Sabine Schoenberg

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My passion for home design began at an early age. As a youngster growing up in Germany, I decorated and redecorated my bedroom frequently, experimenting with layouts, colors and objects found in and around my little village.

Fast forward to completing Art & Design studies at Pratt Institute in New York City. I purchased an old farmhouse and instead of unpacking the moving boxes, I proceeded to gut floor after floor, solder pipes, install new electrical supplies and finish walls – all by myself! The paint had hardly dried when a passer-by asked to purchase this home.

Now, for more than 15 years, celebrities and affluent buyers from around the world have purchased my renovated homes. I am a book author and registered real estate agent. And at SabinesHome.com, I share the tips and tricks ’ve learned along the way about making your house a home.

Expert Articles by Sabine Schoenberg

General Travel

How to prepare your home for overnight guests this holiday season
It’s fun to have house guests. It’s a time to socialize and show off your home. With a little expense and effort, you can freshen up your living space and not only make your visitors feel welcome ...

Home Improvement

Advice on choosing the paint colors for the rooms in your home
Since room color makes a strong impact on its occupants, it’s important to do some research about appropriate color choices before choosing to paint. Consider your location when establishing an over...
Finishing a basement starts with preparation and careful planning
Taking these steps can transform your unused space into one of your favorite places in the house! The days of the cold, dark basement are over. Bring on the man caves, home gyms, kids’ playrooms, ho...

