Oakhurst, CA Real Estate News

By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Selling Grandma's house is often difficult, even when selling to another grandma.  In Oakhurst and Fresno California, our home staging company is frequently asked to do consultations and stagings at homes owned by seniors in Oakhurst, it's surrounding communities and in Fresno communities.     Here is what we often see: Decades old floral and plaid furnishings and window coverings.#1 Outdated kitchens and baths with oak cabinets, brass fixtures and vinyl flooring, #2 Outdated light fixtures, #3 Carpet & other flooring issues.  Wallpapered and paneled walls. l Rooms cluttered with years of collectibles and memorabilia. Family photos everywhere. This blog post is #4 of a series addressing each of the above with photo examples and solutions.  Most of these issues can be addressed with low-...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
  JOIN US IN NORTH FORK Please join the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary for our annual Tip BBQ on Saturday, April 30 from 11-2 at North Fork School.  Tickets are just $8 for Tri-tip, salad, beans, bread and a drink.  Presale tickets are available for $7 in front of the North Fork Post Office on Saturday, April 23, from 10-1 or from any Auxiliary member or at the Buckhorn Saloon.  This event also includes a huge drawing and silent auction.  Drawing starts at 2 p.m.  Come to North Fork and help us support our firefighters and the efforts for a new fire station. 
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Realtors and Home Sellers, you've seen this but more importantly do you do this? What room is this? #1 Or this? #2 Or this? If you saw these rooms in person, you could quite easily make assumptions about their purposes, just due to where there are in a house.  However, if you are looking for a home and you see these photo online, do you guess at what you're seeing or wonder what this space could be?  Do you hear yourself saying, "what's this?" Don't leave potential buyers and renters guessing at what they are seeing.  Professional home stagerscan increase the online (and in-person) appeal of any space and take the guessing out of those opportunites.  Now can you tell what rooms these might be? #1 After staging      #2 After #3 After Which photos (and rooms) are more visually appealing? ...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Selling Grandma's house is often difficult, even when selling to another grandma.   Our Oakhurst and Fresno California staging company is frequently asked to do consultations and stagings at homes owned by seniors in Oakhurst, it's surrounding communities and in Fresno communities.     Here is what we often see: Decades old floral and plaid furnishings and window coverings.#1 Outdated kitchens and baths with oak cabinets, brass fixtures and vinyl flooring. Outdated light fixtures. Carpeting in need of replacement. Wallpapered and paneled walls. Rooms cluttered with years of collectibles and memorabilia. Family photos everywhere. This blog post is #2 of a series addressing each of the above with photo examples and solutions.  Most of these issues can be addressed with low-cost, creative ...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
The camaraderie at the RESA conference made it exceptional, thanks to AR (ActiveRain) and Shell If you are shy or an introvert or find it difficult to be in crowds of "strangers" this blog post is for you.  If you are not one of those people, then this post will probably puzzle you and you may find it difficult to understand.  SO, we are seeking understanding.                          Ever since I can remember, I've been painfully shy.  I would hide behind my mom even when visitors came to our home.  Piano recitals were unbearable.  Selling Girl Scout cookies door to door was traumatic.  Difficult encounters with people, stay with me for a LONG time.  I normally do not barter with people.  I'm straight forward and wish that everyone was the same. Discovering, as a young adult that the t...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
When is a door not just a door? Much has been written on AR about the impact of the exterior front door on homes.  I don't have much to add to that discussion regarding the power that a front door and the entry way can have in setting the tone for potential buyers.  However, I do want to share a technique that this home seller used.  When I suggested that their white door needed painting and not just a fresher coat of white, the seller winced.  Yes, painting an exterior door and having the great results can be time consuming.  Our Oakhurst based home staging company, have done many and frequently more than one or two coats are necessary.  Here was his solution.  Yes, spray paint.  I had purchased many cans of this this Espresso color for these clients for other redesign/decor projects a...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
New back-splash finally! When we had the granite installed (replacing builder's laminate) in our kitchen, I knew that eventually I would put in a back-splash but I also knew that project might be "in the future".  Fast forward 5 years and it's finally done and I'm so happy.  It involved A LOT of tile cutting because we installed in on the diagonal and my original design was tweaked a bit, but every time that I pass through the kitchen it brings a smile to my face. Here is the before and after....:) Now I'm thinking that we may need to do the same on the Hawaii vacation rental. 
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Sellers and Realtors: Staging Education, Part Three,  Decluttering Part of my role as a professional home stager is to educate Home Sellers and Real Estate Agents about the realities of Home Staging.  Watching home staging programs on TV frequently misleads viewers and does not often impart the details of how a professional stager works and how the staging process plays out. In the Fresno, Clovis and Madera foothill and mountain communities the housing market remains a very strong Buyers market.  I have heard many stories of buyers getting homes for 40-50% of the value that was established for them 2-3 years ago.  Many sellers are underwater with their loans and need a way out.  Home staging can help with these issues.  Professional home staging is frequently misunderstood by many real ...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
                            I love bearded iris and I love spring in our mountain community.  For the past two years we were out-of-town for the "bloom" but this year purposedly worked our travel schedule differently so that we could experience these glorious blossoms.  This is just one of many and I hope to add more very soon.    ENJOY!
