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STAGERIGHT HOME STAGING of RICHLAND Receives Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

by: Home Staging News Wire February 17, 2013



Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users   Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals


Carole Morgan

Carole Morgan

RICHLAND, MI  –  January 21, 2013 – StageRight Home Staging of Richland, MI has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The professional home staging, redesign and interior design company was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.


The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.


At StageRight, we pride ourselves on providing exemplary customer service while delivering  creative solutions that support selling a property for its highest value as quickly as possible,” shared Carole Morgan, owner and President.  “It is gratifying to know that our customers not only recognize that, but also take time to share their positive StageRight Experience with others.   “Thank you to our clients and to Houzz for your continued support.” 



Home Staging Pioneer, Barb Schwarz, Is Awarded With the Lifetime Achievement Award From the Real Estate Staging Association

by: Home Staging News Wire February 8, 2013

Barb SchwarzReal Estate Staging Association- February 7, 2013  The Real Estate Staging Association,  the trade association professional real estate stagers and re-designers honored Barb Schwarz, the founder and CEO of with the RESA 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, during the group’s annual convention, held in San Francisco, CA February 1, 2013.

Barb Schwarz has been pioneering the concept of home staging since the early 1970’s. Over the years she has reached millions of real estate professionals and consumers with her message of marketing or merchandizing the consumer’s largest asset, their home. (more…)


RESA Home Staging Industry Awards

by: Home Staging News Wire November 9, 2012

RESA is pleased to announce some amazing and fantastic changes in the home staging industry awards! For example, the submission and voting process is now completely automated. For more information, you can visit our newly created website


Yes. That’s right. We now have a website dedicated to the awards!

It’s for you, our members, that RESA continues to make the most prestigious awards in our industry better each and every year. (more…)


RESA Atlanta 3-Day Team Host “Boob-B-Q” Fundraiser July 25, 2012

by: Amy Powers July 13, 2012

The Real Estate Staging Association’s (RESA) Atlanta Chapter is raising funds for Susan G. Komen in a unique and fun way.

Woodstock, GA July 11, 2012: A “Boob-B-Q” will be held in Woodstock Park at City Center on Wednesday, July 25th from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for a Cure. RESA Atlanta will be sending a team of five women to the 3 Day, each tasked with raising $2300 to participate! The funds raised at this event will help team members reach their goal… and we are well on our way with only $7000 to go!

The five team members are all active participants in the RESA Atlanta Chapter and include: Paige Earles, Kathryn Shell, Jannis Vann, Elizabeth Robinson and Amy Powers.

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure is a 60 mile walk over 3 days in October to help raise funds and awareness for this great cause affecting 1 in 8 women.


The Boob-B-Q meal is only $10 and includes:

  • BBQ Chicken “Breast” or Pork sandwich, side and beverage from
  • J. Miller’s Smokehouse (formerly Beetle’s BBQ)
  • A yummy dessert donated by Publix.

Face painting and t-shirts (*donations appreciated).
Live DJ to keep you movin’ and groovin’!
We encourage you to wear your pink!

Contact Amy Powers at to pre-purchase your tickets or information on helping sponsor our 3-day Team!  You can also visit our 3-Day Team page for more details on how to donate at

Susan G. Komen and RESA Atlanta are non-profit organizations.




Home Stager finds the best home value in the Boston area.

by: davinci29 July 13, 2012

(Boston, MA) Transplants to Boston, MA will quickly find that living in the city is very expensive. But just over the city lines is a hidden treasure…Winthrop, MA.

Maureen Reddy, of DaVinci Designer Gallery, has been staging properties in the greater Boston area for 15+ years. “ I have worked in every community on the edge of the city and find that the value Winthrop affords is exceptional by comparison” says Reddy. Recently, Reddy staged a 4 bedroom home just over the city line, “It is bright and cheery, steps away from protected wetlands, a 2 minute walk to commuter line access, and accommodates 3 vehicle in the driveway. The price tag for this home is, for $357,670. You just can’t find that anywhere around. Newcomers to the Boston area are amazed by this town”  Reddy comments.

