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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Practical staging tips from a pro

“In a hot market, a staged property will command more money with less days on the market. In a slower market, the staged property will sell before the un-staged property, everything else pretty much equal (price, location, condition),” says Charene Davis of Aloha Staged Interiors.

Experienced realtors know this, having seen it make the difference in their sales over the years, and wouldn't think of showing a home without staging it first. It's a bit of an investment, but these savvy sellers will tell you the payoff is worth it.

Davis is also a realtor with Maruyama Realty and agreed to take me through one of her listings to show the thought process behind staging some of the rooms. It's a remodeled three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Kalani Iki Estates and is the only one in this price range that has an ocean view.

Click here to see the video of Davis.

It's got 1,345 square feet of living area and a large, 235-square-foot lanai. Some of the upgrades include a Kohler bar sink, natural honed tile and African mahogany cabinets. The home includes two covered carports. (Click here for more details.)

There are about 129 units on this tree-lined, 20-acre property, with guest parking all along the roadsides. Since it's a planned project with condo amenities, you can enjoy the area's pool, paddle tennis court and lush landscaping without having to worry about maintenance-it's all done by the association.

If you’d like to see it, it will be open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Money talk: $775,000 fee simple
Contact: Charene Davis, Maruyama Realty, 808-347-3883, alohastagedinteriors@hawaii.rr.com

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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