes on the market right now, that if yours doesn't catch their eye immediately, then they have other choices - lots of other choices!

In order to sell your house, you have to take your home out of it! You can do this by taking down family pictures and collections and vacation memorabilia. All of this will make your house feel like something a buyer could turn into their home.

Other easy to make changes include removing all area rugs because the eye stops when it comes to a rug. You want the buyer's eyes to take in the full floor plant. You can also remove practically everything from the kitchen counter tops and absolutely everything from above the kitchen cabinets. You don't want your buyers to be looking up. Instead you want them to notice the features of the kitchen. And having clear counter tops lets them see all your kitchen has to offer.

According to StagedHomes.com, staging your home will save you money. A professionally staged home is on the market 33 days or less, according to the site, versus an unstaged home, which is usually on the market for up to 165 days. Not only that, but staged homes sell for more. Selling your home faster and for more - home staging is the perfect solution.

To learn more about home staging, buy 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now and For More Money Than You Thought.

Teri B Clark is Interviewed by First 30 Days!

Hi all! Iwas interviewed by First Thirty Days at first30days.com after the editor read 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought. In my interview, I discussed using a home stager so that the first 30 days as a home seller would go more smoothly. The First Thirty Days mission is to inspire others to find the positive in any change . They want to be the first place you think of in times of change, a place full of optimism and a place where you feel informed and inspired.

When it comes to getting your home ready to sell, you want the advice of Teri B. Clark. The writer has become quite a specialist on the home selling front—her book, 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought has helped many sellers through a tough market, and the book was recently awarded the Eric Hoffer Award, given to excellent titles from independent publishers. Here, Clark tells us the common pitfalls home sellers encounter, and how you can come out on top.

You can view my interview here.

Teri B. Clark's Book on Home Staging Awarded "First Runner Up" in the Eric Hoffman Book Awards 2008.

Teri B. Clark's Book on Home Staging Awarded "First Runner Up" in the Eric Hoffman Book Awards 2008.

Teri B Clark Home Staging Book301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought by Teri B Clark is a First Runner Up in the 2008 Eric Hoffer Award.

“We are very excited about using our international award program to honor the memory one of America’s greatest freethinkers,” said Christopher Klim, the managing editor of Best New Writing, which publishes the results of the Eric Hoffer Award for books and
prose. “This year’s Hoffer winners bring us to a new height.”

The Eric Hoffer Award for short prose and books was established at the start of the 21st century as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit. It honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing.

The Hoffer Award exists as a platform to honor independent books of exceptional merit. Since its inception as the Writers' Notes Award, the Hoffer Award has grown in prominence each year. Multiple books in many categories and various press types are given prizes, "Hoffer" honors, and worldwide media exposure.

Category distinctions were awarded on three levels in descending order: Winner, First Runner-Up, and Notables. The Eric Hoffer Book Award grants a $1,500 annual grand prize and separate distinctions for the best academic, small, and micro press, the best self-published book, and various winners in 14 categories that cover the entire publishing spectrum. Also, the Montaigne Medal is awarded to the most though-provoking books.

Poor Housing Market and Home Staging

The struggling housing market is forcing people to take more drastic measures to sell their homes. A local credit union held a class aimed at helping homeowners attract buyers. Many homeowners say they need all the help they can get. With the struggling housing industry, many homeowners have to do a lot more than a sign to market their homes. When the market is not good, you have to do things to make your house stand out.

Home Staging is the way to make your house stand out from the crowd. To learn more about home staging, buy 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought.

Should You Home Stage Without Professional Help?

The purpose of home staging is to emphasize your home's best attributes and sway potential buyers. This can be done with just a few accessories or with a whole house of new furnishings, paint, and accessories.

But can you do it alone? That depends. You must be able to be objective. Staging your home isn't about your own tastes. It is about making the home appealing to the general population. And it isn't really about function. You may use all those products in your tub, but when it comes to selling your home, none of them should be seen.

Whether you go it alone or use a stager, you have to have the attitude that your home is no longer your home. Instead, you must be able to see it as your investment.

To learn more about home staging, buy 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now and For More Money Than You Thought.

Home Staging in a Buyer's Market

This is definitely a buyer's market which means that if you are selling your home, you simply have to make your home stand out from the crowd. The best way to do this is to home stage.

