The living room of this Prairie-style home in northeast Minneapolis was photographed empty, then the photo was enhanced (as shown here) by stager Ilar

Sellers turn to virtual staging

Sellers and agents are turning to staging photos to help homes make a good impression online-- without investing in rented furniture and accessories.

Eagan's hot to sell old fire station

March 9, 2011
The city is confident it will find a buyer for the unusual space, despite a slumping real estate market.

Designed to sell

March 25, 2011
In a buyers' market, more homeowners are having their homes professionally staged to get the picture-perfect look for online listings.
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March 24, 2011
Dennis Guldseth of Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty stood in a home for sale in Eden Prairie.

The reverse home sale

Tired of waiting, some sellers are making offers to seemingly interested buyers who may hold back because of "Minnesota Nice."
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March 24, 2011

Home sales in '10: Some areas saw rises

Home sales statewide fell almost 11 percent last year, according to data released Tuesday by the Minnesota Association of Realtors.
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March 24, 2011
Holly Holt showed a third-floor condo on Friday to Karen Elshazly of Orono. The Zenith Condominium, on S. 2nd Street near the Guthrie Theater, overloo

A frigid November for home sales

Traditional sellers are waiting for the spring thaw; distress sellers aren't. Result? Lower median sales.
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March 24, 2011
Before

Painting and furnishing den makes it brighter, functional

A small den in this Lake Calhoun area home would be a bonus to anyone looking for an in-home office space, but the low ceilings, dark paneling and dated carpet did little to show buyers its full potential.
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March 24, 2011
Before

Redoing a living room with good proportions

The room in a house near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis needed a new furniture arrangement and more attention drawn to the fireplace.
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March 24, 2011
Before

Sitting room gets ready for bed with a remake

The space: A bedroom in a four-bedroom house near Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.
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March 24, 2011
After

The space: A small bedroom in a 1950s rambler

The small secondary bedroom in the south Minneapolis rambler was being used as an office and a bedroom.
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March 24, 2011
Before

A shot of color makes kitchen more inviting

The space: A large kitchen in a south Minneapolis house.
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March 24, 2011
BEFORE

Accentuate the positive

This well-proportioned family room in an Eden Prairie house is connected to a large eat-in kitchen and has wood floors, a vaulted ceiling and a wood-burning fireplace.
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March 24, 2011
After

Going with the flow in adjoining rooms

The transformation of this small cottage-style home took into account all the elements of a well-presented listing. So here's a summary of some of those principles: