Staging and Realtor in 1?

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc

Call me a "Brainist" but I do NOT think a great professional stager can also be a geat full time Realtor.

I know the staging associations of americas are starting to expand into 3 day crash courses to give Realtors an official "accreditation," but that doesn't mean they understand design and can stage well. Just because they can buy $100 in trinkets at Target doesn't make them a good stager.

So I'd like to start a debate.

Am I right that there are two sides of the brain? The stagers use one side, and Realtors use the other side?

I know there have gotta be a few "but I do both well" people out there, and I'ld love to hear from you (via comments).

To give you some ammo, I would consider myself a good photographer... but ask me about a color on a wall and I crumble (unless it is bright pink and obvious).

Frank

Broker FranklyRealty.com

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Hmm...great question and I agree Frank! One of the advantages of bringing in a professional staging company is that it a) takes the monkey off your back and b)makes you look better and more professional.

Saying that, I have recently aquired my brokers license for the strict purpose of doing referrals. I think understanding the values and ethics of the real estate community can only make me better at what I do: teaming with a great agent to provide the service I'm best at. Win-win all round.

I just blogged about this very subject. People are starting to understand more the merits of providing a team approach.

March 31, 2009 08:58 AM
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Tara Stone
NJ Estates and Stables
NJ Estates & Stables

I think you can be both, but it's not learned, neither is Real Estate really.. you either got or you don't.  I believe if you stick to what you do best you will thrive and be happy..wishing you much success!

October 18, 2009 04:37 PM
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Anna Dovger
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607

I am new in staging . I talked to realtor couple days ago ad she said that will recomend me to her clients. I checked her listing and at least one needs lots if staging. But guess what? no phone calls. What I want to ask : how realestate agent could be a steger if they do not see what we see? I agree with all stagers let's leave stagign for professionals. Plus the client is more receptive to the stager than to the agent in order to make changes.

October 27, 2009 10:55 AM
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Beverly Carlson
Abilene's Staging Realtor
Carlson Properties 325-721-2429

I am excited to find a topic about being both a Realtor and Stager as that describes me.   I got licensed in Dec 2004, and continued to work another job until August 2005, In Nov 2006, I staged my first house  helping another Realtor out and have been hooked every since. Being a Realtor and Home Stager fits together like a hand inside a glove.  I discovered that staging appeals to buyers and the only way to stage is to appeal to buyers.. that is if you want to sell a house,  I registered my staging business in Taylor County, Texas  as "Stage It"  staged a 3400 square feet home in January 2006, attended Barb Schwarz's ASP training in  Feb 2007 and  have been staging for others as well as my own properties ever since. I went to some refresher training in 2008 for staging and partnered for awhile with another homestager.   I got my Broker's license in 2008 and also manage rental properties for five owners which I also stage! 

I just saw where Barb Schwarz will be training in the Dallas Ft Worth Area in Feb of 2010 and I plan to be there!  The ASP training is simply the best there is.  I may have an eye for color, proportion, and balance,  but staging is a skill that can be learned and developed as well. Being a Realtor and a home stager together is my niche market.  Some Realtors go on to be appraisers or commercial or farm and ranch.  I have gone on to emphasize my home staging business.   I emphasize home staging and am glad to help other Realtors get it done.

November 09, 2009 03:52 PM
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Jessica

If you have a natural talent with a good eye than it's not work being a stager, it's fun. Keep up the good work everyone. Oh, leanne; l think those men were trying to say they like you. l think they may want to be paid :)

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