Feng Shui Your Bedroom – A Guide to Bring Harmony, Peace and a More Restful Sleep

According to ancient Chinese Wisdom, a properly designed bedroom can improve your love life, finances and even your career. Whether or not you believe in the spiritual power of Feng Shui, the principles are often applied in Western decorating because of the emphasis on soft simplicity and minimalistic approach.

Bedrooms are our sanctuaries, the one place in the home where the primary function of the room is to rest. However, many of us find ourselves not resting in our bedrooms. I won’t promise that every night you will get 8 solid hours of sleep and every morning you will be ready for anything, A bedroom needs some planning in order to amplify certain aspects of your life including love, romance, relaxation, and rejuvenation both mental and physical.

A truly restorative bedroom makes your entire senses feel good, nourishing and sensual. Energy Circles in Feng Shui represent clear communication and balance, be sure to have some communication and balance, be sure to have some round artwork (in pairs) you can even use a can dipped lightly in a lighter tone of your wall paint and in different sizes and stamp the feature wall – it will be subtle and look much like wallpaper. You can even get some luxurious bedding with soft circle designs. Soothing sounds like wind chimes outside your window would create a harmonious; calming effect. Don’t forget calming scents- use a diffuser with rose or lavender scents.

Pick a theme or style that reflects your personality and that works well for you and your family, both for style and practical purposes. It might be country, contemporary, minimalist, classic, or a unique combination of any of these. It doesn’t matter what the style that is important it is the Feng Shui balance that matters the most.

The free flow of chi energy in the bedroom is also important. Chi enters a room through the door. How well Chi circulates and affects you depends on the placement of the objects in a room. Allow your doorway, the major source of incoming Chi, to serve its function. Even if you normally enter from another direction, make sure that all doors in your bedroom are able to open at least 90 degrees. The critical areas in your bedroom are the same; sleeping, relaxing, reading, dressing and storage for clothes and shoes, etc.

- clear the clutter under the bed as this can disturb your sleep. Not to mention cause turmoil with your love life. Get rid of anything broken, dirty or muddy shoes or torn tee shirts orother items you have stored in bins.

- thoroughly de-cluter and clean your closets. Let go of clothes that you haven’t worn in a year. Use a bin to house donated items, and don’t forget those trash bags for items that are stained or torn. Invest in a closet system – many are inexpensive and can be found at your local hardware store. What’s astonishing is that we wear 20 percent of our clothes 80 percent of the time. The bulk of our wardrobe is gathering dust on hangers.

- store winter items in the summer, then reverse the scenario in the spring and summer. If it doesn’t fit get rid of it. Dress for the size you are now and get rid of those items that don’t fit anymore. If you do lose a little weight then you can treat yourself to a new wardrobe; how exciting is that!! Do not use wire or other plastic hangers for sweaters or tees hanging in the closet because you get what I call ‘knees’ in the shoulders from the hangers. These items should be folded and stored in a dresser or in the closet. Use clip style hangers for skirts and pants it saves space and makes the close look neat. You can donate the good items and you can deduct it as an expense on your tax return if you Itemize deductions; or you can send them to a consignment shop where you can make some money.

- take out all the items that create visual clutter that do not really belong in your bedroom. This includes the television (yikes the t.v.) any exercise equipment, office work and related items. If you keep the T.V. in the bedroom then make sure it is housed in an Amore when you sleep. The good Feng Shui energy in your bedroom is the free flow of the Chi – electronics and even an exercise machine can interfere with brain and nervous systems.

- open the windows often or use a good quality air-purifier to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen. You cannot have good Feng Shui if the air you breathe in is stale and full of pollutants.

- have several levels of lighting in your bedroom, or use a dimmer switch to adjust the energy accordingly. Good appropriate lighting is very important, as light is our number one nutrient and one of the strongest manifestations of energy. Candles are the best for Feng Shui bedroom lighting, but be sure to buy candles with no toxins, not only that, be sure to blow them out before you go to sleep.

