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                                Welcome!  I am so excited to showcase beautiful homes, beautiful people and families, a beautiful city,  industry tips and insights and so many wonderful moments that make Houston the best place to be. This blog is also for all my past and present clients to connect with me and the various products and services my business can offer. For future prospects and other professionals to get a glimpse on me and my company. For my family and friends to have a main site to come to […]

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Lakes of Parkway Home Move-in Ready!

A Home You’ll Be Proud to Own! Superbly maintained Kickerillo custom home located in intimate cul-de-sac in Prestigious 24 hour manned/gated Lakes of Parkway. Home accents include: foyer with lovely winding staircase, Italian tile floors with granite inserts, over-sized study with french doors, light and airy formal dining, island kitchen with Miele dishwasher, Viking professional gas cook top, living room opens to breakfast and kitchen, master bedroom suite with access to backyard, master bath with natural stone tiles, frameless glass shower, spa tub, spacious bedrooms and closets, high ceilings, unique custom-built large laundry room, plantation shutters, pergola with lightnings, fan and outdoor kitchen, mature landscaped garden, and spacious lot big enough for a pool plus so much more. Come see all the many other advantages this home has to offer. Schedule a showing today!

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Dietrich Properties,
281-558-4115

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Just Listed! 1607 Keenen Court

Just Listed!

Lakes of Parkway home nestled on a intimate cul-de-sac, featuring: guard gated entrance, excellent floor plan, beautifully landscaped, wood floors & tile on first floor, carpet upstairs, spacious rooms & closets, island kitchen, plantation shutters, home theatre system and over-sized patio ready for the perfect gathering. Come see this beautiful home that is wonderful for you and yours!

Visit http://1607KeenenCourt.mydphouse.com for more details.

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Just Listed! 1614 Cottage Landing Lane

Just Listed!

Fabulous custom Kickerillo home on quiet cul-de-sac in 24 hour manned/gated Lakes of Parkway. Home features: 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bath, island kitchen open to living, newly installed hardwoods in living, dining, master, study and stairs; freshly painted interior with neutral colors through-out, high ceilings, wonderful greige tones on kitchen cabinets and paneled study built-ins. Master bedroom suite with access to backyard, spacious upstairs secondary bedrooms with Hollywood baths, washer, dryer and refrigerator included. Don’t wait to see!

Visit http://1614CottageLanding.mydphouse.com for more details.

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How I Staged It: The Master Suite

The master suite is a place where relaxation should be paramount. A calming color scheme and carefully staged space can do exactly that. Staging and real estate professionals submitted some of their favorite staging photos and tips for our new slideshow, How I Staged It: The Makings of a Master Retreat.

Check out these stylishly staged master bedrooms >>>

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How I Staged It: The Fireplace

 

Want to have your photos featured? We’re looking for staging insights and photos for making over the entryway and dining room. Submit your pictures to mtracey@realtors.org.

 

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The 3 Most Important Rooms to Stage in a House

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Staging not only results in a quicker sale but also tends to increase the home’s value too, according to the newly released 2019 Profile of Home Staging report conducted by the National Association of REALTORS®. One quarter of buyers’ agents say that staging a home increased the dollar value of a home between 1 to 5 percent compared to similar homes on the market that weren’t staged. Seventeen percent of agents said that staging increased the home’s dollar value between six to 10 percent.

Which rooms are the most important to focus on in the house?

Staging the living room was found to be the most important for buyers (47 percent), followed by staging the master bedroom (42 percent) and staging the kitchen (35 percent). For inspiration on sprucing up the master bedroom, view our slideshow: How I Staged It: The Makings of a Master Retreat

The least important area to stage? The guest bedroom, according to buyer agents. Only 8 percent of buyer agents said it was important to stage a guest bedroom in the home.

 

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The Jewelry in Your Kitchen Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Great lighting is definitely stealing more of the spotlight in kitchen design lately. Pendant lights that hang from the ceiling above your kitchen island—usually in a row of two or three–is really a place to show off lighting to dress up your kitchen.

