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Hi Sandra,

I just want to take a minute to thank you personally for all the guidance and information you shared in three short days. I have to be honest, I had been on the fence about taking the class since I had already taken a staging course and have been in the business for over a year, but I am beyond thrilled that I did! This course was exactly what I needed. I only wish I had taken it sooner. Not only did the course material really resonate, especially after starting the business, but your business sense and staging knowhow was the icing on the cake. So many of my questions were answered, which is something I`ve found difficult in owning your own business. Not having the ability to do a quick temperature check with a boss or partner. This class has already helped in my business. Giving me ways to make what I do even more valuable for my clients. Already I have altered some of my selling strategies to better educate clients and agents alike and I`m excited to make some other changes in the near future.

You were a fantastic teacher and I certainly hope to stay connected with you in the future!

Thanks again!

Kara Rowell

Kara Rowell, ASP®, IAHSP®


Good Morning Sandy!

I hope you had a restful night. As you told us would happen, my mind was spinning last night. I wanted to do so many things but my brain was exhausted!

I would like to let you know how grateful I am. All the information you shared with us is priceless! Not only the content from the ASP course but your expertise in the field.

I have some credentials in my bag: Industrial Designer, Feng Shui Practitioner, Professional Organizer, and Certified Interior Designer; but there was always a missing piece. I knew what was missing, but I did not know where to learn about it. That missing piece was learning about Home Staging, how to do the business, and how to effectively market myself. Now with my brand new credential, Accredited Staging Professional, and the information and knowledge I acquired these last three days, I feel that I am ready to conquer and succeed in my career!! I know I am going to be successful.

Thank you so much to you and Barb.

With all my heart,

Luz Vega

Luz Vega, ASP®, IAHSP®


Hi Sandy,

I have attended many training courses over the years and I have to say that this ASP® course is one of the best ones I have ever taken. Sandy your teaching style is clear, direct and engaging for 3 full days straight. That is not an easy task by any means. Your energy and excitement for staging and Barb`s program is infectious. Sharing your real life experiences and some of the Do`s and Don`ts of the business with us are invaluable. I left this course with the knowledge and ALL of the tools I will need to make my own successful staging business a reality. Please thank Barb for creating and sharing her life`s work. It is one thing to develop a winning formula for success, but being willing to share it with others takes a very special person.

I hope to meet up with you again at one of the IAHSP® conventions.

Take care and thanks again,

Tina MacLennan

Tina MacLennan, ASP®, IAHSP®


Just wanted to drop you a note and tell you how much I enjoyed the staging class last week. As you know, I had only signed on for the first two days--the​​ Realtor® certification. It became apparent to me that the third day would be extremely important as I continue to develop my business model. The more information the better when you`re figuring out how to get from start-up to I`m up and running.

The class was great. Tons of great information; formal, anecdotal and hands-on. The staging on the second day was very fun. I`ll admit that when I walked into the house my first thought was `this is bad!`. But the process was fantastic. I loved working with the team, incorporating as many of our ideas as we could. And the response from the homeowner at the `reveal` was priceless. It really made me want to stage for a living.

Great experience, great instructor, great content and great energy. Thanks so much for helping me make the third day happen.

Best,

Deborah Stone

Deborah Stone, ASP®
Anaheim, CA


Hello Barb,

I just wanted to introduce myself. I am Beverly Van Fleet and I live in the Atlanta Georgia area. I thoroughly enjoyed the webinar last week and it was fantastic. Although my head is spinning and so much needs to be done to get started, I am very excited and cannot wait to get my company up and running. I have been in the Interior Design industry for around 25 years. Both in the residential and commercial sector. I am expanding to the staging business and truly think I will like it much better than design. As I learned in the ASP® Course, staging is different from interior design and more fast paced. I like that.

I enjoyed hearing about you and your success and am glad I will be associated with your organization.

Sincerely,

Beverly Van Fleet, ASP, IAHSP


Jeff Samuelson Took Barb`s course in 1985 and was light years ahead of most brokers. Took again in 2005 and my wife took it a couple of years ago.

If you haven`t taken it, sign up. You will be so glad you did!!!

Jeff Samuelson

Jeff Samuelson CRS, ASP®
Managing Broker
John L. Scott
Seattle, WA


When I started looking on the Internet to find a training program to become a Home Stager, I researched several. Once I checked out Stagedhomes.com there was no doubt in my mind that this was the one for me. That was over five years ago. As my Staging business grew over the years, I decided to get my ASPM and now am going through Certified ASP Trainer training. Who would have thought???? I know, for sure, that choosing Stagedhomes.com was a great decision for me and, I`m sure, will be for many other individuals who are looking to become Accredited Staging Professionals! Learn from the Creator of Home Staging, Barb Schwarz!

Sandy Earnhart

Sandy Earnhart, ASP®, IAHSP®, ASPM®


Dear Barb,

After our own house has been on the market I spent this past weekend Re-Staging my house based on what I learned in the ASP® class. We had 2 families come through our house and both made offers! I am very glad to have taken the ASP® course and I look forward to a very successful career in Home Staging.

Danielle Terwilliger (Chris)

Danielle Terwilliger (Chris)


Barb,

I was blown away by your 3 Day ASP Course. It was remarkable. You really care and give 110 percent. I am very grateful to you for that. I can hardly wait for the CDs. With that I won`t have to try and make sense out of my 27 pages of notes.

So thank you very, very much.

Warm regards,

Carol Marcella

Carol Marcella


Hi Barb,

This was the second ASP class for me. I took the two day class in the classroom and was disappointed that I hadn`t taken the third day. My husband suggested that I call to see if I would be allowed to somehow take the third day during another class. I really didn`t want to travel to finish the course, so I was thrilled when I heard I could attend an entire webinar conducted by YOU! I wasn`t sure if the webinar could give me the level of detail I was hoping for.

You blew me away with your motivation and detailed explanations of each process. I am SOOO happy I took the class webinar/online with you. I felt it was much more productive than a classroom setting, and your ability to engage the group hour after hour over the computer was amazing.

While I have been in real estate only 6 months this will DEFINITELY help me move forward as I work on developing my business.

Thanks for the CD`s you are sending us as well! I thought multiple times during the sessions how nice it would have been to record the session to refer back to. That was an awesome surprise!

Thanks, and God bless!

Lisa Hitchen

Lisa Hitchen


Dear Barb,

Thanks so much for an inspiring and full packed three days on your outstanding ASP® Course Webinar. I really got more than I expected.

Your aspects to depersonalizing are just outstanding. Thanks so much for your very structured, fun , energizing education and sharing your abundance of experience so openly. I hope we will meet some day - maybe in the master education!

I love your energy and inspiration. Thank you so much!

Heidrun Dorner

Heidrun Dorner


Hi Barb,

Just wanted to thank you for an amazing class.

WOW!! I`m so thrilled that I attended.

I have been waiting about 2 years to finally be able to take your class and I have to tell you that I was able to attend your class because you incorporated the webinar education.

The class education was so much more than I had anticipated which was really wonderful.

Thanks again and I look forward to meeting you in person one day!

Kim Reit

Kim Reit


Really, Barb, your passion comes through and I don`t know if you realize how special you are. The session was not only jam packed with INFORMATION, it was MOTIVATIONAL and INSPIRATIONAL as well. Thank you once again.

Warm regards,

Carol Marcella

Carol Marcella


Barb,

Thank you for the wonderful training last week.

I think I got ever so much more from your class than it purports to teach. You bring so much of what`s important internally to transfer into me and to each client - the heart, the honoring of each individual`s life worth and possessions, the selfless and gracious attitude that is necessary in all things. You were right. Everything IS staging in life, and I only hope I can be as full of kindness, humor and grace as you are. I honestly think I should jump back into my birthright higher power because what you said over the 3 days was very moving. Thank you.

Kit

Kit


Wow!

Thanks! I sing your praises everywhere, and to the other agents at my office! Best course I`ve taken

Norma Kania

Norma Kania


Dear Barb,

Thank you so much for the "congrats" about my Stagedhomes.com® feature page/SHC website. I have been on and off the staged homes website a million times tweaking and adding content to build my ASP® featured page up. I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you how much I truly enjoyed the ASP 3 day class. I had some "Ah ha" moments with much of the content. It has really helped me organize myself from a business perspective. Just like you, I had a background in interior design before my real estate career. I have always struggled with charging for my services. The creative part comes so easily but not the business side of it. I have found the take home review cds from day 3 a huge help. I just did my first power point presentation for my office at Coldwell Banker. It was a successful night with a lot of positive feedback. I have you to thank, as you so clearly take the process and break it down into manageable pieces. Your class and approach gave me the confidence to do it.

Thank you again for contacting me. It was a honor to hear from you....you put a smile on my face :).

Karen Sousa

Karen Sousa, Realtor and Accredited Staging Professional
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Hollis/Amherst office


"I really have a lot to share with the ASP`s/ASPM`s® about what has happened in the past year ever since I took your ASPM Course on Whidbey Island. Barb- it has been life changing for the positive... it has been so incredibly awesome- I have seen a lot of growth in my business, in both its structures and financially. I have personally grown so much in the past year... it was like taking your Master`s course was this diamond encrusted gold key that really helped provide me the focus I needed. I can share about how at year 6 I felt "stagnant" and seemed to get caught up in distraction. Since our Master`s course and refocusing, I have restructured my entire business and have seen the beginning of growth and stability. I am delivering solid Staging`s with very good results."

With Kindest Regards,

Kevin Htain

Kevin Htain- ASPM®, IAHSP®
LIFETIME Accredited Staging Professional Master®
Identity Home Staging


Hi Barb,

Teresa has been very busy implementing your techniques and teachings into our business through new and existing listings. Our clients have been amazed...

I highly recommend and endorse the Barb Schwarz class for ASP®, Accredited Staging Professionals®. I found myself in class for clock hours with my business partner and wife, Teresa. Teresa was more interested in obtaining the Staging skills and knowledge. However, I quickly realized how essential and important Staging is for our business. After taking classes for 15 years and enjoying the blessings and good fortune of a successful productive business, this is one of the best courses I have taken to date. Besides the great staging knowledge, we learned great new listing tools, skills, and dialog. This is truly a class for the new and well seasoned Realtor. Thank you Barb!

All the best,

Eric Culverhouse

Eric Culverhouse, ASP®, IAHSP®, Managing Broker/Realtor
THE CULVERHOUSE GROUP
Windermere Real Estate/Tri-Cities
Kennewick, WA


Good Morning Barb,

I loved the ASP® class in Bellevue, WA this past week.

You will never believe it. I had met with a seller whom 3 months ago was adamant she would not move her renter out in order to sell the home. I had previously taken a tour through the home and oh my! Clutter, clutter, clutter and the renter told me when we listed, she would do her best to have things put away. (have you heard that one before?) The reason I hadn`t been back for 3 months is that I didn’t want this listing BUT, would have been a great listing without the renter.

Yesterday Saturday 10/1/11, I met with the seller. I told her it was my responsibility in representing my clients to be honest, to get the most amount of money in the least amount of time for my clients investment.

I told her "clutter eats equity" and "buyers wont buy what they cant see." I shared the importance and value of my role as an ASP®.

Barb, I`m not kidding, the 1st call that she was going to make as I left her home yesterday was to let the tenant know that she would like the tenant out by the 1st of the year so we could list the home staged! Her next question was, how fast could I have the property staged? She was all smiles when I left!

It was amazing! Your class was worth EVERY DIME! I want to come back and see you again!

In my 7 year career, this is by far the best education I have ever invested in!

Raising my arms and singing: "aaahhhhhhhhh"

Brian C. Magee

Brian C. Magee, ASP®, IAHSP®
Realtor®


Barb,

Thank you for an incredible three days. I have not felt this inspired and excited in quite awhile. After losing my position in April due to downsizing, I had been trying to figure out what`s next. Of course, everyone kept advising me to follow my passion, which is great advise, except inside I did not believe I would be taken seriously or could generate revenue doing the things I "truly" enjoyed doing. You and the invaluable information you provided during the 3-day ASP webinar course changed all that. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction and changing my life.