- use soothing colors to achieve a good Feng Shui balance in your bedroom. Feng Shui bedroom decor is a balanced decor that promotes the best flow of energy for restoritive sleep, as well as sexual healing. Place lots of comfy coordinating pillows and a luxurious chenille throw on the bed it will make the bed look and feel ‘lavish’! The best Feng Shui colors for the bedroom are considered the so called “skin colors”, and we, of course, know the colors of the human skin vary from pale white to rich chocolate brown.

Follow the basic Feng Shui guidelines for your bed which include:

- have your bed approchable from both sides,
- have 2 bedside tables (one on each side) if you don’t have room on one side of the bed to place a night stand then make sure that there is at least 3″ between the bed and wall;
- the best position of the bed is diagonally opposite the door. If this is not possible then place a bench or blanket box in front of the bed so that it will block or slow down any negative energy.
- make you bed daily, after all the bed anchors the room and sets the tone for the entire room. A made bed inspires order and calm.
- never place a mirror at the foot of the bed this brings about depression, loneliness or other problems along with negative Chi. Choose serene and calm images or those that have a happy sentimental meaning to you.
- keep all the doors closed at night, be it the closet doors, the bathroom door and the bedroom door. This will allow for the best and flexibility for positive energy.
- place an item or object you love and the first thing that you see when you walk through the door of your bedroom. It could be a vase, a picture or almost anything else that makes you feel happy and secure.

Remember that items in your bedroom should be in pairs. the Relationship corner is the southeast corner of your bedroom – place a statue of 2 people dancing or holding each other, it will bring harmony to your love life. Make sure that everything in the bedroom, or your entire house, is clean and free of dust. That brings negative energy or Chi to your life.

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Primitive Country Furniture and Decor

Primitive country furniture brings a harmonious balance into your home with the rest of your decor. These hand-crafted, rustic, and pre-aged furnishings provide warm and welcome comfort to your family and your visitors. For decades the cabin decor, Adirondack, and mountain lodge styles have been known as the least imposing and most comfortable styles available to the country decorator. Primitive country furniture will blend nicely with other similar decorating styles such as the ones listed above and even Arts and Crafts, Mission Movement, French Country and Craftsman furniture. Now, through the incomparable woodworkers of the Amish communities, you too can recreate the surroundings of the great outdoors in your own country home. Your furniture will be understated with simple classic lines.

Cloth and paint colors are neutral or in early Americana colors. The primitive furniture and pillows will be cozy and overstuffed. In the old days, many primitive country furnishings were made from twigs, branches and other natural elements – so look for earthy colors and uneven tones. Primitive country furniture series has tables, chairs, desks, armoires, nightstands, dressers, benches, beds, and thick wood coffee tables. You’ll find them painted, raw, aged, or in artisan hand crafted, old fashioned, traditional designs. The primary feature of this style country furniture is the use of materials from reused pieces, barns, and posts. Planks are old, or fashioned to appear vintage or antique. Some primitive furniture has been created and decorated with bark, branches and twigs. Each log and twig is especially chosen for their shape and texture – right down to the decorative trim. The chunky wood styles of primitive country furniture lend themselves easily to armoires, wardrobes and big tables. Big chests and trunks also double as an innovative coffee table or bench for the foot of the bed.

In the double drawer wardrobe you’ll find much more than a closet. Plain oval dining tables with benches make excellent primitive country dining sets. The wooden wall cupboards, wardrobes, plate racks, and hutches give your dining room a comfortable, country style. Or, place a rectangular work table in your kitchen, and use antique kitchenware for your cooking and serving – this brings back memories of an old farm house, doesn’t it? Use traditional lighting and chandeliers for a truer experience – with those roughly finished cupboards and racks nearby the kitchen experience will be rustic, homey, warm. There are many different ways obtain primitive country furniture, and they aren’t all expensive! Buying used furniture and roughing it up to age it, or overstuffing and recovering larger pieces are two easy and inexpensive alternatives.

