Sheron Cardin's Input...: Home Stagers; Where To Post And Why.

I have been an interior designer for over 27 years and I have always taught my clients the principles I used while decorating their home so they may enjoy decorating too. The home staging trend in residential real estate is a great way to reach more people every day and what I enjoy the most is they are learning the basics of good design through staging. It is my dream for every person to know the joy and pride of living in a decorated home.

Home Stagers; Where To Post And Why.

I was just reading an article from my Google alerts and it is very relevant to what we can represent here in AR. It shows what our focus should be and could be for each other as well as our viewing audience.

With the influx of new members jumping on board, it takes awhile to get oriented to all the groups here. I consider Stage it forward our main staging group and then we have specific groups for specific needs. I propose that after reading this article that we all participate in opening up our dialog with the other real estate professionals and play our part as the merchandisers in the scheme of things to come and then posting professional issues in the specific group that it is designed for.

I am going to itemize quickly the different groups for stagers:

Stage It Forward! - Founder Craig Schiller - HOME STAGERS, this is an informational and networking community that believes the Home Staging Industry will grow and mature by reaching out to and sharing with other Stagers. This one FREE site allows Home Stagers to connect and share with their colleagues and clients. Our diverse background is our strength. By respectfully sharing and helping each other, we can all grow and development so that ultimately the consumer is educated on the benefits of Home Staging and enjoy the benefits of quality service.

Home Staging - Founder Kim Hilgenberg - This group is for the individuals interested in Home Staging. Individuals would include Realtors, real estate investors, flippers, home stagers, landlords (yes, I stage my rental property too), property managers, for a start. We will exchange ideas, tips and information.

Stagers Open Forum - Founder Val Allocco - A place for Active Rain members to come together and share ideas, ask questions, voice opinions and support one another.

Staging Secrets - Founder Karen Reynolds - Welcome Creative Geniuses! Here is a place for all Stagers to share their "secrets" of Staging -- their creative ways to solve problems (gee, we have problem houses? Go figure), ask advice, get advice & have some laughs about this crazy and wonderful profession we have chosen. I am sure we all agree that we have faced our challenges and are always in need of fresh ideas. That said, lets start sharing!

Rate Your Staging Training - Founder Shell Brodnax -   This group was created so people can rate their experiences with Staging Training so others may make informative choices. Rate your training on what you actually learned and the content of the program. Rate on a 5 star rating system. 1 Star Poor to 5 Star Great

Services for Real Estate Professionals - Founder Mary French - This group is for anyone out there who provides services for real estate professionals...or any real estate professional looking for services.

Newbies - Founder Karen Hurst - A Group for all newcomers to Active Rain. Come here to get all your questions answered about how to do things. This group is open to all Active Rainer's, both old and new. Input from older AR bloggers will be sought. If you have a question, just blog it and check off the Active Rain Newbies box at the bottom of your blog.

Realtors - Founder  Allison Stewart - For Professionals to discuss marketing strategies, overcoming obstacles, successful sales techniques

The Art of Marketing You - Founder  Marty Garaughty- Getting people to visit your website is one thing, getting them to come back, to bookmark or to tell people about your website is something else. Here we'll share some easy to use(no geek speak) marketing ideas, tools, toys, widgets and goodies to connect with your visitors and to keep them coming back.

Staging Successes Founder Judy Kincaid - This is a place for home stagers and real estate agents to discuss the benefits of staging and share their success stories. Feel free to share before and after staging photos. Tell us the stories of how staging helped sell properties that had previously languished on the market. These real life examples can be used to help your clients commit to staging. (Be sure everyone that when you post your successes that you get goggled by adding Home Staging in your title and lick on "For Real Estate Professionals then Industry News!" And then for Consumers; check your localism region for local advertising.)

Redesign Renegades - Founder Joni Van Deventer - This group is dedicated to stagers/designers/redesigners/decorators to expand our talents and discover hidden talents. You may have started in this business to be a stager and go out a redesigner or vice-versa. Anyone interested in design philosophies as well as how to promote your skills so that you are fulfilled in your chosen field. It will also be a fun adventure for anyone looking for more design avenues.

Staging Crafts and Creatives Founder Jacqueline Clark - Are you crafty? Are you creative? In the staging business you definitely have to be both to save money and create "buy me" power for a home. Share you ideas and photos of recent crafts that you've made yourself and used as accessories. Remember, this is only a place for tips, ideas, and crafty inventions that you have made or we can make with our own two hands!

