Ed Marshall, of Los Angeles, an MD and head of his successful family-run home staging business, began an e-campaign in the second half of November, and is now ready to "appear live" as a candidate for the GOP nomination for President.
He will hold his first press conference announcing his GOP candidacy for president, on Saturday, December 15, at 2PM, at Van Nuys-Sherman Oaks Park in Los Angeles at the northwest corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Huston Street. Marshall's late entry, unusual candidacy, and interesting and unique stands on issues, will be discussed.
I'm not endorsing this guy, but it is amusing to read that a home stager is gunning for the presidency, and a Republican no less!
So how did a respected and established MD end up running a home staging business?
In the 1980s Ed Marshall and his wife started making money in real estate by building homes and then decorating them to sell or rent. He says the business "has grown nicely, has no debt and is also profitable." He uses this experience as a CEO of his family-run staging business to show his "belief in and support for balanced budgets, without needing loans (which would be much like getting money from taxes in the case of government)."
So how does a home stager decide to be a candidate for the GOP nomination for President?
It seems Ed has been interested in politics since his 20s joining the UCLA Republican Club and later the Young Republicans. In 1995 he wrote, 'Jump-Starting America: The Grass-Roots Revolution' and earlier this year, 'The War No More Book,' which is available free. Although the latter was written anonymously, he says "I decided to own up to it because of my candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination."
Is this good news for home stagers?
I have no idea whether Ed would make a good president. But I do know that when someone in his position mentions that he also runs a successful home staging business, it builds awareness for what we do.
Perhaps he can help communicate the desperate need for home staging in a soft real estate market to the general public! Or at minimum wake up all those real estate agents who still have their heads in the sand on what staging can do to boost their own business! You can check out Marshall's campaign website.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Internationally recognized home staging expert Debra Gould, also known as The Staging Diva, has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CNNMoney, CBS and CBC Radio, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, MoneySense, Entrepreneur Magazine, House & Home, Style at Home, National Post, Globe & Mail, and HGTV, CityTV, GlobalTV, CBC TV, LifeChannel among others. She created the Staging Diva Home Staging Training Program and has almost 700 graduates across the US, Canada and in Australia, New Zealand, Wales, England, Italy, Portugal, The Philippines and South Africa. To find a professional home stager, visit the Directory of Home Stagers or use the FREE Home Stager Locator Service.