This repurposing of existing furniture is also good for the environment. Just because your existing piece of furniture isn’t working for you today, doesn’t mean that it can’t be changed to work for you in the future. For instance, a friend of mine was given an ugly outdated, veneer covered entertainment unit. It was large and just what she needed for her dining room to display her plate collection and cookbooks. We spent 1/2 a day sanding, painting and aging the piece and today everyone asks where they can get primitive country pieces just like hers! Country decor is possible with all the rooms of your house. You can decorate your home wholly or partially in the country style.

So take a look at your existing furniture with a creative eye and consider some of the ways below to changing it to suit your style: Paint, then sand and stain. You won’t believe how different a piece of furniture can look once sanded, painted and stained. You can even change the style of the piece. A cheap wooden Ikea table turned into a beautifl primitive country coffee table (years after use) with a thick application of crackle paint and whitewash finish. Outdated dressers can also change. Change the hardware. A few vintage, restoration or antique handles, hinges or pulls can turn a piece of wood furniture into a rustic masterpiece. Similar to painting, staining and sanding, old glass balls or brass handles add primitive to any previously country furnishing. One of my favorites is to re-upholster or re-cover a sofa, chair, loveseat or footstool. Thick primitive fabric is now easier to come by than ever before (or just look for muslin) to update a piece of furniture.

If you don’t think you have the skill to re-upholster a piece, shop around for some country slipcovers – instant change. Buy antique or vintage pieces. Besides being environmentally friendly, those deals fit right into primitive country decor. Rather than spending $2000 and more on a new couch or dining set, why not shop around for something similar, but gently used? Primitive country furniture is available at affordable prices and will lend that welcome air to any room of your home. Country decor reduces the modern air to most homes and apartments – enhancing the peaceful and authentic nature of your home and your family members.

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Things to Consider When Buying Antique Furniture

Collecting antique furniture pieces are considered as a prime financial investment and a superb way of decorating houses and other sites. As such, many people have considered antique collection as one of the most rewarding hobbies and activities that one can engage in. However, a serious antique furniture collector should take note of the following factors;

The Style of the Antique Furniture

Most antique sellers classify their products through style names such as Louis XV, Queen Anne, and many others. Usually, the style of the furniture piece plays an important role in determining its value. Furniture pieces which have styles and designs which originate from centuries before are considered as more valuable than those which possess more recent designs. Also, the more unique or customized the style is, the more expensive will the furniture piece be.

Moreover, there are designs which have been popularized by notable craftsmen or furniture manufacturers. As such, furniture pieces which carry such popular designs, including those which resemble such, may be more expensive than the usual antique furniture.

The Originality of the Antique Furniture

It is important to determine if a piece is a reproduction or not. One can easily determine if the furniture is an original piece through the hardware that is used in the furniture.

Examine the nails and screws that were used. Note that screws were only used in furniture pieces during the later half of the 19th century. Others shapes, types, and lengths of nails were used in furniture making in varying points in history as well.

If the furniture piece is original, note that its wood dimensions should not be uniform. Some of its parts should have shrunk by as much as an eighth of an inch due to aging. Also, note that the surfaces of the furniture should have suffered from discolouration. An original furniture piece may be affected from uneven exposure to sunlight. As such, it should have significant differences in coloring. Otherwise, the furniture might have undergone repainting or refinishing.

Apart from that, check the edges of the furniture. Note that early years of furniture construction only made use of handsaws. Thus, most old-age furniture pieces have ragged edges. If there are any differences in various pieces of hardware that was used in the piece, it may be a sign that the original parts of the antique have already been replaced.

The Age of the Antique Furniture

This factor is a prime consideration when collecting antique furniture pieces. Usually, the more aged the piece is, the more valuable it will be. Among the most notable periods in the history of furniture construction are Chippendale (mid-to-late 1700s), Empire Period (1830 – 1850) and Victorian (1850 – 1910). Note that one can identify the historical age of the furniture piece according to its style and design.

However, the antique collector should be aware that there are cases when appearance, design, and functionality supersede the value given to the furniture’s age. This is often the case for tables, chairs, cabinets, wardrobes, and other large furniture pieces that are not suitable for mere display and decorative purposes.