The location of Winthrop is extraordinary. It is perched on the edge of Boston and is surrounded by water on three sides. Boston skyline views can be seen to the west and beaches and ocean views to the east.
The town, originally a seaside vacation spot, has an eclectic mix of homes that populate tree lined streets. Stately Victorian architecture, from a bygone era, can still be found throughout. The town boasts yacht clubs, a golf course, public and private beaches, and a ferry to Boston’s newly renovated waterfront. It is a safe community just minutes from an Logan International Airport and world renown universities and hospitals. The pricing of homes, in this hidden seaside community, are a fraction of those found in Boston proper.
For more information please contact
Maureen Reddy


RESA® CEO Honored With Prestigious Award

by: Home Staging News Wire February 14, 2012

Valley Springs, CA February 13, 2012 Shell Brodnax, President/CEO of the Real Estate Staging Association® (RESA®), the trade association for professional home stagers was honored by the Staging & Design Network as the 2011 Leader of the Year during the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

RESA’s annual convention recognizes home staging professionals in local chapter, state and regional leadership positions, as well as professional home stagers and industry professional service providers. RESA has 5 regions throughout North America and honors professionals in both Rookie Stager of the Year and Professional Stager of the Year categories as well as REALTOR® of the year, innovator of the year, product of the year and several other categories. During the awards banquet the presentation was stopped to honor Shell Brodnax, the President/CEO of RESA as the Staging & Design Network’s Leader of the Year.

“We were very pleased to be a key sponsor of the 2012 RESA Convention. This was a fabulous event, packed with great information and resources for the staging industry.  We are delighted to honor Shell Brodnax with the 2011 Staging & Design Network Leader of the Year Award.  Staging & Design Network’s tagline “Share. Grow. Inspire.”  Is all about growing our community and Shell most certainly embodies this mission!  Shell has shared her time, talent and passion. She has fostered enormous growth in the staging industry through her development of RESA®, and she continues to inspire all of us with her positive outlook and persistence at breaking through any brick walls set in her way,” said Tricia Tomlinson, the organizations founder and CEO. (more…)


Indianapolis Home Staging Company, Home Matters, Earns Coveted 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award

by: Linda Barnett January 19, 2012

Linda Barnett and the Home Matters Home Staging team of Indianapolis, Indiana has been awarded the prestigious 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor given annually to approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on service companies.

“Our Super Service Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to providing consistently high quality customer service, as judged by the customers who hired them,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.

Home Matters goal is quite simple; “we create stylish…. warm and welcoming houses that captures the buyers’ attention from the moment they are introduced to the property. We focus on the buyer demographics, the selling features, lifestyle selling techniques and the strategic placement of furniture, accessories and art that translates to a powerful marketing tool! By doing so it shows that staying focused on their clients and their needs; honors, awards and recognition will follow. This is such a special honor for us because it is the second year in a row and because it comes from feedback of those many home owners that have used our services.” Barnett said.

Barnett-A Staging Professional, Interior Decorator, former Realtor and Home Staging Trainer- founded Home Matters Home Staging and Redesign in early 2004 and today operates one of the largest and fastest growing Home Staging companies in the mid-west having serviced over 2,000 clients with 5 property stylists. Barnett- was trained in 2004 as an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) and extended her education in 2008 by becoming SAR Certified, and again in 2009 by becoming certified as a CSP and is a recent graduate of the Staging and Redesign Advanced Staging Course taught by Matthew Finlason, star of the HGTV series “The Stagers”. Barnett- is lead instructor for the Staging and Redesign (SAR) course and is an Indiana State certified instructor through the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency and the Indiana Real Estate Commission offering certified training to Home Stagers and Real Estate agents including a GRI continued education classes on Home Staging for the Indiana Association of Realtors at the IUPUI Campus at Kokomo, Indiana. Barnett- served as Technical Editor for the Home Staging for Dummies book, which was released by Wiley Publishing, Inc. in May of 2008. Barnett- has received the RESA-PRO designation by meeting the 5 mandatory requirements the last of which was Passing the RESA-PRO Home Stagers Ethics Exam in August of 2010. Barnett is also a professional business coach and mentor for Staging Professionals throughout the U.S.

