The Lindsey Haas Team
The Lindsey Haas Team
Lindsey Haas  Serving Atlanta & Northern Suburbs, GA Area
Phone: (770) 240-2005 |Fax: (770) 240-5405
Cell: 678.933.1962 | lindsey@TheHaasTeam.net

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National Association of Realtors June 2017 Market Update

July 20, 2017 11:00 pm

June 2017 Housing Market Update

The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist

May 15, 2017 9:09 pm

While out showing homes lately, I have been seeing a increase in this neat concept in all price ranges. In fact, my husband bought prefinished distressed barn wood at Home Depot and added it to our breakfast nook ceiling that's an A-Frame and it transformed the space.  We now get tons of compliments on it and others ask to copy the idea!  

Lindsey Haas, Realtor 
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The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist

Posted: 15 May 2017 12:00 AM PDT

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Wood paneling is back, but we’re not talking about he 1960s version that you may still be peeling down from some of your listings.

Instead, today’s wood paneling trend is being used as an accent wall, instead of a complete cover of an entire room. For example, wood panels in walnut may be used as an accent wall behind the bed in the master bedroom. Or, maybe one wall will be covered in white distressed shiplap, a trend popularized by HGTV “Fixer Upper” hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines.

Wood in all finishes, whether clear stain or in its natural form, are being used to create sophisticated, sleek accent walls. You may even find wood panels in the closets, such as cedar-covered closet walls  (with added bonuses of having a distinctive smell and being a natural repellant to insects, like moths, too).

Realtor.com® reports on the trend: “Knotty pieces of wood bring a very organic look, while painted varieties are classic and always popular with homeowners and potential buyers.”

Designers are certainly proving you dress up and modernize any space with wood panels. See a few examples from Houzz.

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Smart Staging Ideas

April 18, 2017 2:20 pm

Smart Staging Solutions for the Owner Occupied House

Posted: 10 Apr 2017 12:00 AM PDT

By Julea Joseph, guest contributor

JuleaAs a home stager, I hear weekly this song from people getting ready to sell their occupied home:

“My closets are stuffed, I hate my living room sofa, Grandma’s old dinette set looks shoddy, and those oak cabinets in the kitchen are not going to fly with the younger buying bunch. Sure, you wish for a home that looks like the ‘AFTER’ reveal of your favorite HGTV show. A house where everything is perfectly in place–plump pillows perking up your living room sofa, stylish accessories adoring your lovely kitchen, and all your closets looking like Martha Stewart spent the weekend in there.”

It can be done! The majority of homes on the market have people living in them, have well used furniture, and spaces not recently remodeled.  You just need a professional plan, to make smart updates and changes, and have the emotional resolve to understand that your home becomes a stylish exhibit in a real estate professional’s advertising campaign for a cute couple to fall in love with.

How do you pull off this feat? A home stager can be your ace in the hole to tell you what stays and goes, what to pack up, and what needs to be improved.  Once you get done packing and improving, the stager also will swing back in and up-styled your home using your furnishings and accessories to their best advantage. That includes everything from choosing a perfect color palette to styling each room to make that cute couple gush.

Let’s walk through the process. Home stagers start with an evaluation in which they’ll review your home from curbside to back fence offering a list of instructions and suggested enhancements, changes and upgrades for you to get done.

PACK.  You are moving, so pack it up. Start in the main living areas of your home, then bedrooms, then finally basement/storage and garage.  Pack your home like a potential buyer would walk through your home: Foyer, guest closet, living room, dining room, etc. The goal of packing is to showcase every space of your home from guest closet to porch, and to not distract the buyer with your stuff.  And yes, especially those closets … after all, people move because they are out of room at their old house.  Sell them their dream!

Living in a staged home TIP:  Purchase flip top bins for each room of your home that you can use to organize yourself if the phone rings for a showing. Label each bin with the room.  Pop the bins in the garage or storage for showings.

