In Case You Missed It - The SIF Week in Review Aug 9, 2008

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In case you missed it, and the date on this post is confusing you, this is a 2 week reviewA lot of things have happened here at SIF in the last two weeks.

We had a Big Debate. Some called it heated, and it may have been, but I don't read comments much with so many blogs to read.   It seemed a valid discussion and one we all be having in earnest sooner or later if we are to advance our industry.  Anyway, to the best of my ability, this is the thread:

Ever Get Paid at Close of Escrow?  (Members Only) by Erin McGinnis

Why is 1% of the home's list price unrealistic for staging services? by Melissa Marro

The C-Word- Yep..we're going there...CONTINGENCY!  (Members Only) by Michelle Molinari

RE: 'Contingency' vs. 'Deferred Payment Plan'  (Members Only) b Tom Scanlon

Continuing the Thread... Contingency, Deferred or Real Estate Developer? by Melissa Marro

Popeye's Payment Plan (written on 'contingency')...  (Members Only) by Tom Scanlon

If I missed a piece of this discussion, please feel free to post a link to it in the comment section and I will add it to the list.


Three of our very own Stagers threw their names into the ring to become HGTV's next Design Star:

HGTV Design Star 2008 - Guts. Glory. Glam. First it was Connie Tebyani with ...... Call me CRAZY - But VOTE for me! 

Then Fernando Rosado with ...... ANOTHER DESIGN STAR HOPEFUL....PLEASE VOTE FOR MOI ! 

Rounding our hopefuls is Kate Hart with ..... Why the heck not! I just added my portfolio to hgtv's Design Star audition!

Anyone else up for the challenge? Let us know!


We got some excellent advice on promoting our businesses in a professional manner:

Let's discuss our portfolio for a moment... How do you present your work?  by Melissa Marro

PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION (ASPs, throw away those loose leaf binders.......)  (Members Only) by Tom Scanlon

Does THIS go in your protfolio??? (sorry, bit of a rant) by Michele Kaspari

"As the World Stages" Home Staging Pre - Consultation Client Information Sheet (to share & my soapbox commentary)  (Members Only) by Karen Otto

Property Feature Sheets by Heather Chotard 


We learned Stagers are normal People (kind of).... ;)

Personally, I want to start an evolution! Let's all tell the truth! by Tina Parker

I'm Elaine and I'm a Shopaholic. by Elaine Maines (she has a hard time keeping a secret, BTW.)

Stagers, Minneapolis, and friends from A/R - who knew? by Kym Hough

AN OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION TO ALL OF MY AR CONNECTIONS (friends)...  (Members Only) by Lori Howard


But, we do like to smack Realtors on the head with the ovbvious, because.....well... they need it..

Real Estate and the technological world... by Linda Barnett

Home Staging Cincinnati: Furniture Makes All The Difference! by Jo Potvin

You've got to be kidding...SNOW?  (Members Only) by Kimberly Hawley

More MLS Madness! Do They LOOK At The Photos With BUYERS EYES? I Get So Twisted! by Teresa Mills Schremm


Much more happened, but in case you missed it, these are some of the things that stuck in my mind over the past 2 weeks.  And that is a pretty good testimony to the posts featured here as there were over 5 PAGES  of blogs to review for this installation. 

So, if you are curious what did not make the review, hit the post date command right under the featured posts, scroll back 5 pages and get comfortable!


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Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Kimberly, Thanks for all your hard work. This has been an busy week on SIF, I did love the Big Debate, I didn't comment on them but was there to read every word. I'm just a little fish learning to swim. GREAT WEEK!

Aug 10, 2008 03:15 PM #3
Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
MBA, GRI...experience counts!

I am not sure what SIF stands for, but thanks for relisting the posts so I could read some of them.

Aug 10, 2008 10:42 PM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thanks for the post. I will read the ones I missed. I missed the debate.

Aug 10, 2008 11:26 PM #5
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Thanks for the great recap Kimberly.  I am returning from vacation and find it helpful to catch up on what I missed last week.