Joy Pacheco, ASP®, IAHSP®
Living&LovingLife (again)


Dear Barb,

The three day intensive Webinar was time and money wisely invested! I learned so much from you and even though we were not visually connected- I certainly felt and fed off of your enthusiasm and love for Staging! The multitude of ideas on how to market yourself and your product were extremely helpful! Just knowing that there`s a support system in place whenever I need it- that`s tremendous! The Staging University and Media center - my gosh! The continuing education and support is already in place! Thank you so much!

Susie Cleek, ASP®, IAHSP®


Hi Barb,

I can`t thank you enough for sharing your expertise on Home Staging with me for three full days during the Webinar.

You are the queen of "Creative Genius". I not only benefited from your command of the home staging process,(creativley and business-wise) but also by the welcome reminder of the importance of giving "superior customer service" and being people oriented.

Many thanks for a fabulous experience. I really enjoyed getting to know you.

Until the next time.

Fond regards,

Pat Walsh Ammerman
Broker, Realtor, ABR, ASP®, IAHSP®
Northside Realty
Raleigh, NC


I recently ASP® Staged a three bedroom colonial in Bethany, CT that was 35 years old and had never been updated. We Staged every room in the home (9) and it sold in 15 days and at the full asking price. The Realtor®, Rich Walker, Century 21, was so impressed with the staging that he added $20,000 to the price he had in mind and they received the full asking price! My client, Barbara, cried when she got the good news. I love ASP® Staging stories.

Cheryl A. Fuss

Patti Stern, ASP®


My company, Stylish Staging LLC, helped a couple in Lawrence, Kansas ASP® Stage® and prepare their house for sale by changing out light fixtures, picking out paint colors for walls and front door, shopping for bed linens, as well as adding décor, art work and ASP® Staging. The house had two showings the first day on the market. From those two showings the couple was presented with two offers and accepted the offer that was above the asking price.

Trish Van Vliet

Trish Van Vliet, ASP®, IAHSP®
Lawrence, Kansas


ASP® Staging homes has helped me secure listings. Also, I have had several Realtors® who don`t really know me very well remark to me about how my listings always show so nicely. One Realtor® asked me how I was able to get the sellers to cooperate with me. In a very competitive career, I am quite honored to have other agents recognize the effort that I put into ASP® Staging my listings.

Cheryl A. Fuss

Cheryl A. Fuss, ASP®
Gateway Realty, Inc.
Lancaster, PA


My last ASP® Staged Home sold in a record 2 weeks! Even with the down market, homes that are priced properly and are ASP® Staged to show their best features will sell!

Barbara G. Allen

Barbara G. Allen, ASP®, IAHSP®
Center Stage Home Staging Services
West Windsor, NJ


I recently started ASP® Staging with a Realtor® from Keller Williams Realty. They will not list a house until it`s been ASP® Staged! Good news for me. After being Staged one listing sold in 3 weeks on the market. A Realtor® from a different agency had the listing previous for a year! The previous Realtor® came through during the open house and asked, “How did you get the homeowners to make all the changes? We made recommendations but they wouldn`t listen.” Well, they were ready to listen and become educated in the process. They have 12 more listings to be Staged. I`m confident and very excited for similar results. ASP® Home Staging works!

Robin R Millichap

Robin R Millichap ASP,IAHSP®
Home Staging Advantage
West Chester, PA


Although I did not expect it, I have to admit I was thrilled that I learned so much during my ASP® classes. Afterwards, the very first listing I took allowed me to ASP® Stage® their property and followed ALL of my newly learned direction. The property sold 10 days later and I am SOLD on ASP® Home Staging! Thank you!

Wendy Ambrose

Wendy Ambrose, ASP®
Associate Broker
Gem Real Estate
San Diego


Sellers in Madison, WI are seeing the results of good preparation and presentation. Internet presence is vital and online photographs after ASP® Staging are showing the positives of each home professionally Staged. Proof? Homes selling in days or just a few weeks when there is a 13 month inventory.

I`m definitely SOLD on ASP® HOME STAGING!

Alison Davies

Alison Davies, ASP®
Madison, WI


ASP® Home Staging is indeed the added value in my listing business!

Listing that are ASP® Staged really stand out and appeal to buyers in today`s difficult real estate market. It`s an "edge" I would not be without!

Sharon Goetz

Sharon Goetz, ASP®
Keller Williams Realty
Reston, VA


Hi Barb,

I Wanted to pass along a story about a home I listed on April 12, 2011 in Bridle Trails neighborhood of Kirkland, WA. I ran all the comps, sellers settled on a listing price, we hired Rebecca Henderson, ASPM®, IAHSP®, from Alabaster Staging to stage home since it was vacant. Had it sparkling clean. Night before we were to list home we walked through after Rebecca was done staging and I said, "we need to up the list price". The home was PERFECT. I held a broker open the very next day and had an offer by 6:30 that evening. Home is closing today:-)

ASP® STAGING HELPS SELL HOMES!!!

WE LOVE YOU AND ALL YOU HAVE DONE TO PROMOTE THIS!

Warmest regards,

Kim Lohnes

Kim Lohnes, ASP®, SRES, Broker
Coldwell Banker Bain


Having another great day... first appointment of the day signed all paperwork and handed me down payment as I walked out the door.... and the Realtor told me she would never stage!

Katy Fineman-Jones

Katy Fineman-Jones, ASPM®, IAHSP®
Columbus, OH


Hi Barb!

Many of us made our final decisions to make the investment to attend the ERA IBC Conference this year

because we were able to take your ASP® Certification class.

Warm Regards,

Tricia Williams

Tricia Williams, ASP®, IAHSP®
ERA Sunrise Realty


Whew, what a week we had during our ASPM® course. I was an ASP® that had not started my business and came with the desire of furthering my education for staging. My husband is a career military man and when he retires I plan to start my business. The ASPM® course was so good that I came home and have thoughts of starting it early and then when we move just move my business. Still thinking that decision over. The class was a full week as promised! I feel fully equipped to start my business. The class gives confidence in many areas; public speaking, cold calls, bids, consultations and of course gives you a team to lean on should you have any questions and need to call for help/thoughts/suggestions. The education you receive from Barb that`s not in the training manual was priceless. Our class was honored to get constructive suggestions from Barb. This education is priceless.

Yes, we had many hours in class and working on homework, hours well spent toward our businesses. We had nine staying in one home and would I highly recommend this to others. The atmosphere was relaxed and we had time to work on homework together. The house mates had opportunity to bond even more by spending 24 hours a day together. We had a kitchen to have that midnight snack to help you make it thru the late hours of homework.

The Club in the Country was a wonderful place to hold class. The food was wonderful and the staff was very friendly.

I would agree that it is a life changing experience. I would consider myself a fairly positive person, but I would have to agree Barb takes it to whole new level and I returned a better person by just knowing her. I am blessed to have the opportunity to not only meet Barb, but 13 others that are now part of my family.

Blessed,

LaVonda Sullivan

LaVonda Sullivan
ASP®, IAHSP®, ASPM®
Accredited Staging Professional®
International Association of Home Staging Professionals® Accredited Staging Professional Master® Treasurer of Southeastern Wisconsin IAHSP® Regional Chapter


Good Morning to ALL of my new ASPM® Family! I can`t stop thinking about the amazing time we spent together learning, laughing and rubbing our sleepy eyes! :)

Barb - thank you for a wonderful week. Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us, and for providing the training manuals that are filled with immeasurable information to help our success in the field. I am filled with emotions as I am excited about all the possibilities as well as the many tasks I have to accomplish to get my new business off to the right start.

Thank you to all of my classmates who shared helpful hints from your staging experiences. I look forward to knowing that if I am `stuck` for a creative idea, or need help in any way ... you are all just an email or phone call away!

AWESOME!!! Can life get any better!

Romy Godwin

Romy Godwin
ASP®, ASPM®, IAHSP®


Dear Barb,

Remember when you first took your first ASP® training class and were overwhelmed by the amount of information you were exposed to, you could not believe how much you learned about Staging? Well, after completing the ASPM® class I experienced all these feelings again. I have been Staging for 3 years and know that this class will move my business to the next level and on to great things. This class was just the energizer I needed, which may sound funny as sleep was the only thing that was not plentiful during this week. I came home excited to get started on my list of things to do for my business. I couldn`t wait to get started. Investing a week with Barb and my classmates has changed me in so many ways I can`t begin to describe to you. I think back with smiles, good feelings while remembering everything that took place the week I became an ASPM®. I am excited to share with my chapter and encourage everyone new or seasoned Stagers to complete this class. I would sincerely recommend the investment in this class as a must-do for anyone truly serious about Staging as a Career.

Katy Fineman-Jones

Katy Fineman-Jones
Accredited Staging Professional Master®
IAHSP® Columbus Chapter President
International Association of Home Staging Professionals® - IAHSP®
2010 IAHSP® Spirit Award Winner
My English Touch, Ltd
WWW.MyEnglishTouch.com


Dear Barb,

Thank YOU!!! Thank you for offering such an amazing course. I am so happy that I took the ASPM® course for what I have learned is life changing for me. I thank you for everything you taught. I thank you for your beautiful words, for they reflect the beauty that you are and what is inside. You inspire me in so many ways, as a business woman, as a woman, and as a human being. Thank you for all the gifts and treats and for the graduation celebration. I will cherish the memories of our week together. Thank you.

Love,

Julia Horner

Julia Horner, ASPM®


Hello Barb,

Thank you again for all that you shared and your gracious wisdom! I truly look up to you - I can still see the joy in your eyes as you mentored all of us. I am so very grateful for the entire week (and maybe even the lack of sleep :-)

I hope to see you again soon - I miss you already!

Love,

Mary Piekarski

Mary Piekarski, ASPM®, ASP®, IAHSP®


Hi Barb,

What a privilege it was for me to get to meet you and to share this week with you. As I said in my other e-mail I cherish the "life lessons" more than any business lesson, although I do appreciate them, you are truly and inspiration, someone who walks the talk, and that is rare.

You have reminded me of things that I knew but had forgotten to practice everyday. I thank You for the reminder.

I also thank you for having this class on the island. I think that it would not have been as "spiritual" for me if it was in a more business conventional setting. It was worth the flight hours.

Sending you loving light always,

Ocelia Claro

Ocelia Claro, ASPM®, ASP®, IAHSP®
New York City


Hi Barb!

Many of us made our final decisions to make the investment to attend the ERA IBC Conference this year because we were able to take your ASP® Certification class.

Warm Regards,

Tricia Williams

Tricia Williams, ASP®, IAHSP® ERA Sunrise Realty


Barb,

You are like a breath of fresh air.

I have to tell you I absolutely loved the ASP® class. I came home and the first week back we had three homes Staged. Wow, what a difference. Thank you again and again!!!

With sincere gratitude and many Blessings,

Sharlyn Thomas

Sharlyn Thomas, ASP®, IAHSP®
ERA Real Estate


Hi Barb,

When I attended your seminar on listing and selling real estate, lo those many years ago, I was working for a small broker. Great guy but no training whatsoever. I was working almost exclusively with buyers because I had not a clue about what to do with a seller. It is said when the student is ready the teacher will appear. I was ready and along came Barb. I was attending any meeting, forum or seminar I could. Funny thing is yours is one the very few I remember.

You were this powerful force. You were bold. You were confident, had a plan, and were very proud of being a Realtor®. You told us that you were never in a conversation more than 5 minutes before you uttered the words I most associate with you, "my name is Barb Schwarz, “Let me tell you how I work." Over the last 20 years I can`t tell you how often I have said those words and told people about you. You were modeling a behavior I wanted to emulate.

The 40 ducks….You had a visual you were using at the time. In retrospect it was the beginning of Home Staging for me. A seller of yours was an avid hunter and had a room in which he had 40 ducks mounted. Buyers would come in and be fascinated by these ducks and they wouldn`t notice anything else about the house. Yes, you made him take them down and you sold the house.

