showhomes: Important Home Staging Statistics - 01/30/10 03:57 AM
At last weekend's Real Estate Staging Association's National Conference (RESA), Showhomes released the following stats based on a survey of almost 500 Realtors from all over the county:

You are welcome to use these stats as long as you credit them to Showhomes.
We've begun using these stats in our pitches to homeowners and Realtors and they are really getting people to slow down. Everyone knows that a fully staged home is more attractive, sells much faster and sells faster but when this many professional give their industry input, it presents the need for staging in a whole new way.
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showhomes: Vacant and Fully Staged Homes: which sells? - 12/10/09 03:19 AM
Showhomes is a national franchise and we train new Home Stagers often. One of my favorite parts of training is a field exercize that clearly demonstrates the difference in a vacant home for sale and a home that is both occupied and fully staged. Our company's success is based on the premise that vacant homes are much harder to sell, take much longer to sell and sell for far less money.
For this exercise, we used two homes for sale in a suburb north of Nashville. Both homes are in the same neighborhood, are priced the same and have been on … (15 comments)

showhomes: Staging With Black and White - 10/18/09 02:19 AM
On field visits to many of the homes we've staged, I've seen some really creative use of Black and White to make rooms both memorable and contrasty. Even in builder-biege rooms, the black and white makes for a sharp and smart look and I find that buyers can easily remember these rooms after looking at homes all day.
They may not like the sharp look for themselves but it jumps out among all the other homes they see that look alike. It's a bold move to increase stickiness of a listing. See for yourself:




Have you experimented … (18 comments)

showhomes: Tough Room to Stage - 10/16/09 03:18 AM
Linda Saavedra of Showhomes Tampa emailed me these photos she was really proud of today. This room, as is typical in Florida, had all white, even the white tile floor. Vacant, this is a harsh room and feels like an operating room. These rooms, very contemporary in nature, can be really difficult to stage. Take a look at what she did:

Here's the after and this home sold in 7 DAYS:

I love the cozy conversation grouping near the fireplace - this gives buyers the ability to visualize some real activities. The sea-grass rugs work really well in FL … (11 comments)

showhomes: Great Before and After - Sold in 39 Days - 10/15/09 11:17 PM
This Minneapolis home sold in 39 days after staging by Showhomes. This beautiful home had been on the market for 1.5 years before it was staged. The owner and Realtor beleive the staging is what made the difference and we agree! like many homes, the interior of this home was wide open space and when vacant buyers spent very little time in the home. With nothing to help them undersatnd how the space could become the next chapter in their lives, they just blitzed the home. See for yourself:
 


Wow! I know I would spend more time in … (9 comments)

showhomes: $720k Minnepolis Home Sold in 7 Days - 10/15/09 06:24 AM
We're on a roll at Showhomes!
Showhomes' Cindy Montgomery, possibly one of the best home stagers in the country, emailed me with pics of a home that sold this week in 7 days. Edina Realty Realtor Paul Pudlitzke is surely happy with this result. This renovated infill home had been on the market for a long time before. Within 7 days of moving our Home Managers in and staging the home sold for very near asking price. Take a look:





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showhomes: Home Sales Success in Tampa - 10/15/09 05:24 AM
Linda Saavedra, owner of Showhomes Tampa, emailed me with some pics and an amazing story about her home staging business in Tampa:
Hi Linda,  I just want to thank you for doing a fantastic job with my listing in Tampa which had been on the market for a year and 1/2 before learning about your services.  My listing was a vacant custom built pool home which lacked the warmth and connectability.  I had an almost full price offer within a week of your staging with  the home managers' furnishings, and 25% higher offer than the 2 offers that had come in a week prior to the home … (0 comments)

showhomes: Newly Staged in Calabasas (LA) - 10/14/09 12:42 AM
Craig Brown of Showhomes LA emailed me these pics of a home they staged yesterday in Calabasas in LA County. This home has a live in Home Stager and after many months on the market, we expect it to sell:
 




Good job! This house is in the foothills and when vacant was really difficult to show. Even when professionally cleaned, dust settled over everything, sucking the life out of the listing. With a live-in home stager, the home kept in show-to-sell condition long after it is staged and prepped for every showing.
Thomas Scott
www.showhomes.com
Open … (7 comments)

showhomes: Newly Staged in Park City, UT - 10/13/09 08:07 AM
Just in time for Ski season!
Showhomes Park City just staged this $2million dollar new contruction home. This is a beautiful home that had been sitting vacant on the market for almost a year. The home is in a mountain community outside Park City and a year with few showings made the home hard to show. Showhomes' Katja Cain and crew moved in a live in home stager and staged the home to perfection. At an open house to reintroduce the home to Realtors and Brokers last week, over 60 professionals commented on how amazing the home now shows. Take a … (11 comments)

showhomes: Wow - Home Staging Sold this Home in 2 Weeks After 3 Years on Market - 10/08/09 12:32 AM
Townhouses and condos are hard to sell in tough markets. Unlike single family homes, townhouses and condos swing in price much more rapidly and in today's real estate market there is a glut of unsold inventory. unfortunatley for buyers, much of this inventory is vacant.
Cindy Montgomery emailed me some after photos of this townhouse in Hennepin County, MN that sold in two weeks after sitting on the market for a staggering 3 years:

 

That's a tough room to stage. Really tall ceilings, not much color to work with and an urban environment than has some noise. Add … (8 comments)

showhomes: Newly Staged in LA - 10/05/09 11:55 PM
Showhomes' Beth George emailed over these pics of a home they staged last week. As usual, they did an awesome job and I'm sure this house will sell qiuckly:



 

 
This home could be anywhere - the staging is classic and every one of these rooms looks and feels comfortable!
This home has a live in home stager to keep it in perfect show condition every time it is shown.
 
