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Diana L Faulkner
Romanoff Realty - Alamo Heights, TX
Alamo Heights Homes for Sale - Concierge Service

Staged, hands down.  Some buyers are not visual.  They need to know where the furniture goes.  In the vacant scenario, I usually would advise staging only the living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom and bathroom. 

Mar 13, 2016 11:26 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi VB.  I think it really depends on the home.  The higher end and bigger homes will look better staged.

Mar 13, 2016 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
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LuxurySoCalRealty Compass San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
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Hi Staged I just wrote this blog post this morning on staging homes in San Diego.

Mar 13, 2016 05:28 AM
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DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 )
American National Bank & Trust - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia

WOW, I'm going against the grain here.   If the house has been vacant and is ENTIRELY EMPTY, I would leave it that way.   If the buyer has previously peeked in the windows and knows it was empty, are they going to think you're just "putting on a show"  by staging ?   What if the stager uses a different style from what the prospective buyer would use; could that discourage them ?   Finally, I guess it would depend on whether the seller is willing to cover the added expense.   Quality staging isn't cheap.   Sorry group, I think staging is critical to an occupied dwelling but not an EMPTY

Mar 13, 2016 12:01 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Staged, many of our stagers on Active Rain have written on the subject.  Among them are Kathy Streib , and  Sharon Tara .  There are several others, and right now names elude me.  A

Mar 13, 2016 08:38 AM
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Sarah Educate
Mount Juliet, TN
e-PRO REALTOR 'Educate To Sell Nashville'

It would depend on each room of the home.  In my opinion, some rooms appear smaller when empty and need furnitue pieces in order to show the functionality of the space.  Other rooms are best left open like a blank canvas.  STaging can be as small as rearranging major furnitue to simply adding a houseplant.  Agents who work with a staging co. can guide you through the process of making any given property desirable to a variety of different buyers while highlighting its key features.

Mar 13, 2016 08:04 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Price it to sell and all you'll need is the key to the front door!!!!

Mar 13, 2016 06:29 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Depends on what you put into them.

Jun 11, 2019 09:00 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

In our market, it doesn't matter, but usually staged.

Mar 15, 2016 11:06 AM
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Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Lightly staged, one great piece of furniture in a small room, a few in a large room and voila an open and spacious look with minimal staging.

Mar 14, 2016 06:34 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Staging is always a plus.

Mar 14, 2016 01:36 PM
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Well obviously I say STAGE IT.

If a home is empty all it's flaws stand out. Rooms appear smaller. Some rooms are hard to define. Furniture placement is in question and causes confusion. 

Very few people can visualize.  

Mar 14, 2016 01:17 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

I vote staged...

Mar 14, 2016 12:02 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Robert 'VEGAS BOB' Swetz I agree, new home builders figured this out years ago.

Mar 13, 2016 11:50 PM
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Abby Stiller
REMAX Realty Group - Cape Coral, FL
Professional Bilingual Realtor (239) 284-8637

It depends, but staged always going to look better on the buyer's eye.

Mar 13, 2016 11:22 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.  I don't believe I can recall ever seeing a professionally staged home that was cluttered.  

Mar 13, 2016 11:16 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Staged is better.

Mar 13, 2016 10:52 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

staged

Mar 13, 2016 10:44 PM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

It depends on the size and price range. Upper range homes should always be staged. Others have pros and cons. I prefer empty, but painted and clean

Mar 13, 2016 10:34 PM
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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I am going with Diana L Faulkner 's answer...most people do not have the ability to visualize and will walk right through a vacant home without really "seeing" it unless there are focal points. 

Mar 13, 2016 10:06 PM
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Peter Mohylsky. The Santa Rosa Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
THE BEACH IS OPEN

Staged is the answer from me. 

Mar 13, 2016 09:07 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Robert 'VEGAS BOB' Swetz - staging always helps home sell faster. Specially if homes are vacant...

Mar 13, 2016 04:30 PM
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

VB:) this calls for one word STAGED:)))Endre

Mar 13, 2016 02:45 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Depends upon the price range.

Mar 13, 2016 01:19 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Here goes that broken record...most sellers don't stage in my rural area. It's not something they do. Although I see the advantages of staging if the home is empty. I like the way a staged home looks and shows. 

Mar 13, 2016 01:17 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I say a little staging is a plus in most situations.

Mar 13, 2016 01:01 PM
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David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential
​Bob,

IMHO, a professionally staged house will always how better than vacant.
Mar 13, 2016 12:33 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I've recently been sold on staging.  I'm going to go with stage it well.

Mar 13, 2016 12:02 PM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Some furnishings, but not everything.  That's all part of staging is the decluttering.

Mar 13, 2016 11:06 AM
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Staged 

Mar 13, 2016 10:14 AM
Rainer
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Staged if the home is larger.  For a smaller home just a few pieces could make a better viewing.  I'm amazed at the people that don't have an imagination.

Mar 13, 2016 09:54 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Lightly staged would be best

Mar 13, 2016 09:07 AM
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Staged homes look  larger because they are unclutered. Vacant homes look smaller, and sometimes buyers can't understand which room is which. My vote is STAGED!

Mar 13, 2016 09:04 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I vote for staging.

Mar 13, 2016 08:55 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would recommend the staging. If done correctly no rooms are going to look cluttered

Mar 13, 2016 08:54 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
President, Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc

People do not have any imagination, so staging is always better than an empty home.

Mar 13, 2016 08:48 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

ASK Kathy Streib that question

Mar 13, 2016 08:35 AM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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Always

Mar 13, 2016 08:17 AM
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Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Defiantly staged.

Mar 13, 2016 08:13 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

It depends.  For example, if the property is being sold primarily for land value because it is expected that the home will be demolished and replaced with a newer home, then it may not make sense to stage it.

Mar 13, 2016 07:48 AM
Rainmaker
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Mini Staging

 

Mar 13, 2016 07:28 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Staged is the way to go.

Condos -probably not.

Mar 13, 2016 07:27 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Naked or dressed? That is what it all comes down to. If vacant, pristine clean. If staged, the eye will buy...

Mar 13, 2016 07:26 AM
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Jill Murty, Realtor - Orange County, CA
Sunset Properties, Powered by Movoto - Laguna Niguel, CA

A good compromise is to stage rooms such as the living room, dining room and master bedroom. 

Mar 13, 2016 06:11 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Clearly staged homes can sell quicker, but sometimes it's not just affordable to stage. I've sold plenty of vacant homes quickly and at top dollar.

Mar 13, 2016 06:05 AM