NEVER ASSUME that a licensed Realtor, is not a qualified Professional Home Stager.

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Real Estate Agent with Guarantee Flex Office Fig Garden Village BRE#01356866

I am a licensed Realtor, who also does Professional Home Staging for my clients.  I am also a graduate of Calif. State University Fresno, with a B.A. Degree in Art and Design.  Because I am an Artist/Designer, I am able to offer my home sellers, Free Home Staging, which is an important part of my service. In today's real estate market, I feel that home staging is definitely necessary, to optimize a home's appeal to the largest pool of potential buyers. Also, staged homes sell faster, and usually maximize the final selling price. I realize that some Professional Home Stagers, always assume that a Realtor is not a qualified Professional Home Stager. 

In the last few years, home staging has become a huge multi million dollar business, throughout the U.S. There are now many places offering home staging training classes, and a certification to prove the training. It has become a big money making industry, to say the least. 

Well, I got curious and I contacted some of these places, asking about their training and certification.  The better training classes usually last for a few weeks and I was told the certification was to prove to the public, you have some official art and design training in your background. 

I was also informed by some of these companies, there are many successful Professional Home Stagers, with Natural Artistic Talent and no official art and design training classes in their background. When I learned this, it reminded me to never assume anything, but try to know the facts. 

 

 

Comments (11)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Good post! I too am a trained professional home stager holding certification through Barb Schwarz. It's something I talk about a lot in my business portfolio and with sellers as it's an added benefit that many cannot share.

Jan 01, 2011 05:07 AM
Myrna Ziller
Guarantee Flex Office Fig Garden Village - Fresno, CA
National Association Of Realtors ( N.A.R.)

Dear Vickie:

Thank You for your kind comments about my blog. I really do appreciate what you said.  Yes, it really is an important added benefit......      Myrna    :)

 

Jan 01, 2011 05:34 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Hi Myrna - I'm glad to see you have started to blog.  Don't get discouraged and quit, as it will pay off, and maybe sooner than you think.

Jan 04, 2011 12:33 PM
Myrna Ziller
Guarantee Flex Office Fig Garden Village - Fresno, CA
National Association Of Realtors ( N.A.R.)

Hi Georgina:

Yes, this is my first blog. I'm glad you saw it. I need to join some groups and learn about the blogs.

Thanks for the nice comments..... Mahalo..... :) :) :)

Jan 04, 2011 11:51 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Myrna - Congratulations on your first post and listen to Georgina ..... experiment with posts within your comfort zone while you learn and then once you have a handle on it let loose

Jan 05, 2011 04:13 PM
Myrna Ziller
Guarantee Flex Office Fig Garden Village - Fresno, CA
National Association Of Realtors ( N.A.R.)

Hi Kathy:

Thank You for your very nice thoughtful reply to my first blog.  Yes, I will certainly listen to Georgina, and I am planning to take the ActiveRain University study lesson on Creating Blogs.....   :) :) :)

Jan 11, 2011 09:39 PM
Liz Lockhart
Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO - Cape Girardeau, MO
GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate

Myrna~ An agent who is also a stager! I'm glad I don't have to compete with you! Give us some good staging tips in your blog. That should be a natural fit for you.

Jan 21, 2011 02:10 PM
Myrna Ziller
Guarantee Flex Office Fig Garden Village - Fresno, CA
National Association Of Realtors ( N.A.R.)

 

Hi Liz:

Thank You for your nice comments. I'm just learning how to blog. I'm sure when I get going and learn all the right procedures and etc., I will really enjoy it. I'm getting ready to do the ActiveRain University instruction.  I hope your sister is doing O.K.   Take Care,  Myrna  :) :) :)

Jan 22, 2011 06:53 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Hi again.  Don't be afraid to just blog anything.  In fact there is a group for that... WE Blog Anything!  It really helps if you make yourself do it just once a week until you can do it more often.  It will pay off!  I think I can send you an invitation...

Jan 24, 2011 11:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Real estate agents with home staging abilities certainly offer extra value for their clients.  Best wishes for continued success.

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Dec 17, 2011 02:31 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I would love to take some courses for staging as we do not have any in our area and I would love to be able to help my sellers with this. We are VERY rural. 

Dec 18, 2011 03:33 PM

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