Also, in cases where the antique furniture pieces are a product of a notable craftsman, the value of the piece increases along with the complexity and the intricacy of the furniture’s design.

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A Lady Gaga Inspired Bedroom Design for a Young Adult

Creative. Conceptual. Quintessential. Sexy. Unique. These are just a few words that can describe Lady Gaga, who was crowned the most powerful celebrity in 2011 (she even beat Oprah!). Gaga is known for her activism, inspiring a “Born this Way” campaign, she has a following of ‘little monsters’, and is even coming out with a clothing line with her little sister, Natali. So it’s not surprising that Gaga’s passion for fashion can easily be translated into design and home décor.

There are just so many possibilities that I don’t even know where to begin!

One thing definitely applies for design inspired by Gaga: there are no rules! If you’re itching to design a Gaga-inspired bedroom or lounge, remember that less is never best (because with Gaga, you can never have too much!). Just think of her many daring and exaggerated outfits; she is definitely a centerpiece herself. Speaking of centerpieces, I recommend an over-the-top chandelier as a focal piece – such as one of Foucault’s orb crystal chandeliers, it is sure to be a conversation piece in itself. This chandelier (by Restoration Hardware) is reminiscent of Gaga’s orb headpiece that she wore on the Fall Preview Issue (#60) of V Magazine or the Nasir Mazhar designed metal orbs that she wore in 2009 while performing at Saturday Night Live.

Texture is important when creating a Gaga-esque style. You can never have enough texture. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! For example, you can try mixing silky soft bedding, in rich colours like fuchsia, royal purple or deep blue, with textured throw rugs or blankets. I recommend a beautiful sheepskin throw that you can elegantly drape at the foot of your bed to add a splash of colour and a touch of warmth. These rugs are also multipurpose because you can drape them over your chairs to protect the upholstery or add some comfort to your precious derriere. Don’t forget to add some fun to your accessories, like incorporating oversized throw pillows with cutes silk bows on them, which draws from Lady Gaga’s bow hair that she wore during her Poker Face days.

Go crazy with the wall colours. Don’t be afraid to use bold paint colours or even patterned wallpapers (remember to colour block one feature wall boldly with either paint or wallpaper and then mute the surrounding walls). If you’re going for the elegant Gaga look, I suggest using damask-patterned wallpaper in a dark colour, such as black or grey. You can even pick something that has a slight sheen to it. The dark colours will make your accents pop and draw more attention to your focal pieces, like the chandelier. A high gloss pink (or white) lacquered cupboard would not only act as a storage unit for your clothes, but would ground the space giving your colour palatte the ability to pop more. Make sure to include a variety of oversized floor mirrors so you can check yourself out while adding some style. I’m sure that Gaga would approve!

If you’re a guy and don’t want to add some of the frilly design elements, like the bows or “girly” colours, stay in the dark tones – like black, silver, and deep shades of blue (such as navy blue, cobalt blue or midnight blue) which will add more of a typical masculine element to the bedroom. You can even add in a splash of red as an accent colour (try Valentino Red) in some geometric shapes, like some geometric patterned mirrors, that are recurring throughout Gaga’s Poker Face video (and a current theme in her wardrobe, too). Or incorporate a headboard made of leather that is reminiscent of Gaga’s biker-chick look on her Born this Way album.

Whatever your plan is, don’t forget to have fun with it. Gaga is all about fun, freedom, taking risks and being yourself. As Gaga herself would say, “don’t be a drag, just be a queen!”

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Closet Organizers for Taming Expansive Wardrobes

Most people are not lucky enough to have an expansive walk-in closet like the one so famously gifted to Carrie Bradshaw on Sex in the City. Instead, we continuously fight for space, stuffing closets to the gills until they are completely unmanageable. Luckily, there is help for storage space challenged peons such as us, and it comes in the form of closet organizers. Simple tools like shelves, racks and special hangers can tame even the most expansive wardrobe into submission, so your days of scrounging for matching shoes or accessories are over.

