Winners of the ActiveRain "Carnival of Content" Round 3 for Staging Professionals

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty West Sound WA State 52404

This past week's "Carnival of Content" contest for Staging Professionals attracted some really excellent entries from among our Stager members. All of the judges commented on the high quality of writing from our contestants and how challenging it was to select the Top 3 winners.

Before we announce the Round 3 Winners, let's briefly recap the rationale behind the Carnival of Content contests:

Mission Statement:   The ActiveRain "Carnival of Content" is a monthly contest to challenge, encourage and foster better and improved quality writing from among our membership.

This contest will accomplish several goals:

  • provides greater quality articles of enhanced value for Localism/Consumers
  • challenges and fosters individual improvement in blog writing 
  • provides excellent examples of what constitutes good blog writing for our members

Round One was specifically for Real Estate Agents/Brokers. Round Two highligted Loan Officers and Mortgage Lenders. Round 3 was for our Staging Professional members. It is our intention to offer contests that will encourage/challenge improved writing from all the various categories of ActiveRain membership.

The contestants for our Round Three, Staging Professionals, had to write an article on the topic/subject "Why and When to Stage."

You can read the rest of the contest rules and criteria by going Here.

The Prizes

No contest is complete without prizes.

  • All winning articles will get 'Featured' on the Blog Dashboard.
  • Points - 1000 points will be awarded for 1st Place; 750 points for 2nd Place; and 500 points for 3rd Place
  • The winning articles will also get published on

The Judges

The distinguished panel judges for Round Three were selected from among your peers. They included Craig Schiller, Bryant Tutas, Maggie Dokic, Jeff Turner, and Yours Truly.

And Now!.... Without any further ado, here are the Winners of The Carnival of Content Round Three!

First Place and Winner of 1000 points:      Sue Argue "A Life Raft for Sellers in this Shallow Pool of Buyers"      

Second Place and Winner of 750 points:    Joelle Green "If the MLS is the Mall"....

Third Place and Winner of 500 points:       Kathleen Garvey "Exploring Shangri-La Expectations"      

Honorable Mention goes out to Julianna Hind and Cari Pilon

Congratulations to our winners and a HUGE 'Thank You!' to all who contributed their entry articles. All of you are truly winners in your own right!

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Yvonne Root
rooms b.y. root - Prescott, AZ
Home Stager - Northern Arizona

Rich, This contest has not only been fun for me (and I believe the other entrants) but has also been a great way to indeed accomplish your stated goals. Thank you so much for giving the home stagers a place to participate designed just for us. Thank you also for the time that you and each of the other judges took to make your choices. You (meaning you as a group) did an excellent job of choosing the winners!

We (as stagers) are all better equiped as a group to answer your original questions -- When and Why to Stage -- because of the well thought out posts that came out during the course of this contest. Now that is a winning concept. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2007 06:09 AM #10
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging
Ditto from me on everything Yvonne just posted!  Thx, Yvonne, for stating my sentiments.
Aug 22, 2007 06:12 AM #11
Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873)
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |

Congratulations to the winners.  There were many wonderful posts submitted.  I enjoyed reading them all.

Aug 22, 2007 06:15 AM #12
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

 All of you involved did a wonderful job and the winners did outstanding jobs!  And a big hand for Rich for putting on ALL of the Carnival of Content Contests!


Aug 22, 2007 06:50 AM #13
Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time
Very good contest Rich. Congrats to all the winners. There were many very good articles and as a judge it was real hard narrowing it down. Kudos to ALL the stagers that participated. 
Aug 22, 2007 06:51 AM #14
Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager
Rich, thank you very much! This was a great birthday present!
Aug 22, 2007 07:32 AM #15
Kathleen Garvey
Cherry Creek Properties - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!  I loved the opportunity to have entered and really enjoyed reading all of the many creative entries!!  The level of talented professionals here at Active Rain has really been a fantastic initial experience for me.  Each person who takes the time to write here at AR and took the energy to submit to the contest gets my applause!! (I want one of the clappy-hands animations!!)

Thank you to the judges for giving your consideration and thought-filled time to read our Home Staging entries!! 

Warm Regards-Kathleen


Aug 22, 2007 07:40 AM #16
Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager
Craig Schiller, Bryant Tutas, Maggie Dokic, Jeff Turner, and Rich Jacobson: Thank you very much !!
Aug 22, 2007 07:42 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

Neat contest, Rich, and a great idea for inspiration. Glad it has been segmented to focus on different aspects of the industry. Off to read the winners.


Aug 22, 2007 08:11 AM #18
Cari Pilon
RE:STYLE Home Staging - Brighton, MI
RE:STYLE Home Staging

Thank you judges for your time. I had a lot of fun writing and playing along. I think everyone did a fabulous job! Congrats again to Sue, Joelle and Kathleen - standing ovations!

Aug 22, 2007 08:49 AM #19
Bill Sauneuf
Preview Properties Skagit LLC - Mount Vernon, WA

Excellent writing by all.... Choosing the winner must have been a tough choice for the judges!

This contest series was a great idea!!


Aug 22, 2007 09:20 AM #20
Like a great balls of fire, I may say. Well, congrats everyone.
Aug 22, 2007 01:04 PM #21
Derek and Mariana Wagner
Springs Top Agents- Keller Williams Premier Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Springs Top Agents - Colorado Springs REALTORS®
This was fun! I learned a lot about staging with this contest. Congrats to the winners!!
Aug 22, 2007 01:08 PM #23
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
congratulations to all of the winners.  You are all an asset to the profession.  A special congratulations to Sue -- a colleague in New Hampshire!  Way to go SUE! 
Aug 22, 2007 03:32 PM #24
Melissa Grant
A Serendipity World - Greenbackville, VA
The Law of Attraction In Life & Business
Aug 22, 2007 11:12 PM #25
Julia Fedak
Royal LePage State Realty - Ancaster, ON

Congratulations to Sue, Joelle, and Kathleen! Fantastic work on everyone's make me proud!

It is stagers like these that inspire me!


Aug 23, 2007 02:17 PM #26
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Rich, Great Job my friend. Looking forward to the next localism contest. Congratulations to each of the winners and the HM's. I will head back now to be sure to send each a comment and a Well deserved Congratulations.
Aug 23, 2007 06:00 PM #27
Maureen Maureen
Orangeburg, NY
Rich - there were some great blogs posted.  You really made us all put on our thinking caps.  Congrats to the winners. 
Aug 24, 2007 11:54 AM #28
Julianna Hind
eXp Realty - Tacoma, WA
REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA
Congratulations to ALL the writers of wonderful posts in this Carnival!
Aug 31, 2007 03:47 PM #29
Phyllis Pafumi
ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey - Old Bridge, NJ
ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ

Rich the posts were excellent and the winners certainly deserved to win, Excellent job to all and boy I am soooo impressed with all the great articles. You girls ROCK

Phyllis Pafumi

Sep 01, 2007 08:50 AM #30
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