What About Bringing ME Along on Your Next Presentation?

Home Stager with Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY


Each of us is really good at at least one thing in this life. If being a RE agent is one of yours, I believe you. Decorating, and Home Staging are some of mine.

Would it be hubris to suggest bringing me along, letting ME talk to your prospective buyers and sellers about both the aesthetics, and the practical part of the move they are contemplating? Seeing what needs to be done, and kindly, but directly discussing ideas and options with people is what I do.

Might it be intrusive, or intimidating? Tell your clients beforehand that I am part of your team, part of your service package.

Perhaps you're concerned I'd overstep, or say something stupid? Well, if you met me first, you could tell me how you'd want it to work, and fill me in on the meeting. And you'd know more about who I was and the work I do.

You're waiting to talk to them about this AFTER you get the agency agreement? REALLY? Saying the hard but necessary things to a prospective client does not get easier when you put it off.

Don't want to insult them? Would you like to know how many new clients I meet on my own who tell me they wish their agent could discuss this with them? Buying and selling is serious business, your prospective clients would almost certainly welcome an open and easy discussion with a nice and knowlegable home professional...even find it...ummm...REFRESHING!

Oh, I get it...

What will it cost? Let's talk...fill me in, then bring me along(live, or via Skype for remote consults) to meet your next prospective client. We'll both decide if it's a good fit, and that'll be part of the conversation if we decide to move forward.

Every new meeting is an opportunity to learn something new, every day we have the choice to do something better than we did yesterday.

I want to meet and work with more RE professionals who are committed to succeeding. Who can take a deep breath, and look at what didn't work. Who'll be open to new ideas and expanding their comfort zone....maybe work with me to develop new ones.  If this speaks to you, call or email me today...is there a better way to greet Spring Market than having this part of your repertoire firmly in place??

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Our spaces affect us profoundly...and so many other parts in our life fall into place when our spaces and possessions serve us in the best way they can. But getting there is much more than a pursuit of pleasing aesthetics.


Decorating and Staging are different, but much of the skill sets overlap, and each creates unique solutions that considers the needs, goals, resources, expectations, hopes and dreams of each client.

Bettering Westchester, Putnam and lower Fairfield counties since 1981, The Refreshed Home works collaboratively, and brings a thoughtful approach to the creative process. Proud to make a difference, as well as make a living. Offering specialty services such as remote and buyer consults, listing photo/video styling, guided and accompanied shopping, and accessory rental. We get in, get out, and you get on with your life.  Talk to me TODAY about how we can better your space!




Marie Graham ASP, IAHSP, IDS Your Stager With A Mission!

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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Hi Marie,  This is such a great idea.  I would say you should show up at the end of the appointment though.  The only thing I would worry about is if the sellers aren't ready to sign at that point, they will pepper you with questions about staging and may not sign with the Realtor you are accompanying.  Either way, it would be a great marketing plan for you.  Wish you were closer.  I'd do it in a heartbeat.

Dec 04, 2012 03:23 AM #1
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

BELINDA!  Listing presentations are about exchanges of information, establishing credibility, answering questions, and defining a relationship. It works the same way with me, you have to answer some questions...if it's a good fit, more will surely follow. The parameters (how long I'd stay/participate, when I'd leave) are  discussed with, decided by the agent beforehand.  When I see an agent and I will be a good fit, and they see we are successful, everything else ALWAYS falls into place. 

Dec 04, 2012 03:46 AM #2
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Love the graphic and your idea is not the third wheel, but a new set of eyes.  While agents can and do make suggestions, on a listing that might need a little refreshing prior to coming on the market, a professional home stager is a good idea.  I like Belinda's idea about coming in at the end of the inspection, or perhaps the agent suggesting that as part of the listing, they will provide a 1-hour consult.  If I were a listing agent and had a property that needed to be refreshed, I'd say, "Hey, when you list with me, my stager will come in and meet with you for an hour."  

Dec 04, 2012 04:53 AM #3
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

If agents only knew how many times I've been told by sellers "wish my agent had suggested staging" or "wish we had done this before listing!"  

Dec 04, 2012 04:56 AM #4
Pat Mistretta
PalmerHouse Properties & Associates - Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Lofts and City Living

Marie - It's an interesting concept - one that I have not thought of before.  You are definitely thinking outside of the box!

Dec 04, 2012 04:59 AM #5
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

I work well with agents that want to work with me, and are committed to being successful.  I do, already, as a matter of course go in after, as part of the listing deal, but since angents tell me how hard it is to get listings, seems coming in at the very beginning 1) ensures how a property looks is an important part of the conversation and 2) could, in fact help set 'my' agent apart from the others.

@ Sharon-too many are uncomfortable discussing, even bringing it up. That was the point here.  This doesn't make me an intrinsically better person than anyone else, it's just what I do. Let me do the dirty work, maybe I could even help secure the listing!

Pat-thank you for stopping by! Curious? I do REMOTE consults...!

Dec 04, 2012 05:26 AM #6
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
Experience the IHI Difference

It is a great idea, Marie. People are drawn to visually appealing design. Make sure that you are defining your value added benefits specifically to each individual and that you thoroughly explain "what's in it for me" when asked by those with whom you are seeking a partnership or recommendation. Good luck with your marketing plan. It makes sense to us!


Dec 05, 2012 01:15 AM #7
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Marie, chances are good that I'll be accepting new listings for the spring season and I will be calling you as I get them. I liked working with you in the past and think it's a great fit.
Dec 08, 2012 08:27 AM #8
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

David and Bonnie-thanks for stopping by! That's why I want to meet with an interested agent first. I may think I know what is important to them, but when I ask, I can be sure we'd be a good fit. Appreciate your support!

NICK! It'd be great to work with you again, can't wait! The most recent remote client is closing Thursday-can you say WOO HOO?!

Dec 09, 2012 01:19 AM #9
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