When the Jack Turner had his home designed in Arcata, California, it was clearly designed to be comfortable, to take advantage of the gorgeously treed surroundings, and placed within a quick drive to Humboldt State University, where he was an English professor. 

Jack, or Uncle Jack to my husband and his brother, passed away last November, and our family made the decision that the house built to be his sanctuary would be placed on the market. 

Selling a home from Texas, where we’re all based, isn’t exactly easy. 

Uncle Jack was a traveler, a music lover, and a voracious reader, and all of those things were present throughout the home. Bookshelves groaned with literature and classical music CDs. Artwork collected through his travels punctuated the space. He had lived there since 1987, so there were more than three decades of treasures contained in the beloved abode.

It would need to be cataloged, claimed, and distributed before the professionals could get to work. 

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You guys, get the popcorn ready: HGTV is coming to town to erase our city forever of bad design!

First, it’s Real Estate Intervention. Cora Sue Anthony is coming home to her native Texas — she was born in South Dallas during Christmas — to get Dallas properties in ship-shape and show the world how she did it. The show is called Real Estate Intervention. Cora Sue is now a resident of San Fran.

“Paying for a staging will always cost you much less than your first price reduction,” says Anthony, the new host of HGTV’s revamped Real Estate Intervention. It’s not exactly an ‘I told you so!’ coming from the sugar-voiced real estate expert, it’s more of a mother-knows-best line. After all, says Anthony, “I got a TV show, didn’t I?”

And some other HGTV folks are circling our ‘hood, so stay tuned!