Home Matters has received much media coverage from television segments as well as many newspapers and magazines articles. Linda and her teams’ extensive body of work earned her a nomination for the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Professional Stager of the Year Award from the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) and have been named “Best in Class” Home Staging & Redesign Company by the F.C. Tucker Real Estate Company for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Home Matters was named 2010 “Best of Indianapolis Home Staging Company”, by the Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. Home Matters also enjoys the highest of customer satisfaction rankings among all staging companies by Angie’s List and is the recipient of the Super Service award for 2010 and 2011 for Home Staging. Barnett- is President of the Indiana State Chapter of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA), a position she has held since 2008. Barnett- has been asked to share her expertise in Home Staging on several occasions as a member of the Panel of Experts at the 2011 RESA Conference and again at the 2012 RESA Conference as a round table facilitator.

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on

For further details about Home Matters, Home Staging and Redesign or for contact information please visit our website:

Angie’s List collects consumer reviews on contractors and doctors in more than 500 service categories. Currently, more than 1 million consumers across the U.S. rely on Angie’s List to help them make the best hiring decisions. For further details visit the website at


Real Estate Staging Expert, Christine Rae, Featured on CBS as Guest on The Michael E. Gerber Show

Christine Rae, author and home staging expert, was recently seen on CBS and other network affiliates across the country as an expert guest on The Michael E. Gerber Show.

Orlando, Fla. – July 1, 2011 – Christine Rae, President and CEO of CSP International™ Business Training Academy, was recently an expert guest on The Michael E. Gerber Show. Michael E. Gerber, internationally recognized best-selling author and consultant, hosts the show that was recently featured on CBS and other major network affiliates across the country.

“The Michael E. Gerber Show” features an interview format, with Michael E. Gerber interviewing business leaders and marketing experts from around the world. Christine Rae was one of Mr. Gerber’s recent guests, discussing her unique ability to forecast and develop trends, teach, train and educate people, married with her discerning eye for staging and décor.

Christine is well known and respected for her work as a successful international trainer, speaker and author of Home Staging for Dummies (Wiley.) Christine’s passion to excellence caused the evolution of the CSP training program into an international success; in 2009 she opened a sustainable destination training school, resource centre and support network.  Recipient of many awards/accolades including an International Staging award in 2004, the 2008-09 RESA Innovator Award for Staging Industry Leadership & 2009 RESA Product of the Year for the Staging Standard Magazine illustrates Rae’s abilities as a true visionary.

The list of “first in the industry” is without precedent and led to the professional development of industry standards and ethics where there wasn’t any. 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.

Michael E. Gerber is a true legend of entrepreneurship.  Inc. Magazine called him “the World’s #1 Small Business guru.”  One of BusinessWeek’s bestselling authors over the past two decades, his New York Times Best Selling Book, The E-Myth Revisited has sold over 5,000,000 copies in 29 languages. Michael passion and genius for entrepreneurship has transformed over 70,000+ businesses in 145 countries in the last three decades.  Michael believes all entrepreneurs seek a path that has, at its core, a higher, more inspiring meaning than just making money, or selling a product, or seizing market share. Above all, they are trailblazers seeking to transform lives in all that they do.

The Michael E. Gerber Show was produced by Nick Nanton, Esq. and JW Dicks, Esq. Dicks and Nanton are also the founders and producers of the organization and TV show, America’s PremierExperts®.

