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The 2010 RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) reports that houses that are marketed without staging, removed from the market and then reintroduced with staging spend a significantly lower amount of time on the market. However, the study makes no mention of whether the houses were put back on the market at the same price or a lower price. I would think that most houses that get reintroduced to the market have a lower price than earlier listed. Could that be a factor in the shorter market times?
Honestly, I believe under the right market conditions, staging is a major benefit to selling a home quickly. People are visual and seeing a cluttered house detracts from visualizing their new home. Maybe it even reminds them of their old, cluttered home - the one they no longer want to live in. And as for empty homes, they're lonely and uninviting.
However, when the bubble is getting hot there is more demand than supply. Staging isn't as important during this period since buyers are in a feeding frenzy. However, staging still helps drive those multiple offers and the price. When the market is down, you just want to get feet on the floor.
Last comment and I'll shut up finally! But this is the most important piece to all this. If you are selling in 2010, you are marketing on the Internet where 90% of buyers do their research. That means they are looking at pictures and videos of all the houses that meet their requirements. If a house looks shoddy, they simply click to the next one!
Of course, I have a vested interest in those pictures and videos looking good...that's my business. But I also have a vested interest in helping my clients - agents and sellers - to move their homes quickly. To accomplish that, I prefer a staged home.
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