ARLINGTON VIRGINIA HOME STAGING COURSE TAUGHT BY CELEBRITY HOME STAGER CATHY HOBBS OF HGTV DESIGN STAR RETURNS TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA AFTER MUCH SUCCESS, MARCH 27-29 2012!

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After an incredibly successful 3-day Certified Staging Professionals course in November. Celebrity Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist Cathy Hobbs will be returning to Arlington, Virginia, March 27-29, 2012.  The course also covered in Washington Home and Garden Magazine offers aspiring home stagers, 3 days of intensive training that leads to the prestigious Certified Staging Professionals designation.

SPACE LIMITED! Contact 888-STAGING or http://www.stagingtraining.com to sign up today!

Washington Home and Garden Magazine link:

http://www.whgmag.com/index.php/myblog/hgtv-design-star-finalist-cathy-hobbs-bringing-home-staging-course-to-the-dc-area.html

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: CERTIFIED STAGING PROFESSIONALS CLASS (BEFORE AND AFTER) PHOTOS

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING ROOM AFTER

DINING BEFORE

DINING AFTER

BEDROOM 1 BEFORE

BEDROOM 2 BEFORE

BEDROOM 2 AFTER

 INTERESTED IN BECOMING A HOME STAGER?

HERE IS JUST SOME OF THE PRESS COVERAGE WE RECEIVED FROM A RECENT CLASS HELD NEAR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND!!


WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA HOME STAGING COURSE TAUGHT BY CELEBRITY HOME STAGER CATHY HOBBS OF HGTV DESIGN STAR RETURNS TO D.C. AREA AFTER MUCH SUCCESS, MARCH 27-29 2012!

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After an incredibly successful 3-day Certified Staging Professionals course in November. Celebrity Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist Cathy Hobbs will be returning to Arlington, Virginia, March 27-29, 2012.  The course also covered in Washington Home and Garden Magazine offers aspiring home stagers, 3 days of intensive training that leads to the prestigious Certified Staging Professionals designation.

Washington Home and Garden Magazine link:

http://www.whgmag.com/index.php/myblog/hgtv-design-star-finalist-cathy-hobbs-bringing-home-staging-course-to-the-dc-area.html

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: CERTIFIED STAGING PROFESSIONALS CLASS (BEFORE AND AFTER) PHOTOS

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING ROOM AFTER

DINING BEFORE

DINING AFTER

BEDROOM 1 BEFORE

BEDROOM 1 AFTER

BEDROOM 2 BEFORE

BEDROOM 2 AFTER

 INTERESTED IN BECOMING A HOME STAGER?

HERE IS JUST SOME OF THE PRESS COVERAGE WE RECEIVED FROM A RECENT CLASS HELD NEAR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND!!


ARLINGTON VIRGINIA HOME STAGING COURSE TAUGHT BY CELEBRITY HOME STAGER CATHY HOBBS OF HGTV DESIGN STAR RETURNS TO WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA AFTER MUCH SUCCESS, MARCH 27-29 2012!

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After an incredibly successful 3-day Certified Staging Professionals course in November. Celebrity Interior Designer and HGTV Design Star Finalist Cathy Hobbs will be returning to Arlington, Virginia, March 27-29, 2012.  The course also covered in Washington Home and Garden Magazine offers aspiring home stagers, 3 days of intensive training that leads to the prestigious Certified Staging Professionals designation.

Washington Home and Garden Magazine link:

http://www.whgmag.com/index.php/myblog/hgtv-design-star-finalist-cathy-hobbs-bringing-home-staging-course-to-the-dc-area.html

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA: CERTIFIED STAGING PROFESSIONALS CLASS (BEFORE AND AFTER) PHOTOS

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

LIVING ROOM AFTER

DINING BEFORE

DINING AFTER

BEDROOM 1 BEFORE

BEDROOM 1 AFTER

BEDROOM 2 BEFORE

BEDROOM 2 AFTER

 INTERESTED IN BECOMING A HOME STAGER?

HERE IS JUST SOME OF THE PRESS COVERAGE WE RECEIVED FROM A RECENT CLASS HELD NEAR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND!!


