Christine Rae

Christine Rae

Staging Industry Visionary, Innovator, Entrepreneur, Environmental Advocate, Author, Speaker, Trainer and Mentor

Christine Rae, Founder and President of the Certified Staging Professionals (CSP®) International Business Training Academy, is known as the leading expert, trendsetter and powerhouse authority on shaping the future through real estate staging industry vision, innovation and focused intensity.

As an internationally recognized trainer in the professional staging industry, Christine Rae has been providing ground–breaking staging programs and services since 2001 after a 32-year career in executive business management. In less than a decade, she has personally developed leading-edge curriculum and proprietary tools, then instructed and empowered more than 3,000 entrepreneurs to start and grow their own successful professional staging businesses.

In her role as President and CEO for CSP® International, Christine has steered the company to the top of the excellence chart for the staging industry. The CSP® International Academy is known as a successful incubator for ‘would be’ entrepreneurs with a decorating flair who desire control over their own destiny through building successful, profitable businesses of their own.

CSP® International provides a safe haven for learning, support, knowledge, best practices and leading market trends. Graduates from the Academy benefit from a reputation of excellence, helping them gain credibility and recognition as they brand, market and develop their own business to successful levels.

Christine is recognized as the world’s leading authority on staging from her global experience, as well as through her work in developing standards, examinations, professionalism and trend forecasting.

The Room Ready Handbook™, Sellers Edge™ DVD, Agents Edge™ DVD and the Staging Safe™ Color palettes are some of the proprietary tools that Christine developed to streamline processes for CSP® stagers. Further, she has negotiated powerful strategic alliances with major brand providers on behalf of the CSP® network to ensure quality service, leverage credibility and provide savings to staging clients everywhere. Recently, Christine’s vision led her to partner with prestigious Robert Allan® fabrics to develop a professional stagers line of luxury linens.

Christine developed and trademarked EcoStaging®. She is an Industry Expert Blogger for REALTOR® magazine, a regular contributor to Real Estate Magazine and is the Green Staging Expert for HomeGain®. She has been a featured speaker and keynote for many industry events including six Stagers Expos, Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), Sydney Australia Real Estate event and expert speaker at the California Association of Realtors (CAR) convention speaking about real estate staging trends.

Currently six US colleges across North America endorse the program. Her book, Home Staging for Dummies®, has also been selected as the textbook on staging at several colleges in Canada. She continues to travel internationally and personally teach all levels of CSP® staging training.

Christine’s success stems from her work ethic, desire for excellence, integrity and integral goodness. In a very competitive industry, what sets CSP® apart are the differentiators and the driving force to be of service and value to the student. From the outset, CSP® International core values, mission, “pay it forward” philosophy and their apprenticeship program have been the catalyst for the myriad of distinguishing factors which set CSP® apart from other training programs.

Christine has worked with the first staging reality TV show guru Ann Maurice, known as TV’s House Doctor, and many CSP® graduates were selected for their expertise to appear on popular HGTV real estate shows. She was recently certified to facilitate Michael E. Gerber’s “Dreaming Room” event, was interviewed by Michael and had a guest appearance on The Michael E Gerber Show. She also has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX television affiliates.

View Videos – Including Christine’s Television Interview with Michael Gerber – HERE!

Click HERE to View Michael Endorsing Christine as Dreaming Room facilitator

 Christine Rae’s ability to forecast demographic and lifestyle trends, along with her ability to inspire people and communicate her vision have made her and CSP® International™ the preeminent leaders of and for the staging industry.

Accomplishments, Awards and Credentials

Always on the lookout for the next opportunity to raise the profile of the staging industry, Christine’s capacity to take on new ventures has led to many notable accomplishments.
Her list of “first in the industry” is without precedent and has led to the professional development of standards and ethics in a still-emerging industry now considered by CNN “the number one career choice”.

