Indianapolis Round Table a hit for Real Estate Stagers throughout Indiana.

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Home Stager with Home Matters

The dust has settled, the food has been eaten, all of the table and chairs have been hauled away and the real estate stagers from all across Indiana have made their way back home.  Even though our accessory warehouse is just a room with racks, shelves and things; it sure came to life the day of the 13th when it was filled with people with the same dream.  There was a time not long ago that I could not have imagined there being 25 stagers in all of Indiana, let alone there being that many all gathering in one place for a group discussion about topics surrounding our industry. 

Needless to say the event was a HIT. Many of the Real Estate Stagers had felt fairly isolated until this Round Table event and many were excited just to be in the company of others that have a passion for staging homes to sell.  One tell-tale sign was the exuberance that everyone put into simply exchanging business cards with each other.  Everyone walked away from this event feeling that they now had 24 new friends in the business. Small groups of stagers gathered afterward to learn and share and the smiles on their faces told me that indeed this is was a great day.  

Our group had quite diverse backgrounds and affiliations; there were RESA's, ASP's, IRIS's, HSR's, ASHSR's and a few naked stagers as well as some fresh out of training... But for those few hours of sharing and learning and discussing our industry, there were only interesting conversations, great questions and a sense of belonging.

As you can tell by reading this that there were enough warm fuzzes to keep even an Eskimo warm all winter...and if I didn't know better, I would swear that it made my heart grow 3 times bigger.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our event.... A Big, Big THANKS to all of our sponsors, RESA, SIF, IRIS, ASHSR  and a HUGE, HUGE, THANK YOU TO OUR LOCAL LUNCH  SPONSOR.......PACK-RAT OF THE GREATER INDIANAPOLIS AREA...

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Rainer
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Susan Cunningham
NE Atlanta Home Staging - Suwanee, GA
R.E.VISION - Suwanee, GA

NAKED STAGERS!  :o  Sounds like your group may have had better entertainment than ours! 

Honestly - congrats on the success of your group!  As the staging industry pulls together more and more, it is evendent we will all benefit greatly. 

:)  ~~susan

Nov 18, 2008 02:03 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Gary & Linda - sounds like you guys had a fabulous time and I love the grinch-i-ness of your telling.... (heart grew 3x its size).  Makes me want to break out into a Whoville song..... I am thrilled to know that you will be at our roundtable and perhaps you can even share some of the great info you gathered at yours with our group!!

Nov 18, 2008 02:43 AM #6
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

What a great looking group of stagers!  Glad to hear that it went well, Gary & Linda.

Kathy

Nov 18, 2008 03:02 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Susan, that's right "Naked Stagers".  I couldn't share all of the Photos...  You mean to tell me that Karen and Kathy didn't get into Naked Staging?  It just would not be an event with-out them.

Nov 18, 2008 05:52 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

My, My Gary!  Kathy and I would NEVER!  OH, actually I believe Kathy is an ASP gone naked and I've been naked from the git-go!

Nov 18, 2008 06:29 AM #9
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Kym Hough
www.Staged-to-Sell - Danville, CA
Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA

Love the festive pumpkins :)  Isn't great getting a group of stagers together. The energy is always lively. We feel the same way at the Expo's. Its a big group of people you like to hang out with anyway and we all go through the same stuff on a daily basis.  very nice kym

Nov 18, 2008 09:26 AM #10
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Robyn Guinn
StageAZ - Phoenix, AZ
Home staging, Arizona

Wow, you have racks, nice big organized racks, some even have empty shelves, wow!  oh oh, sorry, it really is fun to meet other stagers and congrats on a successful meeting.  :)

Nov 18, 2008 09:53 AM #11
Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

GREAT ...   glad it turned out better than any expectations!!   Good job Gary and Linda for pulling it altogether.  so now we should chat...When can I call you?  (remember - after RT?)

Nov 18, 2008 05:37 PM #12
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Abby Roselli
ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC - Staten Island, NY
Staten Island Home Stager

Hi Gary, Thanks for sharing your RT experience.  Warm and Fuzzy is good, especially this time of year!  Continued success to you and Linda.  =)

Nov 19, 2008 01:16 AM #13
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Fernando Rosado
West Palm Beach, FL
561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950

Gary I been wondering were youve been ...Now I know that you have been surrounded by all the girls...!! isnt it great that is usually how I feel at stagers meetings! Good seeing you again!

Nov 19, 2008 03:14 AM #14
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Gary ~ I'm not surprised one bit that your RT was a big success with you and Linda at the helm!  Congrats on such a successful event and thanks for posting the photos!

Nov 19, 2008 05:25 AM #15
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Melissa, we are so excited about our trip to come visit you and participate in your round table.  Yes, we would be more than happy to share our groups thoughts on the topics with your group.  We'll probably share more than that but rest assured I will be on my best behavior (LOL)....  Ah, so your a Grinch fan also... See you on Friday...

Nov 19, 2008 08:09 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Thanks Kathy,actually with you needing two sessions to squeeze everyone in I should be congratulating you and Karen also....  Way to go ladies.

 

Nov 19, 2008 08:13 AM #17
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Thanks Kym, the pumpkins and all of the decorations for that matter were purely Linda's doing.  I'm telling you she has the gift where as, I just plain, do not.

Nov 19, 2008 08:16 AM #18
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Robyn, yes there are racks, they all look so clean and organized don't they?  And your right about the empty spaces... We're even shocked that we still have so much stuff going out at this time of the year.  On the other hand the other building where all of the furniture is housed, well lets just say there would not have been photos published if that is where we would have had the event. (LOL).  Thanks for stopping by Robyn...

Nov 19, 2008 08:21 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

TerryLynn, yes my dear we can chat now... Call us later next week and lets talk.

Nov 19, 2008 08:23 AM #20
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Karen, oh yes you would and in fact you have....  Kathy too!

Nov 19, 2008 08:26 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Abby, thanks for stopping by...  I'm thinking warm & fuzzy is good any time of the year.  Maybe not so much in July and August when the humidity is a killer, but definitely all of the rest of the time....

Nov 19, 2008 08:31 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hello Fernando, I've been here but just way too busy to be in the rain a lot.  Darn staging gets in the way of my socializing (LOL).  I definitely know what you mean.  In fact at the start of our RT I asked the group to just look at me like I was one of the girls for the day.

Thanks and it's good to see you Fernando.

Nov 19, 2008 08:37 AM #23
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Gary Barnett
Home Matters - Indianapolis, IN
Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis

Hey Maureen, it's great to hear from you..  Thanks a bunch for the kind words.  Linda says hey!

Nov 19, 2008 08:39 AM #24
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