What Does the Color of Your House Say About You?

What does the color of your house say about you?  The exterior of your house is what the world sees. And, it is what you see every day. Does it reflect your personality? Does it make you happy? Is it inviting to guests or customers if you have a home based business? If you are selling, is it attractive to buyers? Your house sends a message to others and tells your secrets about who you are. When it comes time to paint the exterior, you have a lot of options and some limitations you need to consider. Limitations Read more [...]

5 Steps to Attract Your Ideal Customer and Increase Your Vacation Rental Income

Would you like to attract your ideal customer and increase your vacation rental income? Whether you have a Bed and Breakfast or other vacation rental, it is important to have your property stand out online to attract the guests you want and make the income you want. Learn more by listening to this interview with Mary Ann Benoit on Seward Public Radio's "Market Minute" with Nicole Lawrence. For additional information, see my blog articles on  Increasing your Vacation Rental Income and Bookings Read more [...]

Increase your Vacation Rental Income and Bookings with Home Staging

Did you know that you can increase your vacation rental income and bookings with home staging? Home staging highlights the positive and downplays the negative aspects of homes for sale. A professional stager creates a look and atmosphere that buyers make an emotional connection with and they want to buy through decorating and market research. It’s the emotional connection that cinches the deal. Sellers then market their properties to attract buyers online with great photos of their beautifully Read more [...]

Attract your Ideal Customer and Increase your Bed and Breakfast Income with Home Staging

You can attract your ideal customer and make the income you want at your Bed and Breakfast or vacation rental with home staging! As both a home stager/designer and an owner of a Bed and Breakfast I have had the unique opportunity to use my home staging skills to increase my bed and breakfast income and attract my ideal customers! I used the same concepts that I use to help home owners sell their houses fast and for more. When I first started my Bed and Breakfast, I was not a home stager yet, Read more [...]

Interview with Mary Ann Benoit on Anchorage Advice Givers

Mary Ann Benoit of Northern Lights Home Staging and Design was honored to be interviewed by Kris Bohman of Anchorage Advice Givers on her experiences as an entrepreneur, and as a home stager, starting and running Northern Lights Home Staging and Design.

The interview gives insight on why she is passionate about home staging and design. It also provides some great advice if you are interested in starting your own business, whatever that may be. See the interview below.

https://youtu.be/l5c3QST32ZQ

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How Much Money are You Leaving on the Table?

How much money are you leaving on the table? Your Bed and Breakfast table in particular. Probably a lot more than you think! In a previous article, I talked about how Home Staging Boosts Demand for Rental Properties. Whether you have a vacation rental like a Bed and Breakfast, or a longer term rental such as an apartment or home, home staging can help you get a higher rental price, increase your business, attract a higher quality renter and generate great photos for online advertising,  How much Read more [...]

Home Staging Boosts Demand for Rental Properties

Home Staging Boosts Demand For Rental Properties
At one time investors flocked to real estate, anticipating guaranteed and speedy returns. If you were one of the people who purchased rental properties to create the “passive income stream” that most get-rich-quick gurus recommend, you’ve probably become more nervous about that investment, especially if you’re relying on rental income to offset your mortgage costs.

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Alaska Home Staging -Win-Win for All

One thing I love about Alaska home staging is that it is a win-win proposal for all involved. Staging is a Win-Win for Home Sellers If you are the home seller, for a small investment in home staging you can make your house look beautiful, stand out in the market over your competition; sell your house faster and for a higher price. Turn your house into a hot property!  And you should be able to write off your home stager’s fees on your taxes as advertising costs on your home sale. This Read more [...]