charlotte real estate: Virtual Staging Addressed by NAR Ethics Professional - 05/26/10 05:30 AM
Realtor Magazine addressed virtual staging from an ethical standpoint in its June 2010 issue.  The title of the article is "Virtual Staging: Stay True to Disclosing."
Virtual Staging is a low-cost option in this tough economy provided the Realtor clearly discloses that the photos have been altered.
According to Bruce Aydt, Sr. VP and General Counsel of Prudential Alliance and a former chair of National Association of Realtor's Professional Standards Committee,
"The safest course when using any kind of visual alteration, including virtual staging, is to disclose in a clear and conspicuous way that the images have been altered or enhanced.  That way viewers … (1 comments)

charlotte real estate: Check, Check, Check and Re Check Your Home Stager - 05/10/10 02:46 AM
Home staging is one of the hottest businesses to start to get rich quick - or so the media says.  If you combine all the publicity the home staging industry is getting with all the women out of work, plus add in all the people who think it's fun to decorate - you get a stew with a lot of rotten potatoes.
Take your city for example.  Go online to Google and type in your city name and "home stagers."  You will likely get several pages of results.  And some of the home stager's web sites you will find are quite snappy!  The photos look great and the written … (3 comments)

charlotte real estate: Update from High Point 2010 Spring Furniture Market - 04/20/10 02:13 AM
Can you say, "Glam!?"  Wow, what eye candy at High Point yesterday!  Glad to see mirrored furniture is still showing.  I saw a lot of that.  It's tough to transport, but I do have some pieces I use in staging.  Sorry to say that microfiber was not shown.  I saw one dining room set with chairs in microfiber - the salesman commented that it was last year's model.  Microfiber has been replaced by velvet.  I've been purchasing market samples for years and I noticed velvet was popping up last year.  I do have 2 velvet glam sofas I purchased last year that … (6 comments)

charlotte real estate: How About "Fanning" Us (Charlotte IAHSP) - 03/21/10 12:34 PM
Hi All,
I'm working hard at my 2010 Public Relations chapter board position on Charlotte IAHSP.
We have a facebook page that I'm maintaining.!/pages/Charlotte-IAHSP-Regional-Chapter/205422597786?ref=ts
We would love to have all you ASPs/IAHSPs and friends of (and hopefully soon-to-become) ASPs/IAHSPs "fan" us and add comments, etc.
We have a great community service project coming up this week!  Details in the link above.  We are going to try to do one project per quarter as a chapter.
Of course there are some of us who can't get enough of helping nonprofits ;) and we work on individual projects year round.
Joan Inglis, Realtor, ASP, ASPM, … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: Working For Free to Get "Your Foot in the Door?" How's That Working Out For You? - 03/09/10 08:27 AM
My market is besieged with "stagers" and hobby decorators calling themselves "stagers" who work for free in order to try to get established.  I'm sure it's a jungle out there trying to get started with a new staging business when there are some established businesses already in place.  But I just can't understand the reasoning behind working for free.  Maybe someone can enlighten me.
What comes to my mind are the times I've had different craftsmen come to my house to bid on various work I needed or wanted done.  The men I respected the most where the ones who would not … (27 comments)

charlotte real estate: Taking Payment at Closing? How's That Working for You? - 03/02/10 05:19 AM
I remember in 2008 a lot of activerain stagers were discussing taking payment at closing.  I got a couple of inquiries in '08, never did it, but then my 2009 was very profitable and I had no requests to take payment at closing.
It seems like customers are coming from everywhere now in 2010 requesting that I take payment at closing.  I've never done this and I don't care to start.  My upfront expenses are high and I can't see getting into a hole that I can't get out of by staging a property - essentially for free - until it … (14 comments)