It is not often we get the chance to say thank you for something that happened so long ago. You have had a powerful and positive influence on my career. I don`t believe in coincidences. I believe there are circumstances that occur when God chooses to remain anonymous. I hope our paths cross again.

A grateful Realtor®,

Buzz Thomas

Buzz Thomas
Coldwell Banker King Thompson Realtors


Dear Barb,

"I as well just returned from my ERA Business Conference in Las Vegas! Barb`s course has already changed my business and MY way of thinking! The information , knowledge and now the technology at my finger tips is incredible! I have already started revising our marketing package for our listing appointments! I cannot wait to "Tell People How I Work"! Barb you are a wonderful lady with a wonderful personality. I`m so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet you and earn my ASP® certification from you!! I look forward to seeing you soon!"

Sincerely,

Mary Judy Caughman

Mary Judy Caughman, ASP®, IAHSP®
ERA Real Estate


I`ve been in the real estate business for 25 years, and over the course of those years I`ve always been interested in home staging, and often read about it, but when asked recently by one of my clients if I offered staging as part of my marketing plan, I hesitated to say yes, because I really had no idea of what it entailed. I wanted to take this course so I could offer my sellers this service in order to get their home sold quicker and for top dollar.

When I had the opportunity to attend the ASP® Staging course within an hour`s drive of my market area, I jumped on it. Not sure what to expect, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when our instructor Betty Vos, got right down to business and went over the many details of Staging a home. I found the ASP® course to be very interesting and informative. On day two, in the afternoon, we actually went to one of our classmate`s listing and Staged it! It was an unbelievable experience that I will never forget. I have taken quite a few two day designation courses, but the ASP® course tops the list, I believe it was the true hands on experience that I will always remember. It`s been my experience, that when you take a course, it is just a matter of a few days before you start to forget the content of most of what you learned, but with this course, because of the actual physical experience of being there and doing it, it stays with you much, much longer.

I`ve made some great friends and referral partners from attending the ASP® course out of my area, that I know will be a great benefit in the long term. I know there is no doubt that as an ASP®, the opportunities are endless for increasing my market share and my bottom line.

Corinne Whitehead

Corinne Whitehead, ASP®, IAHSP®
Women`s Council Of Realtors
Ocean County, NJ, Chapter President, 2011


Hi Barb!

Thank you so much for your email!

I loved the ASP® course…and Jennie Norris as instructor was great! (and I must say..she had nothing but wonderful, funny, and loving things to say about you!)

I was previewing properties again today and I must tell you…I feel like I have a new set of eyes.

Before, I would walk into homes…..and many times had a sense of wasn’t right.….but not sure what I would do to make it the way it should be for optimal marketability.

I’m pretty excited about my ASP® designation and am looking forward to being even more successful with my listings.

I will be in touch~!

Thanks again!

Suzi Gellman

Suzi Gellman, ASP®, IAHSP®
Long & Foster Realtors


My profile on the StagedHomes web site in the beginning brought me 80% of my business. It came from the Stagedhomes.com site!!! Great testimony to the work you are doing...

Lee Ann Kramer

Lee Ann Kramer, ASP®, IAHSP®
Traditions Interiors

Interior Decorating & Real Estate Staging
San Antonio, TX


Hello Barb!

I just had to tell you...

I was called to Stage® this home that has been on the market for 2 months. I ASP® Staged this house on Thursday. I just found out from a REALTOR® that the house went under contract on Friday.

One day after Staging! I`m blown away!! I`ve read multiple stories on your books about success stories like this but I can`t believe it happened to me - How great is that?

The funny thing is that this property was my first paid Staging Project!! The REALTOR® that showed it made a point to mention that it was my ASP® Staging that got it sold. STAGING TRULY WORKS!!

Carmen Wilber

Carmen Wilber, ASP®, IAHSP®
Style-Fusion-Home-Staging
Deland, FL


Barb, the ASPM® Course opportunity will accelerate an ASP`s® staging business, and allow them to achieve the highest Home Staging Designation. It is a great way to be the BEST in the Staging Industry.

Margie Gregori

Margie Gregori, ASP®, ASPM®, IAHSP®
Home Highlights
Orland Park, IL


I have been to the ASPM course twice. Worth 10 times the cost. If you want to take your Staging business to the next level you won`t want to miss this! Five 12 hour days of Barb Schwarz, the inventor of Home Staging, combined with the other stagers that attend is priceless. I am still really close friends with many, many of the ASPM`s and call on them regularly for advise and ideas.

Do you want to be the "Best of the Best"?

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson, ASP®, ASPM®, IAHSP®
Alabaster Designs
Tacoma, WA


The ASP® received by an Durham Executive Group Member has been a phenomenol resource for us over the years significantly helping us be successful. We recently ASP® Staged a home that we know will generate $40,000+ because of it.

John Durham
CEO
Durham Executive Group


Good Morning Barb,

I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you. As you probably remember I work a lot with investors and members of the Professional Association of Real Estate Investors. Recently one of the agents that I have been talking to took your ASP® for Realtors class. When she finished she was very excited about working with an ASPM® and called me the next day. I am now doing two consultations for her clients and putting together a staging proposal for her.

Thanks for continuing to be an inspiration in our field.

Happy Holidays,

Pam Christensen

Pam Christensen, ASPM®
Staging for Charisma, LLC
Shoreline, WA


Dear Barb,

It WAS a really informative IAHSP® call again this month, thank you.

Just want to praise your name and your teachings, again.

After 3 years of hard work, perseverance and dedication my business has grown over 1200% this year in 2010!!!!!!!

Because of you, your e-mails, your drive and I certainly could go on...... You have continued to inspire me even to reach such wonderful personal gratification this year, as well as financial success!!

Thank you over and over again.!!!

Enthusiastically,

Susan Martin, ASP® IAHSP®
Rhode Island
Stage It Design, Inc.


Hi Barb,

I just had to write you to tell you how much I appreciate what you do for ASPs!

I recently started working with a new Realtor that I met through a local Realtor’s organization. He had told me he was attending NARdiGras last weekend, and I told him to make sure to see you speak! Just before he left for the trip, I sent him a link that you had sent to all of us ASPs about your speaking engagement in New Orleans. So I sent him a message with the link, and said that I hope he had a chance to see you.

Well, I just got back from a meeting with him for a new listing for which I am doing a staging bid. When I walked in the home, he was standing there with a flyer about your presentation in his hand and said, “This was GREAT! WOW!” He was totally blown away by your seminar and SO impressed with you and Staged Homes! He told me how you suggested that the ASP stager should go along on listing presentations with the Realtor, and that is just what he wants me to do! He has 4 new listing presentations coming up and I am meeting him and his clients tomorrow for the first one!

You are a Gem, Barb!

Thank you!

Best Regards,

Linda Andrews
President, Southeast Wisconsin IAHSP Regional Chapter
Owner, Preferred Home Staging, LLC


Dear Barb,

Your teachings are always right on the mark. I think without having had the training we had from you, all kinds of ethical dilemmas would be a lot more difficult to deal with. ASP® Ethics make a difference. Your training on ethical standards is so important. During a walk-through of a beautiful $1.9 M house with a potential new client, the owner showed me the basement and said she`d like me to furnish it to look like the rest of the house -- with Persian carpets and fine furniture. I told her I could not do it, that it would be against my Professional Ethics and Policies. She looked at me amazed.

"What would be unethical about furnishing a basement?" she asked. I told her: The house was in a known flood plain. Furnishing it with fine items as she suggested would be saying to the potential buyer, "This house is dry."She smiled and said, "Thank you. I have a lot of respect for you. When we bought the house, the owners had it furnished the way I wanted you to do it, and naturally we thought we could have our good furniture and carpets down here too. We did -- and we lost everything in the first flood. "I told her I would accept the job only if I could Stage the basement the way I felt was appropriate -- as a children`s play area with colorful rubber mats and plastic toys and furniture."

I got the job. Staged it as I described. The house sold in two weeks! Thanks, Barb, for giving me the training and courage to stand up for what was right.

Sincerely,

Claire Flower, ASP®
Allegory Home Staging
Harrison, NY

PS The other side of the room held the laundry and two dog crates. I staged it as a wine cellar. Don`t throw anything out until we see it!!


Dear Barb,

In our ASP® Course I especially admire the emphasis you place on client relations and communication. As I embark on my career as an ASP. I can already tell that this is a community I will cherish and of which I will be very proud to be a member!

Thank you so much,

Lorin Jones, ASP®
Alexandria, VA


Dear Barb, 

Thank you so much for all the wonderful things you are doing for us. I am enjoying a huge increase in business this year and I owe it all to you.  The ball started rolling with the first client of the season finding me by going to StagedHomes.com.  The REALTOR® was so impressed with our professional ASP® accreditation.  She said meeting me after meeting two other Stagers sealed the deal.  The others were: one a decorator and the other a non-ASP stager and she said that they certainly did not meet her needs to Stage® and sell the property. 

You have given us the vehicle to make big, successful businesses. Thank you for making the difference for me as I became a Master.  The best week of my life in business-all of them over 30 years.

Love and hugs! Deb

Deborah Harshman, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP
Accredited Staging Professional Master  
Potomac, MD


Just wanted to let you know I got my second and third staging jobs through my ASP Directory listing -- both within the last 6 weeks or so!

Amy Bly

Thanks,

Amy Bly, ASP®
Great Impressions Home Staging, LLC
Bergen County, NJ


I`m so excited about this new career. I have sat through alot of classes in my 25 yrs as a former real estate broker but no where have I gotten this much bang for my buck! You guys are great! I`m a believer!

Thanks,

Barb Stuckey, ASP, IAHSP
Staged Right, LLC
Liberty, MO


Hello Barb,

I just want to take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to tell you about my experience with taking one of your classes.

I took the Real Estate Agent Class in Auburn MA, on April 6th & 7th. I have to tell you, before taking this class my thoughts were: "Take the class, obtain the certification and get nothing more." I based all of this on the fact that I have been staging houses for almost 10 years, personally and professionally. Well, I was WRONG!

The class far, the BEST class I have ever taken in my life!!!! That class taught me so much that I felt the need to share my joy and amazement. I have told so many colleagues about this class and that if it is offered again, the must take it.

You truly have one fantastic class and trust me, the whole class felt this way.

Thanks so much,

Jeffrey P. Lima, ASP, IAHSP
ResidentialProperties.com
Pawtucket, RI


Barb,

I wanted to let you know that I got the project on the 7000 sq ft house. I bid what I felt was a fair price and allotted four days for completion. The husband told me he was impressed by my presentation and others he dealt with in business should learn from this. A great presentation that followed your teaching methods helped seal the deal. This is surely a testimony to your training program.

Thanks for all your help. You are a blessing.

Anna Sember, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP
The Well Dressed House
Shokan, NY


THIS is why I stay an ASP...no other designation that I know of has as much ongoing information that constantly helps us improve our businesses...

Blessings,

Linda Lanci, ASP, IAHSP
ORDER IN THE HOUSE STAGING SERVICES, INC
Chicago, IL


I took your ASP® course 3 years ago and it really gave me the confidence to get out there and do this. 35 million dollars worth of property later and I am still LOVING this business so a sincere thanks to you Barb...you Rock!

Valerie Sagheddu, ASP® Poconos, PA


Wow- thanks so much for that idea Barb in The Stagedhomes.com blog! www.stagedhomes.com/blog

I just got called last night from the newspaper conglomerate in Rhode Island- publish about 6 newspaper in New England. They asked if they could interview me for a front page article in"Home Section" in their papers! You just never know.

I`ll keep you posted.

And thanks again for all you do :)

Enthusiastically,

Susan Martin, ASP®
Stage It Design, Inc.


I was so excited after my first staging project I just did here in Rockport. I have had several more since then (even a Staged to Live®) and continue to get calls. I have done several presentations with success. Thanks a million Barb and to all of your staff. They have been wonderful every time I have needed help.

Sincerely,



Linda Southard, ASP
First Impressions House Staging
Rockport, TX

My last Staging (vacant) was in contract in eight days after being on the market four months, not Staged.

