$5.65 million penthouse staged by Jill Vegas.
Rare is the prospective buyer who isn’t tuned into staging.
Approximately 25 percent of homes for sale are staged, up from fewer than 5 percent in 2007, according to Barb Schwarz, CEO of StagedHomes.com in a SmartMoney post related to open houses.
She puts the average cost at $1,800 for a professionally staged property in the U.S. In New York City, you can be sure that barely pays for painting a living room alone.
Although staging can make a buyer suspicious that something is wrong, something perhaps concealed, respected staging consultant Jill Vegas maintains that Continue reading
The Whole Foods in Columbus Square on the Upper West Side.
When I lived in Washington, D.C. for a while, a Whole Foods store opened a couple of blocks from my house.
I was so excited given — how to put this diplomatically? — the differences between food shopping in D.C. and New York City, I toured the store twice on its first day.
It turns out that I shouldn’t have been thrilled only about the produce, meat, fish and a variety of other items. What mattered even more was the impact that Whole Foods had on property values in the surrounding area.
On P Street NW near Logan and Dupont circles, that Whole Foods Continue reading
I’m never thrilled to expose the imperfections of other real estate brokers, but I do believe it is my duty to write about breaches of ethics and immoral or even illegal practices. Not only do I express my concerns with regularity in this blog, but you’ll find additional accounts in my latest biweekly newsletter.
So it is that I am happy to recommend a short piece by SmartMoney titled “10 Things Your Real Estate Broker Won’t Tell You.” It is well worth reading.
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