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Why Should You Professionally Stage Your Home?

Emilie McVay, an interior designer from Luminous Staging, is here to discuss the many benefits of staging your home before it hits the market.

Today, Emilie McVay from Luminous Staging is here to discuss some of the benefits of using a professional designer to stage your home before you put it on the market.

Emilie has been an interior designer for residential properties for 23 years, and she has been staging for one year. Emilie has helped some of my new clients who have a house coming up on the market, and she has a few tips to share with you.

First of all, millennials are the biggest population looking for homes. Since millennials are very tech savvy, they are interested in smart home technology, like Alexa or Google Home. They want systems they can operate through their iPhone while they’re away so that they can control things like lighting, security, and appliances. Adding some smart home systems will add value to your home, as will doing some home improvement projects before your home hits the market.

As a seller, you do typically have to pay for the staging consultation. However, if you’re not sure about getting your home staged and your Realtor really thinks it’s a good idea, or if you don’t have enough money out of pocket to pay for staging up front, Emilie does offer getting paid out of escrow. That way, you also get to see how staging adds value to your home and helps your home sell quicker.

Staging can increase the value of your home by 15% to 30% on average. Emilie also says that a staged home sells 87% faster than a non-staged home. Remember, 97% of people look at properties online before they walk into a home. Staging helps your professional photos catch a buyer’s eye when they are looking at homes online.

    Staged homes sell 87% faster than non-staged homes.

Properly staging your home is more than having the right furniture; it’s about creating the right space flow. When someone walks into the home, it’s important that they feel like the flow of the home and the space planning matches their lifestyle. Staging also makes your home look bigger, which will be very appealing.

Emilie also pays special attention to the design of your home. If your home was built in 1935, for example, she’s not going to use contemporary, modern furniture. Your home should have a cohesive look inside and outside so that when a buyer walks in, they’ll say, “Wow, this home looks well put-together.”

Emilie can stage a home in under a week. However, if your home needs a few repairs or decluttering, the entire process takes closer to four or five weeks.

I would like to thank Emilie for talking with us today. If you have any questions for her, you can give her a call at (949) 235-0466 or email her at As always, if you have any real estate questions, just give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

5 Reasons You Should List Early in 2018

If you’ve been putting off your home sale, what are you waiting for? The time to list is right now, and there are five reasons why.

I know many people think they should wait until spring to list their home, but I’ve got five reasons today as to why you should list right now.
  1. Prices have gone up.  Depending on your location, prices have risen between 3.5% and 5.5% percent. Here in Southern California, they’ve increased significantly. 
  2. Inventory is low. In the last several years we’ve had 6,000 homes on the market in Orange County, but right now we have just around 3,900. The market is in desperate need of more listings.

  3. The market is in desperate need of more listings.

  4. Interest rates are at historic lows. We’re still seeing interest rates ranging around 4%. This means buyers have increased buying power and will be willing to bid for your property against other buyers. 
  5. Consumer confidence is high. The economy right now is doing phenomenally and unemployment is currently below 4%. With more money in their pockets due to tax reform, many people are ready to make their next home purchase.
  6. Millennials are entering the market. According to a recent study by Bank of America, 64% of millennials have saved $15,000 toward a home and 50% have saved over $100,000. If you price your home correctly, now is a great opportunity to take advantage of this demographic’s entrance into the market. 
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Millennials Are Making a Big Impact

I’d like to offer my congratulations to millennials out there. Here’s why.

I’d like to start today by congratulating all the millennials out there. It seems like you’re finally growing up. I recently read a survey that said that 60% of millennials are saving money nowadays, which is 50% more than there were in 2015. 47% of those people have at least $15,000 saved, which is fantastic.

Our typical stereotype of the “lazy millennial” is changing. They’re saving at a nearly identical rate to Generation X, while still trailing baby boomers (75%).

With the economy changing, new jobs and a low unemployment rate has resulted in people being more positive in general. Some stocks have doubled in price and we’ve seen some incredible highs on the Dow as well.

If you have enough saved to buy a home, I’d love to help out.

To all the millennials out there: keep doing what you’re doing and keep saving. If you have enough saved to buy a home, I’d love to help you out. Even if you don’t have the typical 6% to 10% for a down payment, there are programs out there to get you into a home for less.

If you have any questions for me in the meantime or if there is anything I can help you with, give me a call or send me an email. I would love to hear from you.