Sunday, October 31, 2010

Home Seller Tips

Pack It Up – Don’t Pack it In

If you could make thousands on the sale of your home, simply by packing away personal possessions for a few months, would it be worth it?

Committing to a move means sooner or later you will have to pack up all your belongings. Choosing sooner, will make moving easier and less stressful later.

No need to give up your prized possessions forever. Anything packed early, will be taken with you to your new home, and enjoyed there. Here’s a list of items to pack ahead of time and why.

Pack and store any items you feel you will not need over the next 6 months.

  • Clothing is a great example. If you are selling in the spring or summer, pack away your winter clothes. Label clearly for an easy swap in the fall.

Pack nonessential furniture pieces and small accessories.

  • Decluttering and editing furniture and accessories will make a space feel roomy and spacious.

Carefully wrap and store expensive, sentimental or personal items.

  • Home buyers feel like intruders in homes with personal items like photos, awards, diplomas, and even monogrammed towels and doormats.
  • Removing personal items will allow buyers to picture themselves living in your house.
  • Buyers should be as comfortable in your house as they are in their own. The longer they linger, the better shot at a sale.
  • Prevent expensive and one-of-a-kind collections from being stolen or broken.
  • Pack away wedding photos and religious symbols to keep home buyers from knowing more about you than you intended.

Store items out of sight.

  • Store packed items in an attic, rented storage unit or friends' garage.

It takes objectivity to know which items to pack and remove. If you’re finding this process difficult, consider hiring a professional home stager.

Houses are selling, even in this tough market. Packing up clutter is free and easy and will make your home stand out from the competition.

Excess furniture and accessories are put into storage, in this dramatic master bedroom makeover.

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Services Center

A Spirit of Volunteering

Church volunteers share their time, efforts and talent to welcome a new pastor to her first house.

A new pastor triggers a whole house update. To save money, volunteers sand, prime, paint and clean this 2500 square foot 1930s Cape. Below is just one example of this miracle makeover.

I am flattered when asked to help pick paint colors for this renovation. To better understand the demands I make of my home staging clients I join the painting crew. A great learning experience and feeling of accomplishment and community.

Looking from a home staging perspective, I could see the potential in this house, but also knew it would take a lot of work. And, I was reminded once again, that sometimes a little paint, some planning, and a thorough cleaning are all it takes to make a house a home.

A consistent neutral paint color, removal of worn carpeting, and refinished hardwood floors, turn this entry from bland to grand.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Home Seller Tips

Name that Room

Child’s bedroom reclaimed for intended purpose at minimal cost.

As a general rule, a home with four bedrooms should have at least three staged as bedrooms. The fourth can be staged as an office, gym, or hobby room.

In this home, the third bedroom is already being used as an office. The fourth as an exercise space (shown below). It’s necessary to convert one back to its intended purpose. The owners prioritize their needs and choose to convert the gym.

Even though this couple’s children are grown and gone, the home owner has fun turning the room into a little girl’s room. Why? Because potential buyers will most likely have young children.

Staging this room as a little girl’s room makes it easier for potential buyers to picture themselves living here. Most items are found in other areas of the home, or taken from storage, for a transformation at minimal expense.



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Saturday, September 11, 2010

For the Real Estate Professional

Who Pays for Home Staging?

A good question often asked by Realtors. Here are 3 simple options.

Option 1 – Home Seller Pays

Ideally, home sellers will see the value of staging their home and pay for it themselves. According to HomeGain’s 2009 survey, the rate of return for home staging is 583% on an investment as small as $500. As this shows, sellers have the most to gain.

Option 2 – Real Estate Agent Pays

Another option is for the Realtor to pay for an initial 2-hour consultation. Let your client know this is your gift to them, a gift that should bring a quicker sale resulting in a higher sale price.

Option 3- Real Estate Agent Reimburses at Closing

And finally, here's an option that combines one and two. Ask the client to pay upfront, but offer to reimburse an agreed amount at closing. For example, reimburse for an initial 2-hour consultation. It is then at the home seller’s discretion to pay for any additional time.

This option offers the least risk and protects the Realtor in the case clients take the home off the market, do not implement the recommended changes, or insist on listing the home at too high a price.

