Chris Rosendale, Maryland Realtor (CR REALTY)

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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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I've never used an app, in fact, I didn't even know there was one! I have my photographer take the shots and then I send them to the virtual staging company to do their magic!

Jan 15, 2019 09:16 PM
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Whatever works in your market place, use it. Even if everyone in their market says it is a waste of time, too expensive or a time suck. Often those that have an opinion on it, don't use it and don't realize the potential. If anything works, it catches on in time or goes the way of the hoola hoop. Try it, you might like it and report back what you get for the good, bad and the ugly results so we all benefit. 

Jan 16, 2019 03:41 AM
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Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
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I have tried it and it looks good.  Staged house sell best but virtual works as well.

Jan 16, 2019 03:17 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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I do not use it. And as far as I see in MLS it is not popular in my area.

Jan 15, 2019 11:25 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
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Never used one of these for a listing, but have used one for planning one of my offices a few years ago.

Jan 15, 2019 10:10 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It a great idea. As long as the description includes the words 'house is currently unfurnished" or words to the effect of 'simulation.'

I don't get my knickers in a bind since this is simply another manifestation of misrepresentation gone amuck. As long as brokers allow agents to hire Zdevil to be their surrogate, let the games begin.

Jan 16, 2019 05:04 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I like the concept as people have very poor imaginations. But with all the restrictions we've had in our mls on virtual staging I've not done it... but I am ready to revisit the subject this year. I have used a service to touch up photos where needed.

Jan 16, 2019 03:59 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I have never used a virtual staging, to me, it looks fake

Jan 16, 2019 08:11 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

1) I don't like it.

2) Don't use it.

3) Good luck Chris Rosendale 

Jan 16, 2019 06:31 AM
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Maria Sapio
Keller Williams of Central PA - Carlisle, PA
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I have never used virtual staging - per MLS restrictions.

Jan 16, 2019 04:56 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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Not a fan.

Jan 16, 2019 04:27 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Neer used the app or program. They were not in use before I retired from taking listings.

Jan 16, 2019 04:06 AM
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Sally Lawrence
Advantage Real Estate - Tehachapi, CA
Broker, CHS, e-Pro, SFR, REALTOR®

I have used it a few times.  I find it useful to show furniture placement ideas for houses that could be difficult to imagine like A-Frames or Domes. Typically I will show the vacant room photo followed by a virtual staged photo to make the point.

Love to know what app you're using @Chris Rosendale

Jan 16, 2019 10:51 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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It depends on your marketplace

Jan 16, 2019 10:34 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I do not use virtual staging or an app for that. Like Debe Maxwell, CRS I did not know apps exist for that. 

Jan 16, 2019 09:21 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I have not used virtual staging.

Jan 16, 2019 08:32 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I leave that to the listing agent, so my answer is I don't know what they use....

Jan 16, 2019 07:45 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Use crystal clear photos to show true representation of the home. 

Highly discouraged. People go an empty home finding out the fotos are unreal start complaining. There has been some lawsuit and lot of complaints to Associations....

Jan 16, 2019 07:02 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

If it's working then don't change it.

Jan 16, 2019 06:19 AM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I prefer real or vacant. I did check into virtual staging once, but it seemed too expensive. Also, it's another disclosure, and after asking sellers if they were interested in me using virtal staging, most didn't like the idea. Having photos of the furnished home at the house was ok though.

Jan 16, 2019 06:18 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

I think it's a good thing so far. Haven't really asked a buyer what they thought. I think that you should mention it or show staged then unstaged room.

In my MLS we must state it but I bet some $$ that it never shows to 3rd party sites.

Jan 16, 2019 05:52 AM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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not used it.

Jan 16, 2019 05:18 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
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In my area anyway, the public hates it. It is misleading as most do not get across that the actual condition is not what you are seeing when virtually staged and it leads t a let down

Jan 16, 2019 04:36 AM
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Chris Rosendale
CR REALTY - Centreville, MD
Maryland Realtor

So I checked today with MLS that we use. They said absolutely this is allowed. I think some may have miss understood what I mean by virtual staging. We take a picture of a room with no furniture. We put in the dimensions of the room and then add rugs, furniture, curtains and artwork. All items that would be considered personal property. No changes to the room condition, color or nothing added like a fireplace, built ins, windows, etc. So it is the actual room. No different than if the room had furniture in it when pictures were taken and then the seller moved all furniture out. Really its so buyers can Invison the set up of a empty room. Misleading should not be a factor.

Jan 16, 2019 04:13 PM
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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
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Have never done virtual staging. Looks like I have something new to learn about. What is the app you use?

Jan 16, 2019 12:35 PM
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Vikas Wadhwa
Urban Living Properties - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Agent Servicing Chicago

Virtual staging is starting to become more common in the Chicago market which we operate in.  I'd say ~5-10% of listings in the city you'll see photos virtually staged.  Our MLS system has us check a box when uploading photos that say if photos maybe virtually staged. 

We have used and tried many different virtual staging services, so far our favorite has been https://www.roomhance.com in terms of cost / quality.  One of the things I have realized when trying many of the services is some services are more realistic than others which look more animated.  

And, I agree with the other commenters that it's a good / cost effective way to attract more eyeballs and get more showings for listings as long as it is noted online that the photos are virtually staged.

Feb 13, 2019 12:40 PM
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I don't do it.

Jan 21, 2019 07:35 PM
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Great answers are here.  

Jan 21, 2019 07:14 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

I have never virtually staged a property.

Jan 19, 2019 05:59 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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My clients have been upset at times wen they show up with out the furnature and how it looks in reality

Jan 18, 2019 07:55 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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What is that app?

Jan 16, 2019 07:41 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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I haven't used it and so far prefer live staging but interested in what people have to say and what they have used. I don't see much of it in out MLS.

Jan 16, 2019 06:05 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

We do not use virtual staging. We own our own staging company. We do REAL staging.

Buyers who see photos with virtual staging then visit a vacant house and have to use their memories or their imaginations to "see" what the house might look like with furniture. Good luck with that!

Jan 16, 2019 04:36 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Not really a fan, but to each their own. I think when a buyer actually tours a home and it's not what they saw online for any reason, you have to overcome a degree of disappointment.  

Jan 16, 2019 03:50 PM
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
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Chris I'm not a fan of virtual staging as we have staged home for at least 2 years or more. I tried it a few times several years back but it just wasn't for our type of business. I very well may work for other models thou - good luck!

Jan 16, 2019 02:54 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

So long as the unstaged picutres are included, I don't see it as false advertising.

Jan 16, 2019 02:16 PM