Vacant New Home on the Market since 2006, now Staged ~ Will Staging Help it Sell?

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Home Stager with Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

This beautiful new construction home in Lake Oswego, a lovely suburb of Portland OR has been on the market for nearly 4 years!  Now a foreclosure, our Portland home staging company was recently hired to stage it.  With about 3,300 sq ft the home has some wonderful features, but the previous online photos before staging indicated a couple of challenges which we felt could be overcome with proper staging.  We hope that this home will now be more appealing to the target buyer, and are crossing our fingers for a sale!

This previous dining room shot on the MLS didn't show the full size of the room, so after staging it we took 2 photos to give buyers a better idea of the room's size and it's features ...

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The great room has fabulous windows that let in lots of light, but without furniture the room seemed more like a huge cavernous space, so we warmed it up with furniture, art, and accessories so that buyers could imagine living there ...

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The bonus room has a built-in desk, but we staged it and photographed it to show another use for this room ...portland home staging expertslake oswego home staging company

Perhaps most challenging was the Master bedroom; feedback had been that it was too small when it was shown vacant.  We staged it to show a queen bed, two good-sized nightstands, a tall chest and an accent chair.  Hopefully now, buyers will see that it can accommodate the furniture they need ...

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When you're selling your home, make sure that it appeals to your target buyer.  A vacant home just won't appear as warm and inviting as one that's been professionally home staged.  Good online photos help draw those buyers in ... after all, you need as many showings as possible to get the best offer  :-)

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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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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Hi Kathy ~ Thanks so much for your kind comment and for the feature.  I'm amazed you noticed about the tall plant in the dining room, because when I placed it there I thought, "hmmm ... hopefully that will draw a buyer right inside from the front door to see this room ..."    (I don't know about you, but I sometimes talk outloud to myself when staging!)

Oct 03, 2010 07:36 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Valerie Zinger
House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada - Ottawa, ON
Home Organizer

Maureen - the before and after photos show an amazing transformation.  Good work.  Was the master really only big enough for a queen size bed.  The rest of the house is so huge why would the builder have scimped on the master.  Still, with your staging, it looks terrific. 

Oct 03, 2010 08:32 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Hi Maureen:  Four years - incredible but true!  There are some lovely houses in our area that were built as spec homes just before the market crashed...some were taken off the market, some are still on...none were Staged.  I don't know why, but vacants in this area are just not Staged.  My forehead has a huge callous on it from banging my head against that wall...Love the difference in the photos!  That alone was worth your money!  Happy Staging - Julie

Oct 03, 2010 10:52 AM #28
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"

hi Valerie ~ Many thanks for your feedack.  The size of the master is a departure from the home's other main rooms, but we think that stging it helps buyers see that it does hold enough regular-size furniture.

Hi Julie ~ I didn't realize that about your area, it's hard to understand why they haven't caught on to the powerful benefits of staging a vacant home.  Don't give up, keep pounding in the idea ... one at a time you can win them over!  After all, a sale benefits everyone involved, and staging is just one more tool in the marketing bag.  Thanks for joining in.

Oct 03, 2010 10:58 AM #29
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Connie King
CK Staging & Design, Sevierville, TN - Sevierville, TN

The great room  is just absolutely perfect after your handiwork!    Just stunning.   What great work to add to your portfolio.

Oct 03, 2010 08:30 PM #31
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Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester

What a shame that this beautiful home did not sell in 4 years. The impression is so different now that it has been staged with your talents, Maureen! What a great job!

Oct 03, 2010 10:12 PM #32
Rainmaker
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Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Hi Maureen, this staging will help for sure. Simple, elegant and sophisticated, bravo!

Oct 04, 2010 12:03 AM #33
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"

Hi Kimberley ~ Thanks a lot for your comment, it's much appreciated.

Hi Connie ~ Many thanks.  I have to admit, I love adding new photos to my portfolio (or should I say, I love it when my web guy does that for me!!)

Hi Birgit ~ it IS a shame and hopefully now the news will be more cheery!!

Hi Barbara ~ We're keeping our fingers crossed .... update to follow .... thank you!

Oct 04, 2010 01:16 AM #34
Rainmaker
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Wendy Hodges
Re/Max Southern Shores - Myrtle Beach, SC
Davis & Hodges

That looks great. Now Ii am thinking of all my listings that need staging. I need to find a home stager in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Oct 04, 2010 07:44 AM #35
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"

Hi Wendy ~ I hope that you'll look for a home stager in your area!  You can find one right here on A/R -- or you can check this website:  www.resa-usa.org (this is the trade association for professonal home stagers, and their section "find a home stager" will list stagers in your location).  Good luck!

Oct 04, 2010 09:36 PM #36
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pro's"

Hard to believe someone let a house linger for 4 years.  Love what you did with it, I have a feeling it won't last long in Lake Oswego.

Oct 04, 2010 11:27 PM #37
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"

Hi Cindy ~  Thanks!  I heard from the listing broker today that showings have really increased since the staging (yay) and they're expecting an offer from someone who's seen it in the past few days!

Oct 04, 2010 11:37 PM #38
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Kristine Ginsberg
Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Morris Plains, NJ
Morris County, NJ Stager

Beautiful job - not surprising the foot traffic has dramatically increase since you staged this home. It won't be long now...

Oct 05, 2010 11:03 PM #39
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"

Hi Kristine ~ Thanks for your good wishes.  4 years is a really long time, so we hope it happens soon ...

Oct 06, 2010 12:38 AM #40
Rainmaker
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Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

It is a beautiful home....sitting vacant for four years tells the story that it wasn't being shown at it's full potential. It does now!

Oct 06, 2010 03:24 PM #41
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Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Hi Maureen,  You always do a superb job and this home is no exception.  It looks beautiful.  I'm sure it will sell fast.  Thanks for sharing and keep us posted. 

Oct 06, 2010 07:36 PM #42
Rainer
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Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Hi Maureen,  You always do a superb job and this home is no exception.  It looks beautiful.  I'm sure it will sell fast.  Thanks for sharing and keep us posted. 

Oct 06, 2010 07:36 PM #43
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"

Hi Shar ~ Showing a home at its full potential includes not showing it vacant, in most cases.  Thanks for your feedback!

Hi Chrissie ~ Good to see you here -- you must have been busy lately :-)   Thanks for your very kind words.  We'll keep you posted, for sure!

Oct 07, 2010 01:01 AM #44
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Maureen,

As usual your staging and photography are exquisite!  Glad to hear that there might be an offer soon...  great for the bank and for your stats!

Oct 07, 2010 02:28 AM #45
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"

Hi Linda ~ Very nice of you to say, thank you!  Yes an offer should be forthcoming, according to my "sources"  :-)

Oct 07, 2010 02:58 AM #46
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