Open Houses Archive

Top 10 Stupid Staging Ideas

By Justin Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency Not all home staging is created equally. Staging Darwinism is real and only the smart survive. Below we countdown the top 10 “stoopidest” home staging ideas. #10. “Bake cookies right before...
October 5, 2015

Don’t Forget the ‘Windshield Effect’ When Perfecting Your Listing

By Sabine H. Schoenberg Most sellers concentrate on getting the inside of their homes ready for visiting buyers. While this is, of course important many miss the most important moment in the presentation of their home: The so-called “windshield effect.” By...
September 2, 2013

One Thing You May be Overlooking in Your Home Presentations!

By Ryan West, First Texan Realty Smartphones have become a standard tool for a majority of people. When presenting a home to a potential customer, we must now consider an extra home presentation factor: signal strength. Lead Paint According...

On Second Thought, Don’t Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Open House!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A favorite real estate tip: When prepping a home for a showing, whip up some chocolate chip cookies to fill the home with that rich, inviting, tasty smell. Who wouldn’t want to sit...

The Art of Telling Your Clients that Their Perfect Home Ain’t So Perfect

By Myra Nourmand One person’s junk is another’s treasure. After doing your preliminary walk through, you realize that your client’s home needs help. On the one hand, you want to say, “Toss those magazines in the recycle bin, and...
September 3, 2012

Before You List, Must-do Showing Tips

Staging pro Sharon Brown with Homescapes by Design in Roseville, Minn., offers her clients a checklist before they list their home for sale. The point of the checklist is to make sure the home is show-ready before the for-sale...
November 7, 2011