Perhaps the simplest fix for those with too many clothes in too little a space are specially designed space saving hangers that maximize vertical space so clothes take up less room horizontally. As seen on TV, the Wonder Hanger is just such an item. Available as an eight pack, these hangers can triple closet space because they allow you to put five pieces of clothing on one single hanger.

This magical little invention lets you drop it vertically from the closet rod so that clothes hang in layered tiers. It can also rest on the rod horizontally if space is not an issue. Better still is that managing clothing on these hangers is a breeze, with Wonder Hanger’s easy “on and off” design. Made of tough polypropylene, Wonder Hangers are strong enough to handle five winter coats at a time without cracking, sagging or bending. They each measure 9 ¾ by 1 by ¼ inches.

Another similar item is Steel Hanger Cascader. Sold in sets of two, this unique hanger also lets you maximize closet space by featuring a vertical drop. The Hanger Cascader lets you fit your own hangers into the allotted slots so that they hang down in tiers. This sturdy space saver is made of chrome finish iron and measures 10 ¼ by ¾ inches.

If purses are the items that wreak havoc on your closet space, the key to keeping them manageable is a handy Purse Rack. Available as a set of two, a purse rack makes organizing handbags as simple as using just hooks and straps. On each strap, there are eight adjustable hooks to hang bags for easy viewable storage of sixteen purses. Simply hang the strap on a door or mount it on a wall. Hardware for mounting is included. For door installation, no tools are required.

As with handbags, many women have a tendency to acquire an Imelda Marcos-sized shoe collection over the course of their adult lives. But the problem with shoes is that most folks actually need a pair for them to be useful. Sadly, many a Manolo has flown solo on more than one occasion, rendering their fashionable status rather useless. There is, however, a simple solution to the madness that will keep your lefts with your rights.

With the Black Over the Door 26 Pair Shoe Organizer, women will truly be able to put their best feet forward, since they will be able to choose from an organized collection. Because of the over-the-door design, this organizer will not take up precious closet space. It holds up to 26 pairs of shoes but can also be used to store belts and other accessories. The Over the Door 26 Pair Shoe Organizer has a see-through mesh front for easy viewing, and hangs on the door with included hooks. Made of durable polyester, this organizer measures 22 by 6 by 63 inches and fits door widths up to 1 7/8 inches.

On the gender-neutral side of organization, the Overdoor Cap Organizer can help keep baseball caps and other hats from giving you a headache. As with the over door shoe organizer, this cap control tool fits over the door and hangs from hooks and reinforced grommets. The Cap Organizer holds two dozen caps. It is made of breathable polyester backing and has clear vinyl pockets for easy viewing.

For overall organization, shelf dividers and stackable closet shelves are great tools to keep clothing, accessories and shoes from merging into one shapeless blob of the unrecognizable. Folks with existing closet shelves will find Shelf Dividers to be an incredible tool to keep messy piles of clothing organized. These organizers slide onto closet shelves to create instant order to the chaos and allow you to customize your closet shelf space. Available in sets of four, these shelf dividers come in either wood or coated wire.

For closets that need shelving, Stackable Closet Shelves are a great way to add structure and keep shoes, accessories and clothing organized. For maximum organization, these shelves can be stacked together for more storage. Better still, these shelves are a cinch to assemble, requiring no tools.

No matter what type of clothing, accessories or shoes are wreaking havoc on your closet space, there is an organizer out there that will restore order to the madness. With closet help like shelves, space saving hangers, purse and cap organizers readily available, you too can tame your expansive wardrobe so that you will never dread getting dressed again.

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A Brief History of the Luggage Trunk and How to Restore Them

When thinking about the history of luggage, you have to know the authentic history of the “trunk,” the granddaddy of the modern piece of luggage, It is also known as a traveling chest, which is a large cuboid container for holding clothes and other personal belongings. It’s typically about 1.5meters wide, and 0.5 meters each deep and high, or about 25″ to 40″ wide, 14″ to 28″ high, and 14″ to 24″ deep. They were most commonly used for extended periods away from home, such as for boarding school or long trips abroad. The trunks although, have been around for thousands of years in China and elsewhere, and the most common styles seen and referred to today date from the late 18th Century to the early 20th, then replaced in the market for the lighter more convenient roll luggage bag.

