I am so upset that I had to put my hat back on!
Do you know people who BAIT conversations with wrong information or incomplete sentences? I HATE that and I hate this survey that everyone is talking about for similar reasons. Anyone who 'Google alerts' home staging or home stagers has read it.
- Home Buyer Beware - Staging on the Rise - Industry Report on Buyer's View of Home Staging Released
- How not to get tricked by Staging - and potentially save $5,645 when you buy your home so eloquently covered by our own Cindy Lin.
Based on the results they have gathered, I am trying to imagine the questions they asked, aren't you? With all the real estate agents out there, why are they satisfied with the answers of so few? What kind of question would get this answer: “When we surveyed our brokers and agents, 82% of the respondents stated that buyers were likely to get distracted from important issues when viewing a staged home. WHAT important issues could they be talking about?
Let's see, the questions had to go something like this...
- Would you be able to tell if there was violence in a home if large pictures were hung over gapping holes in the wall by a home stager? Don't the authors of this survey know that professional stagers prepare a to-do list for sellers and at the top of that list would be REPAIR HOLES IN WALLS! Stagers would never cover holes but the home sellers might.
- If the kitchen were clean and decorated, would you know that the dishwasher was unusable? Getting our clients to follow through on their to do lists and maintenance lists tell them to keep their kitchens clean. It is the listing agents responsibility to inform potential buyers about the dishwasher. As a matter of fact, a good stager would recommend the dishwasher be in working condition.
- You walk into a home that is staged and you see the high ceilings and beautiful crown moldings instead of the fact there isn't a fireplace in the living room? SO? Better than buyers asking themselves what the room is used for...living room or dining room. Stagers identify spaces for their purpose or function removing any doubt. Is this the TRICK they are talking about?
- You open closet doors only to find real space and fresh smells instead of how many coats can you cram in there? Do you think that is lying to your buyers?
- Would your clients feel deceived by a home that is staged or would they rather hold their noses and step over last weeks pizza?
I could just go on and on but maybe you would like to add what questions you think was in that survey. I for one would like to see this survey!!!
THEN...these fictitious real estate professionals went on to say that "The purpose of staging is to draw attention to the decorating and away from the actual structure". Can we get their name please! This whole article is full of lies and deception and to what end? The buyer's agent is a hero and coming to the rescue of unsuspecting buyers? Are they trying to convey "We love you and we will protect you from these perpetrators" kind of image? OH PLEASE!
What are they suggesting a buyer's agent do...reject any homes in the MLS that look good? When calling for an appointment be sure and ask the seller's agent if the home has been staged? Accidentally walk into a home and if it is clean, organized, and presented to your buyers a merchandise, turn around quickly and run back to your car?
I will add, however, that in the beginning, staging students who caught the wave of the sellers market, did experience heightened excitement over price increases to their staged properties, and their clients profited from their staging investments, but in the buyer's market a staged home helps the seller get their asking price. Beauty is just better than ugly any day of the week.
I commented on the Home Buyer Beware post and it probably won't be published. As in my title of this post, it takes a lot for me to shift from supportive to defending a position. The release of this survey has done just that and I hope that those that read the survey results can see through it. If they can't, then I hope they stumble upon our posts.
I suggest that stagers unite and reach out to buyer's agents to make sure they are not buying into this negative spin on a positive movement that benefits everyone. I am requesting a copy of the survey and if we all request it, maybe we will get it.