IMPROVE.  Make smart, cost effective, return-on-your-investment updates and improvements.  From a fresh coat of paint, walls and maybe your front door, swapping out your light fixtures both outside and in, refinishing or replacing flooring, to more involved projects such as painting kitchen cabinets. Smart updates can offer a great return. Sure, they require a bit of cash to make these improvements, but the goal is a turnkey home, no buyer today wants a long list of things to do prior to moving in. The days of a “carpet allowance” are long gone–eliminate as many negative reactions to your home as possible.

§ Living in a staged home TIP: If you are painting your rooms, plan on having the replacement lighting done at the same time. The ladders are all there and no need to circle back to touch up where the new fixture went in.

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Photo: Julea/Reinventing Space/Portraits of Home

CLEAN.  Clean so your home glows, from the walls inside of closets to the windows outside.  During the selling period, you have carte blanche to have a cleaning crew in scour your home every few weeks. It frees up time for you to do other things and keep the stress of selling in bay.  The goal is a super clean home that translates to the buyer that the homeowners care, maintain, and love their home–and so will the buyers.

§ Living in a staged home TIP: Try using only one bathroom for showering when selling our home. This way the other baths stay in “model” condition. Always replace wet towels with dry ones if showing your home.

ROOM STYLING.  Each space has to be styled to give the room its best selling advantage. This is where home stagers are best utilized. Our interior arrangement and design know-how can expertly arrange, style ,and revamp each of your spaces to showcase the room without any emotional connection. We are masters at making each room visually and emotionally fabulous for that ideal buyer.  We’ll use what you have by shopping your home, perhaps using pieces found in other rooms, and reinvent the setting for selling, rather than dwelling.

If pieces are off scale or are not appealing for the prospective buyer, we can swap them out with rental or purchased items. Home stagers are a one-stop shop to getting your home styled for that targeted buyer. The goal is that the buyer understands how to use each space and connects with the home and pictures themselves living there.

§ Living in a staged home TIP:  Your furniture placement may be adjusted to visually invite buyers in and allow them to walk freely in the room and then pass to the next space. It may not be the layout you are use to, but you’ll have to make allowance during the selling period.

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Photo: Julea/Reinventing Space/Portraits of Home

This post originally appeared at Tales of an Interior Stylist. Copyright 2017.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Julea Joseph is the owner and lead designer at Reinventing Space in Chicago. Visit her website and blog at Julea.com.

Realtor Lindsey Haas honored by the Atlanta Braves as a Community Hero

June 27, 2016 9:21 pm

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Buying a House: Working With a Real Estate Agent to Make an Offer

May 20, 2016 1:28 pm

When making an offer, a real estate agent brings some pretty powerful assets to the table: market knowledge, objectivity and (hopefully) some well-honed negotiating skills. Buying a house is emotional, and your agent can help level the field by bringing a more rational approach to the transaction. Here’s how the two of you can work together to get the best possible deal. (Read More)

5 Ways To Improve Curb Appeal

August 4, 2015 1:14 pm

Are you putting your home on the market or having trouble selling your home? Maybe try some of these ways to improve curb appeal for your home! 2015's Cost vs Value remolding survey showed that smaller replacement projects are the ones that are most obvious to buyers when the view a house in person or online. (Read More)

10 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do In A Day!

July 7, 2015 10:34 am

To the uninitiated, home renovations sound daunting and conjure up painful images of burning cash. But don’t let that scare you. Many projects can be done in a day, and if you’re smart about it, says Kerrie Kelly, founder of Kerrie Kelly Home Design Lab, they’ll boost curb appeal without breaking your budget. “Whether it’s something you leave on a list for a handyman to do or you do it yourself, which is always gratifying,” she says. Here are few of her favorites. (Read More)

Home Prices Are Accelerating

May 12, 2015 12:20 pm

The number of metro areas seeing double-digit price appreciation doubled in the first quarter of this year compared to last quarter, according to the National Association of REALTORS®’ latest quarterly housing report. (Read More)
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