The Realtor said "why didn`t we ASP® Stage® sooner?" ...after two price reductions????

He is SOLD on ASP Staging!!!!! I am too!

Shelly McBride

Shelly McBride, ASP®

I have had 6 bids for vacant properties in the last 4 weeks. I already got 1 of the projects and am confident that I will be getting 3 more of them. My business is growing by leaps and bounds and I agree ASP® mindset is huge! I live in a small town with 35,000 people!

Thanks,

Kim Goeltom, ASP®
Williamsburg, VA


It was just about 3 years ago when I took the ASP® Staging Course. I remember the words you said to me Jane Ann, as my teacher, that I would have a successful Staging company and I remember thinking no I am not going to pursue this business. I find my self telling this story over and over again. Well today I am the owner of Setting The Space, New England`s Largest Staging Company. I own 2 warehouses of Staging furniture, we have 10 people on our staff and Stage® daily.

I have been featured on television , radio , newspapers, and magazines. Our Staging’s are sought after by the most prestigious realtors and developers here in Massachusetts. We have been flown out of state to ASP® Stage® properties. The phone never stops ringing. It has been non stop for these "short" three years of being in business. I promote ASP where ever I go and sing the praises of Barb`s wisdom and genious in creating Staged Homes.

Lots of Love,

Blair Hamaty, ASP®
Setting The Space


It was a real pleasure to work with you and the ASP Course students to Stage the property this week. The feed back from the Nick, the REALTOR®, was nothing but positive. Nick called me to say that when the home owner arrived, he couldn’t believe it was his house and what the class accomplished. According to Nick, he was “so blown away” by what he saw that he has decided to move out and live with a relative for the next week, so he doesn’t have to disturb the great results of the Staging. He wants the house to maintain the great first impression we gave it to all potential buyers. There were already at least four showings by the time I spoke to Nick and two pending offers coming in.

Please pass on the great feedback to the ASP Course participants. They all worked hard and should be proud of what they accomplished.

Warm regards,



Alice Landa, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP

Barb,

I love being an ASP and am constantly amazed at all you do for us. Our IAHSP Chapter of ASP`s in Columbus, OH really do understand the meaning of the unity that you bring and what is brought to us by being part of the group. Our meeting on Monday we had 19 member attending of the 21 stagers in our area, this is normal. Each time someone takes the course we contact them and invite them to the meetings and get them plugged in ASAP. We also do our best to get them out on assignment as soon as we can and include them in the group. I feel our mentorship and hand holding program is embraced by everyone and we truly do what we can to help each other. Today I bounced out of bed to get ready for my Staging to Live® project. I have joined up with another ASP and together we are gaining ground in our businesses. We asked the two newest ASP`s to join us for the day. We are excited to have them there. Personally I love being able to share what I have learned. Tomorrow, I am meeting with another ASP as she has not been doing as successful as she had hoped. I am going to invest some time with her going over her marketing plan. I also mentor and talk with 3 other ASP`s around the states that I have met as convention, on a course or by referring an assignment to. Working with newer ASP`s helps me refocus my plan of action, forces me to change things and motivates me to be the best that I can be.

Thanks for EVERYTHING you do for us.

I will always be an ASP there is no doubt in my mind.

All the best to you.

Katy Fineman Jones, ASP, IAHSP
Your Accredited Staging Professional
My English Touch, Ltd


Dear Barb:

Thank You.....

I am sitting at the airport analyzing my week at the ASPM Course. I got off the plane a week ago prepared to be told what I was doing wrong and
how I should fix it. I was so wrong. Your grace, eloquence and care guided me thru a course that was simply awe inspiring. I have become
part of an elite sorority of driven, smart, kind and innovative women.

I intend to shine like the star you say I am. I am blessed to have been in your presence. You have taught me so much in a short span of time and
I know that going forward I will be a powerful, dynamic presence and I thank you for the assurance that who I am is who God meant me to be -

I promise to set New Jersey on fire for ASPM Staging!

With Love, Admiration & Respect -
Rhonda Smith, ABR, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP


Dear Barb,

It was such a joy to be with you again, I learned so much! I am so proud to be a ASPM. I believe that there is power in a name and the ASPM title has truly empowered me. This past week was one of the most inspiring and I believe life changing weeks of my life! I am so thankfully that the United States Military provided me the opportunity to take the ASPM course. Like you I miss you and the other wonderful ladies so much! I feel that we created a life long bond with one another! I look forward to all that the future has in store for myself and my business!

I would like to especially thank you for all of the words of encouragement they mean more than you know! I also look forward to the day that we all see you again! You are simply the best! Thanks again for all that you do for ASP`s, ASPM`s and IAHSP! I will be sure to make you proud of me and the way that I represent the ASPM designation! I will always uphold the integrity and the ethics of StagedHomes.com in my business! We are truly the best of the best!

I wish all of the ladies who attended the ASPM course in Atlanta this past week much success in their business and all that they do!

I will sign off by saying "I LOVE THIS BUSINESS!!!!"

Blessings,

Tia Spaulding, ASPM, ASP, IAHSP
Creative Staging Company


I want to thank you, The ASPM class with you was priceless and you are a one-of-a-kind Lady. What a caring Lady, I cannot tell you how delighted I was to learn from you. I was so overwhelmed with so much information...

Thank You!

Margaret Lawson, ASPM, ASP, IAHSP


“In the ASPM course, not only did I learn new material, but it gave me the time I needed to focus attention “on” my business, rather than working “in” it. I would recommend the ASPM course; not only for its content, but also for the marketing opportunities it provides us all.”

~~Sandy Donogh, ASPM, CRTS


"I cannot recommend the ASP Master`s course highly enough. Taking the ASP Master`s course has made a great difference to my Staging business. Training with Barb Schwarz, the Creator of Home Staging, in an ASP Masters course will change your life."

Edith Bookstein, ASPM
Recipient of the 2007 ASP Spirit Award


Dear Barb

I wanted to mention to you too that I`ve made friends with Steve Meade who is the President & CEO of Ken Meade Realty. They`re very big here in the Sun Cities and he knows you. He met you in the 80`s and took your REALTOR® course then. He invited me to give a presentation to 100 of his agents and we will be working together to help educate them about ASP Staging and how to use it. He has over 350 agents in total!

Donna R. Jamison

Donna R. Jamison ASPM®
Wild About Staging In
Surprise, AZ


Dear Barb,

11 of the recent homes I staged have gone under contract in an average of 15 days vs. the regional average of 120 days. The economy is not all doom and gloom. Houses are selling even in this market!

Quite honestly the ASP designation really sets me and my company apart from other companies in the area. Having the corporate power of stagedhomes.com behind me and the connections, services, marketing materials etc.. that I can provide as a result of my relationship really sets me above the rest. Case in point, my PowerPoint presentation –adapted from the pp presentation provided online is so professional and really gives me credibility. I came from the corporate world having been a design center manager for Ryland Homes as well as 13 years as an international sales manager. I knew if I was going to make this work and be successful that I needed the backing of the biggest and best, Stagedhomes.com, behind me.

Thanks again for everything.

Joy

PS I just wanted to share with you some exciting news. I took the ASP 3 day stager course end of September 2007 and had my first customer December 2007. This month I was just named "Baltimore’s Best" Home Stager by Baltimore Magazine (www.baltimoremag.com) Less than 2 years after providing ASP Staging services my company was chosen as the "Best of Baltimore".

Joy Waida
Owner & Principal, ASP, IAHSP
Baltimore, MD


HI Barb,

I Just sent my second referral to an out of state ASP REALTOR in 2 months.

That will more than pay for their yearly dues!!!! The Stagedhomes.com directory works!

Sincerely,

Jane Ann Lance, ASPM, IAHSP
Enhanced by Lance

Mobile, AL


Hi Barb,

I just wanted to share with you my latest success story. I ASP® Staged a new construction spec home for a builder that I have done several homes (5 to date). It was a large and for our area higher end home that had lots of showings but just not the right buyer until 2 weeks ago. The buyer not only wanted the house.... he wanted my entire staging inventory in the house! EVERYTHING!

I was conflicted because it was mostly my favorite things from my inventory, but I put a price on it. In the end it came to the point that the furniture sold the house. The builder was thankful for my co-operation and now I have a nice buffer in my checking account. As far as inventory goes, it`s all about the hunt, right?!!!

In reading over the Stagedhomes.com Blog today I saw that one of your pieces of advice was to offer to Stage a realty office for free. I have an app`t next week to do that very thing. I have been asked to offer advice on colors, furniture and accessories. I have received several Staging projects from this office so I am happy to give something back.

In this down market I am being creative in keeping my name and face in front of Realtors® and builders. I have contracted to do consultations for one agency as a part of their listing package. One builder I have put together color packages for him to use in his spec houses as well as meeting with his clients to help them pick colors for carpet, paint, counter tops, etc. Other builders are considering this as well.

Every project is a blessing and a chance to help others. People stop me all the time to say they have seen my car (with my car magnets business name and #) around town and want to talk about Staging. I have even gotten calls while in the car when someone saw me and called right then.

Please continue to keep us motivated and positive with your enthusiasm for ASP® Staging.

Thank you,

Kim Trudo, ASP®
Bella Mia Home Staging Services
New Bern, NC


Dear Barb

The Benefits of ASP® Staging! Wow! I ASP Staged 2 vacant houses that had been on the market for 4 & 5 months respectively and both got offers in one week that went to closing. Results speak for themselves!

Lee Ann Kramer, ASP, IAHSP President
San Antonio, TX


Dear Barb,

I have been so “productive” with my business that I am barely sleeping. Last week I averaged 2 to 4 hours each night. I simply had to get some sleep last night and start out refreshed today. I am investing my weekend on new marketing.

I have just been keeping up our ASPM Staging product/service with my high standards of excellence (even though the “investment” is higher) and it is paying off. I am becoming known as the higher priced stager who does the best job and gets results. I am fine with that.

One Associate Broker sent out an email blast to the other 3000 REALTORS® in his franchise singing our praises and I have got so much exposure from that. Their CEO even sent him an email asking if I had the presentation skills to speak to their group of 3000 at their convention. I have not been approached formally yet but I am hopeful.

Another REALTOR® I have teamed with this year is having a cruise on the Potomac Rive to feature me! I am so honored. This really is an example of how Staging is changing the real estate market. This REALTOR® is wooing me verses me wooing him. What a welcome relief. He has sold over 50 houses this year alone already too. I can’t tell you how excited I am. It would be so great if you and Kirk were in town and could attend.

I think about you so often. I thank God for you and the vision you shared with us. Your impact is exponential and Your ideas change people’s lives.

Yeah……I did just get asked to speak at that convention with 3000 REALTORS®! The CEO said that I could have a free tradeshow booth ($1500 normally) in lieu of a speaking fee. I get a whole hour to educate the REALTORS®. I talked all about you and gave your books out as presents and 5 of them said that they will attend the Baltimore class in December and become ASP’s. There are no ASP’s in their area so this is really great! It is sort of a rural area and they needed to see how staging can help them too. There are certain universal truths about ASP Staging that extend to every market as you know!

Barb, this is such a breakthrough for all of us. REALTORS® wooing stagers and them seeing the true reciprocal relationship of teaming with us instead of just seeing us as vendors. This trend must please you so much! I know this is what you have envisioned for all of us.

Thanks for all you have done and all that you continue to do for all of us as ASP’s and ASPM’s!

Sincerely,

Michelle Morris, ASP, ASPM, IAHSP
Accredited Staging Professional MASTER
"The 2008 Barb Schwarz Rising Star ASP Stager of the Year Award Winner"
President-Elect, DC Chapter, International Association of Home Staging Professionals


Dear Barb,

We have Staged over 100 homes through August of this year. We have worked very hard at networking, building relationships and keeping our name and "ASP® Staging" out in front of the real estate industry. We market all the time and do everything humanly possible to meet everyone`s expectations. We are busy, much busier than we anticipated. Most recently an agent said because of the high rate of foreclosures in this area it is difficult to find "a nice home", she has buyers but can`t find properties to sell them-this is where we come in! We also offer "ASP Staging to Live®" services for those wanting to stay their homes until the market rebounds. If we find a need that fits within our abilities we expand our service level to fit that need. We are constantly looking for new and better ways to serve our customers and the housing/real estate industry!