There are many, many styles of trunks such as Saratogas, Jenny Linds, Monitors, (or Flat-tops) Barrel-Staves, Bevel-tops, Wardrobes, Steamers, Dome-tops, Barrell-tops, Wall Trunks, and even full Dresser trunks. These differing styles often only lasted for a decade or two as well, and – along with the hardware – can be extremely helpful in dating an unmarked trunk. But with the history of the granddaddy luggage “trunk” there has been a recent popularity to find and restore these classics of travel and luggage. Most recently these pieces of luggage have been used as authentic furniture for adding character to homes or as child storage boxes, these older trunks can be found in many antique shops in your local city. With the advent rise if the trunks popularity is also an awakened awareness of restoring these pieces of treasure.

Although, current restoration techniques for trunks are generally limited to either “wood-based”, (where the central metal sheets or canvas is removed, exposing the underlying pine box, which is then stained in some fashion) “metal based”, (where even plain metal panels are left intact) and the almost unheard-of “original” (a true restoration to what it was, including interior wallpaper or otherwise.) Interiors for these may include the original paper being stripped out and replaced with modern or original-style wallpaper, padded or unpadded fabrics, sanding/staining the interior, lining the entire trunk with strips of cedar, or even simple paint. Uninformed restorations will often shred or damage the trunk even beyond the greatest professionals ability to repair, and so you should not attempt to restore your own trunk without research. Also there are times when leaving a trunk intact and original – regardless of its current condition and physical appearance – is the correct action to take.

So the next time you decide on shopping for a piece of luggage [http://www.luggage2buy.com] remember the history and trials and fame of the granddaddy of all modern pieces of luggage the “Trunk”. Because of its legacy and history we can appreciate the convenience of our current pieces we use on a daily basis when we travel, work, exercise, carry our children and just live. Thank you “trunk.”

Milton Herring is a writer, owner and advocate of all things inspirational. If you are traveling or looking for something new to carry your valuables there are great many places to buy your next piece. Consider an online experience that offers great value and product.

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Wardrobe Closets – An Overview

If you are planning a home remodeling project but do not want to build a closet because your budget is limited and you want to have the option to restore a room into its original state, then wardrobe closets are what you need.

A wardrobe closet is portable and freestanding so you can move it in any room, from bedroom to garage, kitchen or laundry. It also comes in various styles, designs and sizes that you will have no difficulty in fitting it on a corner or along the wall and matching it your other furniture.

They are a perfect solution for getting additional storage space at a lower cost. Check out the offerings with discounted prices from different online retailers. Here are some for your consideration.

Savannah 6-Door Tower:

You can create more space with this storage tower constructed from solid hardwood and grained maple veneer. It features adjustable shelving and shutter-style panels. It measures 72 inches in height by 31 inches in width by 14 inches in depth. Color options are walnut, antique black and white.

Wood Wardrobe/Closet With Sliding Door:

Beijing Youbrothers Science and Commerce Ltd. Co. is offering this wood wardrobe closet constructed with particle board. The material for frame, sliding door and rails is aluminum magnesium alloy. You have a choice of the door material-melamine or PVC board and a combination with artistic cloth or rattan knitted work. The closet, under the brand name Dainty, is flexible in style, making it perfect for different building styles. You can customize the wardrobe according to your requirements and needs.

Double Door Storage Closet:

The Wantong storage closet from Fu’an Wantong Textile Product Co. Ltd. is available has a modern style and available in white color. It is constructed with solid wood and provides the convenience of D-style zipper double doors. It features breathable fabric cover which allows your clothes to stay fresh, easy to access exterior shoe storage with nine pockets and solid wood frame. The product dimensions are 80 inches by 20 inches by 63 inches.