Website Critique Founder Cheryl Reynen - Members can show all us AR Members their website - tell us what they would like us to specifically look at and get detailed critique on what we would change or enhance. Creating a professional website is tricky for some and some here on AR are a wealth of knowledge. Bring it on - I bet at least I can help you with what ever you need information on when it comes to Web design, Development and search engine optimization to get top ranks!

Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) Founder Shell Brodnax - The Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) was formed to provide support to all professional real estate stagers in North America. RESA is the portal to the staging industry and is the source of education and business tools focusing on the needs of stagers. RESA members will have access to up to date information relative to the changing industry, marketing support services and access to continuing education providers. RESA members are able to form local chapters where needed to provide peer to peer support and to provide education to real estate agents and homeowners on the benefits of staging.

Do-It-Yourself  Founder Christine Craig - Read up on how to do it yourself projects as well as share your own experiences with them.

Staging Before and After Pictures Founder Kathy Nielson  A group designed to showcase and share with others the beautiful transformations created by the Stagers of Active Rain.

The Real World of Home Staging Founder Karen Dembsky As the business of Home Staging becomes more rampant and is rapidly sweeping across the U.S. and Canada, the inquiries from interested Newbies and Wanna Be Home Stagers are dynamically increasing as well. This site is for experienced Home Staging Professionals to share their wisdom and advice to those interested in learning more about entering into a home staging business or career. The goal is to provide and build a “Real World” understanding of the Home Staging business struggles, obstacles, ethics, competitiveness, and standards.

House Warmers Founder Julianna Hind  Welcome to House Warmers! The forum for "move-in" services for the homeowner, including Interior Designers and Decorators, Organizers and Space Planners. Here we share information and highlight these and other valuable offerings to owners of new real estate: ~ Senior Transitions ~ Household Merges ~ New Home Decorating ~ Downsizing ~ Household Organizing ~ Home Office Set-up

Vacant House Staging and New Homes Founder Val Allocco A place for Home Stagers, Realtors, and Builders to discuss anything that pertains to a Vacant House, be it newly-constructed or a ‘re-sale’. 

If you have something personal that can be directed to an individual, it is better to send an email via Active Rain than to use their post for your comments. The link to email is on the profile page of every member.  

This list should give you a good idea of what groups to join and where you should post your subject. 

Namaste

Comment balloon 55 commentsSheron Cardin • February 12 2007 09:04PM

Comments

Sheron, this is an excellent post _-with your permission, may I  send it to the new stagers as part of the welcome to AR email that they get.

 

 

Posted by Marci Toliver, Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging (438-4642) over 12 years ago
Marci - you can do with me what ever you want to do, roll it up, shake it out, spread it around...luv ya!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Hi Sheron,

Thanks for this post.  I was able to link with a couple of groups that I didn't know existed. 

 

Posted by Kimberly Uksik, Home Stager - Durham, Toronto, On. (Independent) over 12 years ago
Sheron...Wonderful and very much needed post! I have seen blogs written and posted in alot of different groups that may not be best suited there. As I check my other groups...I dislike seeing the same blogs repeated and really have nothing to do with what the group was intended for.

Thank you for guiding us along.
Posted by Teresa Meyer, Home Staging Cincinnati-OH. (Cincinnati Home Stager) over 12 years ago

Hey Sheron - I'll definitely bookmark this one. 

The founder of Marketing You is Marti Garaughty - He's a very talented artist - he does reasonably priced artwork for stagers and Realtors. You can check out his website at: http://www.garaughty.com/

Posted by Maureen Maureen over 12 years ago

Sheron,

Great idea for a post!  I actually learned some things that I was not aware of!  Thanks!

 

Posted by Val Allocco, HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island (Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island) over 12 years ago
Hey everybody...you are not alone. Every now and then I get a warning via email from the group coordinators saying "Stop posting in our group!" so that is how I learned to read the discriptions. We will get this figured out yet!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, thank you.  I was feeling a bit discombobulated in the rain, now i'm better because of you. I'll definitely bookmark it!
Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) over 12 years ago
Sheron... thank you for this post.. you have cleared up a couple of questions I had about some of the groups..
Posted by Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA (Real Estate West) over 12 years ago
I have been in the rain for 10 weeks now and haven't even scratched the surface. Isn't if fun!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
This is an excellent list, I am not a stager but it does provide a guide for me as a realtor.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 12 years ago

Sheron,

Thanks for sharing all these great links.  I'm not a stager myself, but still a greta resource for me as an agent.

