Do I Need to Stage My Home When It’s a Seller’s Market?

I know many people are asking that question and wondering if home staging is needed when inventory is low and homes are selling quickly. The answer may depend a bit but if you don’t stage, may you be leaving some money on the table?  Money on the Table

Let’s say you list your home ‘as is’ and you put the asking price a bit lower so you don’t have to do much of anything. You get an offer within a few weeks, maybe a few thousand below list but overall the percentage is still really good. Ok great!

But now let’s say you bring in a Home Stager, at the very minimum for a Home Staging Consultation, to give you a list of top things to do to get your home in top selling condition. She may suggest some fresh paint, or a couple new light fixtures, some repairs.

Now let’s say you are moving to your new home first and you are wondering if you should list the house empty or stage a couple key rooms with furniture. Will that matter?

Sold Sign

Let’s take a look at an older home I consulted on for a Realtor.  I did recommend some paint, a couple new light fixtures, new vinyl flooring in the kitchen and staging it with fresh modern furniture when they moved out. Here is the email I received from her shortly after is was listed:

 

  • Listed as coming soon 5/8
  • Active listing 5/22
  • 38 showings 5/22, 36 showings 5/23, 10 showings 5/24
  • Received 32 offers!
  • Inspection completed, now pending closing June 30

That’s 84 showings and 32 offers!!! PLUS it sold for $25,100 over list price! Which was over 10% of the list price. Unbelievable!

So yes the market is good. Would the house of sold anyway without staging? Absolutely.  Would the sellers have received 32 offers and sold for $25K over list without staging? We will never know for sure but I don’t think so. Don’t take a chance on leaving money on the table.

 

 

Where You Can Watch Fireworks!

Many towns and communities have canceled fireworks this year due to Covid-19 however some towns and communities have decided to proceed while stressing social distancing. Some towns have closed roads or changed venue sites to assist with social distancing guidelines.   Flag and fireworks

Here are just a few:

Chanhassen’s fireworks display is still a go at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, at Lake Ann Park. However, Lake Ann Park, Greenwood Shores Park and the trail between the two will be closed this year so spectators will have to find a different place to watch the show.

Chaska: Starting at dusk on July 4 at McKnight Park over Lake Jonathan.

Lakeville: At 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4, fireworks will be launched at King Park. The display will be able to be seen throughout the city to allow for proper social distancing.

 

If  you are ‘Up North’, fireworks will be shot off over Gull Lake in Nisswa, courtesy of Cragun’s Resort and Madden’s Resort at 10:00 pm on July 4th. In Park Rapids at dusk on Saturday, July 4, fireworks will be shot from Heartland Park;  and in Walker fireworks will be shot off at dusk from the park area for the Fireworks on the Bay in Walker event.

 

Check out Cities websites as some will also be live streaming the fireworks display.

 

Happy BDay USA

May you have a safe and very blessed 4th of July. Happy Birthday USA!!

 

 

 

 

Firecracker Red, White and Blue Cake!

One week from today is the 4th of July. Do you believe it!! Many towns and cities have cancelled fireworks this year so why not create some fireworks of your own for your backyard get together. This Betty Crocker recipe offers an ‘Expert’ tip at the end but I had my own thought and I added that tip at the end as well.
Firecracker Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and whole eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Betty Crocker™ red gel food color
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Betty Crocker™ blue gel food color
  • 1/2 cup Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting (from 16-oz container)
  • 2 teaspoons Betty Crocker™ red, white and blue candy sprinkles, if desired

Steps

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Generously spray 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with baking spray with flour.
  • In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and whole eggs with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. In small bowl, place 1 cup of the batter; stir in 1 teaspoon of the red food color until blended. In another small bowl, place 1 cup of the batter; stir in 1 teaspoon of the blue food color until blended.
  • Pour red cake batter into bottom of pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over red batter in pan. Carefully pour blue batter over white batter. (Blue batter does not need to cover white batter completely; it looks better if it just forms a ring in the center of the white batter.)
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove cake from oven. Let stand 10 minutes, remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • Place cake on cooling rack over waxed paper or cooking parchment paper. In small microwavable bowl, place 1/4 cup of the frosting. Microwave uncovered on High 10 to 15 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle over cake. With spoon, drizzle warmed frosting back and forth over cake in striping pattern. Divide remaining frosting between 2 small microwavable bowls. To 1 bowl, stir in 1/4 teaspoon red food color until well blended. Microwave uncovered on High 5 to 10 seconds or until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over cake. Repeat with remaining bowl of frosting and 1/4 teaspoon blue food color. Sprinkle candy sprinkles on top. Let stand about 30 minutes or until frosting is set. Store loosely covered at room temperature.

Expert Tip:

When you add batter to pan, do not mix with spoon. Just pour it in so colors don’t mix but rather, just rest on top of each other in pan.

Pop Rocks My Non-Expert Tip:

You know the candy that the recipe calls for you to sprinkle on top? Well, are you old enough to remember ‘Pop Rocks’ candy? I checked Amazon and you can buy it so hey, why not sprinkle that to the top of the cake for some added fireworks when you bite in the cake? How fun!! Not sure it will work but I am going to try it!

If you want to check out the nutritional value and any other information on the Betty Crocker site, here it is. Firecracker Cake.