Staging A Short Sale....NOT like Lipstick......

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams 414-525-0563

  There are different schools of thought on "dressing up a short sale"....different isn't right or wrong...it is different. We believe, regardless of the "status of a listing"...short sale, bank owned, "traditional"....being the best you can be has merit.

  lipstick There are realtors who profess that staging a short sale is like putting Lipstick....well you know....and we are not from that school of thought.  Every listing, regardless of status....gets an analysis....and in some cases some staging assistance.

- Sometimes divorce can mean that the spouse left in the house has been left without the things that make a house warm and inviting...the window treatments, wall hangings, accessories that help provide buyer "eye candy".

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- Short sales are not "let's make a deal" transactions...priced right, they are a great value for the buyer and why not LOOK like a great value and not a fixer upper in bad need of "lipstick"...Blush...Eyeliner...

 By the time you list a short sale, the sellers have likely come to grips with their situation....or very nearly...they understand that the equity they thought they had is gone and it is time to move on with their lives and do the best they can do under the circumstances.

   Dressing a short sale....can give the sellers a shot in a very wounded ego and make the place they have called home a little brighter for the time they live there as sellers...and that is part of what we do....a little peak at what we know will be a brighter future. We provide our short sale sellers with FREE staging services.

   If you are a homeowner with a hardship...divorce, unemployment...upside down finances and mortgage payments too heavy to pay....let us help you explore your alternatives. No matter where you are in the country, we will help find a qualified professional to make a good decision...for now...and the future,

 

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
the BlueWater Realty team specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Sally and David, while staging can always help make selling faster and often at a better price, many of my short sale clients are in no position to afford any serious staging services.  We help them with the de-cluttering and some other advice as best we can.

Dec 13, 2009 07:28 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

Gabe....for us Staging is a FREE service...we have rooms of curtains, rugs, candles, lamps, etc, etc....we would NEVER ask or expect a short sale seller to pay for staging.

Dec 13, 2009 07:40 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Waukesha County Realtor, RE/MAX Buyer Agent

I love your short sale posts...i learn alot from you!  By the way, have you ever had a short sale close when the seller is also filing chapter 13? We just got approval on the short sale from wamu, but still haven't gotten a case number on the bankrupcy side.  The title company and buyer lender are not saying this will never close??

Dec 13, 2009 08:45 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

Best answered in e-mail....I just did.

Dec 13, 2009 09:27 AM #4
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Toula Rosebrock
Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ - Lacey Township, NJ
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ToulaRosebrock,com

Hi Sally:

No matter what type of circumstance is involved with a property, putting your best FACE forward...works!

Lipstick, eyeliner, mascara...it all counts!

Dec 13, 2009 09:58 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

You bet Toula....best face for me is always with a little color....mmmmm lipstick...liner, shadow...or window treatments, towels, flowers, candles...

Dec 13, 2009 10:22 AM #6
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This service certainly sets you apart from the competition!  It shows how seriously you take your business and your clients are smart to make you part of their marketing team!

Dec 13, 2009 10:35 AM #7
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS

Thank you Sharon....I needed that today....Best holiday wishes to you and yours !

Dec 13, 2009 10:44 AM #8
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