Barb Schwarz – Home Staging – New Book

I just orded a couple of copies of Barb Schwarz new book:
Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for More Money

I am an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) and am so glad that I took the course when I did, as I was very lucky to have Barb Schwarz as the teacher. I’m sure, now that Barb and is so nationally famous, that many ASPs are being taught by other people. I’m sure that’s great too, but I am glad to have had Barb as my teacher.

Here’s what Barb Schwarz had to say about her new book:

“Staging is a system used to prepare homes for sale. It is proven to help properties sell faster and for more money. Staging is not redecorating; rather it is a series of researched and proven techniques developed by the author to make a home appeal more to a buyer rather than its current owner. Like a personal makeover, Staging plays up a home’s strong points and minimizes its weaknesses. This book will offer clear directions for home sellers to utilize such as evaluating a home’s interior and exterior appearance, assessing the home against a nine-page checklist of pre-set Staging guidelines, and utilizing proven techniques to Stage for maximize sales appeal.”

I will report back on whether or not Barb Schwarz’ new book has anything new to say about Staging Your Home, after I read it.

A Birthday Request!

This past week I received the ultimate gift for my 30th birthday, which just so happens to be today!

With everything going on, I really haven’t spent much time thinking about my birthday (surprise, surprise!), but it did occur to me that maybe I should mix in a new feature of Rain City Guide with a birthday request.

Some background… I’ve been inspired by Jim over at J. LeRoy to write more book reviews. Some of the book reviews will be directly related to real estate (as in “how to buy, sell, invest” books), while other books will only loosely (very loosely) be connected to real estate (but I’m pretty good at stretching things!). The important thing is that I’m going to keep reading (and reviewing) and switching off between fiction and non-fiction in order to add some balance!

Knowing for a few weeks that I’ve wanted to include book reviews in Rain City Guide, I’m a little ahead of the game and have prepared a few book reviews that I’ll be publishing soon. However, I’ve got a problem. Only a few weeks into this endeavor, I’ve got plenty of non-fiction books lined up in my Amazon WishList, but I’m already out of fiction books. I’m in desperate need of some good fiction stories!

All this leads to my birthday request…

What books do you recommend I read in this upcoming year?

Despite my preference for fiction, there are no rules for your recommendations. Feel free to include one, two or ten books… Feel free to include books about investing in real estate, building environmentally-friendly homes, blogging, history, Japanese culture, and so on… Feel free to include books that have taught, inspired, or challenged you… Most importantly, I’m just looking for books that will keep me turning the pages!