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Sunday, January 1, 2012

What Real Estate Agents Say about Home Staging: Out vs In

The key word for selling real estate in 2012 is CHALLENGING. No one, including the experts, can predict how the market will fare in the next 12 months. While the health of the economy and regional markets, and location and size of properties are outside the control of agents and sellers, three factors are discretionary and must be expertly managed to ensure a successful sale:

  • PRICE
  • PRESENTATION
  • CONDITION

Increasingly, savvy real estate agents are realizing that having professional home stagers on their teams is the best way to increase their marketing effectiveness and success. When staged listings sell faster and for more than the comps that are not staged, agents and their real estate companies benefit from higher commissions, reduced marketing expenses, increased profitability, increased client satisfaction and increased referrals. Success breeds success.

In addition, collaborating with a home staging expert, who can handle a staging project from consultation through to completion, frees up an agent's time to focus on what they do best - list and sell properties and find homes for their buyers. For the home seller, agent and real estate company, professional home staging is a win-win-win marketing strategy. Unfortunately, some real estate agents still do not appreciate the value and necessity of professional home staging. But in 2012, staging is no longer optional, according to real estate guru, Barbara Corcoran. Here's what real estate agents say about staging -Out vs In.

OUT

IN

"Staging costs too much"

"Staging is a short-term, high yield investment."

"Staging wastes too much time."

"Staging saves time by reducing days on the market."

"Staging is fluffing."

"Staging is savvy marketing."

"My listings always sell… eventually."

"My listings sell higher and faster than the competition."

"Why would I pay for a consultation?"

"Investing in consultations helps me sell listings."

"I won't offend my seller by suggesting staging."

"I win listings by having a pro stager on my team."

"I do my own staging."

"I focus on listing and selling."

"Staging is just for vacants."

"All properties benefit from some degree of staging."

"What's a stager?"

"My staging pro is an indispensable member of my team."

As president of Ingenuity & Pizzazz, Inc., I have collaborated with agents and sellers on the staging and sale of over $600 million in real estate. It is such a pleasure to work with savvy real estate agents, who embrace the "IN" attitude.

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Certified Staging Professionals Home Staging Training Provides Mentoring and Networking Opportunities for Alumni

When considering a new career in home staging, a comparison of numerous professional training options can seem overwhelming. To make the choice far simpler, I highly recommend comparing value vs price. No other home staging training in the industry provides the quality of trainers, classroom experience, resources, continuing ed learning and after training support as Certified Staging Professionals. Just one reason to invest in a program with classroom and hands-on staging training is the benefit of meeting and learning from and with other people vs studying alone at home. The learning experience is heightened and so is the enjoyment. In our CSP classes, trainees become instant colleagues and camaraderie abounds. Many become friends and collaborate on staging projects. CSP is renowned for its staging mentorship program and many of our CSPs receive invaluable experience working and staying connected with other CSP stagers.

I recently hosted a mentoring day in New York City for alumni from my Brookdale College, Purchase College and NYC classes. We spent time at Churchill Furniture Rental, meeting the reps, reviewing the inventory and discussing vacant staging issues. Then we did a tour of the NYC flower market and I introduced them to my wholesalers. We finished up with a late lunch and lots of Q + A about staging.

As president of Ingenuity & Pizzazz, Inc.,I have collaborated with agents and homeowners on the staging and sale of over $600 million in real estate. This year I am honored to be a finalist for the Real Estate Staging Association’s 2012 Pro Stager of the Year Award. I am so pleased to share my diverse experience with all my trainees. In addition to the valuable learning experience, the CSPs all told me how much they enjoyed meeting these other stagers from Connecticut, New Jersey and NYC and how they planned to stay connected.

CSP Alumni Enjoy Mentoring Day and NYC Flower Market

“Yesterday was fabulous. The information and the camaraderie were flowing like a spring. Thank you for your generosity and good will. You continue to be an inspiration to me and others. I loved being with other stagers. They were inspiring and fun people. Thank you again. I loved every moment of the day.”

Dolores Curley

“I wanted to again thank you for hosting and coordinating your mentoring day last week. It is a sign of a true professional when you take the time out of your busy day to mentor folks just starting in the business. I appreciate the local insights you provided as well as the chance to make new acquaintances and network.”

Lori Ann Cerullo

“Thank you for setting up the wonderful Staging and networking day! Very fulfilling- In addition, great to meet so many talented people.”

Marie-Elena Waldrip

For more information on Nairn Friemann’s upcoming CSP training classes visit www.stagingtraining.com and www.ingenuitypizzazz.com

January 7-9: New York, NY

Feb. 20-22: Montreal, QC

March 12-15: Brookdale College, Lincroft, NJ

March 24-26: New York, NY

April 18-20: Purchase College, Purchase, NY

April 28-30: Hartford, CT

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