The First Step Is To Admit You Have A Problem

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Group

I'm here with a confession.  I've developed an addiction.  There are days when I find myself immersed and hard to pull away.  

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The good news is my addiction has helped my business and given me an appreciation for those who can put together a room or two and make them shine for my clients.

Though not every seller needs staging many of them can benefit from a consultation to understand what helps buyers feel like a property can be a place they call home.  

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When the owners of this home called me to chat about listing my first thoughts were 1) beautiful home 2) how do we improve it to sell?   The owner had nice furnishings but the walls were bare and it just didn't say come and stay for awhile.  A phone call for a staging consultation, switching of furniture in rooms and The Staging Fashionista added accessories.  BAM the house now feels warm and ready for a buyer.

So there you have it.  I've admitted my problem and found a way to make it work for my clients.  Do you have an addiction that's helping your business?  Go ahead it's okay to admit it.



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Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Cindy, Pinterest has helped us.  We've created various boards that tie back to our blog posts.  We get followers and some incremental business from a small section of those folks, but any new business from the minimal amount of additional time I spend on Pinterest is a good return.

Aug 10, 2015 05:14 AM #1
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Bliz I too have used Pinterest for neighborhood information with good success.  It's the time I spend aborbed in the  "I can do that" or "I want that"  process that's the problem 

Aug 10, 2015 05:35 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Cindy- you have inspired me to try to get back into Pinterest.  My addiction?  It's reading everything about anything I can get my hands on.  

Aug 10, 2015 07:48 AM #3
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Kathy Streib I too love to read but in those times when my brain can't concentrate on the written word the preety pictures lure me in.

Aug 10, 2015 08:47 AM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

More than one actually. And you just reminded me I have GOT to get back to working on Pinterest.

Aug 10, 2015 02:20 PM #5
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Tammy-I need to update some of my neighborhood boards as well.

Aug 10, 2015 09:22 PM #6
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, KW Capital Properties - Bethesda, MD
Lead Associate Broker

Pinterest drives me nuts. When I really WANT something, it's not for sale. I just want to click through and order it. Too many beautiful things I can't have. 

Aug 12, 2015 06:22 AM #7
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

Dana Hollish Hill agree.  At least on Houzz you get the green tags so you can see product manufacturers.

Aug 12, 2015 09:40 PM #8
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Cindy...I have spent very little time on Pinterest. The reason: The two times I was on there I didn't want to leave. 

I love Houzz also. Could look at those articles/photos all day long.


Aug 21, 2015 01:40 PM #9
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Cindy Jones Love your post.  Not a terrible addiction but a good one to have.  I love to help others especially in a teaching sort of way as my background is education.  Keep going!

Aug 28, 2015 08:59 AM #10
DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

Addictions can be good.   I am addicted to regulations.   I know you're saying "Oh, how boring !"

   However, on my side of the transaction, that's a good thing for Realtors.   I make sure I've crossed every T and dotted every i so there are no issues for your clients.   And yes, I too like to spend hours looking at the pictures

Oct 03, 2015 02:29 AM #11
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

im sorry. i havent hit bottom yet, where i can admit or acknowledge my addiction. when i do , you will be the first to know.. i can only say this...Houzz is my co dependent enabler

Oct 04, 2015 01:38 PM #12
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Monday morning Cindy. The right addiction can be good. I know a lot of folks who spend a lot of time on Pintrest. They do have some good recipes.

Oct 04, 2015 06:41 PM #13
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is good to see that your special addiction is very productive.

Home sellers are in good hands when they select you as their listing agent.

Oct 10, 2015 11:17 AM #14
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