Staging Foreclosure House #4 for the Bank in Portland OR ~ Before & Afters

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

In previous posts we wrote about a smart regional bank in Oregon who hired our Portland home staging company to stage vacant new construction homes that had been on the market from 1 to 3 years without a sale.  After House #1 sold a month after staging, the Bank asked us to move that staging inventory to House #2, and it sold quickly too. 

Meanwhile, we staged House #3 with new furnishings and after it had been on the market for 18 months as a Vacant home, it sold in just 38 days! The Bank then asked us to move the staging inventory to House #4 ~ Before & After photos are shown below.

This savvy Bank has made an investment in these properties, providing construction financing and support to the building community.  Not only did the Bank have these beautiful homes staged with inviting furnishings, they also had landscaping refurbished, repainted some interiors, upgraded carpeting, and even provided regular cleaning service.  These homes are selling quickly!  Neighborhood values are kept intact so even the neighbors have been grateful this Bank's involvement ensures that the foreclosed homes will sell -- rather than continuing to languish on the market.

Will other Banks follow this example?  The investment in staging -- in presenting these homes in their best condition -- is WORKING.  Hopefully stagers across the country will continue to contact local & regional banks (often the "asset manager" is a good contact) to encourage them to consider staging their foreclosed inventory.  Everyone in the transaction wins!

Here are some Before & After photos of foreclosure House #4 ... we're hoping for another quick sale!

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Room Solutions Staging offers expert home staging services in Portland, Oregon to homeowners, real estate agents, builders, banks, and investors. Our proven home staging techniques will help reduce your property's market time and maximize your equity. We'll prepare your property or listing to look appealing to your target buyer for the online photos as well as for in-person viewings. Our owner and principal stager Maureen Bray is a nationally-recognized home staging expert who enjoys sharing her passion for staging with others.  For a free home staging proposal contact us @ 503-246-1800.

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Rainmaker
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Maureen - Beautifully staged!

Congratulations.  Your post is being freatured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.

Kathy

Aug 09, 2009 07:35 AM #4
Rainer
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Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Wow Maureen!!  What a great relationship you have formed with this bank.  I know they are so grateful they found you.  Your work is spectacular and it is selling the homes for this bank.  Great job, and great stats!!!!

Aug 09, 2009 07:52 AM #5
Rainmaker
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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"

Wanda ~ I hope other banks catch the staging spirit too ~ it just makes good business sense.

Roy ~ Thanks for your nice comment.

Sally & David ~ Isn't it amazing what a difference some staging will do for an REO propertly?  Glad to hear it's working in your area too!

Kathy ~ Thanks so much for the feature.

Chrissie ~ Hopefully it's working well for both of us.  I hope you can headway with a local bank too.

Aug 09, 2009 08:11 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

It is an amazing difference!  Possibly the active word is "regional". As a Regional bank has less of a chain of command, more interest in the local region and the decisions they made were reflected positively in the quick sales and were communicated back to the decision makers. I definitely hope more banks get on this band wagon. Great job!

Aug 09, 2009 09:01 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas - Bentonville, AR

Maureen,  Great photos, I love those floors. I contacted some of my area banks after you posted about this before. No luck...but I don't give up. I'll find a way to open that door.

Aug 09, 2009 09:15 AM #8
Rainmaker
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David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon

Great job Maureen.  I'm so glad you've found a banking client that provides consistent opportunities and understands the value of staging.  Hopefully they will spread the word about your successes.

Aug 09, 2009 10:54 AM #9
Rainmaker
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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"

Dick & Dixie ~ It's true that regional banks have a bigger stake in their local economy.  I hope others will follow this bank's lead.  Thanks for your feedback.

Donna ~ The floors are great aren't they?  I'm glad you're still determined to stay in contact with your local banks ... the door will hopefully open for you!

David ~ The bank's president is my contact, and his son is a builder who used my staging services in the past.  So they do understand the value of staging and hopefully their experience will encourage others to try it as well.

Aug 09, 2009 11:59 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Maureen you have really lucked out with this bank.

By luck I mean hard work and perseverance and talent

Aug 09, 2009 01:13 PM #11
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Maureen- have your bankers talk to our bankers!!! You did a beautiful job and it translates to great press for all stagers.  If only ours would have the vision that your regional bank does.

Aug 09, 2009 01:20 PM #12
Rainmaker
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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"

Thanks Virginia ~ I'll take luck in any form!  But we all know it doesn't usually come without hard work too.

Aug 09, 2009 01:20 PM #13
Rainmaker
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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"

Kathy ~ Maybe other banks will see the light -- if it works here in Oregon where our foreclosures are rising, and we have the second-highest unemployment rate in the country .... why not elsewhere?  Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 09, 2009 01:22 PM #14
Rainer
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Mary Fasnacht
Washington and Allegheny Counties and surrounding areas - McMurray, PA
Feels Like Home Interiors ~ Pittsburgh PA Home Staging

Congratulations on your success with this bank and these listings, Maureen.  It's obvious to see why they are selling after you work your staging magic.  Thanks for sharing the photos and the great news. 

You've inspired me to start conversations with some of my local banks. 

Aug 10, 2009 08:08 AM #15
Rainmaker
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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"

Mary ~ I hope more stagers will begin the conversation ... it make take perseverance, but enlightening them about the value of staging will benefit everyone.

Aug 10, 2009 09:50 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Another top notch job Maureen and no doubt it will sell as quickly as the others.  I just have to keep the communication going here. 

Aug 10, 2009 10:12 AM #17
Rainmaker
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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"

Ginger ~ Keeping in contact with your local banks will hopefully pay off.  Let them know of your excellent track record and if they're smart they'll listen!  Thanks for commenting.

Aug 10, 2009 11:48 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Beverly Carlson
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429 - Abilene, TX
Abilene's Staging Realtor

WOW, that's great Maureen!  Way to go!

Aug 10, 2009 03:41 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Kimo Stowell
HI Pro Realty LLC - Honolulu, HI
Real Estate Merchandiser

Aloha Maureen,

Lovely work as usual! I'm curious why other banks haven't made the same efforts in merchandising their foreclosed properties as the one you are working with has? Regardless, congrats on a job well done and I hope you continued success working with this bank and hopefully others will follow.

Peace,

Aug 10, 2009 05:24 PM #20
Rainmaker
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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"

Bev and Kimo ~ It's been a mutually beneficial relationship which hopefully will continue.  I don't know why other banks don't think outside the box like this one has, as it has surely paid off for them.

Aug 10, 2009 05:27 PM #21
Rainmaker
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Denver, CO
Marketing + Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders

Hi Maureen -

What a great inspiration! I love to hear about these successful partnerships. I'm going to add marketing to banks to my "to do" list. Great job.

By the way I was recently found online by a relocation company based in OR. They were calling on behalf of a client here in TX whose house hadn't sold yet. The representative was also a stager and she knew the value of staging a house for sale in this market. I love it when people think outside the box!

Aug 10, 2009 07:41 PM #22
Rainmaker
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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"

Tessa ~ Successful partnerships are the cornerstone of good business, aren't they?  Glad to hear you're finding other ways to market your services.

Aug 11, 2009 11:44 AM #23
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