Great job by the Showhomes Orange County and LA group!
 
Thomas Scott
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showhomes: Best Business Advice Ever - 10/05/09 11:44 PM
Selling a home in today's market is tough. It's stressfull. Emotions are up and IQ is down. Under this kind of pressure, we are all prone to make occosional mistakes.
Molly Ivans has a quote I really like: ‘The rule of holes is: when you are in one, stop digging.”

I've certainly found this to be true in my personal and business life.
In fact, part of being driven and customer focused is that you move fast with a high sense of urgency. Customers need this. Work teams need this too.
The down side is you make mistakes. Even the … (9 comments)

showhomes: Frank Discussion about Selling Homes Today from Experts - 10/02/09 01:33 AM
Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest on Alice T Chan's Home Staging radio show. Alice is a west coast staging expert who works with tons of Realtors and home stagers helping get better performance. As VP of Operations for Showhomes, I train the largest home staging team in the country and operate with thousands of Realtors in over 50 real estate markets.
   Alice T Chan of the staged home lifestyle and Thomas Scott of Showhomes, America's largest home staging company
Alice called with an interesting question? What does it take to really sell a home in … (1 comments)

showhomes: Do you flikr? - 10/02/09 12:46 AM
We've been in Home Staging for almost three decades. When we started in the 1980s, home staging was unheard of and explaining what we did was a really conceptual sell for most people. The conventional wisdom went like this:
1. Most people have too much stuff and no place to put it
2. Reason #1 is why they are selling the home in the first place
3. People would prefer to see your home empty so it doesn't look so claustrophobic
This reasoning led to the conventional wisdom that a vacant home was easier to show and showed better because it … (3 comments)

showhomes: Home Staging Radio with Alice T Chan - 09/29/09 09:55 AM
Showhomes' Thomas Scott Guest Speaker on Home Staging Radio with Alice T Chan

'Join us as I interview Thomas Scott of Showhomes.com about Staging a home for a successful sales result. Thomas will share with us about very important factors that must be taken into consideration when selling a property, regardless of the price point. If you're even entertaining the idea of selling your home, you don't want to miss this interview. Listen as grill Thomas about the following and much, much more...: * Is there good news for homeowners today? Good news / bad news - there ARE buyers! … (0 comments)

showhomes: Couple Helps Distressed Homeowners - 09/28/09 11:06 AM
Carla and Jonathan Cheifetz recently opened a Showhomes franchise in Princeton, NJ after both lost their jobs and became frustrated with the lackluster job market. Jonathan, a former Wall Street executive and Carla, previously the director of a non-profit, both lost their jobs during the economic downturn of 2008. Both looked for new jobs for months before deciding to take their careers in a new direction.
“I was very impressed that Showhomes has been around for 23 years,” Carla says. “It’s an especially effective solution in our Northeast housing market, where many homeowners are incredibly frustrated because their properties have lingered … (7 comments)

showhomes: Home Stager Listed as Top Emerging Career in Down Market - 09/27/09 10:23 AM

This article was picked up by Reuters and CNBC last week - business is booming for Showhomes as Home Staging continues to deliver sales results for the Realtors and homeowners who use it:
September, 2009 - NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--While many formerly bright job sectors continue to shed jobs at a record rate, home staging has emerged from the rubble as a top career choice.
CareerBuilder and CNN recently ranked home stager as the No. 1 choice on their “Seven emerging jobs poised for growth” list. It may seem surprising that a real-estate related career is thriving in the current economic … (1 comments)

showhomes: Newly Staged in Elmhurst - 09/26/09 12:53 PM
On a trip to Chicago to visit our four Showhomes offices last week, I toured this beautiful $890k home in Elmhurst staged by Showhomes' Laura Johnson. This home, like most staged by Showhomes comes with a live-in home stager who takes care of the home and makes sure it is in show-to-sell condition when it is shown.
Laura amazed our office by staging this home within 24 hours of move-in. This is not a small home and every room in the home is fully staged. When I toured the home and shot these photos, all that remained was to hang some … (6 comments)

showhomes: Lived In Look - Live In Home Stagers Catch on in Miami, FL - 09/23/09 09:45 AM
Great story on using lived in home stagers from South Florida:
 
When attorney Alan Shuminer started looking for a house to rent, he came across a listing that he thought was a typo: $2,800 per month for a five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot home with a pool in High Pines, a high-end area near South Miami.  I thought there was a 1 missing, that it was $12,800, he said. But I called to check.  The price, about one-third the rent the house would normally fetch, was correct. The catch: He needed to have nice furniture, let agents show the house to prospective buyers … (5 comments)

showhomes: Home Staging Sells Two Homes Built By Students - 09/22/09 08:19 AM
Congratulations to Showhomes Madison in Madison, WI!
I don't know about your high school kids, but I imagine if mine built a house, it might have more than a few flaws.
Vocational high school students in the Oregon School District in Madison, Wisconsin did just that. They built two houses for school projects and put  both on the market  for sale to recoup expenses. These were very nice, well-built homes priced in the $300,000 range. Both homes sat on the market for more than a year empty.

 
The school district hired Showhomes to stage the home and provide a … (5 comments)

 
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