The Choice is Yours

Each client is unique and you’ll decide which option works best. The goal is to help all clients sell quickly, and for the best price, by consistently incorporating staging into your marketing plan.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Home Seller Tips

As Seen on TV – DIY Home Decorating Tip that Really Works

For less than five dollars, a can of black matte spray paint turns a light fixture from drab to fab.

Punch up your decorating by adding a touch of black to any space.

Before: This beige fixture is lost in a sea of beige walls. It is barely noticed.

After: A little black spray paint, along with a new furniture arrangement, and a deeper paint tone, adds a touch of elegance.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

For the Real Estate Professional

One Day Decorating Leads to One Day Sale

Home staged on advice of agent sells on first listing day.

The sellers are not convinced home staging will make a difference. A two income family with three young children does not have a lot of time, money, or energy to prepare their home for sale.

But their agent is confident in the benefits of home staging – now a consistent part of her marketing plan. She works with these skeptical clients to stage their home.

The consultation takes just three hours. By the end, the sellers are seeing how simple changes make their home show its best. They proceed with the remaining recommendations, AtWell Staged Home returns to assist with the final staging, and the home sells immediately.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Services Center

Unifying Spaces
Separated by Time

Home staging expert Susan Atwell makes a May-December romance in home styles engaging.

Most home owners have plans to fully renovate their home before selling. But sometimes, a home needs to be sold before all updates are complete.

The challenge: Unite updated and non-updated spaces without major construction or cost.

The goal: Excite buyers to see every space – new and old.
Going room to room is more like walking from house to house. One house has current, neutral, high-end updates, the other feels old, dated, and a little neglected.

The main level of this ranch – which buyers will see first – is inconsistent. Most spaces reflect current trends, but a few are flashbacks to the 1960s. For example, compare this updated powder room with this original master bath.

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AtWell Staged Home is concerned home buyers might not stay around long enough to see the homes most exciting feature – a completely renovated basement, equal in size to the main living space. A grand surprise.

And the two thousand square foot finished basement is going to seal the deal for any buyer – as long as they are inspired to complete the tour.

The solution? Staging. Staging marries old and new d├ęcor, and staging sells this home on its first listing day.

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Wallpaper removal, neutral paint, new white towels, updated lighting, and a thorough cleaning, are all completed on time and on budget. There’s no time for a complete bathroom remodel, but these quick updates unify this bath with the renovated spaces, making it move-in ready.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Services Center

What Lies Beneath

Are you hiding your room’s biggest assets? Every room has one, and once identified, AtWell Staged Home ensures it’s the first thing buyers see upon entering.

It wasn’t in the budget to replace the early 90’s dusty rose carpeting, but it didn’t mean attention couldn’t be drawn away from it. Luckily this room had two great, built-in distractions: large windows and high ceilings.

Working within the client’s budget, the easiest and most cost effective solution is to simply remove all window treatments.

After staging, the space looks brighter, larger and more modern. Prior to staging, the eye is directed into the room, at the furniture. After removing the blinds the eye goes to the window, the high ceilings and great view.

Showing off the positives and playing down the negatives. Sounds simple enough, but often times hard to do in a space you have lived in for a long time.

Bringing in the fresh eyes of a professional home stager can make you thousands with just a minimal initial investment.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Home Seller Tips

Home Staging Creates
“Free” Flowing Spaces
that Bring in Big Offers

You do not have to buy or rent all new furniture and accessories to sell quickly and for top dollar.

Even if your furniture is 50 years old – as shown below – have no fear. Furniture placement, to show off a home’s best features, is what really counts.

After 3 months on the market, staging sells this home in 1 week.

This space is transformed in less than an hour using only the room’s current contents. Accessories are limited to just a few large and dramatic pieces. Window treatments are streamlined and modernized by removing sheers and tie-backs.

Finally, three distinct areas are created in this long living room: an intimate sitting space for two tucked into the bay window, a welcoming entertainment area for family and friends, and a functional work zone.

Buyers no longer wonder where they will put their furniture. The room feels warm, inviting and natural. It flows – and it is all done for free.

What’s old is new again in this no cost 1-hour whole-room redesign.

