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 5 Sidney Lanier Lane

5 Sidney Lanier Lane

5 Sidney Lanier Lane, asking $3.995 million. Nicely renovated 1908 home on a good street, I might have sold it last year, had it not been priced at $5.295. My clients were looking in the $3.5-$3.75 range, which is where this one's ending up, but new, overpriced listings just aren't worth wasting time on: the owners still have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads.

As a side note, before I let a client spend a fortune on staging a house, I'd inspect what the stager proposed to install, and insist that she not used her tired old cliches: not for what these ladies charge.

 "The chair", with the sisal rug

"The chair", with the sisal rug

 the chair, again; the rug, again

the chair, again; the rug, again

 "the cow" — not "the zebra", but almost as trite

"the cow" — not "the zebra", but almost as trite

 not that a flat screen tv would have been appropriate here, but a thrift shop mirror seems cheesy. the stager must have agreed because ...

not that a flat screen tv would have been appropriate here, but a thrift shop mirror seems cheesy. the stager must have agreed because ...

 she found a nasty reproduction of a venetian watercolor to replace it (probably when her DAUGHTER returned from college with her dorm art or, as we call it in the trade, "wall accessory")

she found a nasty reproduction of a venetian watercolor to replace it (probably when her DAUGHTER returned from college with her dorm art or, as we call it in the trade, "wall accessory")