Posted by John Hruska (Homes Charlotte, LLC) over 12 years ago

ahh... so that is what the groups are all about...

)*(&#Q$)(*&$

I knew I didnt know something...

Thanks again Sheron... 

Posted by Paul Silver, Rhode Island full service real estate firm over 12 years ago

Hey Sheron

this is great I have never gone into Staging Secrets, will run right over now, what a great idea!!

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 12 years ago

Thanks for putting this together!  I haven't cruised the groups lately and didn't know about a couple of these newer groups.

 

Posted by Jessica Hughes (Ambiance Staging) over 12 years ago

Sheron -- Thanks for taking the time to compose this helpful list of groups for stagers to post in.  Reading it made me realize that we need a group in which to share our staging successes....so I created one called "Staging Successes".

Posted by Judy Kincaid over 12 years ago
Judy - I added Staging Success to the list and I am happy that you thought of that...be sure everyone that when you post your successes that you get googled by adding Home Staging in your title and click on "For Real Estate Professionals then Industry News!"
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron - Thank you for adding this new group to your list and for your explanation of how to make sure to get picked up by Google....I never would have thought of that.  Thanks again!
Posted by Judy Kincaid over 12 years ago

Sheron-Thank you for your articulate and detailed explanation of what groups new members should be joining.  I've been reading Active Rain for awhile now-too often, maybe-but just joined the other day.  There is so much to learn and take advantage of from all of you, and the ever-growing list of groups  The guidance is truly appreciated.

02/17/2007 by Joan Staker 

Posted by Joan Staker (Time to Stage) over 12 years ago
Your welcome everyone...as the groups grow, I will just add them to this list if you have bookmarked it.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I have a question. This is such a great post - so do I bookmark it or ask to be notified of new comments?? help meeeeeeeee.....
Posted by Mary Seferian (DIVA DECOR DESIGN) over 12 years ago
Hi Mary, I like to be notified if I am interested in other reainers comments, otherwise, if I need the post for future reference then I bookmark it. You can do both. And thank you for your kindness.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

I am a newbie and I totally love all of your posts!  After I just posted a request for people to tell me if there was a place where stagers shared their secrets I found this post.  Thanks for sharing all of your knowledge with us!

Reece

Simplicity Home Design

Posted by Reece Mack, Owner (Simplicity Home Design, Thousand Oaks, CA) over 12 years ago
Reece - I love your name...makes me hungry for the chocolate kind...ummmm. Welcome! We love it here and you will too. Ask away!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago

Hi Sheron,

I'm new here and this information was extemely helpful in deciding which groups to join.  I appreciate your sharing!

Karen Otto, ASP Plano, TX

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 12 years ago

Sheron,

Once again thanks for so unselfishly sharing . . . this has been very helpful!