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Home Improvement

How to choose a contractor for your home
Hiring a contractor who is someone you don’t know can be a very stressful situation. You can minimize this stress by having a definitive plan for your project and having a clear process on how you a...
Expert advice on painting the exterior of your home
Painting the exterior of your home can save you money and be a very rewarding experience, especially if it is done the right way. There is an overabundance of things to think about when doing a projec...
Save money, live green with these eco-friendly bathroom upgrades
Water conservation is an important green issue and eco-friendly plumbing solutions are generally a convenient, non-intrusive way to upgrade your home. After installation, the money that can be saved i...
Build a low maintenance and durable composite deck for your home
Low maintenance composite decking is a wonderful thing as it saves you time, money and backbreaking labor. Carefully assess how you will use your deck and thoroughly research your options and installa...
Regular maintenance of plumbing can save on costly repairs later
It might seem like a lot of work, but regular maintenance will always be better than a larger issue later. While it is impossible to avoid all plumbing issues, many are preventable with a little extra...
Expert advice on protecting your home from rats and rodents
If you make sure your home isn’t as welcoming to rats and mice as it is to you, they’ll be turning tail in no time....
Expert advice on preparing for a stress-free home renovation
By properly preparing for your home renovation, you can avoid stress, work with individuals with whom you are comfortable, and stick close to your budget. This will not only result in an enjoyable exp...
Advice on hiring an interior designer that reflects your lifestyle
There are many factors to consider when hiring an interior designer, from referrals to budget, from letter of agreement to in-home meetings/presentations. By using these important tips, you’ll be on...
Reduce weeds on your property to help create a healthy lawn
There are a lot of steps you can take, as well as some you should avoid, in order to properly control weeds and keep your property healthy and attractive. Know your enemy and contact a lawn care profe...
Prepare your lawn for winter and prevent snow mold
The most important thing to consider when preparing lawns for fall and winter is the element of time. As long as each task is completed at the proper time of year and as instructed, avoiding snow mold...
Advice on budget friendly renovations to create a beautiful home
With these tips, you can make smart, budget-friendly enhancements to your home without spending a fortune....
Eliminate the chance of mice and rodents entering your home
Rodents can transmit diseases such as food poisoning-pathogens when food or food surfaces are contaminated with infected rodent droppings or urine. Rodents can also cause significant amounts of damage...
How to prevent and remove an ant infestation in your home
Ants are the number one nuisance pest in America. They can be very effective at infesting homes, contaminating food and damaging structures if left untreated. Eliminating ways for ants to enter the ho...
Prevent cockroach infestation and protect your family's health
Follow these tips to prevent roaches from endangering your family’s health and home. Stay on the lookout for any signs of a cockroach infestation or any factors in your home that could draw them in....
Advice for growing and maintaining the perfect lawn
Keep your mower blades sharp and don’t mow too short. Also, remember to fertilize and properly water your lawn. By implementing the above steps, you can enjoy a healthy lawn all year round....
Improve your home's energy efficiency and save money
Making your home energy efficient can keep money in your pocket. It may also make you eligible for tax breaks. And because of this, energy efficient improvements are a highly sought after measure for ...
Advice for organizing your home, belongings and important documents
Organizing your home can seem like a vast undertaking but when you tackle the project a little at a time, it won’t seem as stressful. Make sure you put important documents in a safe place and all yo...
Advice on choosing the paint colors for the rooms in your home
Since room color makes a strong impact on its occupants, it’s important to do some research about appropriate color choices before choosing to paint. Consider your location when establishing an over...
Prevent and control ant infestations in and around your home
Ant infestations can be controlled with different strategies, including ant baits and contact killers. Strategies to prevent further infestations include sanitation and exclusion efforts. It is import...
Warm weather brings termites - How to prevent and stop an infestation
Termites can cause significant damage to your property. It is vital to proof your home against termite infestations and detect termites early. A pest professional can help homeowner’s offer treatmen...
How to detect and remove asbestos in your home or business
Asbestos is a carcinogen that can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and other serious respiratory ailments. The most dangerous asbestos fibers are too small to be visible. Once inhaled, they...
Spring cleaning reduces dust and allergens and improves your health
Spring cleaning should not just be seen as a silly tradition. It should be something that everyone takes part in. Not only will living in a clean and organized environment make you more productive, th...
Growing a successful fruit garden requires planning and preparation
A well-planned fruit garden will enhance your home landscape and life. It will provide a beautiful, dual-purpose landscape for you to be proud of for years to come. Dig in and savor the “fruits of y...
How to start your first vegetable garden and grow your own vegetables
Growing your own vegetables can be a very satisfying and rewarding hobby. Building a garden requires some basic knowledge, none of which take a lot of time to master, and the rewards are many. Vegetab...
DIY advice for decluttering and spring cleaning your home
Through decluttering and a few easy updates, your home will be a delight to come home to and welcome in the new season. Put a little spring in your step and plan your vision today!...
Finishing a basement starts with preparation and careful planning
Taking these steps can transform your unused space into one of your favorite places in the house! The days of the cold, dark basement are over. Bring on the man caves, home gyms, kids’ playrooms, ho...
Choose the right location for a garden and plant seeds correctly
Planning a garden can be a daunting task. Start by using these quick and easy tips to get started....
Creating your first garden will take work and constant attention
Any garden or landscape is a living and constantly changing thing. It takes work and attention, but this is the challenge and excitement of the pursuit. It also creates opportunities for new ideas and...
What you should check before hiring a painter for your home
Hiring a painter to give your home the pick-me-up it needs doesn’t have to be another chore for your list. Asking good questions, doing thorough background research, offering detailed expectations o...
Remodel your kitchen to be functional, efficient, and stylish
The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. Be sure to keep these tips in mind to affordably transform your kitchen into a multi-functional space for your whole family....
How to check references when hiring a contractor for your home
The best way to find the right painting contractor for your home projects is to check their references. Get a home address, phone number and email address, if possible. References that were satisfied ...
How to avoid home improvement and renovation scams
Warm days are ideal for tackling home update projects. Hiring outside help can be daunting, particularly when scammers are looking for easy marks. Knowing what to expect from workers coming and going ...

