Yeah, No! Standard Marketing Principles [Still] Apply!

Naturally this home sold. In 21 days, in the market of Winter 2011. Once the staging was in place. It had been on the market for a year prior, with 2 different realtors, lots of showings and many price reductions. But no-one had been able to convince the owner that standard marketing principles apply, even when selling a home. Just as much as when you sell any product. The product (aka your home) has to be positioned towards its targer buyer and presented with maximum appeal.

Here’s where the home started:

Home Staging Before Picture

It doesn’t matter how the homeowner chooses to use their product [men, read: how often your wife uses a steak knife to open a package!] This is no indictment on how anyone chooses to live in their home. When you go to sell your house, if it is set up for a single lady tenderly caring for aged pets then that’s who the likely buyer is… are those folks buying houses right now? No. The folks buying right now are young professional couples, and in this price bracket, it is a young professional couple with no kids.

As Staging and Redesign trainer, Linda Barnett reminds us all,

When you change a product, you change the pools of buyers.”

In addressing this home’s marketing, Linda persuaded the homeowner to move out. “Living differently” was simply not an option with the dogs, and so the owner moved to a friend’s garage apartment. Linda used none of the homeowners’ stuff, preferring instead to start from scratch.

The house was deep-cleaned, and then repainted.

Simple, generic furnishings were added to accent the floors, fireplace, built-ins and nook. That nook offers a calm desk space where the worker can gaze at the fireplace for inspiration. You can SEE how the life would work there! Once Linda was finished merchandising (what the rest of us might call accessorizing) the home was reintroduced to the market at the same price it was before. And it sold in 21 days, an unusual success in this marketplace even for the HomeMatters team. Linda had the lady on a 60 day contract, with month to month after that. They didn’t need it. And why?

It is a stager’s mission to improve the marketable position of a home. If I do not apply everything I have to define and differentiate the product, then I have done a disservice.”

Linda Barnett, on a mission, to creatively position each home for sale with merchandising, style. . . and standard marketing principles!

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About Juliet


I have been a high-end home stager for about 8 years in suburban NJ. Now, I write about real estate: home profiles for magazine, real estate copy blurb and blogs in the real estate space. I also serve a few local clients with social media marketing and website design.

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