Jeannene Edwards

Posted by Jeannene Edwards (Home Staging by Interiors Defined, Inc.) over 12 years ago
Thank you for taking the time to put this together! It is an awesome tool.
Posted by Patricia Barta, Staging by Patricia, N. Virginia (Staging by Patricia) over 12 years ago
Hey ladies, I am happy to help. It can be overwhelming at first. I just had someone comment on one of my earlies posts from December...I didn't even respond to my comments back then. I had received (1) so you guys are way ahead of the game. Enjoy the rain!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I have just updated this list to include Redesign Renegades founded by Joni Van Deventer. If you are a stager/redesigner/decorator/interior designer, and have created a new group related to the marketing and merchandising of homes or just love decorating, please let me know so I can add it to the list above. Thanks
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Sheron, thanks for all the information, definitely something to be bookmarked and starred!  I was missing a few myself that I would like.  I think you just got appointed a new job of keeping us all updated :)
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 12 years ago
Hi Sheron - Thanks so much for the helpful info!!!!
Posted by Maureen Graziano (Third Eye Home Staging) over 12 years ago
Thank you Sheron for posting this list and the reasons behind each of these groups.
Posted by Sandi Gerrard, It's all about colour over 12 years ago
No problem. Glad it helps. I am still learning the ropes.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
Welcome a new group for home stagers, real estate agents, and anyone else that loves crafts. Called Staging Crafts and Creatives, this is the place to post your favorite ideas and to learn new ones.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
This is something that bears repeating for newbies.  I thought I was getting to know my way around here, but the AR world is bigger that I realized.
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 12 years ago
There are so many new stagers this week in AR that I thought I would pop this back up for review.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 12 years ago
I have just added RESA to the list and there seems to be groups relating to the staging business popping up all over so if you have started a group that is not listed, please let me know so I can update this post - take a breath - thank you!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
Announcing a new group called Do It Yourself founded by Christine Craig ASID who just joined us last week. This is just amazing and another great contribution to our Staging it Forward network. Thanks Christine! Be sure to stop my and join, contribute, share, and take what you need to grow.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
Thanks so much Sheron that really is a helpful list. I found some great group that I gotta join! :)
Posted by Christine Craig, Allied ASID & NKBA (Designology Interior Design) about 12 years ago
I just found another new group and have added Staging Before and After Pictures founded by Kathy Nielson...sounds like a great place to post and visit for ideas.
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
Great resource...Thanks
Posted by Jo Potvin, Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market (Design To Market LLC) about 12 years ago
If anyone knows of other groups related to staging please let me know so I can add them...they are popping up all over the place. Thank you
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago

 Hi Sheron... someone just let me know that you mentioned my name and the marketing group in this post.

 Sorry I didin't notice sooner(AR is such a big place), but I wanted to say "hi" and "thanks", even if I'm a  little late. Have a great weekend.

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) about 12 years ago

I don't know who to thank -- Marti, for making this pop up, or Sheron for writing it.  I found stuff I didn't know (. . . but then, I don't know much)  :o) 

Good thing is, until Alzheimer's sets in, everyday I know more than yesterday!  Thx for a great post, Sheron, and Marti, thx for bringing it alive!

Posted by Karen Dembsky, Atlanta Home Staging (Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA) about 12 years ago
Wow!  Who knew?  thanks Sherin.  It's a MUST bookmark being so big now.
Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) about 12 years ago

Hold onto to your hats because things are changing around here. As soon as things settle I will redo the list for all to use. 

Yer welcum! 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago

 Hi Karen, you're welcome but I also stumbled Sheron's excellent post by accident.

 AR has become so big we might need our own search engine to organize & find everything and... thanks again Sheron.

Posted by marti garaughty, a highly caffeinated creative type... (garaughty.com) about 12 years ago
Marti (or is it marti?) I visited your web site and your work is amazing. What technique and medium do you use?
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) about 12 years ago
I've bookmarked this Sheron.  It's a great resource. Thank you for compiling it!
Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) almost 12 years ago
Thanks Sharon -- I am interested in seeng a forum directly aimed at customers and the public, not necessarily peer feedback -- for stagers specifically -- anything like on AR?
Posted by Julianna Hind, REALTOR, 206-679-4768, Tacoma Federal Way, Auburn, Kent, WA (eXp Realty) almost 12 years ago

I have just updated this list and I can only hope I have found all the new staging related groups. With the search tool through Google, the results are vague at best so please, if I missed anyone, please just let me know.

Julianna - what a great idea! I don't know if we have such a specific group and I can't really find out via the search tool for reasons I just mentioned. If we are not aware of such a group then there probably isn't one. Are you thinking of something like Sellers Resource? Let's see what happens with that...my last post was basically written to the seller but do not know who has read it or how far it reaches into the public view. Let me know what you (or any one of us) come up with. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) almost 12 years ago
Fantastic information.  Thank You!  
Posted by Shannon Bard (Shoreline Design) almost 12 years ago

It has been awhile since the last update so if you know of any new home staging groups that are not on this list, could you please add a link and I will get it included.

Thank you. 

Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago
Sharen thank you so much. I had no idea there was this much out there or where we should post for what. This is so helpful. Plus I got to read some old blogs that were so interesting. Kym
Posted by Kym Hough, Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA (www.Staged-to-Sell ) over 11 years ago
Kym - that makes it all worthwhile. Thank you...!
Posted by Sheron Cardin, ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend! (California Moods Inc) over 11 years ago

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