Jeanne Feenick chiming in from New Jersey. We are certainly seeing benefits here - staged homes selling more quickly than those that are not - and homes selling quickly post staging after sitting unsuccessfully for months prior. The one thing that must be remembered is that nothing cures a pricing problem, not staging, not promotion, nothing. But if you combine smart pricing and staging you've got a winning formula.
In terms of ways that stagers can highlight agents that understand the benefits, you've already taken one step with this post ~ by prompting responses from those of us that value and have demonstrable benefits to share are "highlighted" through their responses.
And of course, there is the reward of referrals - if there are agents that understand the value of what you do and incorporate it into their marketing efforts, reward them with your referrals/recommendations, just as they do with you.
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It depends on the price point of the home. It isn't what we want as much as it is what the prospective buyers expect. If the furnishings in the home don't fit the home, I have them removed. If we have a vacant resale home attempting to separate itself from the vacant short sales and foreclosures, then staging can make all the difference in helping buyers remember that every home has it's own story and you cannot just lump them all together and low-ball everybody.
I find I use staging services very rarely. Only a home or two a year in most years. An under-furnished home is better than an over-furnished one. Most times, it's a matter of us using what the owners already have. That may not be what you want to hear, as a Stager. The reality is that over time agents become fairly adept at listening to the feedback of the buyers and figuring out for themselves what will work online in photos and in person for showings.