Some designers refer to pendant lights as the jewelry of your kitchen. They add a little decorative sparkle to catch the eye.

Blown glass pendants are one of the top trends. This is a clear glass light fixture with an exposed Edison light bulb inside. Glass pendants in geometric shapes, like a glass boxed pendant or a glass sphere, are popping up in more kitchens lately.

Glass pendants can be a great choice for smaller kitchens or kitchens within an open floor plan. That’s because the see-through glass doesn’t disrupt the line of sight in your kitchen space. The lighting adds just enough statement and shine to accent that kitchen island.

Check out a few examples.

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3 Reasons Why Staging a Vacant Home Is Critical

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource

When you see before-and-after photos of spaces not staged versus staged, it’s easy to quickly become a believer in home staging! Vacant spaces, in particular, absolutely need to be staged for these 3 HUGE reasons…

  1. An empty room EASILY SHOWS its flaws.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of strutting around in my bikini these days … are you? Why? Because with very little on, you can see every flaw on my body. Empty rooms are no different!

No room is perfect and empty ones especially are like walking around naked. Look at this room below which in its naked condition appears dark, dreary, small and what is that THING under the window?

Buyers walking into this space would immediately think it’s far too dark and notice the under window contraption. Then, they would walk out.

But look what happens when this room becomes professional staged by a certified home stager (Stephanie White Interiors)…

Staged by Stephanie White Interiors

If you were not a “staging believer” before … I bet you are now!  You don’t notice the under-window contraption, darkness, or dreariness in a room staged and styled with warmth, texture, and well … fully dressed.

This room was brought back from the dead, literally!

2. An empty room almost ALWAYS looks smaller than it really is.

People have no imaginations and let’s face it, how could buyers intuitively even know if furniture will fit into a space. Empty rooms almost always appear smaller than they really are because without furniture … it has no frame of reference.

This empty room had doorways everywhere and a small fireplace that would make buyers feel like their furniture would absolutely not fit.  More importantly, buyers would have no idea how to do a furniture layout in this tricky living space. Why allow your rooms to look smaller than they really are?

Now, take a look at that same space with furniture …

By cleverly floating the furniture around the focal point and creating a seating area, Stephanie leaves nothing up to the buyer’s imagination.

Finally, here’s the number one reason it’s critical to stage an empty or vacant home…

2. Empty rooms are cold and lifeless (i.e. not exactly an emotion you want buyers to feel!)

Imagine the cost of putting up a lifeless, cold, sterile photo online of your empty home! In our 2018 staging statistics of over 4,200 professionally staged homes, the average increase in value to the home due to professional staging was more than 8 percent.

Vacant homes typically take twice as long to sell and go for even less than unstaged, “occupied” homes. So,  imagine the true cost of not staging a vacant home!

What emotion do you feel when you look at this empty, unstaged room?

3. Every room gives a stager the opportunity to add “emotional connections” to the space, so that buyers fall in love, aspire to live there and can actually imagine their family in that home.

Staging is merchandising and marketing in its purest form. Home stagers learn who the buyer demographic is and what they envision for a home will draw on those emotions with a carefully styled room…

Staged by Stephanie White Interiors

Can you believe this is the same dreary room you saw in the photo above?  Yep, that’s the power of staging and the importance of not leaving anything up to the buyer’s imagination.

For a quick guide on how to understand home stager pricing and proposals, check out: How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Audra Slinkey is president and founder of the Home Staging Resource, a home staging and redesign certification training company. Slinkey’s training program has been awarded the Most Innovative Product of the Year Award three times. She serves on the board of the Real Estate Staging Association. Slinkey is also a published author and international speaker on staging, color, and design. She is proud and privileged to help create and mentor thousands of staging and design businesses across the globe. To find home stagers that do the kind of work featured above, visit Directory of Certified Home Stagers and Designers.

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