Selling Real Estate

An investment in home staging helps sell your home faster
Following these tips and suggestions will make a big difference in having your home sell quickly rather than languishing on the market.  Many of these changes you can make yourself.  If unsure, call...
How to successfully prepare your home for sale for maximum return
Selling your home successfully takes careful preparation and discipline. In order to get the most for your property, all factors must be considered: price, presentation, condition, lifestyle, and mark...
Questions to ask in choosing your real estate agent
Focus on the outcome not the process of selling a home as a short sale
Don't give up, stay in contact and get a good agent. Qualifying for a short sale is based on individual needs and circumstances. An experienced real estate agent can help you determine if you are a ca...
Survive selling a co-op in New York City
Selling a co-op in New York City requires patience, knowledge and diligence. Gather all of the necessary information and materials before you jump into the process. Always qualify your buyers and lean...
The keys to selling luxury real estate
There are many techniques that you can employ when selling luxury real estate and simple things to avoid when selling a high-end property. These ideas can yield a substantially higher sales price and ...
What are the steps in a short sale?
Use video to sell or rent your home faster
Marketing is an essential component in selling or renting your property. Video tours can be an effective method in presenting the home that creates a deeply engaging, fun, and informative experience.W...
A Seller's Guide to prepare your NYC home for a Fall listing
Preparing practically can be the best way to prepare emotionally.  Put your focus on completing these tasks with ample time.  You will save yourself less stress. You will be able to enjoy the proces...
Sell your home faster
Remember, when you list your house, you are always in competition with all the other comparable houses for sale in the area. To sell your house quickly, always rely on your real estate professional to...
Smart advice on selling the family estate home
Make selling the family home--an already difficult process--as painless as possible. Get the house ready to sell by clearing the clutter and updating old appliances and fixtures. Hire a Senior Real Es...
How to sell your home during the winter months
Selling your home at a competitive price during the winter months is not out of the realm of possibility. Follow these do’s and don’ts along with your agent’s recommendations to set the right pr...
Sell your home in a buyer's market for the price you want
When preparing your home to sell consider these do’s and don’t before listing. They will make your property widely marketable and could reduce the time your home is on the market....
Advice on successfully selling your NYC co-op home
Selling a NYC cooperative apartment is a complicated process with various potential pitfalls, but following these tips can help you avoid many of them. Having a good real estate team working together ...
How to price and get the most money when selling your house
Search out a professional agent who knows your community and whose firm has a good reputation. Take their advice and position your home to achieve its highest value possible. It’s more than just put...

