Anne Corbin, Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia (Long and Foster - Lake Anna)

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Kartik Subramaniam
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Market Analysis--Educational Content, Adhi Schools

Like most real estate questions, I think "it depends" might be the best answer. Strength of market and the nature of the home are both influencing factors here. I've walked into staged homes before and thought "Now I can see it" and walked into staged homes and thought "This was a waste of money". 

Jul 01, 2016 03:47 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties



Like Cody Carmen said, it depends on the house.  Here is my experience with investors:

Used to never stage a home, were of the philosophy "let them imagine their furniture in it without distractions."  At the most, would put in some little knicknacks in the kitchen and baths to "warm it up" and maybe a picture or two.  Years ago we flipped a home, it sold a couple times since then and was listed again.  We brought the buyer to it.  During escrow it was used for an upcoming Bravo house hunting show "Yours, Mine, Ours" and was staged by a Hollywood stager.  They knew every inch of that house from flipping it, but were blown away by the staging.  It WAS a different house!  We hired that stager for a house we had listed 5 miles away that had just fallen out of escrow.  We staged the entire house and ended up reselling it two weeks later for over $50,000 more BECAUSE OF THE STAGING!!


Since then, we've noticed that people don't have the imagination they once did, thanks to all the flipping shows, and that staging has become a "must do" item.  The flippers now stage all their homes and they and I are convinced we get more money for them staged than empty.

Jul 01, 2016 09:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It really depends on the property and the local market. I've had sellers do their own with suggestions and do a fantastic job. Some homes I've listed really need very little. But if needed, we'll talk about it. Ssellers often don't want to pay for it

Jul 01, 2016 04:51 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

It depends on the market, the property, the price point.  Right now not enough inventory to worry about staging. 

Jul 01, 2016 04:55 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I rarely do, but not because I don't want to, but because my sellers don't want to take the effort.

Jul 01, 2016 04:45 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I believe every house can use a little attention to detail and staging.  

Jul 01, 2016 12:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

It depends on the situation... but I always have a stager on hand to help if necessary.

Jul 01, 2016 11:29 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

Thankfully, the majority of my clients live in showlike conditions.  I've not yet needed the services of a stager and when I visit homes that have been staged, my Buyers often comment that they don't look like homes - too clinical and sterile!

Jul 01, 2016 04:56 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Anne - If staging can improve the attractiveness of a home, we tend in that direction - our experience has been extremely positive.

Jul 01, 2016 03:48 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

We have not, since our RE markets are so strong in most cases we see multiple offers in days if not hours.

Jul 01, 2016 03:38 AM
Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i think there is NEVER a time that GOOD staging doesnt help. the question is who pays for it.

how often does a human body look better NAKED than with some clothes on it. The answer to that is like staging.

Jul 02, 2016 02:57 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

No staging in my area - condos come with standard furniture dressing and are 99% of the time cleaned up and ready for vacationers

Jul 01, 2016 10:10 PM
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

If the property is anything above a true "fixer upper" definitely do some staging. The question isn't whether to do staging but how much staging to do. Some homes don't need much, some need more.

Jul 01, 2016 07:32 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Every property needs at least partial staging. If they do not want to bring a stagger, leave a list for them to go through ( if you do not have a check list, you can print one of the AR posts, there are plenty of good ones)

Jul 01, 2016 04:38 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Case by case- usually not.

Jul 01, 2016 07:31 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Real Estate performs. When it doesn't, we need to do something about it. There are so many tools available to the pro agent. Staging be one of them

Jul 01, 2016 07:10 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It really depends.  Two clients of mine just sold a property in 5 days.  It was staged, the popcorn ceiling removed, the carpet shampooed.  Everything was pristine.  They would not show a home any other way, it is just who they are, they do not do anything halfway!  A

Jul 01, 2016 06:46 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

unless it's a fix and flip, always stage.... there's not a home that doesn't need to be staged unless it's owned by a stager!!!

Jul 01, 2016 05:52 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Anne - I think it depends on a few different things. Price point, the market, condition of the home, and the sellers themselves, are just a few things that would determine whether staging was a possibility or not.

Jul 01, 2016 05:47 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Yes, stage all the time. How do you prepare for the market otherwise. Living everyday is not showing your home up to it's best potential.

You have to plan to get the most money for your home.

Jul 01, 2016 05:38 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I just ran across an older home built in 1961. It had upgrades and was modernized to some extent. The staging was really nice but it didn't match the age of the home. The furniture looked liked it belonged in a NY studio apartment instead of a 1961 920 square foot house. So, while staging, think about what type of staging works best.

Jul 12, 2016 01:22 PM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®


I walk through the home with my sellers and discuss every room. What needs to go, what needs to be put away and so forth. All my sellers are very cooperative and there has been no need for special staging.

Jul 08, 2016 01:55 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker


Jul 02, 2016 04:27 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

If by staging you mean coming in with furniture and accessories, I would also have to depends. In some situations, I recommended doing other things (like painting, updating, repairing) before they even consider bringing in furniture.  9 out of 10 occupied homes I've seen could benefit from a consultation. 

Jul 02, 2016 01:42 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Stage if the client can.

Jul 02, 2016 01:20 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

It really depends on the house/condo. Most cases it does help.

Jul 02, 2016 01:01 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

it depends on the house.  It depends on the market.  It depends on the seller.  

Jul 02, 2016 12:51 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Staging is good for business.

Jul 01, 2016 11:13 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Always recommend it

Jul 01, 2016 10:58 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Depends on the house, the seller and its condition

Jul 01, 2016 10:51 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If you have to consider it, it is time to stage!

Jul 01, 2016 10:30 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It depends.

Jul 01, 2016 08:57 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A choice that every seller needs to decide, do they want to be at the top or the list of similar homes or save some money now in exchange for a lower sales price down the road.

Some do nothing, some do a little bit of decluttering and cleaning, others hire a stager and really make the home shine.

Jul 01, 2016 05:47 PM
Toronto, ON

It depends on the situation.

Jul 01, 2016 05:18 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Anne Corbin - and the answer lies in seller's desire to sell at best price in shortest period of time...

Jul 01, 2016 04:12 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Staging hasn't caught on in my area. Sellers don't want to pay for it. 

Jul 01, 2016 01:36 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Almost always yes.

Jul 01, 2016 12:53 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

It depends. Many homes show very well and don't need help with staging. I have seen vacant houses that looked so much better staged.

Jul 01, 2016 12:48 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

There are no stagers in our market.

Jul 01, 2016 12:34 PM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

If a property is vacant and needs staging and the customer will pay for it or if the price of the home is worth me paying for it then it happens.

Jul 01, 2016 12:29 PM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

It depends seems to be the popular answer to your question Anne Corbin 

Jul 01, 2016 12:24 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

It depends..but if you have a great stager definitely!! Not every ones home is show worthy without some help.

Jul 01, 2016 12:20 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Most of the times ... staged.  I won't if the property is distressed. 

Jul 01, 2016 11:55 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Can your client afford it

Jul 01, 2016 10:15 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Anne Corbin Staging help, but it depends on the property.

Jul 01, 2016 09:54 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

If the seller is not good at staging or it is vacant I would hire a stager.

Jul 01, 2016 09:49 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

In our area it is a no brainer. Who ever suggests it foot the bill. 

Jul 01, 2016 06:19 AM