Wardrobe Closet from Foshan Enmei Home Decoration:

This closet has MDF or finished plywood shelf. The drawer style is solid wood dovetail or plywood and the hardware such as drawer slides, hinges, handles and shelf pins are made of quality materials. Color options are grey, yellow, red, white and maroon. You can order the size, detail designs and style according to your specifications and requirements.

Large Antique Solid Oak 2 Door Armoire Wardrobe Closet:

This solid oak wardrobe is constructed with antique solid oak. At the center of the armoire is a large beveled mirror and at both sides are closets with shelves. Each closet door has a beautiful an ornate raised panel with carving. It measures 80 inches in height by 64.25 inches in width by 19.25 inches in depth.

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Homes For Sale – 5 Characteristics You Want in a Realtor

You often hear horror stories about dishonest agents in the news coverage. This is because honesty and integrity quite frankly just aren’t newsworthy. You need to know that about 10 percent of the realtors in the business handle about 90 percent of the homes for sale in Wichita and overall in other areas as well. It stands to reason then, that these top 10 percent of are likely to be realtor agents you can trust to do a great job.

After all, the bottom line is that real estate is all about selling. Sometimes sales persons get a bad rap in stereotypes, but there are many professions that rely on good sales skills to get their jobs done. Realtors are no exception. Whether they have a new home for sale or existing homes listings, the final thing that determines whether a home sells in Wichita, Kansas is the marketing and effective sales strategies of the realtor. The WSU Center For Real Estate projects that the housing market in Wichita and Kansas are steadily recovering. The center forecasts that homes sales in Wichita will rise by 5.1 percent, and that overall in Kansas, they will rise 7.3 percent with home values increasing slightly as well. Since home sales are on the rise, sellers will be wise to take their time in hiring the best Wichita realtor they can find.

Beyond the hype and glamor of the real estate business, a good home listing realtor lives and dies by the marketing strategies he or she puts in place. If you have area homes for sale, then you are going to want a realtor that is likeable, well spoken and organized. Additionally, if your Wichita home listing is in a hard-to-sell neighborhood, you also want to hire a realtor that lives in or near the area so that the agent has first-hand knowledge of the area.

To ensure you hire a competent realtor, interview several of them. Putting up your home for sale with a listing realtor is a big decision. Your home investment is likely the largest your family owns and you want to protect this investment. Interviewing prospective Wichita realtors helps your home listing gain exposure. If you conduct several interviews in your Wichita area home, you will gain valuable exposure. Most homes are not sold by the listing agent, but by another realtor that splits the sale on the home listing.

There are some common characteristics that home owners desire in the realtor they choose to market a new home for sale. Beyond the characteristics listed below, no one single tactic or characteristic sells homes. It is generally a combination of these that ultimately decides whether your home listing in Wichita, KS sells quickly or sits on the market.

The top five characteristics you want in a realtor are as follows:

1. Experience – If you are not told directly and can’t easily spot the realtors number of years in the business, it is generally because they have little or less than five years experience. And experienced listing agent is able to anticipate problems or prevent them from manifesting because they have learned how to handle most any difficulty that may come with homes for sale in the area. Sometimes a realtor has access to a more seasoned realtor as their mentor and in this case, you will have to use good judgment.

2. Education – Do not be afraid to ask for a prospective Wichita realtor to give you their license number and certifications. You can actually check the original license date with the Kansas real estate licensing division by doing a license verification. Most states will also list any complaints that may have been filed against an agent.

3. Communication/Marketing – You will want to hire a Wichita realtor that you feel is a good communicator and will be available on a regular basis. It will be important to nail down the realtor’s marketing plan as it relates to your particular home listing. Minimum items to expect are:

- Professional signage with a cell phone number
- Lock box with daily monitoring
- Four-color brochures
- Weekly advertising in Wichita newspapers and major papers & distribution to major websites
- Minimum of 2 open houses
- Staging advice
- Virtual tour
- Updates on neighborhood facts, trends and recent sales
- Broker previews
- Weekly reporting to the seller

4. Honesty – Trust your intuition when it comes to the sale of your home and the realtor you are interviewing. An honest agent will likely have most of their business coming from referrals that other satisfied clients. Ask for referrals from friends and family or for references from the prospective agent. Successful realtors go above and beyond making customer satisfaction their number one priority for that particular client’s home listing. Lastly, an honest agent will be willing to guarantee their work, not the selling price, but their performance as your agent.

