Glad that headline caught your attention.
If you know me at all, you know that I am a huge fan of staging. You can see my blog: It's The Staging Stupid!!
But I, unlike NAR which can figure out a way to say "Now is the time to buy" in the same ad as "Now is the time to sell."
You can't have it both ways!!
I tell my buyers to NOT BUY STAGED HOMES!
Sorry, the seller was wicked smart for hiring a stager to make it look great, well my client will be advised to be wicked smart and AVOID that home and instead go after a more dumpy home and THEN hire the stager to fix it up to his liking. You can see the pilot for a tv show around this idea at http://youtube.franklyrealty.com/
Right now I got a call from a buyer that loved a $540k condo that was super upgraded. It was the EXACT same unit as $500k place. My advice is to bid aggresively on the $500k place and take that $50k (after getting $10k to $20k off) and make your own custom changes!
So do you agree or disagree? Smart buyers should AVOID staged homes!
Frank- Realtor/Broker FranklyRealty.com Virginia
Update: See Buyers! Photoless Listings= $15,000 "Sale"