Quoted in an On-Line Article on Home Staging

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca

Last week, a writer from PropertyWire.ca interviewed me for an article on home staging and its impact on the home selling process.  PropertyWire is a new Canadian on-line community of real estate and mortgage professionals.

The PropertyWire article on home staging, "Staging as Added Value to Your Business," is geared more toward real estate agents, but anyone buying or selling a home may be interested to see home staging discussed from the viewpoint of industry insiders.

For the record, though, I'm not big on the whole cinnamon / baking cookies thing before a buyer comes to visit.  It can seem so contrived.

And I don't think all family pictures need to be removed either.  This is one of three common home staging myths that are referred to, but not linked to, at the end of the article. 

I'd love to hear what you think of the PropertyWire article. Thoughts, anyone?

Originally posted on www.readysetsold.ca

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I stage all of my listings and hire a professional photographer...at no charge to my sellers.  It's part of my service package as a Montreal West Island real estate broker.  

Professional home staging and professional photography: two critical factors to making sure your home looks its best, both in person and on the Internet, and neither of them cost you a penny when you list with me.

Put your best house forward.

Tanya Nouwens

Montreal Real Estate Broker, RE/MAX Royal (Jordan) Inc., www.remax-quebec.om

Owner & President, Ready, Set...Sold!, a Montreal Home Staging Company  www.readysetsold.ca 

T. 514-919-8468    tanya@readysetsold.ca

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Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor


When I kept reading "Nouwens said...", it made me think of Henri Nouwen and his incredible wisdom.  As for you, I think you brought to life the reasons for homestaging and keeping the big three in mind, condition, location and price.  I think the article was positive overall... g

Feb 07, 2011 02:05 PM #1
Jane Peters
Power Brokers Int'l - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate scene

This is a great article, Tanya, and shows you up as the professional you are.

Feb 07, 2011 03:59 PM #3
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

I'm O.K. with the cookies.  I always did them.  It's friendly even if the cookies are bakery bought.  Give folks something to "linger" over and "chat".

As for clearing out all family photos, diplomas, etc.  I agree.  Depersonalization of a home turns a home into a house. 

Feb 07, 2011 04:12 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Tanya- what a great article and I loved your input.  I'm not too keen on the cookies baking or cinnamon and cloves simmering on the stove.  I've found that some think it a little contrived but who doesn't love the scent of cookies in the oven!  I do think that Lenn (#4) brought up an interesting point that the cookies "Give folks something to "linger" over and "chat".   As for personal photos, I've "allowed" some of my owners to keep 1 special photo they may have especially if they recently lost that loved one.

Feb 07, 2011 04:29 PM #5
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Great job Tanya. It's the very definition of informative modern professionalism. People changing houses will benefit from the perspective and clear uncluttered explanations. There is a reason why you are so high on the leader board for the province.

Feb 07, 2011 06:09 PM #6
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Gordon, chances are we are related somehow, way, way back.  My father too was born in Holland.  The name Nouwens is actually quite rare in North America but common in Holland.  Thanks for your feedback...always.

John, we can hope :)

Jane, what a nice thing to say!  Thank you so very much.

Well said, Lenn. And I appreciate your point about cookies being "friendly" and allowing people to linger and chat.  I hadn't thought of it that way before.  Friendly counts.

Kathy, thank you. I appreciate your input.  In my market, a few family photos makes buyers happy.  Too many distracts them, and none makes them wonder if anyone actually lives in the home.

Bob, thank you for that wonderful compliment, but I believe my place on the leader board speaks simply to the time I have put into blogging.  As you probably know, this jewel called ActiveRain is as yet largely undiscovered in La belle province :)

Feb 07, 2011 07:38 PM #7
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Tanya, your fame is spreading throughout the land. You're quickly becoming a media juggernaut. Expect a call from Conrad Black soon.

Feb 08, 2011 09:45 AM #8
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Tanya, great article your quoted in. I'm with you on the family photos, They don't offend me shows how a family loves and lives in a home.

Feb 08, 2011 04:23 PM #9
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX Royal (Jordan)/Ready, Set...Sold! www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Malcolm, Pfffffftttt ;)

"...how a family loves and lives in a home."  Love it, Ellen :)

Feb 08, 2011 07:15 PM #10
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Congratulations!  Great article and exposure (don't you just love these type of opportunities)!!

Feb 21, 2011 09:06 AM #11
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