MICHELE WRIGHT, REALTOR- GRI-SRS-CBR (Better Homes and Gardens, Masiello Group)

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Kat Palmiotti
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Did you finish the question? I'm not sure what costs $18K...

Staging the home should help it sell faster and for more money. I'm thinking a stager should come take a look before all the furniture is gone. Some of it might be needed for the staging process.

Aug 14, 2017 03:43 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Not sure what the last sentence means. You don't need to stage every single room in a vacant house. But I'm assuming half a million is a pretty big price tag in your area, so staging might just need doing.

Aug 14, 2017 03:52 AM
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Dan Capra
LAER Realty Partners - Lowell, MA
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Any chance I have to stage a property I do. The home sells faster and it will sell for more than what it would if it wasn't staged.

Aug 14, 2017 04:06 AM
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Jay McHugh
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Indeed to Stage......today's professional stages are worth their time and service ... 

Aug 14, 2017 03:40 AM
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Who would pay for the staging?  Otherwise contact Kathy Streib. she'll fill you in if it would be worth it.

Aug 14, 2017 02:46 AM
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Bob Crane
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Have the stager do the staging with some of the existing furniture, and have the sellers pay for it, this will allow them to have more skin in the game and encourage them to leave some Good furniture behind for the staging.

Aug 14, 2017 10:41 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
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Why not stage it?

Aug 14, 2017 10:32 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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we use virtual staging for vacant homes.... works well for us....

Aug 14, 2017 09:32 AM
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
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First explain that $18 K. For staging? Crazy.

Aug 14, 2017 08:57 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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Staging will help in a home like this. They have a big investment and should be willing to help it bring the highest dollar.

Aug 14, 2017 08:43 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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It's the seller's expense on staging and if the home needs it, I'd do it. I stage as often as I can here. I work a deal where the seller pays the first 60 days and I pay for month 3 if not sold, as long as I'm priced right. If they won't price it right, I don't offer to cover month 3. Most of my listings sell in 30 days or less so for example last year, I only had to cover one listing on month 3. But, you can strike any creative deal that makes sense to your commission and market.

Aug 14, 2017 07:31 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Always better to stage.

Aug 14, 2017 06:02 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
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Can you be more clear with what the question is?  What costs $18K?  

Aug 14, 2017 05:34 AM
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
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Why are you letting the sellers take the 'staging' out of the home? aka their furniture?

Aug 14, 2017 05:23 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
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Kat Palmiotti 's words of wisdom

Aug 14, 2017 05:14 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
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  $18K for staging?   No.

Aug 14, 2017 05:14 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Kat Palmiotti nailed this one!

Aug 14, 2017 05:09 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Why do the seller's want to empty the home befroe it is sold or before seeking the advice of a qualified stager?

Aug 14, 2017 05:05 AM
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
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Did you mean to say "emptying the HOUSE of $18K  WORTH of furniture"?

If so I would stage it but you don't need to replicate the same value just make it look like a family lives there.

Aug 14, 2017 05:03 AM
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Praful Thakkar
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MICHELE WRIGHT - if one can afford to - please do stage!

Aug 14, 2017 09:54 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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I'd say Kat Palmiotti has the right answer for you.

Aug 14, 2017 06:43 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I agree with Kat Palmiotti - if vacant, it's a necessity!

Aug 14, 2017 06:15 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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For 500k house the 18k staging seems to be a stretch. But if your clients already made decision and willing to pay, why you try to interfere with your advice? 

What I would do, to offer they to collect few staging bids. 

Aug 14, 2017 10:41 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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What is the standard of practice in your area? If most homes are staged then the answer is YES.  If homes typically sell without being staged then you may likely get a sale at a good price without staging. Only you know your local market.

Aug 14, 2017 07:43 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Michele,

I have no idea what you mean with that last sentence.  Staging a home gives you an edge when it comes to selling. A

Aug 14, 2017 07:06 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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As Nina Hollander wrote and also, Kat Palmiotti !

Aug 14, 2017 06:33 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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It certainly shouldn't cost $18,000 to stage a home! Rent the furniture and stage the main areas. It shouldn't cost too much to rent for a few months while you market it. The rental company will deliver and pick up so it's not very work intensive.

Aug 14, 2017 06:31 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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It is always better to have a vacant home properly statged. Sometimes the seller can not afford or just says no to paying for it and then the home should be clean, painted and free of needing work as anything damaged, sticks out more in a vacant home. 

Aug 14, 2017 06:22 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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Depends on your market. Meanwhile, take some pictures now for use later

Aug 14, 2017 06:19 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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MICHELE WRIGHT If they are selling their furniture, you should probably stage.

Aug 14, 2017 06:04 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your local market conditions will determine the needs.

Aug 14, 2017 04:57 AM
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
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Every listing should be prepared for the buyer's EYES

Aug 14, 2017 04:55 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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I'm with Kat, you need more clarity.

Aug 14, 2017 04:45 AM
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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

I have found a vacant home is more difficult to sell.  Find a stager who will do the major rooms - living room or great room and the master bedroom.

Aug 16, 2017 10:15 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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I would stage for sure, will sell faster in my opinion.

 

Aug 16, 2017 08:22 AM
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Gita Bantwal
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Yels

Aug 15, 2017 03:01 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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If you are asking if you should stage, you need to do something

Aug 14, 2017 06:31 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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It's more of a question of "are the rooms hard to understand their purpose?"  I wouldn't bother with it if the rooms are obvious.

Aug 14, 2017 04:20 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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Staging definitely helps if sellers willing to pay for it.

Aug 14, 2017 03:47 PM