Thank you,

Carole Morgan ASP

StageRight Home Staging
Richland, MI


I promote myself by having move in ready, correctly priced, ASP staged homes. I truly do not believe that I could have had such great success as a REALTOR® without the ASP course. I had a ton of knowledge about design and decorating but Barb’s ASP course gave me the tools I needed to be a successful ASP REALTOR® in a very bad market.

Merrily Burgos, ASP® REALTOR®
Coldwell Banker Towne Realty


I told my clients the truth about what they needed to do with their homes, but I have to say with no "credentials" behind me, they didn`t put as much credence in what I was saying UNTIL I was able to say "I`m an ASP REALTOR®...certified in home staging." I explain that I am not an "interior decorator"...I don`t decorate, I STAGE, which is about taking a home and making it into a product for the marketplace. That`s what they wanted to hear! It`s become a lot easier now when I tell them it`s important that they transition their home from a place to live to a place to sell.

Carol Foht
ASP® Real Estate Agent
American Realty


I use Staging in all my listing presentations and if I don`t Stage myself, I have someone Stage for me. I provide the Staging as a value-added service for my sellers. These times have been very challenging, currently there are ONLY two basics in the market right now....PRICE AND ASP STAGING.

Karin Radzewicz
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Realtor-Executive Sales Associate
AZ/CA Associate Broker


Particularly in today`s buyer`s market, where customers have their pick of a very large inventory of homes, staging is more important than ever. It used to be a "nice to have." Now it`s a "gotta have." My listings have sold this year in about half the average days on market for my area, at nearly a full percentage point higher in sales price as a percent of list price. I attribute much of this difference to ASP Home Staging.

Wendy Tanson, Broker, REALTOR®


There are two things that sell homes; Price and Condition. The market will set the price, but only an RE ASP® can assist the seller with the proper ideas on how to stage a home for very little money. It is not about decorating rather about de-personalizing and Staging homes to prepare to be marketed. As with most things in life, presentation is everything. As Barb says, "If you cannot see it, you cannot sell it."

Brian DeMott
ASP®, REALTOR®
Don Kendrick Real Estate

ASP Staging is not decorating. It is a part of the Real Estate industry and is becoming the standard marketing tool that ASP REALTORS® and other REALTORS® use to set their properties apart from the normal ones out there. As I have been working in this industry, I have seen the difference in the quality and standards of those who are not trained at all or not trained as ASP REALTORS® or ASP Stagers and it is huge.

Trish Kim, ASPM


After hosting the Accredited Staging Professional program, we gained even more credibility with RealtySouth associates. Our associates have commented that this training would take them to "the next level of productivity, and also, "be a powerful, marketing, tool in a down market."

Rebecca B. Green, EdD
Vice President of Career Development and Training
RealtySouth Training and Business Center

Dearest Barb,

I got an email and a call from a client that lives in Switzerland and has a house here in Montgomery county. They are meeting me on July 27 th to Stage it. It is a vacant. I got another call from a couple in New Jersey. Same thing, they want to have me stage a condo here they have and it has been rented. Our market is doing well in their price range and they want to sell now. They tell me they found me on the internet and like what they see. I am proud of my work and accomplishments. I owe it all to you. You have given me confidence and drive and I love you for that.

Deb Harshman, ASPM
Staged Home Décor


Barb,

Did you know that blueberries are not blue on the inside? They are a tan-peachy color.

What does this have to do with Home Staging? Well, I recently signed up for another year of membership to Staged Homes, and I`m so glad to be a member of StagedHomes, to be an ASP and to have learned about Staging from the originator of Home Staging--that`s you!

ASPs are true-blue Stagers--all the way through!

Thanks for the work you do for ASPs.

Teri Short, ASP

Dear Barb and the entire Staged Homes staff. I want to thank you for the wonderful and extremely informative course I attended in Latham, NY. Since obtaining my Accredited Staging Professional Real Estate Agent designation I have begun to list more and more properties and staging almost half of them. I found that clients are becoming educated on the best tool REALTOR®s have to get their listings sold in a shorter amount of time and for more money, Home Staging. Home Staging is one tool that I use to set myself and my services way apart from the local competition. Now I have people calling me to list their properties because they want their listings staged. I couldn`t have done it without all of your help. Thank you Barb and the Staged Homes staff for helping me achieve greater success as a REALTOR® and Accredited Staging Professional Real Estate Agent! I will be taking the 3rd day shortly and can`t wait to see what lies ahead in my career. I can`t thank you enough.

Eric Lein
REALTOR®, ASP
CENTURY 21 Chesser Realty
Delhi, NY


Just wanted to share with you how impressed both Kim and I were with the ASP course we attended last spring. As a realtor, I only attended the two day training while my wife Kim attended all three days. It is just amazing what you walk away with from the course. And the interesting part, at least for us, is you don`t realize how much you actually learned until months later. The after support we have received from both Stagedhomes.com, and Barb, and Jennie is an absolute bonus.

Kim and I have taken the process very slow. We started our business "Stage to Sell Today" soon after completing the training. We have participated in five or six staging projects which all have been very successful. Kim is really developing a reputation for herself, she is a natural for the home staging business. She is now actively networking herself to all the realtors in the area.

Your ASP course is more then you advertise and we recommend it to all looking to get into the staging business.

Thanks for all your help.

Kim Solghan, ASP
Nick Solghan, ASP
Weichert Realtors` Northeast Group
Guilderland NY


"Thank you for the opportunity to have my listing staged. The results were amazing! The team scoured the home for about 4 hours. When they first walked in they didn`t think there would be much to do, but believe me they walked out sweating. The Sellers came home at 6:00pm and it was like an HGTV show happy ending. A real WOW!"

Steven Sims,
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Evanston Sherman, Northbrook IL`



"We thought we had cleared most of the clutter, and the house was ready to show, but after seeing the changes that were made our house looks better than ever. The staging makes many of the rooms look larger and/or more inviting than before. I can see how the staging process will make our home more appealing to potential buyers." Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Home Seller

NOTE: This house was sold to the first home shopper who viewed it after the staging process!

Thanks,

Anne Marie Schafer
Coldwell Banker
Northbrook, IL

Barb,

I Loved your class. My Real Estate business has actually improved in this market, since taking your class! I`m giving the credit of this to you.

Tracy Serwold, ASP
Windermere Real Estate
Seattle Washington

I just wanted to update you to what is happening since Joanne Callahan & I, Eric Lein, took the staging course in Albany on March 30 - April 1.

Well things are going well for us. Adding staging to our services when listing property has definitely given us the upper hand when competing against other agents. To date we have staged 4 homes and are in the middle of staging 3 others. It seems to be that we are getting 1 listing per week and staging the listing.

Thanks so much for teaching the course and we definitely want to take the 3rd day the next time it is given in Albany/Latham NY.

Again thanks and we look forward to seeing you again. And by the way...we got the owners of the house we staged to take down the Moose Antlers that we told you about...check out our staged properties on StagedHomes.com. You can search zip 13753 to find us.

Eric Lein, ASP REALTOR
Accredited Staging Professional
CENTURY 21 Chesser Realty


Wow! Great class.... Much better than I even thought it would be. This was a wonderful learning experience for me and I am thankful that i had the chance to experience the transformation of the home and the opportunity to work with some really great team members. I am happy that I stayed to see the home owners response. Thank you!

MICHAEL MENIN
Coldwell Banker,
Bellevue, WA

Working with you and Staged Homes has been absolutely wonderful. The support you promised after the actual class training far exceeds expectations. Thank you again for all your help and support.

Nick Solghan
Weichert Realtors` Northeast Group
Guilderland NY

“WOW...You are simply an amazing women! Words can not express my gratitude. Thank YOU for transfering all that knowledge in such a short time frame. I can`t wait to get going! Love. . .one of your many angels!”

Aletha Avery
Portland, OR

Dear Barb,

I learned it all from you. I attended a few of your classes in Atlanta back around 1987 or so. I even bought your video and shared it with all my clients that had a vcr. Your the best.

Thanks

Zac Pasmanick, ReMax

`My success in Real Estate is a direct result of following Barb`s systems! In a world of increased competition, economic challenges, and savvy consumers who demand transparency + authenticity, Barb`s approach is more relevant than ever. Barb is a true professional and an outstanding model for anyone who desires lasting success in Real Estate! Read this book, follow the principles and fasten your seat belt! `

Judy Moses
2007 National President
Women`s Council of Realtors

Jeanne visited my home four days after I decided to sell it out of the blue. I wasn`t planning on moving for two years but the house I am buying came up for sale and it is `me`! Jeanne has a phenomenal eye. She saw through my 28 years of clutter and her vision for transforming my house for `sale ready` was nothing short of miraculous. Jeanne staged it in one day and we had an offer 11 days later!! We close and move next week, six weeks after it being placed on the market! It is nothing short of amazing how she can take your things, add a few others and you then have a home you never knew could look like those in a magazine!! I have learned that staging is not just for selling. I want her to come to my new house and help me stage that, too! Best, Debbie

Jeanne Conroy Monaco, ASP, IAHSP
Staged to Perfection, LLC


Hi Barb,

I want to Thank You so much for a Wonderful experience at your Staged Homes Workshop this past Monday and Tuesday in Palm Desert.    You are an Awesome Teacher.     Many of your Words of Wisdom are popping into my head all the time and even have more meaning now  than when I first heard them.       It was truly a different type of Course than I`ve experienced before and one that will always stick with me.    I look forward to moving forward with my ASP!

Thanks Again.

Angela Galioto


Barb,

I have been back 2 weeks now and can’t believe the difference that the course has made for me in the way I market my business and interact with clients and REALTORS®. I truly appreciate all you taught us at the class and am so glad I went.

I made a presentation to a real estate office just a few days after I returned and got 2 projects so far from the presentation. I appreciate all the feedback and suggestions they helped immensely.

I made great friends at the course and have been in touch with some of the ladies. I have never been part of a business that is so generous in nature. You are a phenomenal example to us all.

Thanks so much,



Teresa Rojek, ASPM


Amazing Staging! OH – it’s a great – TRUE – story!!

The Staging business never ceases to amaze me! The positive results of Staging Homes for Sale still Changes Lives – For the Better!

A property, of mine, that had been Staged and on the market for 10 months (over priced) was finally reduced to reflect current market values. It sold within two weeks! I knew this! What I did not know until I spoke to the REALTOR® yesterday was that the unit sold “due to the Staging”, to quote the REALTOR®. I also knew it did not have the lowest listing price in the complex and it did not have features that the other comps did. The Buyers loved it & made the offer due to the Staging!

The news to me yesterday was that the buyers offered MORE THAN the listing price!! I am delighted to testify that over asking price offers still take place, “in this market!!” I am happy for the sellers as they had been carrying two mortgage payments for almost a year! I LOVE THIS BUSINESS!! I cannot wait to see what good things come next!!

PS The foot note is that I was hired by the homeowner, it sold under the second REALTOR® – whom I have NEVER met AND has given me two great jobs within the last two weeks because of the power of Home Staging!! Isn’t that cool?

Thank you for many things. Thank you for being you & creating Staging - it is in my being to be a Stager! The Master`s course is the best thing I have done in years.

Jan Whitlow, ASPM
Pinellas and Sarasot Counties, Florida


Hi Barb!

I had to give you a little update on my business development since completing my ASP!

What I`m finding out (which I`m sure you already KNOW), is that many people, who consider themselves "Professional Stagers", actually are NOT! Additionally, unfortunately, they are not always leaving a good impression with their work!!!

