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Adopt the "Hotel Philosophy" to Stage Your Home

by Connie Erickson
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I love the phrase, “Adopt the ‘Hotel Philosophy’ to Stage Your Home”.  A house is not staged to sell the same way it is staged to live in.  When you decorate to live in your home, it is visually appealing as well as functional for your needs, interests, tastes and lifestyle.  However, when you stage to sell, stage your home to look like a luxury hotel.  In a hotel, you carry in a small bag of personal belongings…everything else you need is there and no unnecessary items clutter the space.  Everything is neat, clean and nothing is out of place…the bathroom sparkles, the floors are spotless, the beds are made, and there is no indication that any pet has ever crossed the threshold!  Pare down to the essentials!  All small personal decorates should be replaced with a single impact piece (no more than one) per room.  Remove all personal mementos, family photographs, refrigerator magnets and similar items.  Opt for lots of space and clear surfaces.

So, as your set the stage for your home to sell, ask yourself, “Does this room pass the ‘Hotel Test’?  Can a buyer imagine bringing in a few of their personal items and living here comfortably?  If the answer is yes, you have a properly staged home….and you have improved the odds that your home will sell faster and command a better price!

 

The Seniors Real Estate Specialist – January/February 2013

 

EASTER EGG HUNT IN JACKSONPORT

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsEASTER EGG HUNT
Location:  Lakeside Park in Jacksonport
Dates:  03/30/13


The hunt begins at 11 AM and runs until 12 PM at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport.   DETAILS!

 

EASTER EGG HUNT IN SISTER BAY

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsEASTER EGG HUNT

Location:  Waterfront Park in Sister Bay

Dates:  03/30/13

It's fun for toddlers through high school aged children!  Bring your own basket/bag and meet in Waterfront Park.  Appearance by the Easter Bunny!  DETAILS!

 

 

FOLK SINGER CONCERT ON WASHINGTON ISLAND!

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsFOLK SINGER CONCERT ON WASHINGTON ISLAND
 
LOU & PETER BERRYMAN
 
 
 
 
Location:  Trueblood Performing Arts Center, Washington Island
 
Dates:  03/23/13

7 PM

Lou & Peter Berryman are American folk singers-songwriters who have toured the country for more than 25 years.  Their finely crafted songs are at once hilariously funny and oddly profound.  Their unique style, energetic and friendly performances have earned them legions of fans and regular appearances at top venues.  The Berrymans release their work on their own label, Cornbelt.  DETAILS!

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Sturgeon Bay

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
Location:  Downtown Sturgeon Bay
Dates:  03/17/13


PARADE STARTS AT 11 AM!  Downtown O'Sturgeon Bay will be green for a day!  Bring your clan and enjoy the parade!  DETAILS!

 

 

COOKING CLASS AT COOPER'S CORNER IN FISH CREEK!

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsCOOKING CLASS
Location:  Cooper's Corner in Fish Creek
Dates:  03/19/13


One of 4 new cooking classes Chef Blake has scheduled.  Each class has a unique theme and dishes.  This class's theme is Greece, Turkey & Lebanon.  Tabouli Salad, Baklave, Spanakopita, Baba Ganoush, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Pita Bread, Braised Calamari....yum!  Space is limited to 12 people per class.  DETAILS!

 

 

KITCHEN TRENDS FOR 2013

by Connie Erickson
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Kitchen Trends for 2013

I recently read an article written by John Riha, author and columnist who has written seven books on home improvements as well as hundreds of articles on home-related topics.  According to Riha, contemporary kitchens are in.  When thinking of a kitchen re-do or building new think simple and more modern and less elaborate detail and trim.  Kitchen cabinets are dark or white…natural oak is out.  Multi-dimensional kitchen islands are a must.  These islands serve as food-prep areas, snack stations, wine storage, and display cabinets for art.  The kitchen island is essential for directing traffic flow within an open floor plan.  If your kitchen is small, Riha suggests trying a rolling cart to pull out when you need it.

Porcelain and ceramic slabs that look like stone, wood and fabric are the new materials for countertops.  One-of-a-kind tiles accents as well as glass tiles…clear glass panels over painted soft color walls are suggested for back splashes.

Appliances are disappearing.  Appliances are hiding behind wood panels and faux veneers.  Riha says GE’s slate and Whirlpool’s Ice White are “bucking the stainless steel trend, but don’t bet on stainless going away anytime soon – it’s still hot.”

Another trend is wide glass doors from the kitchen leading to the outdoors.

Source:  National Association of REALTORS

 

 

US COAST GUARD AT MARITIME MUSEUM

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsCOAST GUARD AT MARITIME MUSEUM

Location:  Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay

Dates:  03/07/13

7 PM

The U.S. Coast Guard will do a presentation on the new Rescue 21 emergency communication system.  This program is free and open to the public (donations appreciated).  DETAILS!
 

 

The Clearing's Winter Program Student Exhibit

by Connie Erickson
google map to real pro systemsCLEARING'S WINTER PROGRAM STUDENT EXHIBIT

Location:  Sister Bay Village Hall in Sister Bay

Dates:  03/02/13 - 03/03/13

10 AM - 4 PM

Come and see what your friends and neighbors have been creating during The Clearing's 100+ classes held during January & February.  Enjoy this free exhibit from 10 - 4!  DETAILS!

 

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