charlotte real estate: Rural Gastonia, NC Cape Cod Home for Sale on 1.5 Acres! - 03/02/10 04:50 AM
$274,900 3-4 BR, 3 BA + Finished Upstairs Bonus Room on 1.5-acre country lot!
POSSIBLE LEASE- Home is like new,located in the country on 1.5 acres, the land next to it is available, (2.4 acres)- office can be turned into 4th. bedroom-3 full baths w/finished bonus room- attic space for new office- no HOA, plenty of room for a pool, etc., granite counter tops and SS appliances- new toll road to be completed 2014- the broker is the owner/builder. 
Contact: Bryce Adkins at BSA Properties of the Carolinas  (704) 588-3236
Joan Inglis, REALTOR, ASP, ASPM,

charlotte real estate: A Little of Theirs, A Little of Mine - 02/25/10 11:02 AM
I can go two years without staging an occupied property - then wham!  All of a sudden that's all the calls I get for weeks straight.  I am loving how every job is so different and challenging in this business!  A real exercise for the right side of my brain.  These folks had over a decade of collections to pack away into the Pod.  It's fun to "shop" for things from their belongings to use in the final staging.  Also fun for me to only haul and set up a couple of rooms worth of furniture vs. a houseful.  I can't wait for open … (16 comments)

charlotte real estate: Can You Handle Awkward Angles? - 02/18/10 04:30 AM
Once in a while a property comes along that proves you wrong!  What I planned for this room and how I staged it are two different things.  No wonder it sat vacant for many months with no sale and with feedback complaining that the buyers didn't know how they could place furniture.  I ended up taking a chair back to the warehouse and using the extra table I brought "just in case."  It was a fun challenge - like working a puzzle.  I'm happy with the results at every angle, the seller is happy and - as ususal - we're hoping for that fast … (9 comments)

charlotte real estate: Great Home For Sale in Rock Hill, SC - 01/25/10 12:26 PM
This savvy Realtor had this home staged prior to listing. She had her challenges since the property was a rental and the tenant had several pets. After a thorough cleaning, painting and new flooring, along with other improvements, I was called in to stage. Of course as usual, we are hoping for a fast sale. Contact Meg Bradley, Allen Tate Realtor, to view this wonderful home with huge rooms and inground pool. (803) 517-3452 … (2 comments)

charlotte real estate: Custom-built New Lake Wylie, SC Home for Sale - 01/02/10 04:53 PM
Contact Mary Sieck, REALTOR with Century 21 Palmetto Homes at 803-517-2190 to view this fabulous Jeff Carey Homes, LLC custom home on 1+ acre wooded lot. Full walk-out basement, 2 double garages, deck, patio, corner lot with access driveway at both streets! Enjoy the real estate show detailing some of this home's features and highlighting my furnishings and staging. Contact Mary to view and make an offer! Joan Inglis, Realtor, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP … (0 comments)

charlotte real estate: New Custom Construction - Staged to Enhance the Home - 12/19/09 08:30 PM
This Jeff Cary Homes, LLC new construction custom home in Lake Wylie, SC has several "green" features and includes rounded corners, arched openings, a triple tray ceiling in the master bedroom, and a doorless tiled shower in the master bath.  The home went on public tour this fall.  What a pleasure this home was to plan and implement the staging.  It was great to be able to form a staging plan with the house in sticks, then finalize when the walls were up.  I'm used to getting called on a Wed. or a Thurs. requesting to have a vacant home furnished in time for … (2 comments)

charlotte real estate: Barb Schwarz in Person This Morning at Lowes - 12/09/09 08:57 PM
Barb Schwarz, the creator of home staging way back in 1972, and the creator of the home staging industry, is in Charlotte and will be at Lowes off South Blvd. at 217 Iverson Way, Charlotte, NC  28203 Thurs. 12/10/09 at 9:00 a.m.
Lowes will speak about their special discount program for REALTORS®.  Barb will speak to REALTORS® about staging.  A free continental breakfast will be served and the first 100 REALTORS® will receive a $50 Lowes gift card.
Barb Schwarz is a successful REALTOR® and home stager who is an extremely motivational speaker.  You won't want to miss this event!