Whether you are selling or staying, you probably already have the elements for a warm, cozy and inviting home. It’s just a matter of the best furniture placement to create the desired flow.



Staging reveals this home’s potential for a quick sale.



Saturday, July 17, 2010

For the Real Estate Professional

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Stagers and Realtors combine forces to sell homes quickly and for top dollar.

The part of the “good cop” will be played by you, the Realtor.

Your role is straightforward. Ensure your clients recognize that:

• Realtors are experts in marketing homes to sell

• Home staging is one of the most powerful marketing tools

• Professional home staging is an important part of your marketing plan, because staged homes sell faster and for more money than unstaged homes.

There’s no longer a need to spend hours telling your sellers to put away their personal photos, eliminate that funky odor emanating from the basement, or to clean those unsightly stains around the tub. No more nervous tiptoeing around these sensitive topics.

And most important, there’s no risk of offending sellers, since you recommend staging to all your clients.

Awkward space transformed into cozy sitting area during consultation.

The part of the “bad cop” will be played by AtWell Staged Home.

AtWell Staged Home advises the seller on everything they can do to sell quickly and for top dollar. This is done with tact and sensitivity, while developing creative solutions for clients to live comfortably in their newly staged home.

Have you ever seen a home that couldn’t benefit from a 2-hour home staging consultation?

Let the home stager be the bad guy. See how much faster a home is transformed to a show home when you bring in the professional services of AtWell Staged Home.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Services Center

AtWell Staged Home: Sure Solutions Sweepstakes Finalist

SureFit chooses the top 8 finalists, and then opens voting up to the public. Click here to view all 8 finalists and see how a simple slip cover changes the look and feel of an entire room.

AtWell Staged Home recommends SureFit slip covers as a budget friendly solution to quickly revive or update any room.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Home Seller Tips

I’m a Believer –
In Home Staging

But I wasn’t always a believer. So what changed that for me and can it convince you too?
Last month, we used science to prove that home staging works. This month I’ll share a personal story of how I became a home staging believer.

Convincing a Home Stager that Home Staging Works

It takes two experiments to convince me staged homes sell faster. My first foray into home staging starts with a friend’s condo. It sells in the first listing week with multiple offers. The market is hot, and I think little of it at the time.

My second foray is more conscious and challenging. Another friend’s house, on the market 9 months, and no sale. The market is beginning to cool, but when the home is originally listed, the market is still hot.

Proof that Even in the Best Markets, Some Homes Won’t Sell “As Is”

This home is transformed for less than 1% of listing price. It sells in 2 months with multiple offers and the beginnings of a bidding war. After, the agent asks to hire me and a year later, AtWell Staged Home opens its doors.

Even with my passion for decorating and staging, I still needed proof home staging works. After two successful staging projects, the home stager finally becomes a true believer.

Secret to Home Staging Success

One final observation regarding the secret to this success. These sellers did not spend a lot of money. The common theme of these, and later successful clients, is effort.

Sweat equity – cleaning, decluttering, rearranging of furniture – is their best investment.

Take a Chance on Home Staging and Win Big

Take this experiment to your home. Consult with AtWell Staged Home on making your home appeal to prospective home buyers. Implement the recommendations. Combine with the right agent and the right price to see how quickly your home sells.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

For the Real Estate Professional

Two Reasons
Price Reductions Alone
Won’t Sell a House

Do your clients think offering a lower price than the competition will guarantee a quick sale? Are they willing to lose thousands to avoid the work required to fully market their home? If so, remind them how:

Price reductions won’t make buyers fall in love with a property

All buyers have a list of items they want in a home. But, when a buyer really loves a home, they throw out that logical list and buy the property anyway. If all they love is the price, that’s probably not enough to make a sale.

Price reductions won’t make a home move-in ready

Many of today’s buyers are busy two-income families. They don’t have the time or money to do major fix-ups and renovations just to move into their new home.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Services Center

Focus on Features

AtWell Staged Home compels buyers to see a home’s best architectural features.

This room’s best architectural feature – or focal point – is the picture window. It brings in great amounts of light and shows off the private view. But, before staging the eye is drawn primarily to the beautiful loveseat.

