Custom Mirror Frames – Order now for a fabulous bathroom mirror before your Holiday company arrives

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img_0963Custom Mirror Frames make a great Christmas present!  There are over 60 color finishes and styles guaranteed to provide a significant upgrade for your bathroom for a low cost.  The frames fit right over your existing mirror or can be installed over a mirror you cut to size.  For those of you remodeling, we recommend you call City Glass Company at 719-634-2891 or visit the showroom at 414 W. Colorado Ave in Colorado Springs if changing out your shower enclosure or cutting or installing new mirror glass before calling us.  We are happy to help you transform mundane mirrors into custom reflections suited to your style!

Garden of the Gods Homes Wins 2016 People’s Choice Award with Front Range Stage

20160825_200300-1_resized POHlogo-2016-ChoiceAward%20%20150px_622345411So honored to partner with Garden of the Gods Homes for this year’s Parade of Homes in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  We are very happy that we received the coveted People’s Choice Award in the $1M category of custom home building.  Front Range Stage helped create a beautifully designed home!  Thank you Colorado Springs for all the votes!

Click here for a short video of the home:  http://www.realestateshows.com/show.php?id=1349149&resize=1

Front Range Stage Welcomes Karlie Sanson and Elizabeth Anderson

Summer Update – Front Range Stage welcomes Karlie Sanson and Elizabeth Anderson to the Colorado Springs Home Staging Team!

The pace of the Real Estate Market is no match for the pace of the Front Range Stage (FRS) professionals who are staging and de-staging at a record pace. In this market, staging is still necessary to quickly peek buyer interest resulting in above price and full price offers!

We are approaching our 10-year anniversary providing comprehensive staging and design services to Colorado Springs. We are constantly turning over our inventory to keep up with design trends and offer the freshest looks with guaranteed mass appeal.

We are staging a model home that will be showcased in the Parade of Homes this year in Cathedral Ridge. Be sure to stop by and say hello! This new gated community is west of Kissing Camels with fabulous views and lots for sale.

We are super excited about the talent and experience we are lucky to offer home owners and Real Estate Agents. Please welcome the newest members of the FRS Team:

KSanson_headshotKarlie Sanson has been practicing interior design since graduating Texas Tech University in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. She has worked in both commercial and residential design. Karlie worked hard to earn her National Council for Interior Design Qualification and Texas license to practice interior design in 2002. She has also worked in the commercial furniture industry, was the visual designer for a residential retail store, and has operated her own design business. She and her husband have recently moved to the Colorado Springs area with their three children. By mixing aspects of good design, Karlie uses her vast talent and experience to renew and transform spaces that are comfortable, inviting, and polished.

FullSizeRenderAndersonElizabeth Anderson has 5 years of redesign and remodel experience that came out of her love for transforming spaces. Elizabeth is also a flooring specialist with US Floors Direct and is a current partner in the soft remodel business ”Anderson Home Services”. Creating spaces that are undeniably yours is important to Elizabeth and her years of project management experience allow her to be creative without breaking the bank. Her ability to create unique spaces comes in part from living in the wine country of CA and the beaches of Hilton Head Island SC and once again the mountains of Colorado. She is dedicated to bringing you unparalleled expertise, responsiveness, professionalism and results.

Don’t Depend on The Luck of the Irish – Stage Homes for a Full Price Offer

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  I have provided 3 Fun Facts at the end of this blog for all you trivia buffs.  But first:

There have been lots of articles and social media buzz about the shortage of homes for sale in Colorado Springs encouraging sellers to list their homes now.  I can’t emphasize enough that even in a sellers’ market, homes should still look their best and be staged as move-in-ready.  Staging is more important than ever if sellers want to get a full price offer.  Some sellers seem to be in a big rush to list their homes this Spring potentially leaving thousands of dollars on the table by not finishing projects or completing inexpensive upgrades or maintenance that generates a huge return on their investment (time or money).  They are passing up potential full price offers or even a potential bidding war gain because they are skipping vital steps when preparing their homes for the market.  Please consider calling Front Range Stage…..we have helped sell homes quickly and for top dollar for the last 10 years!

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts:

  1. We Should Really Wear Blue

Saint Patrick himself would have to deal with pinching on his feast day. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue,” a light shade. The color green only became associated with the big day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.

  1. Saint Patrick Was British

Although he made his mark by introducing Christianity to Ireland in the year 432, Patrick wasn’t Irish himself. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.

3. There Are No Female Leprechauns

Don’t be fooled by any holiday decorations showing lady leprechauns. In traditional Irish folk tales, there are no female leprechauns, only nattily attired little guys.

Zillow Home Improvement Statistics – Still Pertinent to Colorado Springs

I’m getting lots of call regarding home improvement projects prior to putting a home on the market.  It seems that people are not waiting for the Spring to get started on projects that will generate more interest in their home while on the market….and that is great!  I will post a 2014 survey from Zillow that still has pertinent information to include the #2 recommendation for home improvements…..Home Staging!

http://zillow.mediaroom.com/2014-04-10-Experts-Rate-Curb-Appeal-and-Staging-as-Best-Home-Improvement-Projects-for-Sellers

Press Releases

Experts Rate Curb Appeal and Staging as Best Home Improvement Projects for Sellers

New Zillow Digs Survey of Real Estate Agents and Interior Designers Finds Homeowners Should Avoid Costly Renovations Prior To Listing Their Home For Sale

Apr 10, 2014

SEATTLE, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today’s home sellers should focus on curb appeal and home staging above larger-scale home renovations, according to a new survey[i] from Zillow Digs®. Zillow asked real estate agents and interior designers nationwide to identify the most valuable home improvements for sellers, and the experts agree that minor improvements like landscaping and painting walls in neutral colors save money and attract buyers faster.

