LOCALISM - Collin County Community College - Karen Otto

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Everything you need to know in life begins with education. Parents send their children to school to learn in hopes they have a better future. Adults who take continuing education also have a dream about sharpening their skills. Many professionals have mandatory education to keep their license. There are those who enroll in a class because they have an interest in learning something new, or perhaps because they are thinking about changing or developing a new career. There are many reason why people believe in education. People who never stop learning, regardless of whether or not they succeed or fail do inspire others and often leave a memorable legacy. Examples of people who lived, learned, failed and succeeded include Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Mother Teresa, and Steve Jobs.



The vision of what you want to achieve in life starts with education and becomes clear when you teach others to learn so that they may also make a difference in this world. This post is dedicated to Karen Otto, a Professional Stager, an intellectual, visionary, and a member of multiple professional organizations, such as Accredited Staging Professional, RESA, METROTEX, ActiveRain, etc.



Collin County Community College is a local community college that serves the people in North Dallas. The school is located at 4800 Preston Park Boulevard in Plano, Texas. Karen Otto, member of ActiveRain teaches Home Staging twice a year. I was lucky enough to enroll in Karen's class and I highly recommend anyone who wants to learn more about the reasons why staging works takes a class with Karen Otto.

A student knows within the first couple of minutes whether or not they signed up for the right class. From the moment I arrived until the time class was over there was high energy. Karen made the learning environment fun and educational!

Karen covered many topics of interest, such as :

"What Staging Is"

"Why Stage?"

"Staging to Dwell and Staging to Sell"

"Recipe for a Good Home Sale"

One of the best ways to learn is by having fun. Karen makes class fun. Here is Karen giving her students "The Lunch Box Lesson." Teachers get all kinds of students, including REALTORS®. Not only is Karen a great Teacher, she's edgy, tech savy and someone whom you want to aspire to become! While many teachers sound authoritative and ask you to shut your phones off, Karen encourages tweeting and sharing while class is in session!  

Pupils should always respect their teacher, they are an instrument of learning, a beacon of light, always willing, ready and able to teach anyone who has a willingness to learn.




When the student is ready, they will learn. A Teacher like Karen Otto is a gift. She connects with her students. A Teacher is a very important part of the community. Collin County Community College is a great place to learn. Rarely does anyone forget a great Teacher.

KAREN OTTO is memorable. She motivates and inspires others. Her educational and persuasive techniques translates into wisdom for all ages.






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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

GREAT tribute to Karen there Patricia and all her talents and teaching ability. I have met her too and she is the truest of professionals, just like YOU.

Sep 22, 2013 03:32 AM #1
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Looks like the muse showed up for you, and I knew it would...Ehugs, A

Sep 22, 2013 03:51 AM #2
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Patricia if i lived there you would have talked me into the class. teachers like her are a blessing. Have a good Sunday

Sep 22, 2013 03:57 AM #3
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia,  I agree with Scott, i WOULD TAKE IT IN IF i WAS WAS THERE.

Sep 22, 2013 04:22 AM #4
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Great recap about Karen and her class, Patricia!  Karen is a seasoned professional stager and a real credit to the home staging industry!

Sep 22, 2013 05:27 AM #5
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Patricia...nice shout out for Karen Otto. I'm a firm believer in education. I'm always looking to learn something new whether it be in a classroom or through life experiences.

Sep 22, 2013 05:30 AM #6
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good afternoon Patrica and what a nice presentation featuring Karen and her abilities to teach.  I hope you are enjoying a great Texas weekend in and out of real estate.  Full working one on this end of the line.

Sep 22, 2013 05:30 AM #7
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

How fun - and what a wonderful shout out for Karen. Very cool on your part. I too love to keep gaining knowledge - we are never too old to learn new things. In fact, it keeps us from getting old. Hahaha.

Sep 22, 2013 06:35 AM #8
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

I am truly humbled by your post Patricia and completely honored that you took the time on a Saturday to come and take the course along with writing this review.  It is always my hope to inspire and empower anyone who takes the class to not only understand why staging is important in order to sell a home but also to perhaps help them discover their passions and interest as they journey through their lives and settle into new and often exciting career changes. Adult continuing education classes are just perfect for that.

Your insightful contributions in class were so appreciated; "standing in the door and safety issues to consider" ...I love when stories get shared and others hear about new things to consider when selling their homes. Imagine it even can save their lives!

I look forward to seeing you next Saturday and again am very grateful and touched by your kind words.

Sep 22, 2013 06:40 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia, a teacher makes a world of difference in how students learn.  I have taken many classes in my life time, and how much I retain is related to the person teaching the class.  There are teachers that have put me to sleep no matter how interesting the topic was, and there are teachers that I never wanted the class to stop, because they made even a boring topic seem like the most important thing in the world.  Teaching is an art and talent, apparently Karen is one of those teachers.

Sep 22, 2013 09:55 AM #10
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Karen sounds like a great teacher and her students are lucky to have someone like her.  Sounds like you learned a lot and can't wait to get back and learn some more.  That is a real tribute to Karen and her teaching.

Sep 22, 2013 12:01 PM #11
Teral McDowell
Referral Patners LLC - Murphy, TX

Wonderful tribute to a well-deserving lady; I meet Karen in the Rain and look forward to meeting you one day, Patricia.

Sep 22, 2013 12:02 PM #12
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Wonderful tribute to one of those special teachers. It is great when they are acknowledged the way you have dome with Karen. The Karen's of this world are such a blessing.

Make it a great week!

Sep 22, 2013 07:26 PM #13
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Karen sounds like an amazing teacher!  What a nice tribute to her and the college.  I wish I could take one of her staging classes also. 

Have a great week. 

Sep 22, 2013 10:15 PM #14
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, what a wonderful post on Karen and her ability to teach. Teaching is a real gift and not everyone has it. I'm so glad you were able to experience the class!

Sep 23, 2013 12:33 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Patricia- what a lovely tribute to Karen!  It's not easy teaching anything much less staging and Karen is a true professional. 

Sep 23, 2013 11:29 AM #16
Tracy Lee Parker

Patricia, great post to Karen. I met her at an AR meetup. She is a very warm, funny & talented gal!

Oct 23, 2013 03:40 AM #17
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi Patricia! Happy New Year! I'm going to be linking your blog here on my latest post for sharing my class. This is still the best testimonial I've ever received about one of my classes and I am truly grateful to you! Hope to see you in the New Year sooner rather than later!

Jan 01, 2014 01:19 AM #18
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