After staging, the eye skips past the furniture to the feature window, newly framed with paint. Buyers are now drawn into the room to view the private backyard. Eliminating the window treatments modernizes the space while saving money.

AtWell Staged Home brings out the best features in a home. We specialize in quick, simple, budget friendly transformations that generate rapid sales.

And, if you’re curious, staging helps sell this home in just 4 days.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Home Seller Tips

Home Staging Proof

Solid science proves staged homes really do sell faster.

I may have a BA in English, but my passions lie in the sciences and math. After a few years in the business world, my love for logic, evolved into a successful career as a computer scientist.

So when I first heard that staged homes sell faster than unstaged homes, it seemed to make sense, but I still wondered, how do they really know?

A Scientific Method for Proving Home Staging Works

In my mind, there’s only one way to prove home staging works. And that’s scientifically. To perform this experiment, we need to take two identical homes. One staged, one unstaged. Everything else being equal – location, price, promotion – see which one sells faster.

Since we know this isn’t really possible, the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and I have a comparable method. Here are the steps:

First, attempt to sell a home unstaged. Wait. If there is no sale, stage it. Wait an equal amount of time, or until the home sells. Finally, compare the results.

RESA Study Proves Staged Homes – Vacant or Occupied – Take 78% Less Time to Sell than Unstaged Homes

RESA’s study compiled data from home stagers around the country. Here’s what they found:

  • Between January and December of 2009, 87 vacant homes are put up for sale. Average days on market with no sale are 277. These same homes are later staged with rental furniture and accessories and sell in 63 days.
  • Similarly, in the same time period, 39 occupied homes are put up for sale. After an average of 233 days, without a sale, they too are staged. After returning to the market they average only 53 days to sell.
Click here to view or download a copy of the complete RESA study.

AtWell Staged Home Confirms RESA Study Findings

In a review of AtWell Staged Home's properties staged during this same time period, once staged, these homes sell 85% faster. Very similar to the RESA study results.

Click here to see how quickly AtWell Staged Home's properties sell.

Never Too Late to Stage

Luckily, most clients stage prior to listing. But, even when they don’t, that’s OK. The data show it’s never too late to stage.

Vacant home staged after 5 months and no sale.
Home sells 1 week after staging is complete.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Home Seller Tips

Big Bang Theory
of Home Staging

It is always better to delay the listing of your home, than try to trickle out fixes and upgrades while the home is on the market.

When marketing a product, consumers are bombarded with images and sounds, on TV, radio and print. It may take 10 or more times before a consumer reacts to that ad.

But that’s not quite how it works in Real Estate. A home is not placed repeatedly in the face of consumers. It generally explodes onto the market with a single big bang! Just one chance to make that very important first – and lasting – impression.

Like a gourmet meal – artfully described – agents and buyers see this listing as fresh, new and enticing. But what happens when no one “bites”? The listing quickly becomes stale followed by concerns. Why is no one interested? Is there something wrong?

So, what is the Big Bang Theory of Home Staging? Simply put, it’s when all the elements required to sell a home quickly and for top dollar come together at the same time.

The perfect formula integrates promotion, price and product. The agent is responsible for promoting the home to potential buyers, as well as advising the seller on setting a fair price based on current market conditions. But the seller alone is responsible for preparing the product – the home – to look its best.

Properly showcasing a home is an important piece of the equation. And the big bang can only be achieved when this vital step is complete. This part takes the most time and effort, but garners the greatest reward.

As Nike says, “Just do it!” Whether training for an athletic event, preparing for a presentation, or writing a term paper, we are limited only by time and effort.

Start early, and do a little each day, to reap the greatest rewards while reducing the stress of moving. No all-nighters, just do what can be done in the timeframe established. The key is to prioritize and focus on the tasks with the highest return on investment (ROI).

The seller’s only job after listing is to keep the home in showing condition – and field offers, of course.

Not sure where to start or what to do? Work with your agent or hire a professional home stager. A 2-3 hour home staging consultation will give you all the information you need to properly prepare your home for its debut.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

For the Real Estate Professional

Secret to Success:
Home Staging Consultations

I recently ran a workshop for a group of local Realtors. Early in the discussion, and before I have a chance to say it, the manager tells attendees:

“There isn’t a home out there that couldn’t benefit from a 2-hour home staging consultation.”