To learn more about Christine and CSP International™ Business Training Academy, please visit or

About Christine Rae:
Christine Rae is the author of Staging for Dummies (Wiley Press), creator & editor of the CSP International Staging Standard magazine (the only one of its kind) and her environmental concern and love of nature led to the CSP International proprietary green certification program (Certified EcoProfessional) and the concept and development of EcoStaging®,. Also in 2009 CSP International headquarters (4000sf) received its Carbon Neutral certification.

 Christine’s leadership and drive produced many unique tools for graduates of the CSP program to use as marketing leverage. The Room Ready Handbook®, Sellers Edge DVD, Agents Edge DVD and the Staging Safe Color™ palettes are some of the tools, and then in 2010 stagers she partnered with Robert Allan® fabrics to develop an affordable line of luxury linens.

A strong woman, who has forged her own road, makes lemonade out of lemons wholeheartedly believes in paying it forward. She is an active volunteer and supporter of the One Drop Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Women to Women International. Over the ten years she pioneered this industry she has also been a member and supporter of many industry associations including Charter member of RESA currently serving as Ontario Chapter President for Real Estate Staging Association. January 2011 CSP Staging program received accreditation approval from RESA.

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


Hello Dali! Dallas Chapter VP Holly Bellomy seats His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Style!

by: Home Staging News Wire July 4, 2011

Staging isn’t just for homes anymore.  When the PBS show “Ideas In Action” with Jim Glassman came to Dallas to  interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the SMU campus the producers had to scramble. The room was big, orange and empty. Producer Sydney White realized a stager would be the ideal professional for the job because stagers are used to working quickly and have excellent resources. Holly Bellomy, owner of Dallas Real Estate Staging and Dallas RESA Vice President, was tapped for the assignment.   (more…)


Certified Staging Professionals Instructor Cathy Hobbs Finalist on HGTV Design Star

June 8th, 2011 (Long Island, NY) – Cathy Hobbs, CSP Instructor was announced monday as a HGTV Design Star finalist, and it comes as no shock to Certified Staging Professionals; as they boast of only hiring the best of the best in the industry.

Certified Staging Professionals hires their instructors based on staging talent, business savvy in the trenches, and adult education experience. With 100 hours worth of training starting in January of 2011, between running her own successful staging business in NY (and an out of country unexpected, unexplained, absence – until now!) Cathy Hobbs was formally certified to teach the world acclaimed Real Estate Staging Program just this month.

 “As much as we pride ourselves on choosing qualified instructors, they also choose us” says Christine Rae, President and CEO of CSP International Business Training Academy. “Many of our instructors are successful when they come to us; they want to be associated with training recognized for its quality curriculum and brand significance.”

“With some 6000 people applying for 12 coveted slots on Season 6 of Design Star. I was thrilled to have been selected! It is an exciting season, with lots of twists and turns! The staging skills I learned through CSP absolutely were part of my “tool kit”. Be sure to watch as I try to earn my own show on HGTV!” says Cathy Hobbs founder of the interior design and home staging firm apherea based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In addition to running her growing business, Cathy Hobbs has nearly two decades of experience as an on-air television news correspondent and continues to make regular television appearances. She has worked in some of the top television markets in the country and is currently in her 12th year as an on-air television reporter and anchor at a top affiliate station in New York City, where she has developed a strong fan base. Cathy has been nominated for nineteen Emmy awards, and is a five-time Emmy award winner. In 2003, she took one of the Emmy awards top honors, earning the coveted award for Outstanding General Assignment and Live Reporter for the entire New York City region.

Certified Staging Professionals is the leading staging training company in North America and Australia. Founded in 2005 by internationally- acclaimed staging expert, Christine Rae. The CSPI Academy delivers comprehensive training programs in staging, redesign, green science and marketing, and provides unparalleled after-training support to real estate professionals, stagers, professional organizers, decorators and entrepreneurs.