Ask the expert – pet peeves.

Hi Christine, I have a pet peeve I want to air; I have been in real estate for thirty-five years, and trends have come and gone and are on their […]

Hi Christine,

I have a pet peeve I want to air; I have been in real estate for thirty-five years, and trends have come and gone and are on their way back again. All this hoopla about staging and now about green – don’t you think it’s all hype to get the seller to spend more money? I think it’s crazy. I saw all the younger people in our office get “tech savvy”, but I haven’t even learned how to do e-mail, I don’t have a BlackBerry yet, and I still have clients.

– Mad in Fenelon Falls, Canada

Well MFFC,

I guess the question is, why are you mad? If what you are doing is bringing the results you want and need, then good for you. Staging and the “green” movement are less about you and more about your clients’ ROI. Green is important from many perspectives; the one that affects your client is ROI for energy efficiency and how appealing it is to a prospective buyer. The staging process proves over and over that there is a huge ROI when it is applied before marketing.

So, MFFC, you don’t need a BlackBerry to give the very best service to your clients, but you do need to know more about staging so you can introduce it to your clients, and you definitely need to know more about how the interest in green practices affects both buyers and sellers. You would be a good candidate for both of the CSP one-day programs in these subjects. Contact me if you are interested. Remember, we are here to help you be the best real estate agent you can be.

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About Christine Rae

Christine Rae blends her passion for the staging and decorating industries, her desire for helping people develop their potential, the thrill of training to the presentation of the CSPâ„¢ workshop. She has honed her skills and built her knowledge through extensive training in a variety of disciplines. During the last five years Christine has trained over 1600 people and in 2004 was recipient of an International Staging Award. Christine believes a crucial part of success as a trainer is to keep your hand in the industry you speak and teach about. This is why she continues to work (outside of training sessions) at building her own staging business, and works with a select group of Realtors® . The best business anyone can have is from a referral - it is an honor and privilege to work with you and your sphere of influence. Wellness with Essential Oils: http://www.christineraelivingoils.com