Homes that have been staged are clean, clutter-free, showcase a home's features, and are ready to show to potential buyers. The goal is to create an appealing atmosphere that will make buyers want your home over any other.

You don't want to spend money on a house you are trying to sell? Don't be short-sighted! The first price reduction is far more than the investment of staging! Not to mention the cost of paying your mortgage longer or even having to pay 2 mortgages while you wait for the sale.

To learn more about home staging, buy 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought.

Home Staging Book Is a Finalist!


301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now and For More Money Than You Thought was a finalist in the Home: Decorating/Interior Design category.

USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE NATIONAL BEST BOOKS 2007 AWARDS (BBA) on November 1, 2007. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print, audio books & courses, e-books and interactive CD-ROMs. Awards were presented for titles published in 2007 and late 2006.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USABookNews.com, said this year's contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists.

Keen says of the awards, now in their fourth year, "The 2007 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. As an executive in the publishing PR and marketing industry and president and CEO of JPX Media, I wanted to create an awards competition that recognized books in their publication year rather than months after the original launch window. "

USABookNews.com is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. USABN Magazine Online is the monthly electronic magazine e-mailed free to a large cross-section of the book buying public. JPX Media, in Los Angeles, California, is the parent company of USABookNews.com.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the USABookNews.com National �Best Books� 2007 Awards are available online at http://www.USABookNews.com.

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Become a Home Stager - New Book Coming Out!

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Redesign, Redecorating, & Home Staging Business—With Companion CD-ROM

Are you planning to become part of this redesign or real estate staging network? During this time of phenomenal growth, these businesses may be worth your investigation. If you can answer yes to the following questions, then the redesign or home staging business may be just right for you. • Do you love decorating your home? • Are you addicted to home decorating shows and magazines? • Do you know exactly what someone should do to sell their home fast? • Are you constantly moving your furniture around? • Do you find yourself decorating for your friends and family for free? • Do you have a flair for decorating? Keep in mind, however, that Redesign and Real Estate Staging are more than just having the talent and skills to do the job. The business of the business is the part that can be tricky. Readers of this book will fall into one of the following categories: • Those With a Second Career: You already have a successful career and are looking for something new. In fact, the design field may be totally unrelated to anything you have ever done before • Those Wishing To Be Their Own Boss: You want to have more control over your day and how it goes. Being your own boss allows you to be flexible. • Those That Are Business Beginners: You have started your own business, and are finding that the small business tools that are available just do not apply to the design industry. • Those That Want To Grow Their Design Business: You already are fully engaged in your own design business and need sound marketing principles to grow your business further. • Those That Are Curious: You just want to know what the design industry is all about and find out if you can develop your passion into a thriving business. No matter which description fits you, this book will be instrumental in your success of the business side of redesigning and home staging. In these chapters, you will learn whether you are cut out to be an entrepreneur, what to offer as a redesigner, redecorator, and real estate stager, what to charge for your services, how to create both a simple and formal business plan, how to set up your home office, the legalities of owning a business, how to market, how to give a presentation, the day to day workings of your job, and professional design techniques. You will read expert examples and business blunders. You will receive tips, scripts, and templates. After you are finished with this book, you will be ready to start your own redesign, redecorate, and real estate staging business. More importantly, you will be ready to succeed.

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Home Staging: Refresh Your Home

Make sure all your furniture, light fixtures and accessories look contemporary. Most of the time, you can achieve the "fresh" look without spending a lot. For example, changing the counter top and/or cabinet handles in the kitchen can make a huge difference without having to remodel it. Changing light fixtures or faucets can also make quite an impact on the look and feel of a room. Simple things such as a new bed ensemble, a few decorative pillows and two nice table lamps will transform a bedroom.

To learn more about home staging, buy 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought.

Home Staging: Make Your Space Count

Selling your home, especially in a down market, can be tricky. The solution is knowing the market so that you spend your money where it will make the biggest impression. The biggest thing to remember is to play up your space.

Keep the following tips in mind as you do so:

- Make sure each room has a specific focus.

-Play up any focal points like a fireplace or a bay window

- Create curb appeal and an appealing front entry.

-Your home should be clean, de-cluttered, and have a good traffic-flow

To learn more, buy 301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home NOW and For More Money Than You Thought.