I`ve met with a few REALTORS® to introduce ASP Staging....needless to say, they were pleasantly surprised to learn that professional home Staging does not cause thousands, thousands and thousands of dollars.....is affordable and has options (like offering consultations as well!) I`ve thought of you sharing about the "wannabe" Stagers. They make things hard!!!

Also, presenting the statistics that are available on the University, the before and after photos, and discussing the "extra`s" were really impressive to the REALTORS®! (like offering a reception following the Staging, checklist for the homeowners to prepare before showing / open houses, ways to help the REALTORS®, and so much more!) It`s so funny, because I have used the Barb phrase, "...with your kind permission...." You are right! People are so blown away by the measure of kindness in that phrase, they automatically say, "yes!"

I met with a REALTOR® yesterday and he was sharing how he really respected Staging, however, with the economic crunch we are all experiencing, people just don`t want to pay for it. I listened, let him share, and then he said this , "wow, I`ve had price reductions in the 10 - 20,000`s on my properties - it`s killing me!" With that, I said "Wow, considering the investment (not cost...:) of home Staging, it`s really just a fraction of a reduction, isn`t it???" The REALTOR®`s eyes became wide....and he said "wow, you are right!". :) He is referring ALL of his listings to me for Staging! Hurray!

I thought it would bless you to hear testimony of ASP work! YOU are right - using the methods you taught, and those I am reading through and studying - it just works. You rock Barb!!! By the way, I got my FIRST consult request today!!!! Yay!!!

Stephanie Henderson, ASP


Dear Barb, "Thank You"once again for a fantastic two days of training. I appreciate the wealth of knowledge you shared and are providing to ASP`s. Your energy is contagious and inspiring! Abundance is the word I chose to describe the feeling I had today. That one word sums up what I came home with tonight. So, thank you again for sharing your philosophies, creativity, expertise in real estate and much more....It was a great pleasure pariticipating in your course. Be well....Janna Adams

Dear Barb,

You truly amaze me. The week of ASPM training exceeded my expectations.

I want to thank-you for helping us grow our businesses and for the strong support network you have created.

Fondly,

Jenny Chung

Jenny Chung, ASPM®


I listed my home yesterday afternoon at 3 p.m., showed it twice and have just received a full price offer in today’s market!! - Olga Diaz-Potter

"Dear Barb,
Your Home Staging Course is really 4 training programs rolled into one - Staging, sales, entrepreneurial attitude and behavior psychology - and presented in an entertaining show."
- Helane Royce, ASP Realtor

"Thanks very much for your message.  I do have all of my Certificates, ASP and IAHSP, as well as the apron and the Sherwin Williams card, which I have used – and picked up my paint color wheel, a wonderful tool. I also ordered THE Staging Caddy, what a joy to use.

I began using it with my Senior Move Management Business. I wheel in with that, and my very sturdy, collapsible, handled folding table from Home Depot (thanks to all of the big store marketing ideas from class), a smile and my professionalism, and my clients are immediately put at ease. They know I am organized and ready to begin. That case is the magic wand!
 
Thanks so much for your great class. It was wonderful for the skills it taught for Staging, but I do believe that the stellar strength, even beyond the career specific skills, are the business, organizational, and life skills. I found your team approach,  with the video of Barbara speaking and your presentations, to be the perfect pairing. The soul and ethics at the center of your business were immediately obvious.  

As business women and men who are entering into people’s homes and their private domains, it is vitally important that every aspect of our companies exude these qualities. There is no mistaking the strong moral center to all that you all do – as well as the passionate belief in the ability and goodness of all of the lives that you touch.
 
Thank you, for running a class where members felt valued, their questions respected, and our fears of jumping into the business world calmed. So many people said, “I wished I had taken this class as I was getting started.” Lucky me, I did! Thank you for all of the great skills you so seamlessly taught us, for the materials that you gave us and inspired us to use with such specific, reassuring directions, and for the knowledge that as ASP’s and members of IAHSP, we always have a place to turn for camaraderie and guidance.
 
Almost forgot, even with my fledgling web presence ( that I am diligently working on between clients and having just gotten my real estate license and SRES), I received a call from the ASP site from a daughter coming in from out of town to try to help her mother get her house sold. One quick phone call, with a plea to come help her. Wow!
 
Thanks so much for checking back with me.

Most sincerely,

Susan Devaney, ASP
CEO, Moving Mavens


"I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to collaborate with Sherwin Williams. It has really added an extra value to my Staging service along with saving my clients money! My Staged 4 Living client just saved $384.67.

Also, agents are more apt to call me when they FIRST get the listing before their clients start preparing their home for sale as they should! Thank you for everything!

I can`t wait to find out what you will be offering us next!

Tawni Oppenheim
Staged4Sale


"The training exceeded my expectations and I am so grateful that I found StagedHomes.com.  The ongoing resources and support available to ASPs through StagedHomes.com is even more valuable."
 - Megan Ossinger, ASP, IAHSP


Barb –

I recently attended an ASP Training Course in Portland, Oregon and wanted to write to you and thank you for creating such an amazing industry!  The training exceeded my expectations and I am so grateful that I found StagedHomes.com.   In one of your videos that we watched in class you said something like “you are in the right place at the right time” and I wholeheartedly believe that is true.  The training was amazing, and the ongoing resources and support available to ASPs through StagedHomes.com is even more valuable.  Thank you so much for everything.

My other reason for writing is to tell you something that I am certain that you are already well aware of, but I wanted to share anyway, and that is what an absolute gem you have in Jennie Norris.  I was lucky enough to have her as the Trainer of the class I attended and was so impressed with her knowledge and passion about the Staging industry and StagedHomes.com.  My mother earned her ASP accreditation last August and had extremely positive things to say about Jennie, which I completely understood the minute I met Jennie.  She is a fantastic teacher and, even more importantly, a really wonderful person.   She clearly believes in and commits herself to the mission vision of StagedHomes.com.  I am sure all of the StagedHomes Trainers are wonderful, but I wanted to let you know what a truly exceptional job Jennie does.

Thanks again and I look forward to your next coaching call – the last one was extremely helpful!

 

-Megan Ossinger, ASP, IAHSP


"I have to say that I have e-mailed SEVERAL of the support staff in the last week and each one has gotten me an answer in a very short time. This company is the greatest for assuring that each ASP is successful and I have everything needed to grow my business. I am soooo happy to have made the choice to take the ASP course and to be doing what I really love doing. Thank you to Barb and the wonderful staff you have working with you and for me!"
Kim Trudo

"In the last 9 months, I staged projects valued at a combined dollar amount of approximately $25 million...and approximately 70% of my staged homes sold within one day at or above asking. Pretty good for this market!"
-Steve Circelli

"Thanks for the heads up on (new features in the ASP Directory)! I actually hadn`t checked it in the last
couple weeks, but that is awesome news! I do know that my last 4 calls were
all Stagedhomes.com leads, so people are looking!"

Thanks again for all your hard work!

Pamela Cooke, ASP


"I feel that taking the ASPM course has been one of the best decisions I made from a professional standpoint. The Master’s course has provided that cutting edge training that I believe propelled me into a successful business. I would highly recommend the ASPM course and designation for anyone serious about having a full-time Staging career. It is a daily reminder to "Master your Dreams".

Mary DeBella, ASPM


"I just had to tell you thank you for creating such a wonderful, full-service ASP Stager course!

You have given me so much information and so manyresources that it`s almost like `follow the dots` to get your business up and running. You have done an absolutely wonderful job of putting this altogether and available to all who train with
you and become an ASP Stager or Realtor. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and know-how! I have been looking for a business like this for a long, long time.

I can`t tell you how happy I am to have discovered you through your Staging book, which led me to
Stagedhomes.com I`ll finally be able to do something I love to do and get paid for it. Thanks Barb, you`re the best!

Thanks for giving us so much information and know-how to put together a business."

- Ruth Bona


Barb,

You continue to inspire and lead a new generation of Home Staging Professionals. You always have a kind word to say and such a positive spirit. It is contagious.

You are building a legacy and you should be so proud of all YOUR accomplishments in the world of Home Staging and beyond. It really is about so much more than just getting a house ready for sale. It`s touching people`s lives daily in ways we don`t always see at first. It is an honor to be invited into another`s home.

I share your dream and your mission and I plan on seeing that staging does become an industry standard for every real estate transaction, even if takes one house at a time!

God bless you!



 - Karen Otto, ASP, IAHSP,DIRC
Home Star Staging
Real Estate Staging & Consulting


" . . . While prospecting one late afternoon in the west end community of Laurel Lakes, I called on the "For Sale By Owner" sign of an owner of a 1st floor condo. Even after I explained the benefits of working with a professional Realtor, he was confident he could sell his home himself. It was towards the end of our conversation, I introduced the SMARTMOVE program. He was still adamant about not needing my services, however, he agreed to at least take my name and phone number.

A few weeks past -- then one day, I got the phone call from him; he wanted to meet me. So, that same night, I went on my listing presentation. He was very intrigued with my approach to selling real estate (pricing + staging + unique marketing plan) he agreed to employ my services and in less than 20 days, his condo was SOLD! [MLS#2722787]

I`m writing this letter to give thanks to a few VERY important people in my
life and real estate career:

First, a special thanks goes to Mr. Gragnani, my managing broker at the Innsbrook sales office. It is your hours of coaching and direction that enable me to deliver the results, my client(s) so desperately seek.

Second, I would like to thank Barb Schwarz, the Creator of Home Staging, after receiving my Accredited Staging Professional designation from your training program (based solely on your principles and years of hands-on experience) my creativity to shaping a home to appeal to the home buyer(s) mass, knows no end!

Also, a very special thanks goes to the SMARTMOVE program for giving me thetool to break down part of my seller`s resistance to realtor representation.

Because of ya`ll (coupled with my desire to achieve total customer satisfaction) I was able to help someone who thought he did not need my help.

I love this business!"

 - Lisa Klutz
REALTOR, ASP, GRI
Glen Allen, VA



"Here it is five months since the ASPM Course on Whidby Island. What a week it was. One of the biggest ways my business has benefitted from the course is I have increased my furniture rental fees. After itemizing all the inventory going into a house and adding it all up as one of our assignments it really helped me to see how I was undercharging for my furniture and accessories rentals.

Furthermore, the time spendt with other ASPM`s and talking about their businesses and how they run them has helped me to streamline a few processes of my own. Networking with the other ASPM`s has brought me a referral.

The class with Barb was phenomenal. I truly feel that any time spent with her is a great investment in yourself and your business. She really showed us how we were leaving money on the table by not presenting our consultations and proposals in person.

Thr taped Realtor Office Presentation helped me to refine my presentation. Watching the others presentations gave me new ideas for mine in the future. If you have not been to the Master`s Course you are missing out on the opportunity of a lifetime. I have been twice and can not wait to go again. Friendships that last a lifetime, great food, incredible networking. So much information.... Do you want to be the Best of the Best??"

Rebecca Henderson, ASPM
Alabaster Designs
Sophisticated Spaces


"I have been creative since I was a little girl. I always felt so much inner peace expressing it. However, growing up I was looked upon as being a dreamer and never finishing anything.

All of these years I have been searching for an outlet for my creativity, and it guided me to you.

I want to thank you for following your dream and sharing it with us all. Because you followed your soul and created the Staging business, I now feel that I can put a home to my life purpose and I am finally at peace."

Kristen Koniecjha

"Just wanted to let you know I just got my first "official" job staging job a 1.7 Million dollar home! I got the lead from the StagedHomes.com web site!

This home had been on the market for one year so after I Stage it and it sells (which I know it will), the Staging will be the obvious reason! This is an exclusive area and there are 134 active listings in this development all priced from 1.5 million up!

So there is great potential for more business! I can`t wait for you to see the before and after pictures, since you were my first instructor, you should get part of the credit!!!

Thanks for being there, and for StagedHomes, I am so excited! It`s feels so right and I know it will just get better and better!"

-Teresa Woodward, ASP, Panama City, FL

"Staging and Organizing go hand-in-hand. With my ASP designation, I can help my clients through all aspects of getting organized - from clearing the clutter to "Staging to live"."

