Diving In--First Blog Post

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Home Stager with RE:STYLE LLC

Kathi and husband on Hawaiian dive trip

Okay, I look pretty happy here about jumping into the ocean for a dive at Molokini crater off Maui. But, before any dive, I always feel a little trepidation--this dive into blogging included!

I guess I should introduce myself and give a little background:

I was actually one of the first home stagers to set up a profile in Active Rain. I was even the featured one from my area before Active Rain caught on. My business also caught on--so much so that I was over my head in work, submerged in running my business, unable to surface until now! 

Underwater with the MantaLike they say in diving, the first rule is: breathe!

My previous career was in advertising, so you wouldn't think blogging would be very scary! As the Executive Creative Director, I ran the Creative Department and honed my critiquing skills. You learn to be diplomatic when your staff refers to cutting copy or revising designs as "killing babies."

I opened RE:STYLE in September of 2005 and since then it has gone swimmingly! I was fortunate to be able to stage some houses that were shown on HGTV's "National Open House"--I even got in the credits! After the first house I staged (a vacant) sold to the 3rd person through--after previously having 65 showings and no offers--I was hooked, and so was my Realtor. 

Since inception, RE:STYLE has staged nearly $25 million in SOLD! real estate.

It's a big ocean out there...

So enough about me! Just like diving, it's all about what you see out there in that vast blue space that makes the experience memorable and exciting. I'm very interested in you--your observations, questions, challenges, examples, successes and learning experiences. I hope to have all of you as a sounding board and a resource, and I will provide the same for you. We can "buddy breathe" through any problem, and share this adventure into the real estate industry together!

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Rainer
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Chris Miller Nevada Land with Water Rights
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Welcome to the world of "Out There"

Jul 10, 2008 06:31 AM #1
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Larry Bettag
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Welcome...just be yourself and mix you with your business.  I love your photos.  Hope you have an awesome time on AR...welcome my friend.

Jul 10, 2008 06:42 AM #2
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Ronald Gillis
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Welcome into the rain, it is great in here!  There is LOTS to learn, so enjoy!

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Jul 10, 2008 06:48 AM #3
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Renae Bolton
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Kathi - welcome, welcome, welcome!  You know, your pictures are beautiful but every time I see picks like those or hear about scuba diving, I think of that movie where the couple went on their first scuba dive and the boat left them out there and they died.  That movie sucked.  But your pictures are beautiful!

~Renae

Jul 10, 2008 07:03 AM #4
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Kathi Presutti
RE:STYLE LLC - Brighton, MI
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Chris, Larry, Ron and Renae:

Thanks for the warm welcome! I look forward to seeing you all frequently in the Rain!

Renae:

I know what you mean. There was just a special on that whole event--yikes! But, I will say that our dive operators were insistent on calling out names and checking us off the list after each dive!

Jul 10, 2008 07:08 AM #5
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Kathi,  Thanks for saying hello and welcome to Active Rain!  You look like you have a great start.  Wonderful first post.

Jul 11, 2008 05:38 AM #6
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