National Home Staging Expert Cathy Hobbs Weighs In On Virginia Home Real Estate Sales Figures

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As a National Trainer for Certified Staging Professionals the leading international home staging certification training academy. I have taught their 3-day certification course several times in Arlington, Virginia which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. The course is mostly attended by real estate agents, interior designers, professional organizers and interior designers interested in starting a home staging business.  What they all agree with and have shared with me is that when it comes to selling a home in the Northern Virginia market, with so much inventory available a property truly needs to have an “it” factor to stand out from the crowd.  In January I created a list of my “Top 10” Home Staging Tips for 2012. I wanted to share them again, as they are easy, affordable and will certainly help any home seller sell their home for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time. Hope it helps! And Happy Selling!!

Cathy

Cathy’s Top Home Staging Tips

1. Clear the clutter–this sounds simple enough, but if your home is not free of excess furniture and clutter it will simply take longer to sell.

2. Check the price — most buyers make decisions in large part based on price.  It is critical that your home is priced correctly.

3. Shop the competition— I suggest to a lot of my sellers that they go to open houses and really see what their competition has to offer.

4. Neutralize and de-personalize — you want potential home buyers to feel that it could be their home, not your home.

5. Make minor repairs- now is not the time to skimp. Paint those steps that haven’t been painted in years or replace that front door. Your will be glad you did!

6. Hire a cleaning crew-it is imperative that your home is spic and span, especially kitchens and bathrooms.

7. Rent furniture or purchase accessories if necessary--sometimes it isn’t about the fact that your home is furnished, but what kind of furniture it is furnished with. When marketing your property you want to make sure that the furniture and accessories to not come across as outdated or inappropriate.

8. Paint--I have never seen a property that did not benefit from fresh coat of paint when it came time to sell.

9. Don’t forget curb appeal-– remember many potential buyers will judge the inside of a home by what they see on the outside. Make sure the landscaping is well kept as well as exterior elements such as shutters, front doors and driveways.

10. Hire a Certified Staging Professional (CSP) to stage your home–you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself so why would you not trust your biggest asset your home to a professional.

Va. Home Sales Showing Possibility of Recovery

by SCOTT McCAFFREY, Staff Writer Sun Gazette Newspapers

When should a tie be counted as a win? In the case of Virginia’s real estate market, when sales from 2011 held up fairly well compared to transactions a year before.

A total of 83,748 residential properties changed hands across the Old Dominion last year, according to figures reported by the Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR), up slightly from the 83,561 sales recorded in 2010.

More importantly, the 2011 sales figures held up even without the federal tax credit for home-buyers that helped prop up the market a year before.

If overall economic conditions continue to improve – obviously a big “if” – then “there is reasonable hope for an improved housing market in 2012,” VAR officials said in remarks accompanying the sales data.

Sales across Virginia in the fourth quarter of 2011 totaled 18,715, up slightly from the 18,513 recorded a year. Sales were essentially flat, compared to a year before, in all three months: October, November and December.

For the fourth quarter, total sales were up in every geographic region across the commonwealth except the biggie: In Northern Virginia, sales were down 9.1 percent, to 8,221. (In VAR parlance, “Northern Virginia” includes a huge swath of territory, much larger than the more traditional inner and outer suburbs of Washington, D.C.)

Sales were up 12.9 percent in the Hampton Roads area, 9.8 percent in Roanoke/Lynchburg/Blacksburg, 9.6 percent in Greater Richmond, 9.4 percent in Southwest Virginia, 8.3 percent in the Central Valley and 2.4 percent in Southside.

The average sales price of all homes sold across Virginia in the fourth quarter was $220,000, down from $233,000 a year before.

But “given that Virginia has seen two quarters of consecutive increases in the pace of annualized home sales, we may see prices stabilize in 2012,” VAR official said.

Average prices were down in all seven reporting areas, from a low of 0.2 percent in Northern Virginia to a high of 8.5 percent in Greater Richmond. Average sales prices were $309,995 in Northern Virginia, $195,000 in the Central Valley, $194,000 in Hampton Roads, $171,548 in Central Richmond, $150,000 in Roanoke/Lynchburg/Blacksburg, $120,000 in Southwest Virginia and $84,000 in Southside Virginia.

The median sales price for all homes in Virginia continues well above the comparable national figure, standing at $220,200 in November vs. a national total (for existing homes) of $164,200.

Total sales volume for all Virginia residential properties sold in the fourth quarter was $5.18 billion, down from $5.43 billion a year before. The average number of days homes spent on the market before finding a buyer was 100 in the fourth quarter, up from 91 a year before.

 

HOME STAGING: Celebrity Interior Designer & Home Stager Cathy Hobbs Shares Affordable Home Staging Tips “Shop Your House”

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In this economy it is more important than ever for home sellers to be able to sell their homes without spending a “bundle”.  “Shopping your home” can be a feasible alternative for those looking to stage on a budget.

A living room after staging and styling by Cathy Hobbs. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Hobbs)

As home staging always means highlighting the positives and downplaying the negatives, the overall visual presentation is key. Because many homes that are staged are owner occupied, a stager will either ask the home seller to remove a number of pieces in order to rent, or in some cases purchase, replacement furnishings.

Or, what happens more often in this economy is to use furniture a home seller already owns. I call the process “shopping the house” when I set out on a treasure hunt to see what items a homeowner may have hidden in a closet, attic, or in simply another room.

A living room before staging. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Hobbs)

It may be hard for home sellers to “re-imagine” their home using items they already own, which is where a Certified Staging Professional comes in.

Recently, while teaching the three-day Certified Staging Professionals course in Arlington, Va., my students and I executed a dramatic before-and-after transformation without spending a single penny! Before the staging, an attached home in Arlington (a suburb of Washington, D.C.) was lingering on the market. Upon entry, I quickly noticed a home that was full of “stuff” but void of life. There were rooms with no clear function, some used as storage areas and poorly laid out.

In “shopping the house” we first went in search for large attractive furniture items we could use to create a solid floor plan and flow, and then from there fill in the gaps with accessories and artwork.

A bedroom after staging and styling by Cathy Hobbs. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Hobbs)

We also wanted to make sure each room sent the message of being functional and spacious. As all of the walls in the main living areas were white, we wanted to create a neutral color palette in order to appeal to the largest amount of potential buyers while also adding a sense of vibrancy and color to the space, which we did using artwork and accessories.

“Shopping the house” is a technique I was asked to use when the producers of the nationally syndicated program The Nate Berkus Show asked me to stage a home for a Connecticut home seller. “Shopping

The same bedroom with some of the same furniture, before staging. (Photo courtesy of Cathy Hobbs)

the house” not only saves money but can truly be an opportunity to refresh and renew.

My approach to interior design and home staging is based on my overall design vision and philosophy behind my brand design recipes, determining how a potential user needs to live and function in the space, while also creating an environment that is aesthetically pleasing and appeals to the largest audience.

To execute this staging, here’s my design recipe:
• Pack away all unused items
• Determine a floor plan
• “Shop the house” for your largest items first
• Select pieces that coordinate, but do not necessarily “match”
• Fill in rooms with art and accessories
• Incorporate color through accessories and accents
• Step back, evaluate, edit if necessary

Cathy Hobbs, ASID, LEED AP, CSP

Five-time Emmy award-winning television personality Cathy Hobbs is the founder of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes™, a New York City-based firm specializing in interior design, home staging, and home-staging training. A nationally known design expert, Cathy was a finalist on Season 6 of HGTV’s hit reality series Design Star. Cathy is currently traveling around the country as an instructor for Certified Staging Professionals, teaching their prestigious three-day certification course. www.cathyhobbs.com.

Celebrity Stager Cathy Hobbs National Instructor For Certified Staging Professionals Shares Tips For Staging With Color Without Picking Up A Paint Brush!

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Hmmmmmmm what could this be about you ask? While painting is easy and affordable, it isn’t always possible or desired. Let’s face it, it takes a lot of work and a solid arm and back to execute a good paint job. Further, if you do not own your own residence, painting may not be an option even though it would be an easy fix to repaint ones walls back to an original color. That is where using color techniques that don’t involve painting can really come in handy!