-Leah Stahlsmith

"As a professional organizer, I have benefited greatly from the business support and marketing opportunities offered to me by being an ASP (Accredited Staging Professional). Home Organization and Home Staging are completely related and symbiotic careers.

Together, I have found both memberships and associations give my company an additional level of credibility and expertise not offered by NAPO or ASP alone.

Together they are quite powerful. I e ncourage any professional organizer who also loves design to consider offering this level of service to their clients!"

-Darla Rowley; ASP; Owner, IMPACT! Interior Design Solutions; Member, Great Lakes Regional IAHSP Chapter (GLRIC)

"Barb,

I got a Staging job today thanks to the StagedHomes website! My new client had read an article in USAA magazine (a military mag) about selling homes and they mentioned Staging. She went to the StagedHomes website and found me here in this little desert town of Yuma, Ariz.

That`s proof again that the StagedHomes website is working well for ASPs!

Thanks for all you do Barb!!"

-Teri Short, ASP

"I recently attended your 3 day course, OH MY GOSH!! I am so excited. What an exhilarating ride. I plan to be open for business May 1. Your tapes, DVDs and manual are becoming one with my mind. I can`t thank you enough for all the advice, tools, business plan, career book, Marketing plan, etc.

Watch for me on the site, I plan to create good things within Gods will."

-Sheila

"Order in the House was a key ingredient to the immediate success in the sale of my home and they have assisted me in "getting the job done" for many of my clients! The proof is in the fact that after you Staged my home, it sold to the first person on the first day of the listing - for a record neighborhood sale."

-Marsha Ulbrich

"Florida, in Chicago?

The subject home was an architectural delight located on a wooded lot by a river. It had been lingering on the market for 9 months. With leaded glass doors, quarry tile floors, and multiple level decks overlooking the water, the owner was puzzled about why the house had not sold.

The wise owner took the house off the market and sought the services of an ASP stager - me. As I toured the home, I was quickly able to see that a potential buyer might have difficulty envisioning living there. Although the house was located in suburban Chicago, the interior had a distinctly tropical feel, and didn`t have enough furniture to give a buyer a sense of permanence.

By bringing in wicker and other light furniture, along with appropriate accessories, the house was transformed into a beautiful, relaxing, livable space. The best change of all was for the homeowner -- the home sold THE DAY IT WAS RE-LISTED after I staged it appropriate to its style! Staging Works!"

-Barb Gross

"I wanted to take a minute and say thank you for the incredible job that you did in presenting and educating us on all of the aspects of Home Staging. The insight you gave us, the personalization of the material with real life situations, and that Southern charm that you added to each subject did the trick and was truly inspirational. I left the class with a level of enthusiasm, passion, drive and focus that I haven`t felt for years.

Spending over 34 years in a Corporate environm ent had started to harden me to the belief that in order to be successful, one had to have youth on their side, conform to preset stereotypical behaviors and suppress the "creative genius" that was lurking inside. With all of that said... you have opened my eyes. I am confident that I will be very successful in my endeavors as a stager. I have no doubt.

I have always had a passion to pursue this field, but I have you and Barb to thank for kindling and fueling that passion. I really feel blessed to have been part of your class. It feels like it was just meant to be... karma or fate I guess.

So Jane Ann, thank you so much for all that you did. It was so appreciated. Oprah Winfrey once said that the very, very basic need that each human being possessed was to feel that they "mattered" in this world. Thank you for making me confident that I DO matter... after all, without me, the world would be short a "creative genius!" Please give my very best to Bob. He too was a very special part of the class as well. It was great to have some additional testosterone in that sea of feminine charm!

-Jim Volk

"It`s me... Sherri Halvorsen... and for some reason I have had you on my mind and felt I had to write you! How`s the nose doing? Your picture always looks great on the StagedHomes.com site! Can`t even tell... (lol)

Barb, my business has been doing phenomenal! I can`t even begin to tell you. I set my goals in the first weeks after taking the class and have stuck to my plan and everything has fallen into place now, just about 6 mos. later! My stomach is in constant flip-flops and I LOVE IT! Lots of hard work, 24/7 is now paying off! Not letting up though, still plowing forward but I am seeing all my efforts.

Just registered for Convention & the Ball and I CAN`T WAIT!

I have to share with you a great idea I am using for my presentations. I think I told you last I wrote I had like 14 presentations scheduled. Well, had to postpone some because of staging jobs but have done 4 of them so far and have had great results and feedback AND CALLS!

A lot of mine have been lunch presentations and some breakfast. Instead of bringing bagels, I have been bringing in 2 cakes, 9 x 13. One is plain, chocolate right out of the oven, not decorated, blah. The other is decorated to the hilt with Staged to Perfection on it, my company logo, all the bells and whistles on it. To make a point about Staging to the Realtors, I bring out the plain cake and say,"how many of you would buy this cake and pay full price for it at the bakery", they all look at me like I am nuts! Then I pull out the "Staged" cake and say "although Staging is not decorating, how many of you would pay full price at the bakery for this cake" and they all ooooh and ahhhh over the beautiful cake and say YES, they would pay full price for it! Then I leave it with them to eat all day! One Realtor even said he is going to use that same idea on his clients only using cupcakes! Another said "OK, you really made your point, is that your presentation?" They loved it....

Feel free to share this if you think it will help others. I make the plain ones at home as it save $. I get the others made at the grocery store for about $13-14.00 for 1/2 sheet.

Well, I can`t wait to meet in June Barb. I thank you for all you have done for me!"

-Sherri

"I can`t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed revisiting the class the past 3 days. They say dynamite comes in s mall packages and you are certainly living proof of that! I get so excited when I am working on a project or getting close to closing a deal on a big project like the one I got the 1st day of class that I find myself, eating, breathing and sleeping "Staging." Even my health issues can`t take away the excitement or creativity that comes with this passion. Thank you so much sweetie for all your wonderful and exciting ongoing ideas, vendors you continue to bring on board and all the sharing. I hope we can make something happen with Dr. Phil and "Operation Homefront." I also want to thank you again for your deep caring and making such a valuable change to the class about how important it is for ASP Realtors to use ASP Stagers. I truly believe that the more Realtors see the difference that ASP Stagers and ASP Realtors working together make, they will be jumping on the bandwagon.

What a warm fuzzy feeling it was to hear you tell the Realtors over and over in class how important we were to their businesses... thank you... thank you... thank you."

-Gail

"I want to thank you for the wonderful 3-day class in Chicago this week. Not only was the course about Home Staging but also about honoring and respecting our clients as they pass through another stage in their life. You are a wonderful role model and provided complete, carefully detailed turn-key materials to take our newly acquired knowledge and to begin our staging careers. Honestly, you really have thought of everything! What you have accomplished is truly amazing! I feel so blessed to have taken the class from you. Thank you for who you are (your teaching skills, your sense of humor and your passion), what you have accomplished and your attitude about sharing your knowledge."

-Sharyn Meagher, ASID Allied Member, ASP

"We wanted to share with you and other ASP`s how excited my daughter and I are about this business.

I recently got a call from a real estate agent friend of mine who wanted to use our Staging services for a house she had on the market since the beginning of December 2006, with absolutely NO activity.

We Staged the property for her on March 1, 2007 using small vignettes around the house, and it sold in just 4 days!

We were so happy to see that through our creativity and the specialized ASP training, our business is well underway and this will be a great example for us to use when marketing our business.

We will be attending your refresher course in Palm Springs on the 24th and can hardly wait to attain more knowledge from you. Thank you again for creating this fascinating industry."

-Michelle Pimentel, ASP, IAHSP

"Once again, Staging Works.

Received a voice mail from a Real Estate Broker on Friday. Excited. Her listed Staged home sold in 5 days. We are finding out that our selling market is slow except the staged homes... they are selling within a short period of times. We share stories, multiple offers... well this is ridiculous in a slow market!!! Wow does Staging work its magic."

-Carol Erks, ASPM

"I have been creative since I was a little girl. I always felt so much inner peace expressing it. However, growing up I was looked upon as being a dreamer and never finishing anything.

All of these years I have been searching for an outlet for my creativity, and it guided me to you.

I want to thank you for following your dream and sharing it with us all. Because you followed your soul and created the Staging business, I now feel that I can put a home to my life purpose and I am finally at peace."

-Kristen Koniecjha

"After Staging, the home was in absolute pristine shape. Not a spot needed caulking. It was bright, open, not cluttered and Staged to show all the best possibilities of the home, including the basement.

In a market that was just stalled and a neighborhood of 750000 prices, this home sold for 950000 in less than two weeks!"

-Valli Morano, ASP Realtor-Associate and Homeowner Middletown, NJ

"This home was list ed by another agent, cluttered with cast-offs the sellers didn`t want to move, and dirty!

I believe it had few showings because the other agent took interior photos and posted them in that condition...I took the listing, got the junk out, cleaned, and invested $200 in little items (I even Staged the pantry and fridge!)

I received a contract in 14 days...the buyer agent told me they had looked at many homes and mine took the cake it was so cute! We took four thousand less than the list price, but in this market where you are seeing thousands & thousands in concessions and low-ball offers, this was definitely a success!"

-Cindy Alderton, REALTOR ABR ASP Frederick, MD

"This was my first listing after completing my ASP Realtor Course. I know for a fact that the ASP Designation helped me get the listing.

I made many suggestions to my clients I even picked out the paint color for one of the rooms.

They`ve done everything I suggested and just a short 20 days later (and two open houses which both produced offers) they accepted the best offer.

This was definitely an amazing experience both for myself and my sellers. They moved to Nebraska and when viewing homes had an even greater appreciation for staged homes. They have told me on many occasions how much they look forward to moving into their new home and staging it.

I am so proud to be an ASP Realtor. I know it`s the only thing that sets me apart from the rest. Going on listing presentations with the before and after pictures is great and incredibly easy to turn customers into clients."

-Emma Pawlik ASP Realtor Coldwell Banker Primus/South Elgin

"My clients are an amazing older couple. They looked up Staging online, and of course were directed to the StagedHomes.com website. They found me, and went to our website and made contact.

Upon my visit, we went through the house, room by room, (it was a mess - they will admit) and I gave them a TO-DO list.

I gave them suggestions that would help the house to sell faster and for top dollar. I had my broker and another agent over to see the house before, and they said that if the house sold the way it was, it would bring in about $375,000.

My clients needed more money (for retirement) so they went to work. They did a lot of the work themselves - landscaping, cleaning, getting rid of all of the clutter. They hired a painter and someone to re-finish the hardwood floors. About 2 months later (we first met in March and wanted to get it ready to go on the market by May) we listed it - for $425,000. 5 days later we got our offer and sold it for $418,000.


My clients were extremely happy and so were the buyers. The home looks beautiful. I am proud to say it was my first Staging job and I Stage every home I list now. I have before and after pics. We used only their furniture and some flowers and plants from the garden. Wow."

-Jodi Strober, REALTOR, ABR, ASP Chalfont, PA

"8 days after Staging we had about 4 or 5 more showings and we got two offers and the house is sold firm now.

Prior to Staging, the house was on the market for 17 days and more than 20 showings but no offers.

I can honestly say that Staging did help sell the house, and I will definitely get an ASP stager to do all my future listings from now on. Thank you and your Staging class for a job well done."

-Yasser Abed, ASP, RE/MAX Sales Representative, Ottawa, ON

"Thank you so much for the validation of my craft!... I feel honored to be affiliated with a membership of such wonderfully talented people, as well as having you as a part of my life! I`ve always been interested in home and garden design; much to the dismay of my husband, when we were wed 29 years ago! I think I shared with you, that he used to tease me, calling me "The Lone Re-arranger"... But he is used to it now!

I have intended to take your class, ever since I was loaned a video from my mentor, then started loaning your DVD`s to my own clients (at Windemere). Many times during your class, the message you conveyed resonated so strongly within my soul that I choked up and felt teary eyed with gratitude to God for bringing me to this point in my life. I have never been so happy, or inspired, by any of the Real Estate courses I`ve taken to date!

