6 House Showing Survival Tips for Life in the Real Estate Market

Selling a house is stressful. Try these 6 house showing survival tips for life in the real estate market from Debra Gould, the "Staging Diva". Whether you’ve already put in a conditional offer on your dream home or you’re being forced to move for a job transfer, if your house is on the real estate market you’re probably hoping to sell fast for the most money possible. Home staging is known to reduce the number of days a home spends on the market before it sells, but it can be very difficult Read more [...]

Home Staging- What’s in it for you?

For most of us, our home is our biggest financial asset. When it’s time to sell and move on, we want to sell it for as much as possible and as quickly as possible. None of want to spend any more on the house we our selling…. None of us want to continue to pay a mortgage and taxes on a home sitting on the market or take a price reduction of thousands if it does not sell quickly. So why home stage? What’s in it for you? A small investment can potentially reap an increased sale price up to Read more [...]

5 Reasons You Need a Home Stager in a Slow Market

If you’re preparing to put your home on the market, there are a number of reasons that you can benefit from enlisting the services of a professional home stager. Here are the top 5 reasons: 1) To make your home stand out in a flooded marketplace In a slow real estate market, it’s not unusual to see several houses for sale on the same street. Buyers have less incentive to buy today because they know increased inventory means asking prices may go down even more tomorrow. Thus, home sellers Read more [...]

Home Staging Aids Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Home staging aids homeowners facing foreclosureForeclosure is an unpleasant topic, but one that some of us will have to deal with. According to home staging expert Debra Gould, the key to avoiding foreclosure is to be proactive. “If you know that you will have difficulty making your mortgage payments in the near future, contact your lender immediately,” Gould states. “Explain your situation politely and clearly, and ask if you can negotiate a modified mortgage payment plan. Don't be embarrassed Read more [...]

Top 5 Staging Tips for Home Sellers

Home stagers can make a number of small changes to a property that can dramatically shorten the time it spends on the real estate market while also increasing the final sales price. Home staging expert Debra Gould shares her five favorite tips for getting a house ready to sell: 1. Reduce drive-bys Imagine you’re a homebuyer on a house-hunting mission. Your real estate agent has ten properties to show you on a Saturday afternoon. When you drive up to what could be your dream home, you see a rusted-out Read more [...]

How a Silly Facebook Quiz Changed My Life

Here is the crazy story of how I started Northern Lights Home Staging and Design. You never know when inspiration will hit. The question is, will you take action and do something about it? My  inspiration came in a surprising way, from one of those silly “Facebook” quizzes. You know, one of those games that tell you who you were in a past life or what your handwriting says about you etc. One day I played “What is your true profession”. The answer was “Designer”. Whoa! This Read more [...]