Agents agree that sellers should avoid costly projects prior to listing their home, as the increased sale price may not outweigh the time and money spent on the remodel. Instead, agents and designers recommend spending money on minor renovations that will bring the home up to current market standards while also appealing to the broadest number of potential buyers.

“Buyers have more homes to choose from this year, compared to last year,” said Amy Bohutinsky, Zillow chief marketing officer and guest judge on NBC’s new reality show American Dream Builders.  “And in a crowded market, sellers should prioritize spending time and money on upgrades that have mass appeal. Home buyers don’t want to feel as if they are paying top-dollar for someone else’s decorating style. An inviting exterior and landscape, fresh paint in neutral colors, and clutter-free spaces will always appeal to a broad range of tastes.”

Zillow Digs Survey Reveals Top 5 Projects for Home Sellers

Curb Appeal: Creating a strong first impression is imperative as buyers begin making assumptions about a home well before they step inside. “A clean entrance can go a long way toward establishing a positive first impression,” said Zillow Agent Advisory Board member, Cyndi Lesinski of Valencia, Calif. Lesinski recommends adding “fresh potted flowers to increase the life and energy of the entrance.” Another tip is to simply add a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Black, dark charcoal and tasteful reds such as burgundy or cranberry are currently the most popular front door colors on Zillow Digs. These colors bring tasteful exuberance to the home without being too overbearing for potential buyers.

Staging: A home stager can skillfully identify ways to highlight your home’s best features and compensate for its shortcomings. The goal is to make “your home appeal to the broadest audience and number of buyers possible,” says Zillow Digs Board of Designers member Mara Miller of Carrier and Company in New York City. When staging, remove all personal belongings and avoid colors or furniture that are too style-specific – neutral colors and minimal furniture are best. “Attempting to decorate may not be the best use of your time and dollars,” says Miller.

Invest in Small Home Improvements:  Both agents and designers agree that sellers should never invest in a major renovation before selling. No matter how out-of-date a home is, “major renovations prior to sale usually will not equal a dollar-for-dollar return, and the time invested outweighs selling it faster,” says Zillow Agent Advisory Board member Chris Speicher, of The Speicher Group and RE/MAX in Washington, D.C. Instead, sellers should spend time and money on smaller updates that will bring the home up to market value. These kinds of projects include updating lighting fixtures, cabinet or door handles, and minor kitchen and bathroom updates.

Declutter: This sounds simple, but according to Zillow experts, it’s the one of the most important things a homeowner should do before selling. A clean house feels more spacious and helps buyers easily envision themselves in the home. “Nothing trumps the aesthetic of a clean and cared-for home,” says Zillow Digs Board of Designers member Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in Sacramento, Calif. “Old appliances and furniture can be overlooked if a space is clean, simple and well-edited.”

Granite Countertops and Stainless Steel Appliances: Most buyers are still requesting “granite countertops and stainless steel appliances,” says Zillow Agent Advisory Board member Bic DeCaro of Westgate Realty Group in Falls Church, Va. Keep in mind that most “high-end finishes don’t equal high-end returns,” says DeCaro. However, incorporating granite and new appliances can help catch a buyer’s eye.

Launched in 2013, Zillow Digs is Zillow’s home improvement marketplace where home shoppers and homeowners can find visual inspiration and understand the real cost of remodeling projects. Users can browse over 640,000 photos and see Zillow’s proprietary Digs Estimates for the estimated cost, based on where they live, of the actual bathrooms and kitchens they are viewing. They can create, save and share Boards of ideas they love, comment on photos and follow people with similar interests.

About Zillow, Inc.

Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ:Z) operates the leading real estate and home-related information marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products that help people find vital information about homes, and connect with the best local professionals. Zillow’s brands serve the full lifecycle of owning and living in a home: buying, selling, renting, financing, remodeling and more. In addition, Zillow offers a suite of tools and services to help local real estate, mortgage, rental and home improvement professionals manage and market their businesses. Welcoming 77 million unique users in March 2014, the Zillow, Inc. portfolio includes Zillow.com®, Zillow Mobile, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Rentals, Zillow Digs®, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions®, Agentfolio®, Mortech®, HotPads™ and StreetEasy®. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow.com, Zillow, Postlets, Mortech, Diverse Solutions, StreetEasy, Agentfolio and Digs are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. HotPads is a trademark of Zillow, Inc.

[i] Zillow surveyed members of the Zillow Digs Board of Designers and Zillow Agent Advisory Board via Survey Monkey.

SOURCE Zillow, Inc.

For further information: Alexa Fiander, Zillow.com, 206-757-2701 or press@zillow.com

Schedule your Holiday Decorating Now

20141206_183301_resizedFront Range Stage is happy to assist with all your holiday decorating needs. We’ll even shop if you don’t have everything you need to trim your tree in style! Give us a call for an estimate and enjoy a relaxing holiday season with the help of Front Range Stage!

National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Staging 2015 Report

Here are some highlights from the latest Home Staging Report. 49,104 Realtors were surveyed and 2,373 responded.
-96% of Buyers Agents report most or some prospective buyers are affected by home staging.
-81% of buyers can visualize property when it’s staged. Most other surveys report this as 90% or higher.
-62% of Sellers Agents are paying for home staging.
-46% of Buyers Agents report buyers are more willing to walk through a home, 45% believe it will positively impact values, 28% report buyers will overlook property faults.
-Important rooms to stage in order are Living Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, and Dining Room.
-Staging leads to 1-5% increase in value of home as reported by 32% of buyer agents and 37% of sellers agents. 6-10% increase in value as reported by 16% of buyer agents and 22% of sellers agents.