charlotte real estate: Under Contract in 2 Weeks! - 11/22/09 02:24 AM
Yes, it's possible in this day and time to sell your listings fast.  And here's just one example of a vacant home that languished with no sale for many months.  Staged with my furniture and accessories, under contract within 2 weeks, and now waiting to close.  I have seen great success with home staging this year and my average time on market after staging is:  Under contract within 2 to 6 weeks!  I work throughout North and South Carolina with home prices ranging from $100,000 to over $2 million.  Staging works for all price ranges!


charlotte real estate: A Home Tour Like No Other! - 10/09/09 07:00 PM
The Good Samaritan House charity home tour at 5904 Morning Star Rd. in Lake Wylie is not your usual fantasy, over-the-top decorated home tour.  As an Accredited Staging Professional Master, I have furnished this home with my high-end furniture and have staged the home to appeal to the majority.  I brought in artists to display their original work, so touring the home is like walking through a gallery. 
The tour runs through Oct. 25.  Speakers are scheduled and lunch is available on the weekends.  For complete details visit
Benefits Clover Area Assistance Center.
Joan Inglis, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP

charlotte real estate: Tour Dates Set for Good Samaritan House - 07/30/09 03:53 PM
The tour dates are set for the 2009 Good Samaritan House charity home tour to benefit Clover Area Assistance Center (CAAC).  The home is located in Catawba Crest in Lake Wylie, SC at 5904 Morning Star Rd. 
Sponsorships are still available to enable you to take part in this meaningful project by helping people less fortunate, while exposing your business to the region's fellow business owners and individuals. More info can be found at
Sept. 30 - Oct. 18, Wed- Sun. 
11-5 Wed. - Fri., Sun.
10-5 Sat.
Joan Inglis, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP


charlotte real estate: Lakefront Home Loves Color! - 07/20/09 02:54 PM
This beauty has been on the market vacant for 4 months.  It's gotten several showings, but brought yawns from the buyers.  I sparked it up with color today.  I hope it causes jaws to drop in a good way! 
I used the same formula that brought a quick sale to the last house that was adorned by these furnishings. 
It was such a pleasure staging this incredible piece of property.  Oh, how blessed I am to do what I love and get paid doing it :)
Joan Inglis, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP


charlotte real estate: Vacant Shows the Flaws! - 07/04/09 01:42 PM
Wow, did this cute bungalow in Columbia, SC need staged!  I couldn't help but notice all the flaws throughout the house when I priced the house while it was vacant.  Also the empty rooms looked so small! 
Now that I've staged the house, buyers can focus on how cute it will look when they move in with their funishings - and how much room they have to fit their company.  I'm hoping for a fast sale.  It was listed with no offers for several months.
Joan Inglis, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP


charlotte real estate: New Custom Home Near Charlotte County Club in Midwood 4/3.5 $598,000 - 11/30/08 12:42 AM
3014 Simpson Dr., Charlotte, NC 28205
Brand new Craftsman style custom construction. 4 BR, 3.5 BA. Soaring media room.  Bright and open home. Granite countertops, hardwood floors, ceramic tile, stainless steel appliances, gas range, wine cooler, elegant iron staircase, level fenced yard, level entry, 2-car garage.  Visit the home's web page, also view the photo tour.
Joan Inglis, ASP, ASPM, President Charlotte IAHSP Regional Chapter

charlotte real estate: My first show! I'm addicted! - 11/29/08 09:05 AM
I don't know what took me so long to start making real estate shows from my staged homes.  It took some time, but for a workaholic like me, it was a lot of fun.  I took a free trail and I really like the way it turned out. 
Can anyone recommend a software to purchase to make them without having to pay an online service?
Joan Inglis, ASP, ASP, President Charlotte IAHSP Regional Chapter