5. Negotiating and Networking – You want to list your home with a Wichita realtor that is known for their good negotiating skills, not the agent you makes a quick sale at the expense of the seller’s best interest. A successful agent is generally well connected in the community and well known. This is not always the agent that advertises the most so don’t be fooled by big advertising budgets. Ask around and ask for records of home sales and the original home listing prices.

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Preparing and Staging Homes For Sale

One of the first priorities in Homes for Sale is that they have to be clean and tidy. You should always look at the home from a buyer’s perspective because the buyer would always want to buy a spotlessly clean home.

How To Prepare Homes For Sale

* Remove the clutter from all the rooms so that they look much larger.
* Especially keep the kitchen clean. Clean the exhaust fan, sink, refrigerator, oven, and stove.
* Also clean the bathroom. If required, replace the shower curtain and toilet seats.
* Get the pest control done in your home if it is due.
* Clean the carpets with vacuum cleaners or get professional help.
* Polish and clean the floors of the house.
* Replace the broken window panes if any. Also ensure that windows close and open smoothly.
* Get the repairs done both in the interior and exteriors. This will give the house a new look.

If you take the help of a good real estate agent, the task will become simpler. Their services are critical when you want to sell homes or buy homes as they will guide you and take care of all important issues.

Tips To Select A Good Real Estate Agent

* Try to get recommendations from others who had successfully planned their Homes for Sale with the help of a good agent. Consult two to three agents before finalizing the best one.

* Provide the details of your home to the agent in writing so that he is aware of each and every thing about the house. This will help him deal with the potential buyers much better. Discus with the agent about how he usually promotes the Homes for Sale.

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Homes for Sale

Homes for sale there are lots of kinds in it giving you many choices and you’ll be enjoying the haunting of the home you wanted. There are so many kind on market like luxurious ones, condos, penthouses, apartments and so ever so many choices pick what you want.

Before going to look a home you want make a list in your mind to know what you want to buy how much is your budget for you to adjust some when you are short always do stick on your budget to stay on track what suites you.

Some of the homes for sale are owned by companies and banks which they have pulled from a client that had not agreed with the agreement they have made. Most of the houses that are on the market are not new buildings or newly made building some are owned and the owner wants to sell it on the market cause they are moving from another state or just they want to move in a new house. Houses owned by banks and companies do have the convenience to look at it because it is more accurate to buy than other owned house.

Be very aware about the background of the house you want to buy because some houses that are on the market are connected to crimes such as murder, Massacre, or kidnapping you would not want to live in a house that is related on crimes right?

Be very eager to find some thing that makes you comfortable and happy to live at the home you bought comfortable and delighted.

They say homes on sale that are owned by banks sell is more expensive if you can see the bank do provide the expenses of the house so there are less things that are not functional like the shower or the drainage. Having a nice home would cost you more than your budget can be but they do assure you that you won’t regret on buying the house to them.

Owned houses that are on sale in the market that is owned by the original owner no company is attached is more cheaper they say, most of the buyers do choose this type of seller and houses they prefer it even there are advantages in which you can settle the account with the owner the amount you can afford and the owner can think about it. its disadvantage would be there would be a work to be done in the house for it maybe old or there are some parts of it needed to be renovated for t is cheaper yet you can afford on buying and renovating the house you have chosen.

Homes on sale have many advantages as well as its disadvantages. It’s for you to decide on what you would buy. Be very wise on picking the home you wanted to buy you can buy a well picked one yet it empties your wallet or choose with a cheaper one and needs renovation yet you can afford to renovate it. Have a lot of look and talk to the seller you might get a big off with it.

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