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Learn how to stage your home at CCU seminar

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Consumers Credit Union is hosting its free "Home Staging Basics From a Pro" workshop Wednesday, March 26, at the Holiday Inn -- Gurnee.

This no-cost seminar is open to credit union members and the public and includes vital information on the steps needed to assure sellers get a fair price for their homes.

"Selling a home in today's real estate market can be a very stressful experience," said Sean M. Rathjen, CCU president/CEO. "There are currently an abundance of homes for sale, creating a so-called buyers' market. While most sellers are very clear on what makes a house a home in their eyes, they are often uncertain about how to make their property more attractive to potential buyers.

"We're excited to offer a workshop that focuses on the staging and selling experience, with an opportunity for attendees to learn the best ways to generate a positive response from those planning to purchase a new home."

Tara Quinn, owner of QUINNtessential Staging & Design, and Chris Mostyn, a senior account executive of Brook Furniture, will lead the workshop and offer helpful tips on how to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that will attract potential buyers to properties.

Tara has insights gathered from her 10 years of experience in the home staging and presentation field. Working with Brook Furniture for more than six years, Chris has a unique understanding of what it will take to effectively stage a home currently on the market at little to no cost for the seller.

The seminar also features Gil Chavez and Lucas Frantz from CCU's mortgage department. They will be available to discuss financing options and other important items for those planning to sell their homes.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the "Home Staging Basics From a Pro" seminar begins at 6 p.m. at Holiday Inn, 6161 West Grand Ave., Gurnee. RSVP to Cedric Ivy at or (847) 265-5541.

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