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By Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, RAA
(PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy)
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For the most part home prices are on the rise on a national perspective.  Just last week the National Association of Realtors, NAR, reported that the average home price rose 10% to $180,000. This reflects 4th quarter to 4th quarter in 2011 to 2012. NAR compared 152 markets in the US.  In the 4th ...
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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Took a client out last week to show houses and we found a great one for his low price range.  It was in great shape for being priced at $54,900.  He could move right in without having to do really anything to the property.  I told him if he is even the least bit interested he should jump on it be...
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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According to 2010 census data released, Rockford is holding onto the spot as Illinois' third largest city. Unless a population boom is in our future, there are several cities poised to pass us.  Some are thinking Elgin will be the next to pass us, but it may take them 10 years to do so.  Their po...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
Comments 15
Typically we don't share testimonials on our blog.  Simply Staged is honored to receive them and usually just shares them on our website.  I have decided to highlight this particular testimonial because it gives a seller's perspective of working with a Professional Home Stager.  I thought Dan did...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
Comments 8
Simply Staged Inc. had the pleasure of working on this occupied home located in Rockford, IL.  We utilized some of the home seller's existing furniture and added a few pieces of rental furniture.  Simply Staged rental accessories were also brought in to showcase the home.  Many thanks to the home...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Traditional to Contemporary. . .                     Condos to Custom Homes. . .                                First Time Home Sellers to Million Dollar Estates. . .   Simply Staged Inc. is your experienced, full service, professional home staging company serving Rockford, IL and the Stateline ...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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It seems like I just blogged about this Rockford, IL home.  In fact, I did!  The reason I wanted to follow up with an update is because once again I heard the statement, "Staging is only for high end listings."  Simply Staged was called in to give upgrade recommendations and stage the home.  A te...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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The sellers of this Rockford IL home were excited to be relocating.  They knew it was necessary to make some improvements before going to market, but were not positive where to focus their dollars.  Their Realtor suggested bringing in Simply Staged Inc. to provide recommendations for improvements...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Simply Staged Inc. was honored when they were asked by Title Underwriters Agency to give a presentation to Rockford IL area realtors about social marketing/blogging and internet presence.  Title Underwriters provided this seminar Free of charge to Rockford Area Realtors as a way to say thank you ...
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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Is the market really down..or is it that there are just overpriced homes that need work out there?  I took my client out on showing a couple weeks ago and as i was getting ready to leave I thought I would take a quick look to see if there were any more listings that she may like...well there was ...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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The Home Builders Association of the Greater Rockford Area is holding the "Inaugural New Home Sale Event" May 2nd & 3rd and May 9th & 10th, 2009. Event Time is from Noon to 6:00p.m. The HBA website indicates the Homes participating in the event are offering upgrades, incentives and unbeatable pri...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Want to know what is new in the home and garden market in the Rockford area?  The Rockford Home Show will be showcasing new products, services, and ideas for your home and garden.  Get inspired or talk to the experts.  The home show will be hosting seminars and provide live family entertainment. ...
By Maria Haun, ABR, CNE
(Keller Williams Realty Signature)
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The ADDI Program provides six percent (6%) of the purchase price to be used as downpayment and/or closing cost assistance. The funding is provided as a five (5) year forgivable mortgage loan.  As long as the loan terms are met, no payments are required. • Applicant must be a first-time homebuyer ...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Emotional Connection is crucial when selling both vacant and occupied homes.  The feeling you get when you walk through the house that says, "I'm home".  "I want this lifestyle."  It is a driving force in many home sales.  It is the draw that recently brought back buyers to a vacant home staged b...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Looking for something to do in the Rockford, IL area?  Rockford Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau has a great website that will keep you current with what is happening in the region.  It contains all the information you are looking for about area events, arts and entertainment, dining, transpo...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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Another "must see" presented by the Rockford Art Museum.  Come out and be inspired by some truly talented artists.  It is a wonderful way to spend time enjoying the arts, supporting our community and makes for a great family outing at a nominal fee.  All the details are listed below.  "Visages: ...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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If you have never attended the annual snow sculpting competition, I encourage you to do so.  It is a free event sponsored by the Rockford Park District.  The event makes for a great family winter outing.  All the details are listed below.  Come out and vote for your favorites! Thirty teams compet...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
Comments 20
Simply Staged Inc. staged this home and in less than a week it received THREE offers and went under contract for $5,000 OVER asking price.  In our area, offers OVER asking price are not commonplace.  It was definitely a team effort by the home sellers, Realtor and staging. Upon meeting, this clie...
By Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc
(Simply Staged Inc.)
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I always appreciate the Charm of an older home.  Five fireplaces, butler's pantry- the list goes on and on.  Here are some photos of a vacant dutch colonial recently staged located along the Rock River in IL with georgeous views!  There are alot of photos here, but the home is large.  Believe it ...
By Patti A. Puckett
(Broker Associate/Realtor/ISA with Nouveau Riche)
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     Illinois' Rockford Region Has Big-City StyleWithout the Hassle & High Prices!Illinois' Rockford Region is just a hop, skip and jump from Chicago's hustle and bustle - in the rolling, beautiful hills of Northern Illinois. When it comes to size, we're a Big City. When it comes to low-cost, no-...

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