Staging in the Rain

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Staging in the Rain


This is not about our stagers here in the Rain, and there are some terrific ones, but I had to come up with a clever, but realistic, title.


I had a staging scheduled for this past Tuesday for a wonderful 1-bedroom condo near San Diego State University I am bringing to the market tomorrow. It figures that our first, and badly needed, rain of our supposed rainy season would be that day.


The condo is in an urban area not far from downtown, so parking is a challenge. And as luck would have it the city had put out no parking signs for some reason that was not obvious – nothing was happening - in the available parking areas in front of the building and on side streets.


condoThankfully there was a parking space for the stager in one of the 4 first-come first-served tenant spaces (rarely empty), and the truck driver just took a chance parking in the cul-de-sac in front of the building.


They were able to unload everything quickly into the reception area – it’s only a 1-bedroom condo - and the rain let up as well.


The stager, Theresa Dow, did a great job and didn’t let anything trouble her, at least from what I could tell. No doubt she, and perhaps all stagers, are used to unforeseen circumstances, as we are. You go with the flow, find a solution, and get it done. Grousing about it doesn’t help and that creates a bad impression anyhow!


The service from Topiary Staging was outstanding and I have owner Janice Monastra to thank for being able to get this set up quickly once the seller painted the unit and had the carpets and condo cleaned just a few days prior. And a special thank you to friend Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor,CRS,e-Pro  for the recommendation!


And it was a painful day for me, literally – the stomach pain had started Monday night and I wasn’t sure I could even meet the stager, and the seller was not going to be available. But I did what I had to do, with the end result a trip to the ER at 2:30 am Wednesday morning and an appendectomy mid-day. Interesting the curve balls life throws us!



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Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Oh my, Jeff. That is definitely going above and beyond the call of duty. Your seller is lucky to have you.

Jan 11, 2018 04:41 PM #1
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

I hope you feel better soon!

Jan 11, 2018 04:52 PM #2
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

Glad to hear the staging went well Jeff. Don't over-do it while you recover. 

Jan 11, 2018 05:10 PM #3
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Jeff Dowler, I could only imagine how much pain you were in, your sellers certainly made the right choice by selecting you. Glad to hear everything worked out in the end. Hope you get better quickly.

Jan 11, 2018 06:40 PM #4
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Oh my goodness Jeff Dowler an appendectomy...yikes!  Rest and get well quickly, my prayers are with you for a speedy recovery!

Jan 11, 2018 07:10 PM #5
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Jeff Dowler ,

Please take it easy and rest! My thoughts and prayers are with you..speedy recovery!

Jan 11, 2018 07:22 PM #6
Claude Labbe
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
Realty for Your Busy Life

Rainstorm in San Diego AND an appendectomy in the same week?  That is unusual.

Good luck with the latter.

Good luck with the 1 bedroom condo.

Jan 11, 2018 09:14 PM #7
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

1. Jeff Dowler hope you are on the road to recovery and let me know if you need any local assistance while you do.

2. Yes we had our first major rainstorm of 2018, bring our rainfall need down to 50% of the deficit we were in.

3. So glad Topiary worked out for you; they are competitively priced and do a nice job...they helped me get a turkey of a condo sold in Hillcrest last year.

Jan 12, 2018 05:01 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Take care of yourself!!!  I'm glad the staging worked out, but even more glad you got to the hospital and took care of your appendix before it was too late!


Jan 12, 2018 05:15 AM #9
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are one tough dude, Jeff.  Hope you're feeling a lot better. D 

Jan 12, 2018 10:47 AM #10
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Given what you faced personally, Jeff Dowler ... the rain (and subsequent issues it caused) seem pretty minor. 

Glad all went well ... take it easy for a bit and heal fully,


Jan 12, 2018 11:52 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff this business is made up of curve balls, and we need to adapt to unforeseen circumstances quickly as you and this stagger did.

Jan 12, 2018 12:03 PM #12
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Rain often delays things in my area as well, if it rains, we often have to postpone a photo shoot, but only for a day, haha.

Jan 12, 2018 01:20 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Out in the rain, staging and dealing with, what had to be, unbearable abdominal pain - you are AMAZING, Jeff!

I hope your recovery is going well and that you're taking it easy this weekend.

Jan 12, 2018 07:04 PM #14
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Staging is such an important part of being a good listing agent.  Good job, Jeff Dowler !

Jan 13, 2018 07:29 PM #15
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