Should I stage or should I go?


Why stage a home? What are the benefits of staging? According to recent studies by the Real Estate Staging Association a staged home is one that usually sells faster and is more likely to sell at original asking price. Now that doesn’t mean that the house will sell at a higher price, but it does mean the house will appeal to more potential buyers which could result in you getting more bids.

So I asked Beppie Mostert, an Interior Designer at Living Design Interiors in San Diego to give us the dirt on DIY staging. She was willing to share a number of tips that homeowners can adopt in preparing their own homes for the market, so listen up!

A house that sells at listed price in a short period of time has certain advantages and is incentive enough to stage the home on one level or another. Staging doesn’t need to cost an arm and leg. There are some simple ideas for staging to ensure the home looks good for the market and shows well on real estate websites, and I’d like to share them here.

The number one tip and most folks know this one, but it is to declutter and depersonalize. Your personal stuff is not what a potential buyer wants to see. What a buyer does want is to visualize how their own belongings will look in the space.

Tip number two is color and paint. Paint livens up a home and provides a fresh palette. For resale, a neutral color palette is recommended.   A consultation with your interior designer is worth the time and money spent as you will be provided with a completed palette for the rooms, spaces, and finishes. Not to mention that you now have a color palette that you can take with you to your next home as it will be based on your own furniture and accessories.

Tip number three is lighting. Without effective lighting a room will be drab, so check the lighting and also ensure that the same wattage is used in all spaces. Not only the wattage but ensure that all fixtures have the correct wattage and have a full compliment of light bulbs. If you do not have enough lighting, consider a small purchase of floor and/or table lamps or borrow from family, friends or neighbors.

Coming in at number 4 is the dining room table.  Walking into a dining room that has no decor is boring. Dining rooms deserve to be outstanding and exciting so dress the table for a dinner party. A beautifully arranged table is welcoming and there’s the wow factor, of course.

Numero five is a word about art and mirrors. Mirrors will make a room look larger, and they do not have to cost too much. Look for deals at retailers like Target, Michaels, and Home Goods. Art, on the other hand, is a very personal item. I always suggest subject matter that is abstract or landscapes with colors that bring out the accent color in the room.

Number 6 is furniture. Part of the decluttering stage is the placement of furniture. Furniture should be proportionate to the room and strategically placed furniture is far more appealing than a room filled with ill-fitting pieces. Each room has a purpose, so return each room to its original purpose. For example, that would mean that the pool table that had made its way into the dining room will need to go ‘bye-bye’!

Call Beppie at 858-243-0505 or email her for a staging/design consultation, we can vouch for her, she truly is a rock star at this stuff!


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Three ways to ease your fears about making the big move

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With low inventory in many markets throughout Southern California, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to buy first In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on Zillow, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home.

Think outside the box Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent (that would be ME!) send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

Protect yourself legally Each state varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to me about adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.

Let’s do this!

JulieRaeRealtor 503-730-4636



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Strip Mall? Yes, please!


Last summer we moved from the inner city of Portland Oregon to a gated community in the suburbs of Escondido California. Of course we knew it would be an adjustment on many levels, but didn’t think trying to find our kind of “stuff” would be one of them.

Where to shop? Where to eat? It was quite a challenge for us, since we had lived in the heart of the city where we could easily walk or bike to coffee shops, artisan pizza, DIY pottery studios, and organic grocery stores.

It is Portlandia, after all.

But, like I said, we moved.

Walk six blocks for a farm to table gluten free dinner, leash up the dog, grab a cloth grocery bag and head out for some free-range brown eggs?

Not anymore.

Welcome to the land of strip malls. And by the way, you must drive to all of them.

I admit it; I was a strip mall snob. I had assumed everything in a strip mall was a Subway, Payless shoes, or Papa Johns. You know what I mean?

Not so.

Exhibit A, Trader Joes. They have them in strip malls here. I kid you not.

The first time I went with my daughter, who fought the move from day one since we were “ruining her life,” she all but fell to her knees in prayer to Allah Joe the moment we went inside.

“Mom… it’s just like the one back home.”

Since they are all pretty much laid out the same she finally felt comfortable somewhere because it felt so FAMILIAR.

Typically I am a stealth shopper on my weekly TJ’s run, but this time we slowly strolled down every isle while she carefully loaded the cart with her favorite items. Naturally we came home with twice as much usual, including way too many of those oh so good Toblerone bars. Ugh.

(P.S. I needed that reprieve, so I heart you even more now, Trader Joes)

Ok, groceries bought for the week but I don’t want to cook, so where do we find some decent pizza?

I’ll tell you where, in a strip mall!

We found two places we love, both in strip malls. One of them is Killer Pizza from Mars in Escondido and not surprisingly the whole place is decked out in wacky alien chic. They have a great selection of old school arcade games, the people working there are super friendly, and they make a darn good pie.

The other is a local chain called Flippin Pizza with décor straight outta Brooklyn. Brick interior walls, nice old wooden bar, and gluten free you ask? Why yes, don’t mind if I do! They serve it five different ways and all are quite tasty.

Where to go for date night? Our local Strip Mall, of course! We had a wonderful authentic Indian dinner paired with a fabulous Pinot Noir and great ambiance at family owned and operated Curry and More in San Marcos. Delish!

I could go on and on. We have found hidden gems at every turn.

Our new dentist Dr. Miller who we love?              Check

K9 Dog Park daycare for neurotic Dexter?           Check

Family owned tailor/dry cleaner?                          Check

It’s all at the Strip Mall.

We just had to get over ourselves, take a drive, open our eyes, and walk through that tinted glass door.

About JulieRae, she’s a hardworking Realtor/Mom whose mantra is “Yes, but first coffee.”

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