Agents are then encouraged to offer this service to all clients. Paying up front for the consultation or reimbursing the cost at closing. With a speedier sale, and higher purchase price, this investment will easily be returned to the agent at closing.

Below is a great example of no cost staging achieved during a 2-hour agent paid consultation. An offer is accepted within two weeks of listing.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Home Seller Tips

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words – or is that Dollars?

Use photographs to expose equity killing clutter.

Have you heard the phrase, “clutter kills equity”? But how do you recognize the clutter in your own home? Try taking “before” pictures. A room will look cluttered in a picture, where it may not in person. Because photos never lie.

Step 1: Take the pictures yourself, or ask your agent to take them.

Take pictures from all points of entry to a room. Take additional pictures, focusing on architectural features like fireplaces, picture windows, or built-ins.

Step 2: Wait.

Wait a few days before reviewing the pictures. If possible, review the images away from your space. This will make it easier to be objective.

Step 3: Review the pictures.

Now, here’s the hard part – being objective. Put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and pretend you are looking at photos of someone else’s home. Avoid making excuses, or thinking its “good enough”.

Remember, no one with a choice ever settles for a home that is “good enough”.

Know what buyers are looking for: move-in ready homes, great architectural features – like hardwood floors, large windows and fireplaces, and a little WOW factor or pizzazz doesn’t hurt either. Does your home show any, or all of these elements? Could it if you removed some of the clutter and/or furnishings?

Before getting started, test your objectivity with this “before” image. One of many homes where clutter was slowing down the sale. Ask yourself the following five questions:

  1. Where is your eye drawn – are you looking at the room or its contents?
  2. Does the fireplace standout?
  3. Do you notice the window?
  4. Can you tell how big this room really is?
  5. What feelings do you have when viewing this image?

Before: The eye is drawn to the “stuff” in this space. Too much furniture and knickknacks make it hard to focus on the fireplace – the central feature. The window is almost unnoticeable, and the room feels like it is closing in on itself.

Next, ask yourself these same five questions about the “after” picture below.After: The owner has edited down both furniture and accessories. Now, the walls, fireplace, floor and window – the elements for sale – are clearly visible. The room even appears larger, and after all, we are selling square footage.

The cost to stage this room – zero dollars. Selling in less than three weeks after lingering for over three months – priceless.

If you’re still having trouble being objective, or want a faster approach, consider hiring a professional home stager. By the end of a 2-4 hour consultation you will know exactly what’s needed to prepare your home for sale.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Quick Tips

Put a Lid on It

The other day I was viewing a listing on-line. It was a beautiful 2 million dollar Westchester County NY home. Each room was exactly what you would expect for the area and for the price – all but one.

This photograph centered on the toilet. Not just a toilet, I wouldn’t mind that, but this one had its lid up. The picture stuck out from the rest because it was inconsistent with the overall image being projected. And, as I learned from Sesame Street, this one photo did not belong with the others.

Keep your presentation consistent and classy. When photographing or showing a bathroom’s toilet, always put a lid on it.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Services Center

Inspired Decorating

AtWell Staged Home is invited to decorate a client’s new home after successfully selling his prior home.

The owner’s prior house lingered on the market for 9 months, but after staging, sells in just 2 months with multiple offers.

"I am so proud of my new home and receive many compliments. I miss my old house, but Susan has helped me decorate my new home as a place where friends, family and I love to spend time." – JM, Somers, NY
Working with the owner’s desires and budget, many projects were tackled. Two complete bathroom makeovers, hardwood floors, paint and some new furniture help this owner make a fresh start in a new community.

Prior home – inspiration piece – the owner’s favorite area rug.

New home – Hardwood floors are installed and a buttery paint color applied. A new couch, chair, and window treatments are all that are needed to coordinate with the owner’s favorite area rug, furnishings, and accessories.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Special Report for Sellers and Agents

Top 12 DIY
Home Improvements
for Home Sellers

Home Staging, once again, leads the list of home improvement projects with the highest return on investment. Increase your home’s resale value with staging, the key to selling success.

