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Posted: July 20th, 2010
Real estate guru gets HGTV gig

As soon as we started talking, I felt like I could have known her half my life. Engaging and amiable, this week’s Erie profile—a proud mother of a new eight-week-old—caught up with me while playing with her two young boys at home. I was surprised we got a chance to chat in between her work with HGTV, promoting her new eBook, not to mention chasing two small kids.

Terry Haas, real estate guru on HGTV

Terry Haas, real estate guru

Who’s who: Terry Haas

Why care: A featured Real Estate Agent on HGTV’s “Designed to Sell,” Haas is known dishing out critical—yet tactful—advice on how to make a home more attractive to potential buyers.

Erie Link: An Edinboro University graduate, Haas worked with teenage moms at Florence Crittenton Home after graduation. Although Haas herself grew up in Pittsburgh, her entire family calls the lakeside home—her mom grew up in Millcreek.

Passion: Involved in real estate soon after her ’93 move to Atlanta, Haas got bit by the love bug. “I fell head over heels,” she said.

Starting out as an independent consultant, Haas grew as a stand out in the field and took her career to northern Virginia, where she became HGTV’s featured real estate expert for D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Today, she lives in Charleston, South Carolina, with her husband, two sons, and runs her own home staging consulting business.

Specialty: Home staging, the art of sprucing up a home to get the most bang for your buck.

Started in Erie: Erie’s diverse housing market offered Haas a wide view of the housing market. “There’s such a choice in Erie, something in every price range, there’s all kinds of big business, but with a small town feel. You can have ramblers, and then down the street you’ll have brand-new construction,”

Words of the wise: “There are two reasons why a house won’t sell,” said Haas. “One, it’s ugly. Two, it’s priced wrong. No matter where you are in the country, those rules apply.”

Shrinking small world: “Wherever I am, if I say I’m from Erie, somebody knows somebody who knows somebody from Erie.”

Best part about her job: Haas recognizes selling a home is a very personal thing—but that’s a main reason why she loves her job. “Working with TV is very fun, but getting to meet people in a real and intimate situation is a real honor.”

Visits Erie: 2-3 times a year. On her checklist: visits to Rum Runners, the Millcreek Mall, the bay front, a bike ride at Presque Isle.

Want some Haas home advice? Download her new eBook, Make Every Buyer Want your House. Visit her personal website for more on Haas, home staging, and her work on HGTV.

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