Aug 10, 2008 11:50 PM #6
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

With the ever growing membership, it is difficult to keep up with all of the great posts.  Thanks for taking the time to bring these to our attention.  I'll try to check them out -- there are several I missed.

Aug 11, 2008 01:33 AM #7
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Kim ~ As always you have done a fabulous job, and it was well worth the wait!  5 pages is a lot to go through!

Aug 11, 2008 01:39 AM #8
Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales

Thanks Kimberly!  Been too busy to stay as current as I I appreciate your run down!  Just reading the titles alone is enticing! THANKS for wading through the myriad of many!  Regards-Kathleen G

Aug 11, 2008 01:48 AM #9
Jean Groesbeck
Compass - Anacortes, WA
Broker, CRS, e-PRO, ABR, ASP, CNE, IMS

Great info! Thanks!

Aug 11, 2008 02:43 AM #10
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Hi Kimberly, thanks for making the time to do this.  I read them all and there is some great food for thought.   

Aug 11, 2008 02:48 AM #11
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Melissa - If there was any negativity, I'm glad I missed it.  I guess that is the advantage to not having time to read comments.  Anyway, it is a very valid discussion either way and the type we should have here all the time....without the heat,maybe.  :)

John- I'm thrilled that you stop by and read our reviews.  We are an entertaining lot, no?

Aug 11, 2008 03:20 AM #12
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Donna - There is always a lot to digest here, that's for sure!  It is always best to read and learn before jumping into the debates.  Good for you!

Dennis - SIF stands for 'Stage It Forward', one of the most active staging groups in the Rain.  We are an active and passionate bunch and we would be glad to have you stop by from time to time and add to the staging discussion.

Gita- Get reading, because you have a lot of ground to cover!  Thanks for being a faithful reader of the review.  :)

Aug 11, 2008 03:24 AM #13
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Michele - So glad to help!  Hope you had a most enjoyable vacation.

Joan - So true!  With so many posts, how can you read them all?  It's a time cosuming task, which is why I miss the comments so much.

Kathy - Tell me about it!  I don't think I will skip a week again unless I have another reviewer scheduled!


Aug 11, 2008 03:27 AM #14
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Kathleen - Glad to see you in the rain and hope all is well with you.  You are welcome and I hope you get caught up soon!

Jean - Thanks!  You are welcome.

Ginger- Hi!  and You are welcome! It is a lot to thnk about, isn't it?  What a great forum we have here for learning from each other!

Aug 11, 2008 03:30 AM #15
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging,

Thank you for the great list, I look forward to this to catch up on the ones worth reading that I've missed. I appreciate the time you take out of your day to do this Kimberly!

Aug 11, 2008 09:54 AM #16
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Whew!  It's just a lot to keep up with the comments some days isn't it?

Aug 11, 2008 09:55 AM #17
Teresa Mills Schremm
Looking Fine by Redesign, LLC - North Olmsted, OH
Online Home Staging - Coast to Coast, ASHSR

Kimberly....just want to say "thank you" for adding this to your busy schedule!  We all appreciate it very much!


Aug 11, 2008 10:11 AM #18
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

Wow, wouldn't it be great if one of our members became famous on HGTV?

Aug 11, 2008 02:02 PM #19
Karl Burger
ERA Beach Ball Realty - Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Real Estate News

Thanks so much for the weekly review. These are so helpful, since no one could keep up with all the great posts on Active Rain. Great job picking some good posts.

Aug 12, 2008 01:12 AM #20
DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. - Manassas Park, VA
The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick

Im not a stager but an agent and I found these links to be very helpful with understanding the staging business.

Aug 14, 2008 04:34 AM #21
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Karen and Teresa- You are welcome!

Melissa - Yes, the comments can keep one up all night.  Unfortunately, I am really cranky when I have not had enough sleep!

Diane - YESS!!!! :)

Karl and DeAndrea- Thanks for stopping by and checking in on us - that is what the WIR is all about!



Aug 14, 2008 07:51 AM #22
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