Virtually Staged: The Kitchen at 909 Kapiolani, Honolulu HI 96813

Real Estate Agent with HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 RS-76763

Is it real or is it virtual? More importantly does it really matter? Some naysayers say it's a disappointment when potential buyers arrive to find an empty space but if the potential buyer knows it's virtually staged what is important is that interested buyers make an appointment to view the property not whether it's actually staged or not.


Virtually Staged: The Kitchen in a one bedroom condo at 909 Kapiolani, Honolulu Hawaii 96813, virtually staged by JDS Consulting.


The benefits of virtual staging can easily be appreciated by sellers who wish to make their relatively new investment properties stand out from other identical properties for sale in their building or development. Virtual staging costs a fraction of what one would spend on actual staging. When there is little to differentiate one property from the next in a new development, virtually staged properties get buyers attention and define the property as unique allowing buyers to easily picture themselves living in your property for sale.  

JDS Consulting- Hawaii Home Staging and Decor Design. Providing Real Estate Merchandising services including: Home Staging, Interior Decor, Turn Key, Landscaping, Remodeling, & Open House Hosting. Diamond Head, Kahala, Waikiki, Kapahulu, Kailua, Makiki, Tantalus, Hawaii Kai, Manoa, Nu'uanu, Ala Moana, Waialua, Haleiwa, North Shore, Kapolei, Makaha, Honolulu.


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David Zablatsky
Avant Realty Group - Needham, MA
Real Estate - Needham, MA


Great looking property, wish you best of luck!


Nov 03, 2009 03:19 PM #2
Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Hmmm.  I've never even heard of virtual staging.  I think it would be a great benefit in certain properties. 

Nov 03, 2009 03:21 PM #3
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co


Interesting stuff, small change yet a big impact.

Nov 03, 2009 03:25 PM #4
Julie Chroust
Julie Chroust, Bay Equity Home Loans, LLC - Walnut Creek, CA
NMLS# 249458, Senior Loan Officer

Very cool!  I like it!

Nov 03, 2009 03:32 PM #5
Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro - Calabasas, CA
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County

You know me, I love everything you do ;D Mahalo

Nov 03, 2009 03:45 PM #6
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Real Estate Cafe LLC - Bend, OR
Curator of Happy Endings

Excellent idea Kimo.  It looks great and adds more character to the space. 

Nov 03, 2009 03:47 PM #7
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

aloha Kimo, beautiful work as usual as it comes from your mind to paper. I always say to clients, I wish you could see in my head right now as I can see your home in its final staged appearance. So virtual staging seems to answer that wish.

Do you create these virtual staged images yourself or do you have someone do this for you? Do you provide it at the time of consultation or send along to the client later?   I would think that it would take more than a few hours to learn this program. I still have difficulty with my bluetooth device for my phone!

Sending good thoughts your way, Michelle

Nov 03, 2009 11:02 PM #8
Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

Aloha, Kimo.  I agree with you that virtual is better than none.  I like your virtual kitchen.  Why 4 barstools instead of just 2?  In real life the kitchen is the easiest to stage.  Just three things for a counter vignette and voila, you're done.  I agree that bar stools need to be at a counter.  Just this week, I persuaded a Realtor friend to paint 2 of her white bar stools brown and went from "country" to "contemporary" just with a coat of paint.   What I love about staging is all the little surprises.

Nov 04, 2009 12:36 AM #9
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Very chic and yes, it looks better than vacant!

Nov 04, 2009 02:25 AM #10
Ana Hitzel
AccentPositives Home Staging - Corona, CA
Professional Home Stager Inland Empire

Another super job Kimo.  I think it's a great service to offer when done right and that you do!

Nov 04, 2009 03:33 AM #11
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Wow! Love the concept. Tell us more about the process please.

Nov 04, 2009 05:45 AM #12
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Would not expect anything less from you Kimo! Beautiful as always!

Nov 04, 2009 01:29 PM #13
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I like what you've done there since you've only worked with non-permanent stuff. I have seen people take a kitchen with a crappy countertop and put in virtual granite. That I don't agree with.

Nov 05, 2009 02:21 PM #14
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Katerina, I agree, in some situations it works, especially in new builds with big inventories. Mahalo for visiting.

Aloha David, thanks for visiting.

Aloha Janna, It doesn't work in every situation but it is an alternative worth looking into. Thanks for commenting

Aloha Lynda, mahalo for stopping by!

Aloha Julie, Thank you!

Aloha Connie, hows-it? Thanks for the Hula animated gif. You da kine, sistah!

Aloha Melinda, it's all aimed to get buyers to make an appointment to view the property. Marketing magic thats a little more affordable.

Aloha Michelle, I do it all in Photoshop. I've see some other programs lately but they don't look very realistic. I contract out my services to other stagers at a discount but I don't do a lot of "Staging". I mostly use the virtual design as a visual aide for my do it yourself design clients. It really helps them see what design choices might look like.

Aloha Beverly, thanks for the excellent questions. We like to entertain in Hawaii and multiple bar stools provide for extra seating in an otherwise under utilized space. The kitchen is very easy to stage but its easier to virtually stage and much more cost effective.

Aloha Cathy, mahalo a hui hou!

Aloha Ana, thank you for the compliment

Aloha Janice, I have a number of past posts describing my virtual work, I hope you take a moment to check them out.

Aloha Donna, mahalo!

Aloha Russel, virtual design and virtual staging are two separate endeavors and I agree the shouldn't be confused.


Nov 06, 2009 04:19 PM #15
Lisa Lucas
Lisa Lucas Design - Seattle, WA

I like the photoshop option better than vacant however, since I can make chairs in photoshop appear smaller, could some mislead clients into thinking four chairs will comfortably fit when truly there is only room for three? My only concern with virtual staging is I can photoshop all the furnishings into a space I want however, I can't guarantee if that sofa will actually take up the floor space I graphically presented. Disclaimers?

I regularly "paint" photos to show clients how big a difference something like updated exterior colors can transform their home. Great tool.

Nov 07, 2009 02:32 AM #16
Kathleen Sarrett
Staging Homes by Design - Glen Ellyn, IL

Kimo, great work could you tell me what version of Photoshop you use, also where do you get pics of furniture

Nov 10, 2009 01:07 AM #18
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Lisa, you bring up some excellent points but if you have the measurements of the space and the furniture you can create to scale an accurate representation of what will fit in a room. thanks for commenting.

Aloha Kimberley, its very much like collage and as I have never used auto-cad I cannot comment on the similarity of the process. Mahalo for stopping by.

Aloha Kathleen, I use Photoshop 5.0 and I collect photos from many sources mainly personal photos and catalogs. I hope that helps.

Nov 12, 2009 08:17 AM #19
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

That's really cool!  If you hadn't pointed out that it was virtual, I would not have guessed it.  Good luck with that part of your business.

Nov 25, 2009 01:31 PM #20
Michele Hanigan
Keller Williams Realty Plano, Texas - Dallas, TX
Realtor - Dallas & Plano Real Estate - (214)738-5555

Great photo's.  What is the going rate for this sort of thing?

Jun 23, 2011 01:21 PM #21
Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 - Honolulu, HI
REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i

Aloha Michele,

Thanks for commenting. It varies depending on how many images are being produced but the going rate is usually $75 to $100 per image.

Mahalo for visiting!

Jun 25, 2011 10:15 AM #22
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