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October 2015

Types of Ceilings

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Haunted By Indians?

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I lived in this house in 1988……when we moved in all the neighbors ran out to meet us and to let us know that every 2 years….the house was sold to someone new and the previous couple got divorced.  I didn’t think much of their stories until I found myself leaving….and checking up on it through the years…..every couple that bought it got divorced until recently when a single woman bought it……..It is down the street from Comanche  Lookout….land that the Native Americans used as a vantage point for warfare and hunting. Per the paranormal website for Russell Rush Haunted Tours: The Apache, and later, the Comanche Indians dominated the area as they hunted along waterways including nearby Cibolo Creek. The hill was also a prominent landmark for travelers in the 18th and 19th centuries. The old Spanish road (one of several routes of the Camino Real or Royal Road) from San Antonio to Bastrop and Nacogdoches in East Texas extended past the base of the hill. The road followed earlier American Indian travel routes, and today its remnants are known as Nacogdoches Road. Contrary to popular belief, there was never a fort or look-out at the top of the hill. In fact, both Native Americans and settlers used this hill to scout game.  So….was the house built on Indian burial grounds and the Indians didn’t like the couples (including me) that lived in the house?  Spooky?  Or just a great tale?

Staging to Sell

Sometimes….we aren’t the first agents to list a house.  If the house didn’t sell….they need us to do a little more.  We like to combine decorating skills with psychology in order to make a home more appealing to buyers.

Staging is not decorating. Staging is about preparing a house so a buyer can walk in and imagine themselves living there.

When working with clients we depersonalize and declutter, removing personal knickknacks and sometimes photos so potential buyers won’t feel as if they are intruding in someone else’s space. We also sometimes add artwork, colorful pillows, furnishings and plants.

The results are worth the effort, according to the International Association of Home Staging Professionals. The group’s website, stagedhomes.com, says 95 percent of staged houses sell in 11 days and bring 17 percent more than unstaged homes.

Even in a hot real estate market, where everyone has heard stories about houses selling so fast that they are only on the market a day or two, staging helps a home compete for attention.

Sometimes we have to recommend painting a room or two if the colors are too personal.

At least nine out of 10 shoppers begin their home search online. Photos of a staged home are more likely to catch a buyer’s interest.

Making a good impression on the web is crucial.

Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is the center of the home…..and we tore ours out and began over.  We opened the doorway into the kitchen to make the entry lighter, tore into the garage to recess the refrigerator and add a coffee bar( garage was super deep so we can still park an Escalade)kitchen original barKitchen After1, added new cabinets my husband put together, bought new stainless appliances including an induction cooktop, quiet dishwasher and convection microwave, added granite counters, removed the popcorn ceilings, replaced skylight, replaced utility door and added extra shelving, added recessed lighting, added indirect lighting above cabinets and below,  got cool drawer pulls…kitchen cabinets are soft close and included drawers with soft close…..all that’s left is a backsplash and painting trim and doors.

Are younger people buying homes?

Today I just read an article in the San Antonio Express News on the housing market….sadly, it stated that people under 35 were not buying homes like my generation did at the same age.  Reason?  Student loan debt.   Mortgage loan rules now require their student loan payment to be factored in with their debt…..even if they are not required to pay the student loan at this time.  Now…that’s going to keep a lot of people from being a homeowner.

Fireplace

The previous owner had painted all the walls including the fireplace and mantel fireplace original 2Fireplace BeforeFireplace Brick A NewFireplace For Fallyellow.  When the painters painted the ceiling (after we removed the popcorn) they got overspray on the fireplace.  They knew we weren’t going to keep it yellow….but I was horrified.  We bought a product online to paint the brick back to brick.  It took 5 hours and the results were worth it.

Wood Stairs

I couldn’t wait to get rid of all my carpet….including the stairs.  After slipping several times and almost breaking a hip I realized it wasn’t a good idea.  Even the dogs slid down the stairs before I realized it wasn’t going to work.   Wood Stairs      Note to self:  $4,000 for wood stairs and then you need to add a carpet runner down the middle?  Next time:  wood on the outside of a carpet runner.  Safety first.

Fall fireplace

Just add a little fall……Fireplace For Fall

Barking Dogs

Hate your neighbors barking dog? This birdhouse just needs a battery….it has sold many homes for us that couldn’t be sold in the past because of loud barking dogs. Set it out in an area that faces the barking dogs….they will quit completely and you’ll get your home sold! It doesn’t hurt the dog….just trains them to quit barking. Best product!

Bird House for Barking Dogs

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