An Unstaged Life

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

An Unstaged Life

There are people I’ve known who knew early on what they wanted to be...what career they wanted. I was not one of them. 


After getting my Masters in Clinical Psychology, I did psychological testing for a former professor. The majority of people I tested had been released from prison and it was eye-opening for someone fresh out of 6 years of a shelteredtalent tree

college life. But I knew that this wasn’t a long-term career for me.  I needed to be out in the real world, so I wasn’t ready to go back for a Ph.D.

I went to an employment agency. They didn’t know what to do with me so they hired me as a personnel consultant. When I began, I thought that if it didn’t work out, I could find a job in Human Resources. 


As it turned out, I loved what I did! I loved finding people jobs and finding companies employees. I even loved being on commission! My strength was in getting the clients (companies like major oil companies, law firms, and financial institutions) It was a bit like those of you who focus on listings!


I would still be doing that but Larry’s job took us to Florida and to Northern VA. during that time I placed Nannies and housekeepers and did business development for a healthcare-related company. 


One day when Larry and I were househunting in Northern VA, I was appalled at how some of the properties were presented.  Who shows a house like this??? 


I started talking about all of the things I would do to the house to make it show better. As it turned out, Larry had heard of a thing called Staging, and suggested I look into it. 


As they say, the rest is history. 


What runs through my unstaged life is the desire and ability to work with people. I have learned that my strength lies in being able to read people well and I’m very rarely wrong. 


How has this helped me in staging? My consultations aren’t just about talking to sellers about paint and editing their furnishings. It’s also about working with them when one wants to move and the other doesn’t; or helping them understand just why it’s so important to style their home for buyers. 


My unstaged life has turned out pretty well!!!


**This is an entry in this month’s challenge hosted by Jeff Dowler, CRS  ...An ActiveRain Challenge for October 2019 - In My Past Life I… There’s still time to enter!!!


(The above photo was taken about 40 years ago when I was a consultant at Talent Tree Personnel)


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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved the Title and it pulled me in had to laugh George Souto  comment so  what do you prefer being called Freud, Jung or Skinner??Endre

Oct 24, 2019 06:31 PM #33
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Loved learning more about you and you found your place staging homes and helping people.

Oct 25, 2019 12:14 AM #34
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

What a nice look at your past  that has led you to your present career. Interesting that your husband was so astute and helped you find your "stage"

Also that Jeff Dowler, CRS created this challenge and turns out you have so much in common from the past! Small World isnt it?



Oct 25, 2019 12:21 AM #35
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

What a history you have.  Who knows there may be a blog coming up about someone you know well....   

Oct 25, 2019 12:49 AM #36
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love that photo! I didn't realize it was Larry who directed you towards staging. Great term "unstaged life".

Oct 25, 2019 04:56 AM #37
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Wonderful story Kathy.  You never know where life is going to take you.  Obviously you have found your niche.

Oct 25, 2019 06:34 AM #38
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy Streib, those of us who studied psychology are always analyzing people, it really is a good training to have, especially in a business that deals with people. I love the title of this post, very clever. 

Oct 25, 2019 10:47 AM #39
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

It is so much fun to hear what people did before real estate. Love that picture!

Oct 25, 2019 01:27 PM #40
Lee Potts
Aloha Group Maui - Lahaina, HI
The smarter we work, the luckier you get.

Whether we know exactly what we want or not, all of us have a bit of the "unstaged life." Thank you for sharing, it is always interesting finding out how people get to where they are!

Oct 25, 2019 01:45 PM #41
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It is funny that I say what you said and often "Who shows a house like this?" Kathy Streib 

Oct 25, 2019 04:21 PM #42
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Lovely story, Kathy!  One knows not where the wind will blow them but being ready for anything sure helps.  In your case you changed COMPLETELY what you had been doing, except as you say for the one on one consultations that must occur before you can stage.  CONGRATS

Oct 26, 2019 05:08 AM #43
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Endre Barath, Jr. glad to see you back here!!! Had I pursued my PhD, I suppose I'd have followed Skinner. I'm more of a behaviorist. 

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 and thank you!!! Hope you're enjoying your travels. 

Oct 26, 2019 06:35 PM #44
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Debra Leisek you know, I am always pleasantly surprised at how small the world is. 

James Dray if that's you, I hope so. 

Sharon Tara one of the ladies in marketing at his homebuilding company told him of it. As it turned out, I ended up driving into DC with her relative to take the Home Staging Course. 

Oct 26, 2019 06:39 PM #45
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gordon Crawford There's no script for our lives but more of a playbook as in football. 

Beth Atalay you may agree with me, but I am never bored when I'm waiting somewhere because I love observing people. 

Oct 26, 2019 06:43 PM #46
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jill Sackler it's a fun challenge. We know a little about some of the members but this peels off more layers of the onion. 

Lee Potts Thanks for stopping by. This has been one of my favorite challenges because we get to learn more about each other. 

Oct 26, 2019 06:45 PM #47
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott Godzyk I have very strong memories about some of those homes. 

Hi John Henry and thank you!  Loved reading about how you got to where you are. 

Oct 26, 2019 06:47 PM #48
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy Streib ,

Loved reading this post and so glad to see it featured! I knew you worked in another field before your staging career came about so learned more about you. Love the title and the comments!

Oct 27, 2019 08:06 AM #49
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
It's interesting how our lives take their twists and turns, isn't it?  I've been gone most of the month but better check out Jeff's contest. I don't have much time, though.

Oct 28, 2019 08:47 AM #50
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Wow Kathy, this is very interesting. Not all stagers are the same. A really good stager (as it sounds like you are) can be such an asset to a Real Estate professional.

Nov 22, 2019 05:21 AM #51
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

And now we know the rest of the story!  Thanks for sharing how you got started 

Nov 22, 2019 06:38 AM #52
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