All I did was....Home Staging Success Stories

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My daugher bought her 1st house :) And only the Staged MLS photos made their "must see list"

I recently was privileged to watch my daughter Amanda go through the process of buying her first house with her fiance Chris.

They live 2 hours apart so they would sit at the computer each night, one in Barrie and one in Brantford,  looking through MLS listings and deciding together while on the phone which properties would make it onto their "must see list" for that weekend. Five seconds max on each one. If the first picture did not have the curb appeal they clicked through to the next listing. If the first picture was appealing, it was the same procedure with the interiors. Loud colours, clutter, furniture misplaced...they clicked through to the next listing. Sound familiar? We tell our clients how critical Home Staging is to attract potential buyers, but to see it in action was a real eye opener even for me. To spend that much money by looking at photos that quickly and making snap judgements on whether to put that listing on their "must see list" was fascinating to watch.

After 5 long months they found their dream home in the neighbourhood they wanted to live in and in their price range. They will be married on September 13th and wish them every happiness in their new home.

Notice the really big calculator. That's because it was a really big deal buying their first house!  :)

That is their Realtor on the left, Auntie Kim signing the final offer with them in Barrie. We wish them many years of happiness together.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         buying first house                                                                                                                                                                                          buying first home in barrie The happy couple are now married and living happily in their dream home.

Comment balloon 12 commentsMichelle Finnamore • August 11 2008 09:16PM

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Congratulations to your daughter on buying her first home and getting married!  Buying your first home is exciting and definitely a big step in life as is, without needing to say, getting married!  Best of luck!

Posted by Roger Billeci (Real Estate Investments - PropertyQwest.com) over 11 years ago

Thank you Roger. It was butterflies in the stomach time for sure. It means that my daughter really is leaving home. You plan for it from the minute they are born but when the day actually arrives it is kind of sad knowing they are leaving for good.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

So, did they buy a home that had been staged?

Posted by Rich Mielke, REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate (REMAX Results, Frederick MD) over 11 years ago

Hi Rich, yes they did buy one that had been  staged and painted in neutral tones. The house had been decluttered and the lighting fixtures had been upgraded. Lighting is one area that is neglected on many stagings, but this house had done this work and it made the house look instantly updated.

The house was only 7 years old, however, the original builder lighting fixtures had been replaced. It really is the "jewellery" in a house.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

Pass along the congratulations!  How is it possible that you have a daughter old enough to get married?

Posted by Kristina Leone (Lionheart Home Staging, LLC) over 11 years ago

Hi Kristina, Now you really are my favourite Stager in Minnesota! :)

My daughter that is getting married is 29, 30 in October and my second daughter is 25. God bless them they are the most precious things in my life.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

I love it when I take buyers into a home that has been staged and with the lighting updated from the standard builder fixtures. It is an easy and quick way to set a home apart from the competition in a subdivision.

Posted by Rich Mielke, REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate (REMAX Results, Frederick MD) over 11 years ago

Michelle, first of all congratulations to your daughter and her fiance!

I can't agree more on the importance of the light fixtures when updating a home. Second that fruit plate made me hungry.

Posted by Cynthia Bartch over 11 years ago

OH LORDY... Do I wish that your daughter could have been by my side this morning at the presentation I made to 15 doubting Realtors !!!..  A Realtor's website is indeed THE vehicle for getting a buyers "Yea" or 'Nay"... !!!!..  SO important ...

HUGE CONGRATS on your growing family !!! ,, The bride and groom sure are cuties !!!

Posted by Anne Vigneri, Serving the Mariposa California (CASA VERO Staging & Redesign) over 11 years ago

Hi Rich, lighting is the one thing everyone comments on when they are view a property.It is so important to making a property stand out from the rest. The new buyer gets to keep it, so when they leave the house they describe it to their friends and family.

So inexpensive to do, but mostly overlooked.  A missed marketing opportunity that all Realtors should have a Stager suggest to their clients. It is like wearing a "little black dress" and not putting your jewellery on. It just doesn't look finished.

HI Cynthia, Thank you for the good wishes. In our family, if you are together, you eat!

HI Anne, You know I have never thought of having my daughter be part of my Presentation via Power Point. It would definitely have impact with the Realtors. 

P.S. I think her fiance looks like a young George Clooney. They are sure to have beautiful babies. :) Thank you for the good wishes, we are very happy for them both. They saved up a deposit for two years before getting married to buy their home. Smart kids.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

Congrats on the soon-to-be wedding - he's a cutie!  Isn't it fun to see the home buying process on the other side and reinforce all of your beliefs?

Posted by Tori Lynn Wallitsch (Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC) over 11 years ago

Hi Tori Lynn, it really made a difference to my daughter when they were looking at MLS listings. If it wasn't eye candy, it didn't make it on to their must see list.

I asked her several times if she thought she was making snap judgements about the most important decision she was making for the first time. She didn't think so and they did eventually find their dream home.

Do Realtors realize how many of their listings are passed up due to this factor?

Do Realtors realize how important professional photographs are to their success and their bottom line each year?

Are Realtos willing to dismiss the Staging services that can make them and their clients more money?

Are Realtors willing to keep leaving money on the table due to not marketing their listings as a product for sale?

How much longer can Realtors decide to not even inform their clients about Staging services and LET THE CLIENT DECIDE HOW MUCH EQUITY THEY ARE WILLING TO LOSE BY NOT MARKETING THEIR PROPERTY FOR SALE.

Just wondering.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 11 years ago

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