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Why did I wait so long for this simple yet dramatic change?  Well, it's a bit like the story of the shoemaker's daughter or the plumber's wife.  I'm always excited to help someone else with changes in their home, for Staging or For Living (Redesign), but I don't always get those projects done in my own home. This is just a hallway so most people would think...big deal. However, as with so many California Ranch style homes, the hallways use up a lot of square footage, so they need some attention.     The fix was easy: 1)Patch the walls as needed, 2)Add some paint and NOT in white or builder's beige, 3)Replace the light fixture and, 4)Add the accessories and decor items.  How long did it take, one day. What was the cost?  One gallon of paint for the side walls and 1 quart of paint for the...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
No cell service here...should I move???   I am joking about moving, but unfortunately NOT joking about cell service.  Do I hate it, you betcha, but verizon (the ONLY local carrier) has been talking about upgrading their services for at least the last five years and everything remains the same. Does it hurt my business?  Yes, I suppose it does in more than one way, especially since I am a home-based business.  Do people understand....absolutely NOT.  I did have one agent emphatically tell me that I needed to move and all that I could do was consider the source and nod.   Sometimes it's nice to be unconnected but if would be a lot better if it were by choice, not by NO CHOICE.  SO, if you meet up with a client or service provider that does not have cell service PLEASE it does happen and w...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
This group of local business professionals has teamed up to bring information to senior citizens, their families and caregivers.  The population in our local area is predominately seniors and we know that many of them have issues that we can help them resolve.  We hold informational seminars to help them achieve peace of mind with their decisions. We are: SIRT= Seniors Information Resource Team The members of this group are: (left to right) Ken Card- Advanced Home Inspections Barbara Lehmann- C-21 Golden Chain, Senior Real Estate Specialist Val Allen- Cedar Creek Retirement Community and Chicago Title Ginger Foust- Dream Interior ReDesign and Staging Kevin Lowry- State Farm Insurance Andrew Pence- WJ Bradley Senior Loan Officer not pictured: Evon Kruse, RN & Bernie McGoldrick, Attorney ...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Our first night of the Haunted house, sponsored by the Sierra Lions Club was a big success.  Here is a preview of just two of the attractions.                                                                            Located on Highway 49 at the top of the summit in Nipinawassee at Camp Pacifica.  The fun starts at 7 and continues until 10 pm.  Cost is $6 per person and includes free spooky movies and a gift drawing. 
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
When these property owners contacted my company,and I saw this kitchen, my first response was...."what's with this lighting?"  The owners response was, "every unit in the building is like this and they have been like this for 30 years."  In the past, renting this unit was easy but this time it had been sitting on the rental market for 4 months.  Change was in order.  They hired Dream Interior Redesign and Staging to update, stage and make it right for today's rental market.    It took us three days to remove that plastic and aluminum fluorescent contraption, rewire, paint, install new lighting, add cabinet hardware and crown molding on the cabinets.  For three days work and approximately $150 in supplies, don't you agree that it's a BIG improvement.  We couldn't find one updated fluores...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Just 5 days remain until the Haunted House at Camp Pacifica, just north of Oakhurst, California on Highway 41, out of Nippinawassee.  Sponsored by the Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst this spooky event will be fun and frightening.   Join us on Friday, Oct 30 and 31 from 7-10.  
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
                                                                          This weekend in Oakhurst, at the Community Park is the annual  Wine and  Chocolate Festival.  It's Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11 from 10am to 5 pm. Besides great chocolate treats and different varieties of wine to sample, many local restaurants are also preparing delicious taste treats. Our Sierra Lions Club is sponsoring the chocolate fountain booth so drop by between 11-2 on Saturday and mention that you saw this blog on Active Rain and I will give you a free chocolate dip.  Don't forget to ask for Ginger.    Admission is $2 at the gate.  Enjoy our crisp mountain air and have some family fun with activities for the young and old.   For more information visit the Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce Website.             
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
October 30, Saturday and October 31, Sunday,  the Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst, will be sponsoring a Haunted House. Currently we are busy converting an abandoned, old house at Camp Pacifica into a spooky, chilling and fun event for anyone in our mountain communities. Camp Pacifica is located on Highway 49, just north of Oakhurst at the top of the Nippinawassee summit.  All proceeds will be used to benefit our ongoing service projects.  Stay tuned for more details!                            
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
                                                                                                                                                    October 16, from 10:30 - 12:30 our S.I.R.T. group will present a seminar to senior citizens, their families and caregivers.  The seminar is FREE to everyone and will be at the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors Community Room.  It is located at the far end of the Sears parking lot, under the flag pole.  Space is limited and is first come, first serve.  S.I.R.T, the Seniors Information Resource Team is a volunteer group of local professional business people that want to help get information out to senior citizens.  We DO NOT sell anything at this seminar.  Leave your wallet, checkbook and credit card at home.  Subjects range from: Housi...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Whether you live in Coarsegold, Bass Lake, Mariposa, Ahwahnee, Wawona, Fish Camp, North Fork or Oakhurst there are things that every seller can do to optimize the chances of selling your home or second home.  Dream Interior Redesign and Staging is frequently called in to stage properties that are very unique. We can provide accessories and artwork that work to make each house stand out from the competition.  Our focus is on the house, the environment and the season.  Here are a few of the details that we added to a mountain cabin on the road to Yosemite, staged in the winter.                                                                                                    Sorry you can't buy this one...its SOLD. If you have a mountain cabin or a home FOR SALE at the lake, Dream Interi...
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By Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
(Certified Staging Professional)
Whether you live in Coarsegold, Bass Lake, Mariposa, Ahwahnee, Wawona, Fish Camp, North Fork or Oakhurst there are things that every seller can do to optimize the chances of selling your home or second home.  The kitchen is truly the Heart of the Home and its condition and presentation are crucial when selling a home.  Today's buyers want a kitchen with high-end features: stone counter tops, stainless steel appliances, large islands and more.  IF your home does not have these features, then a professional stager can help you improve its image without spending a lot of your hard-earned cash.  If you do have these luxuries, then we can warm up the space and add personality.  Below are examples of kitchens that our company has staged locally.  You will see kitchens from a wide range of lis...
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