"Home Staging Trends in North America and Industry Outlook for 2010"

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Home Staging Trend Report
Staging TrendsAs the professional home staging industry gains respect as an essential and integrated component of the international real estate industry at large, the demand for valid industry performance statistics has also increased. However, the reality is that home staging statistics for "days on market" and "contract versus listing" prices vary significantly due to differences in regional real estate markets. In 2009, the Canadian real estate market fared much better than the U.S. market, which suffered an extraordinary decline because of the banking crisis and recession. Furthermore, regional differences can also be significant. However, the common fact remains that irrespective of location and/or market conditions, professionally staged properties sell faster and for more money than comparable properties, which are not staged.

CSP International™ believes it is important to acknowledge these differences, while still providing an overview of value to the 2009 Home Staging Industry in North America. In this report we feature several specific key areas of Canada and the U.S., as well as highlight the market differences and local trends in home staging. We have consulted with home staging experts and real estate professionals to share their valuable perspective on 2009 and their outlook for 2010.



Sneak Peak....Industry Outlook for 2010

Charleston, South Carolina
"The Charleston, South Carolina market, while not hard hit by economic downturns, seems to be rebounding in 2010, at least in the average or below average price ranges. Higher home values are still languishing on the market, particularly in the secondary/seasonal home communities."

New York City, NY
"While we are seeing a trend of buyers returning to the market, these buyers are demanding and getting best value. Realistic pricing is still paramount but never before have presentation and condition been so important."

Toronto, ON
"...This method of marketing has created multiple offers on properties and has resulted in selling prices as much as 115% over asking. An example of this is thirteen offers on one property I staged at the end of January 2010, which was listed at $645,000 and sold for $755,000."

Staging Success Statistics
Some CSPs are already compiling their staging success statistics. For their contact information, please refer to the Directory at the end of this report. This resource tool and statistical data from CSPs will also enable CSP International Academy to analyze regional, national and international statistics for future reports.

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NoCo Home Team
C3 Real Estate Solutions - Fort Collins, CO
Sell Smart, Buy Wise & Live Well in Nrthn Colorado

How much does it cost to hire someone to stage a home?

May 05, 2010 10:17 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Angela- Thanks for sharing the information.  I was just speaking with a friend/stager today about home staging statistics, days on market and whether or not we should count when a home is first presented with a contract or when it actually closes as the benchmark for our stats.  Whatever we choose, we need to be able to show our clients and Realtors the facts.

May 05, 2010 01:17 PM #2
Angela Brooks
Certified Staging Professionals - Saint Catharines, ON

There is no standard answer Leslie. "How much?" is affected by location, size of house, condition and what the stager is needed to do. A standard pricing formula is 1-3% of list price.

CSP has a special course for Real Estate Professionals which explains in detail the factors of price, along with how to incorporate staging services into your real estate business. (How to take advantage of the marketing leverage, attract new clients, etc....using home staging.) It doesn't teach the agent how to stage, but it does teach the agent how to get the homeowner on board with preparing the home for sale.

The course is the CSP ELITE Program. It provides a 2 yr designation for Real Estate Professionals. It is hard to make a decision to offer staging if you can not answer the questions the home sellers may have. We understand this. Price is one of the top questions, and because there is no standard answer, it is crucial for agents to understand more than the $ figure, so they can relay to their clients. It is no longer a question "does staging work?"...we know it does, the question is how well does it work and how much does it cost and how can we explain it to the homeowner who needs to pay for it.

I hope this answers your question and wasn't too long winded...chuckles.

May 06, 2010 03:02 AM #3
Angela Brooks
Certified Staging Professionals - Saint Catharines, ON

Kathy - If I was taking the time to prepare my own company statistics I would do both. I would highlight both figures. (# DOM after staging to contract, and # DOM to closing with # average listing price.) I would do this for the main reason that as a stager you only have control over getting the contract. How long they choose for closing is not in your control, however, by providing both stats you are eliminating the doubt of validity of your statistics, while showing that working with your staging services can get them to contract faster!

The report above gives an overview of staging trends in North America and the industry 2010 outlook. It does not state DOM and average Listing Price. This is because the data is not there to do this accurately across North America. There are MANY CSP stagers who calculate their own personal stats in their local markets (we have a special tool in the resource centre which assists them in calculating.) There is a directory at the back of the report, you will see how with missing data from some states, cities and provinces, giving an average DOM and Listing price would be difficult. The overview and outlook gives a valid insight into the industry as to what is happening across North America. Please enjoy and be sure to pass the link on!!



May 06, 2010 03:24 AM #4
Cheryl Cudmore
Sapphire Staging - Brantford, ON
CSP, Brantford to Burlington ON

I have only used the 'DOM to contract' on our stats spreadsheet. If it will help eliminate any doubt of validity than I will definitely add the extra column.  Thanks for clarifying the reason for this, Angela.  

May 06, 2010 04:46 AM #5
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