Christine and her unique signature CSP® Real Estate Staging Business Program is accredited through RESA; since 2004, she has received awards, accolades, and recognition —including Innovator of the Year. In January 2012, she was the first ever recipient honored with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement award from RESA for her work and contributions to the industry.

Christine’s other credentials include IRIS (Interior Redesign Industry Specialist), CDCI (Certified Dewey Color Instructor), CHMS (Certified Home Marketing Specialist), CIM (Certified in Management) and P. Mgr (Professional Manager), Past Canadian Vice President of RESA (Real Estate Staging Association), Past Affiliate Member of Women’s Council of Realtors and Interior Design Society.

A strong woman who has forged her own road and made lemonade from lemons, Christine believes in paying it forward. She is an active volunteer and supporter of the One Drop Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Women to Women International, KIVA and MarketersForGood.org. READ MORE

She has also been a member and supporter of many industry associations development over the past ten years and is a founding charter member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA).

Christine’s Story In Her Own Words

Looking back on my working life, I realize I have always been in sales, had a prosperity consciousness and MOST of the time a positive attitude. Maybe it comes from my British heritage, my hardworking mother, the fact I am a first born child AND a Scorpio… whatever it is which drives me in unique ways, it took almost a lifetime for me to acknowledge and own my unique skill sets.

As a young mum back in the 70’s who wanted a bit of adventure outside of the home, I had a number of business ventures (party plan, commission sales, etc.). I did so to be able to control my time, earn some money and have a work interest in my life while still being a full-time mum.

In the 80’s, when I became a single mum, I needed to have a secure income so I accepted a role as a salesperson – steady hours, consistent minimum salary and commission based on results.
Over time, I earned a senior management role managing a ten million dollar operation.

Since then, I have successfully started and built a real estate staging business before anyone recognized the potential of professional staging. Proudly, I’ve gone on to grow the most successful school for real estate staging in the world with thousands of graduates, empowering their success, creating new economies and a sustainable business which continues to lead the industry and grow exponentially through the students and licensing opportunities.

-Christine Rae

Staging Standard Magazine

Editor & Writer Certified Staging Professionals® Staging Industry


Christine has contributed countless articles in industry trade publications, like Canada’s Real Estate Magazine (REM). She has acted as subject matter expert for CE Network, an online staging program for real estate agents, and an assortment of other real estate one day programs including CSP Elite™ agent. She is a platform speaker with hundreds of hours dedicated to the staging industry.

Click HERE to view a sampling of articles and blog posts Christine has written for well-known sites and publications like www.Realtor.com, www.eRenovate.com, and www.Homeagain.com.

In the Words of Others

“Christine Rae is a visionary with the commitment and inner motivation to build an empire. During the years I known her, I have watched her grow CSP from a simple idea to a multi-national association and training program that reflects her high standards and attention to detail. She is tough but fair and always two steps ahead of rest, which makes her an inspiration to all those that have had the pleasure of both knowing and working with her.” – Laurey Fawcett, Architectural Account Executive, Sherwin Williams Paints Canada

“Solid and confidently resilient, Christine has always demonstrated the ability to recognize, attract, engage and inspire exceptional talent. She is an extremely strong leader who has taken an idea and developed that into a hugely successful venture. I am proud to know Christine and recommend her services often. Above all skill, she is kind and highly supportive. It is my pleasure to provide this accolade.” – April Monteiro, Regional Manager, Manpower

For more testimonials and recommendations of peers and students, visit Christine’s Profile on Linked In

When not traveling the world teaching, Christine lives in Canada’s Niagara Region. She shares her life with “the Dutch Accountant” Ary, has a son Lee and grandson Lucas and an adorable Yorkshire woofie named “Timmy”.

“We are at the beginning of one of the greatest periods of opportunity ever in human history. While there has always been opportunity, the sea of changes we’ve experienced over the past few years have unearthed possibilities unlike anything ever seen before — particularly for the budding entrepreneur.” – Darren Hardy of Success Magazine

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