I hate to admit it, but Staging is really the only part of Real Estate that I`ve truly enjoyed... I have continued work as a Realtor, because I really love helping people.. . .

Lord knows I`ve seen the "Staging" out there that consists of a fake plant and a couple of candles! So sad... As I shared at the beginning, my clients and my peer`s feedback has been really positive. I knew my listings were selling pretty quickly, but af ter a bit, it became apparent that I needed to warn my clients about how quickly things move along after I "pressed play" to upload their listing to the Multiple! The thing that really pushed me into making time to get accredited (as an ASP Home Stager) was that work for my own listings had caught the eye of other Agents who inquired about my services. I had no clue as to what to charge another person and hoped to learn the business side of Staging from your class. Little did I know, how much I would gain from taking this vital step! So, yes, I am beyond thrilled to finally be an ASP and especially am grateful for the wonderful bonus of meeting you! So, you`ll see me at a Master`s course in the near future! In the meanwhile I am getting my inventory itemized for the insurance, getting the merchant account dialed in and anxiously awaiting the opportunity to enhance my profile online. Thank you for the amazing tools that you1ve created to help me fulfill my dreams!"

-Teri Powell

"I recently took the staging class in Alexandria, Va. I learned so much that I soon Staged my first home. It was under contract within 3 days! My seller was so excited. I just wanted to thank you again for the support."

-Chanda Macias, REALTOR

"I have been corresponding with Grace, the listing agent for the house we staged on Graymar up here in Raleigh. Well good news! The house is going under contract tomorrow - as soon as the sellers sign it in the morning! It went on the market October 13th. We staged December 13th and it contracts December 27th. Even in this hard-to-sell time of the year, it sold!!!"

-Karen Renolds

"I wanted to pass on some details about a particular Staging class done in the Houston area. The Realtor called yesterday so excited that he seemed nervous! He said after the class Staged his client`s house, it was marketed and they had 6 offers in less than 3 weeks! He was ecstatic! He now has another client that he has suggested staging to get top dollar and he wants to know if he can use me on future listing. I LOVE THIS BUSINESS!!!!!! And I love you as well."

-Judy

"In August 2006 I had a listing Staged and received a contract on in 4 days! The same thing happened again in January 2007. The client got my name from the StagedHomes.com website. I listed his house 2-1-07. I got a contract on it in 13 days and we go to closing 2-28-07. (average days on the market here in SC is 120!) These listings came solely because I am an ASP and offering something here in SC that no-one else does!

I look forward to many more successful closings in my real estate career!"

-Robin Larsen, ASP, M.Ed.

"I have to tell you how much I enjoyed your company and expertise in your class this week. You are so full of excitement, ideas and certainly energy! Your 36 years of staging and decorating is very inspiring to me and that is why you are such a success at what you do. Congratulations! I am now an ASP thanks to you. I will be at your convention at Navy Pier in June, I can`t wait to see that. I look forward to bettering myself as well as my clients homes. Thanks again for a great Class!"

-Barbara Svoboda-Steinmetz, GRI, ASP

"I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your knowledge, wisdom, and energy. You gave me a needed jolt or bolt of lightning.

I hate calling on canceled, expired, and FSBO`s but I know that is the only way to REALLY grow my business. With your class I am now ready to "go get `em!" and get that property Listed/Staged and SOLD.

I look forward to keeping in touch with you."

-John Baer, ASP

"Staging speeds up sales in a sluggish market, and can bump up prices 2 percent to 10 percent in a moderate market."

-Wall Street Journal

"Just wanted to let you know I just got my first "official" job staging job a 1.7 Million dollar home! I got the lead from the StagedHomes.com web site!

This home had been on the market for one year so after I Stage it and it sells (which I know it will), the Staging will be the obvious reason! This is an exclusive area and there are 134 active listings in this development all priced from 1.5 million up!

So there is great potential for more business! I can`t wait for you to see the before and after pictures, since you were my first instructor, you should get part of the credit!!!

Thanks for being there, and for StagedHomes, I am so excited! It`s feels so right and I know it will just get better and better!"

-Teresa Woodward, ASP, Panama City, FL

"Staging and Organizing go hand-in-hand. With my ASP designation, I can help my clients through all aspects of getting organized - from clearing the clutter to "Staging to live"."

-Leah Stahlsmith

"As a professional organizer, I have benefited greatly from the business support and marketing opportunities offered to me by being an ASP (Accredited Staging Professional). Home Organization and Home Staging are completely related and symbiotic careers.

Together, I have found both memberships and associations give my company an additional level of credibility and expertise not offered by NAPO or ASP alone.

Together they are quite powerful. I encourage any professional organizer who also loves design to consider offering this level of service to their clients!"

-Darla Rowley; ASP; Owner, IMPACT! Interior Design Solutions; Member, Great Lakes Regional IAHSP Chapter (GLRIC)

"I got a Staging job today thanks to the StagedHomes website! My new client had read an article in USAA magazine (a military mag) about selling homes and they mentioned Staging. She went to the StagedHomes website and found me here in this little desert town of Yuma, Ariz.

That`s proof again that the StagedHomes website is working well for ASPs!

Thanks for all you do Barb!!"

-Teri Short, ASP

"I recently attended your 3 day course, OH MY GOSH!! I am so excited. What an exhilarating ride. I plan to be open for business May 1. Your tapes, DVDs and manual are becoming one with my mind. I can`t thank you enough for all the advice, tools, business plan, career book, Marketing plan, etc.

Watch for me on the site, I plan to create good things within Gods will."

-Sheila

"Order in the House was a key ingredient to the immediate success in the sale of my home and they have assisted me in "getting the job done" for many of my clients! The proof is in the fact that after you Staged my home, it sold to the first person on the first day of the listing - for a record neighborhood sale."

-Marsha Ulbrich

"Florida, in Chicago?

The subject home was an architectural delight located on a wooded lot by a river. It had been lingering on the market for 9 months. With leaded glass doors, quarry tile floors, and multiple level decks overlooking the water, the owner was puzzled about why the house had not sold.

The wise owner took the house off the market and sought the services of an ASP stager - me. As I toured the home, I was quickly able to see that a potential buyer might have difficulty envisioning living there. Although the house was located in suburban Chicago, the interior had a distinctly tropical feel, and didn`t have enough furniture to give a buyer a sense of permanence.

By bringing in wicker and other light furniture, along with appropriate accessories, the house was transformed into a beautiful, relaxing, livable space. The best change of all was for the homeowner -- the home sold THE DAY IT WAS RE-LISTED after I staged it appropriate to its style! Staging Works!"

-Barb Gross

"I wanted to take a minute and say thank you for the incredible job that you did in presenting and educating us on all of the aspects of Home Staging. The insight you gave us, the personalization of the material with real life situations, and that Southern charm that you added to each subject did the trick and was truly inspirational. I left the class with a level of enthusiasm, passion, drive and focus that I haven`t felt for years.

Spending over 34 years in a Corporate environment had started to harden me to the belief that in order to be successful, one had to have youth on their side, conform to preset stereotypical behaviors and suppress the "creative genius" that was lurking inside. With all of that said... you have opened my eyes. I am confident that I will be very successful in my endeavors as a stager. I have no doubt.

I have always had a passion to pursue this field, but I have you and Barb to thank for kindling and fueling that passion. I really feel blessed to have been part of your class. It feels like it was just meant to be... karma or fate I guess.

So Jane Ann, thank you so much for all that you did. It was so appreciated. Oprah Winfrey once said that the very, very basic need that each human being possessed was to feel that they "mattered" in this world. Thank you for making me confident that I DO matter... after all, without me, the world would be short a "creative genius!" Please give my very best to Bob. He too was a very special part of the class as well. It was great to have some additional testosterone in that sea of feminine charm!

-Jim Volk

"It`s me... Sherri Halvorsen... and for some reason I have had you on my mind and felt I had to write you! How`s the nose doing? Your picture always looks great on the StagedHomes.com site! Can`t even tell... (lol)

Barb, my business has been doing phenomenal! I can`t even begin to tell you. I set my goals in the first weeks after taking the class and have stuck to my plan and everything has fallen into place now, just about 6 mos. later! My stomach is in constant flip-flops and I LOVE IT! Lots of hard work, 24/7 is now paying off! Not letting up though, still plowi ng forward but I am seeing all my efforts.

Just registered for Convention & the Ball and I CAN`T WAIT!

I have to share with you a great idea I am using for my presentations. I think I told you last I wrote I had like 14 presentations scheduled. Well, had to postpone some because of staging jobs but have done 4 of them so far and have had great results and feedback AND CALLS!

A lot of mine have been lunch presentations and some breakfast. Instead of bringing bagels, I have been bringing in 2 cakes, 9 x 13. One is plain, chocolate right out of the oven, not decorated, blah. The other is decorated to the hilt with Staged to Perfection on it, my company logo, all the bells and whistles on it. To make a point about Staging to the Realtors, I bring out the plain cake and say,"how many of you would buy this cake and pay full price for it at the bakery", they all look at me like I am nuts! Then I pull out the "Staged" cake and say "although Staging is not decorating, how many of you would pay full price at the bakery for this cake" and they all ooooh and ahhhh over the beautiful cake and say YES, they would pay full price for it! Then I leave it with them to eat all day! One Realtor even said he is going to use that same idea on his clients only using cupcakes! Another said "OK, you really made your point, is that your presentation?" They loved it....

Feel free to share this if you think it will help others. I make the plain ones at home as it save $. I get the others made at the grocery store for about $13-14.00 for 1/2 sheet.

Well, I can`t wait to meet in June Barb. I thank you for all you have done for me!"

-Sherri

"I can`t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed revisiting the class the past 3 days. They say dynamite comes in small packages and you are certainly living proof of that! I get so excited when I am working on a project or getting close to closing a deal on a big project like the one I got the 1st day of class that I find myself, eating, breathing and sleeping "Staging." Even my health issues can`t take away the excitement or creativity that comes with this passion. Thank you so much sweetie for all your wonderful and exciting ongoing ideas, vendors you continue to bring on board and all the sharing. I hope we can make something happen with Dr. Phil and "Operation Homefront." I also want to thank you again for your deep caring and making such a valuable change to the class about how important it is for ASP Realtors to use ASP Stagers. I truly believe that the more Realtors see the difference that ASP Stagers and ASP Realtors working together make, they will be jumping on the bandwagon.

What a warm fuzzy feeling it was to hear you tell the Realtors over and over in class how important we were to their businesses... thank you... thank you... thank you."

-Gail

"I want to thank you for the wonderful 3-day class in Chicago this week. Not only was the course about Home Staging but also about honoring and respecting our clients as they pass through another stage in their life. You are a wonderful role model and provided complete, carefully detailed turn-key materials to take our newly acquired knowledge and to begin our staging careers. Honestly, you really have thought of everything! What you have accomplished is truly amazing! I feel so blessed to have taken the class from you. Thank you for who you are (your teaching skills, your sense of humor and your passion), what you have accomplished and your attitude about sharing your knowledge."

-Sharyn Meagher, ASID Allied Member, ASP

"We wanted to share with you and other ASP`s how excited my daughter and I are about this business.

I recently got a call from a real estate agent friend of mine who wanted to use our Staging services for a house she had on the market since the beginning of December 2006, with absolutely NO activity.

We Staged the property for her on March 1, 2007 using small vignettes around the house, and it sold in just 4 days!

We were so happy to see that through our creativity and the specialized ASP training, our business is well underway and this will be a great example for us to use when marketing our business.

We will be attending your refresher course in Palm Springs on the 24th and can hardly wait to attain more knowledge from you. Thank you again for creating this fascinating industry."

-Michelle Pimentel, ASP, IAHSP

"Once again, Staging Works..

Received a voice mail from a Real Estate Broker on Friday. Excited. Her listed Staged home sold in 5 days. We are finding out that our selling market is slow except the staged homes... they are selling within a short period of times. We share stories, multiple offers... well this is ridiculous in a slow market!!! Wow does Staging work its magic."

-Carol Erks, ASPM

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