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This post has had many comments.  A lot of them quite negative about stagers.

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1210453/can-t-we-all-just-get-along-stagers-vs-realtors-vs-sellers-

 

The point is that it really bothers agents that we get paid when we do a  project.  Some of us do creative financing and even get paid at closing.

The issue really is Why Don't Agents Demand to be paid at least partially at listing?

Why do agents take over price listings and then complain that they are not selling?

Or that the house is in terrible condition and they put bad photos on the MLS?

Agents you work hard.  Really hard at getting listing to the closing table.  I've been in your shoes and know how expensive it is to hold listings that don't sell.

 

Isn't it time that the sellers but some of their money upfront? And payment along the way?   At least to make your expenses on the property?

No other profession works like this.  Why do you?

Isn't about time for a new pricing and payment policy?

Maybe that would stop these sellers who want to overprice, not clean up and not co-operate with agents who want to show the house.............just to see what will happen in the market.

 

Stagers should be paid at the time the job is done.   My attorney bills by the hour and expects payment every month.   My Dr.  wants payment at time the service is performed.  Ditto with dentist and every other professional that I work with.

Time for NAR and Realtors to start changing the way you are paid.

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Stage-Show-Sell, offers affordable home staging solutions in the Birmingham - Bloomfield and surrounding areas in getting your home ready for the market. We service both home sellers and realtors. We have the experience, our own rental furniture and accessories to stage many homes. We specialize in Estate work. The house can be put into our hands for the whole process of getting the house on the market

 

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Well Well Well..

First off agents should not be "gathering in any arena to organize, change or agree to a commission structure."

That said, I can tell you that Realtors get paid for crossing the finish line, and I like that. 1/2 baked, incompetent zero's help me make more money.

I would never consider asking or demanding a dime for what I do "upfront." Why? Because I would NEVER pay anyone for anything that's pinned up on a "hope" which is what we do.

 

September 04, 2009 12:46 AM
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Real estate brokers are paid at settlement because we work on "contingency" fee arrangement.  No sale, no fee owed.  This is preferred by most because we understand that most sellers pay out of the proceeds of the sale of their home. 

Why are staging services so often compared to real estate brokerage services??  I see absolutely no relationship. 

My interest is sparked when persons staging a property make the claim that it was the staging that caused the sale.  If that were true, FSBOs could simply have their homes staged and forego the services of licensed real estate agents/brokers.

 

September 04, 2009 05:16 AM
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Debra Valentine
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Virginia: Great follow-up to Matt's post, which was also a fantastic post and very much appreciated!

We stagers have tried very hard for a long time to figure out WHY Realtors do not regularly use our services as part of his/her marketing package. While most of us are not thrilled about this feedback, be need to take a step back and be thankful we now know ONE of the big issues. We can also use this information as a springboard for a more creative compensation plan.

In my comment on Matt's post, I brought up this very thing. While some Realtors say they are NOT deterred by the manner in which they get paid, my impression was and still is that many are. Just like some stagers commented that they would be willing to get paid at closing and other say they are not. Perhaps it's individual preference - for whatever reason.

To Lenn's point: I agree! Staging alone can not and will not sell a home.  Actually, the majority of stagers do not think that either. Perhaps we need to take a look at how we word our staging successes? Thanks for pointing that out. There are a multitude of factors that create a successful sale. And yes, stagers, Realtors and Brokers are very different components and why we are all have different compensation plans.

September 04, 2009 10:55 AM
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Hi Virgina, The answer to your question is specific to the business model we work under. Sure,it would be nice to paid as we do our service and if someone wants that , they simply set up a their own differnt business model.Their are real estate laws in place for who those funds are charged and what can be done with them.  Doubt they will get many consumers to go along with it. A specific fee for service company is a different breed all together and some of them have been successful, especially when the fees paid are much less than the alternative contingency fee. But the fees have to have been earned and there often is the challengening question. Where they?

September 05, 2009 04:47 PM
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I want to thank the realtors for their comments on my post.  Those who commented appear to be happy with the payment structure that they now have.

I asked for payment up front, when working as a realtor, when the clients wanted everything to be done for them, priced to high and were un-realistic. Asking for $3K upfront because I had to work very hard and put out tons of money and they could fire me at the drop of a hat for no reason didn't make sense.  Usually they listened a little more after that.  I parted ways with a few sellers after that discussion (Their houses never sold).

p.s. that's not why I put my license in holding.

I'm happy with what I'm doing and you are happy with your pay structure.   It's good for all.

 

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