The following is reprinted from HomeGain’s recent survey.

HomeGain reveals new survey findings of top 12 do-it-yourself home improvements for home sellers, based on responses from nearly 1,000 REALTORS; cleaning and de-cluttering ranks as highest return on investment, followed by home staging.

Emeryville, CA (PRWEB) November 5, 2009 –, the first website to offer web-based free instant home values, today announced that it has released the results of its nationwide home improvement and home staging Home Sale Maximizer™ survey.

HomeGain received responses from nearly 1,000 Realtors nationwide and configured a list of the top 12 do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvements that cost under $5,000 and benefit sellers most when they sell their homes.

According to the HomeGain survey, the top five home improvements that Realtors recommend to home sellers based on cost and return on investment (from highest to lowest ROI) are:
  1. Cleaning and de-cluttering ($200 cost / $1,700 price increase / 872% ROI)
  2. Home staging($300 cost / $1,780 price increase / 586% ROI)
  3. Lightening and brightening ($230 cost / $1,300 price increase / 572% ROI)
  4. Landscaping ($320 cost / $1,500 price increase / 473% ROI)
  5. Repairing plumbing ($385 cost / $1,250 price increase / 327% ROI)
Cleaning and de-cluttering continues to rank as the top suggested home improvement (since the survey was originally conducted in 2000), recommended by 98 percent of Realtors, costing less than $200 and returning a value of nearly $1,700 to the home’s sale price, or an 872% return on investment.

“Many Realtors agree, especially in a buyer’s market, that sellers who make these recommended home improvements often get their homes sold faster and at higher prices,” stated Louis Cammarosano, General Manager at HomeGain.

“We have customized our Home Sale Maximizer online home improvement tool to help identify and prioritize the projects that can increase the salability and selling price of a home.”

Rounding out the top 12, the list of low cost, do-it-yourself home improvements includes: updating electrical, replacing or shampooing carpets, painting interior walls, repairing damaged floors, updating kitchen, painting outside of home, and updating bathroom/s.

The home improvement projects with the highest price increases to a home's resale value is Updating the Kitchen ($1,200 cost / $2,850 price increase), followed by Painting the Outside of the Home ($900 cost / $1,815 price increase) and Home Staging ($300 cost / $1,780 price increase).

"Inexpensive cosmetic home improvements and basic improvements greatly enhance the value of the home," stated Carol Wilson of Carpenter Real Estate in Indianapolis, IN, HomeGain AgentEvaluator member since 1999.

To see the complete survey results, visit the HomeGain Real Estate Blog.

Home Sale Maximizer is a home improvement online resource that helps homeowners identify key repairs for getting a home ready for sale, and that can result in a higher sale price for their home.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Services Center

Westchester Choice Realty Partners with AtWell Staged Home
Complete professional Home Staging services now available for all Westchester Choice home sellers.

Barry Kramer and John Crittenden, principal brokers of Westchester Choice Realty in Scarsdale, New York, believe in home staging and offer basic staging services – furniture placement and decluttering advice – free to all their clients. They encourage clients to consider the services of a professional home stager for those needing more assistance.

Westchester Choice Realty has partnered with professional home stager Susan Atwell of AtWell Staged Home. Susan has achieved remarkable results for her clients and Westchester Choice recommends her services.

AtWell Staged Home offers services from a professional design consultation to rental of furniture and other design elements. Occupied or vacant, AtWell Staged Home will give your home an advantage over the competition.

1 Bed 1 Bath co-op at 250 Garth Road, Scarsdale

Saturday, January 16, 2010

For the Real Estate Professional

Multiple Offers
Stagers and Realtors working together generate multiple offers.

Co-listing agents spend their marketing money wisely. A reluctant home seller – helped and encouraged by her agents – implements changes as they are recommended by AtWell Staged Home. Many rooms are transformed on the spot, others after the 2-hour consultation concludes.

End result? After receiving multiple offers, this $449k Lincolndale NY home sells in 5 days, for just 4k below asking.

Multiple offers are still possible when you team with AtWell Staged Home. A 2-hour home staging consultation promises to produce more interest, excitement, and traffic to your listings.