Buying Real Estate

Buying homes as short sales and foreclosures can be very rewarding
Buying a distressed property that is a short sale, foreclosure, or bank owned can be a good investment and an affordable way to own your own home, but it is “buyer beware”. You should protect you...
Guide to buying a co-op in NYC
There are many ins and outs to purchasing a co-op in New York City. While the process may seem a bit daunting at first, do not fear. Remember that the cooperative purchase is the norm in NYC, not the ...
How to find and buy a house on a river
Your river property will bring much excitement, inspiration and fun to your life. Relying on the expertise of a professional who specializes in waterfront property will make the process effortless and...
How to find and buy a lake house
Your lake house will be a source of relaxation, inspiration and fun. Relying on the expertise of a professional who specializes in lake property will make the process effortless and satisfying. This i...
How to find and buy a mini or hobby farm
Whether for a better way of life or out of necessity, your farm will become a significant part of your life. Relying on the expertise of a real estate professional specializing in farm property will m...
How to successfully buy multi-residential investment properties
In order to mitigate threats and capitalize on opportunities it is essential to have a well-grounded investment strategy. This includes the collaboration of complimentary disciplines and fastidious at...
Smart steps to successfully buy real estate in Baltimore, MD
Buying a home is an exciting endeavor, but the process can be tedious, time-consuming, exhausting, and an emotional rollercoaster for some. Working with a trusted professional can help ensure you have...
The right way to buy a home
Buying a home is a complex process requiring expertise from a number of professionals. By focusing on what you want in your home and allowing these professionals to do their jobs, you can achieve the ...
How to make the right offer on your dream home
There’s no need to get stressed out when you’re trying to figure out how much to offer on your dream house. Take the emotions out of the equation and instead focus on the data and the math. Workin...
Advice on buying land for investment, development or build a home
Whether your land will be used for recreation, development, investment or just a home, you’ll find many diverse parcels to choose from. Remember you can always change the way a house looks but you c...
Advice on buying a fly-fishing ranch in the Rockies
While there are many rivers and streams throughout the Rocky Mountain West, the supply of available fishing properties in any given price range is very limited. Obviously private water is the preferre...
Choose and buy a vacation home with confidence using a realtor
The key thing to remember is to seek out professional advice when considering purchasing a vacation home in another part of the country. Don’t underestimate the value and resource of a professional ...
Expert advice for the first time homebuyer on buying the dream house
When purchasing your first home together it is in your best interest to have a licensed real estate agent to help you. Their job is to give you advice, recommendations for the services of other profes...
Hire a qualified home inspector to help reduce risk when buying a home
Home inspections are a valuable tool for the homebuyer and should be a routine part of the homebuying process. However, don’t overstate what they are able to do.There is risk in buying something bui...
Buying a foreclosure can be a great investment if your informed
Purchasing a foreclosure can be a great investment whether you are purchasing one for your personal residence or as an income property, but a word to the wise, be patient with the process. New guideli...
Expert advice on buying a condo as a good investment
Owning a condominium is not for everyone, but it does fit the lifestyle of many people today. Whether you’re considering a condo or a home, you need to be sure that you know what it is that you are ...
Get the best deal by knowing what to offer when buying a home
Be smart, but not overly smart. You do not want to think yourself out of a great home while at the same time you want to understand your market and the data within it. In the end, you have one simple ...
Buying a home in a hot market and how to win a bidding war
Owning and living in your own home is the American Dream. But increasing mortgage rates along bidding wars on the purchase of a home is creating emotional and financial stress not seen since the real ...
How to build your dream home from the ground up
When building your dream home, the best advice is to be prepared for anything. There will be bumps along the way but as long as you address them in a timely and effective manner, the process should be...
How to win over the co-op board when buying a home in NYC
Just remember that accepting the co-op for what it is is vital to being accepted yourself. Being honest, patient, informed, and respectful demonstrates that you are the kind of neighbor and shareholde...
Advice on buying a townhouse and real estate in NYC
Buying a townhouse in New York City can be a rewarding experience, both emotionally and financially. Given today’s price points this opportunity is available to a select few. If you happen to be one...
Advice for first time home buyers on buying a co-op in NYC
Co-op ownership comes with its benefits and also with possible limitations. If you like a particular co-op and can handle the work it will take to get in, you have a great experience in store for you....
What to consider when buying a home as a fixer-upper
Buying a fixer-upper is not without its challenges. The most important tool for the job is preparation. With good planning, clear vision, and a reliable team to help guide you, your fixer-upper can be...
What price you can expect to pay for a single family home in NYC
There is a lot to consider when buying a single family home in New York City. Costs vary greatly and this market segment continues to become more valuable. So if you have the desire and the budget jum...
Advice for buying a home in NYC when you have a young family
When starting out as a family, your first home and the community you reside is where many family firsts will occur - your child’s first words, first steps, first day at school. So many memories and ...
Buy a home in downtown Manhattan to get access to the best views
If you want to be in the middle of it all, have access to some of the best views, best moderns homes, and best transportation, Downtown is where it’s at. Like with any other investment. however, be ...
You can buy a home in New York City with a $1 million budget
There is a reason why the real estate market in NYC is so competitive for the buyer. Historically, NYC has held it’s value and has weathered many a financial crisis to come back even stronger. $1 mi...
Investing in commercial real estate is a great opportunity for anyone
Whether you are buying one building to rent out or a whole plaza, commercial real estate can be a rewarding investment. Following the advice above can put you in the right place to make money on your ...
Use the internet and social media to help you find the perfect house
For the majority of buyers, a home represents their biggest lifetime purchase, so they should use every tool at their disposal to ensure they are getting the very best home at the optimal price. Consu...
Buying a home in an HOA neighborhood can be a great move
Living in an HOA neighborhood comes with certain rules and restrictions, but if you understand them, life will be better and easier for you and your neighbors. Do find ways to work with and improve yo...
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