RESA® is starting new chapters throughout the US and Canada! Being involved with a chapter of RESA® is not only beneficial to the growth and direction of the staging industry, but also beneficial to growing your own business and elevating you to a new level of respect within your local real estate community.
The goals of a chapter are to provide educational resources and peer-to-peer business support, while also educating the community about the benefits of home staging. Local chapters are involved in charitable activities that bring awareness to home staging on the local level and will help grow your personal businesses.
One of our recent RESA Kick Off Meetings which had a great turn out was held in Columbus, OH which was held on February 5, 2016. There was a great turnout and they are wrapping up the election process for their new board.
RESA HQ is excited to see the overwhelming interest in launching new chapters and if you are interested in starting a local chapter in your area or have general questions, please contact Gina Vierra, VP of Operation at RESA-HQ via email: Gina@RESA-HQ.org or by phone (888) 201-8687.
Betsy Wilbur owner of Artisan Staged Home & Room Design, and a long time RESA Member located in Glendale, California, was recently showcased in the Los Angeles Times with her making the list of RESA’s “2016 Top Ten Redesigners of the Year“. All of the official winners were announced during the 2016 RESA Home Staging Industry Awards, held on day two of RESACON in Las Vegas, Nevada this past January 2016. In the article she tells the reporter that her background in theater arts is similar to her home staging. RESA would like to congratulate Betsy once again for making RESA’s 2016 Top Ten Resigner of the Year. To read the full article written by Arin Mikailian, click here!
Not only will you find Betsy Wilbur making news in the LA Times, she was also featured in Forbes.com. Written by Vanessa McGrady, the article is titled “7 Pro Tips To Help Your Home Sell Faster, For More Money“. Here are two of seven tips she provides to readers:
- Keep décor neutral: Neutral does not mean boring, but it does mean staying away from shocking colors, and even avoiding all-white and all-beige walls. “I’ve staged some fantastic rooms with deep purple or black walls – it’s all about knowing how to make it work.”
- Remove personal items: All personal pictures, family plaques, framed certificates, etc., should be packed. “I also suggest packing up anything smaller than a cantaloupe. We want the buyer to envision themselves living there right away, and a house full of someone else’s pictures doesn’t do that.”
To read the full article and get the other great tips, click here!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kitchener- Waterloo Top Stager honored by CSP International™ Training Academy
Christine Rae, President of CSP International™ Business Training Academy, a Real Estate Staging Training company, is proud to announce Lynda Schmidt CCSP, Principal Lead stylist for LB Schmidt- Creative Services has qualified and is accepted as a Certified Mentor/ambassador for Great Kitchener- Waterloo area.
St Catharines, Ont. –Feb 22nd 2016– Christine Rae announced today that CCSP, Lynda Schmidt, has been selected as an official Staging mentor for the Kitchener-Waterloo Region. Schmidt is a well-known, successful staging professional as well as active in Staging Network Association, Real Estate Staging association and is a certified decorator. Lynda’s 25-year experience in creative visual presentation encompasses Retail display and merchandising, Professional Theatre- prop design, set dressing, costume design and seamstress. She is an excellent Commercial photographer also and well as certified in staging and décor. She was one of the first to embrace and understand the impact of Eco-staging and is a qualified Residential Renovation Project Manager. In her earlier life she was a qualified teach so graduates of the CSP staging certification program will have a well-rounded mentor to guide them after training. The appointment means new graduates of the CSP® Staging Business Training program have opportunities after graduation to job shadow and continue learning & honing their skills at no extra charge.
CSP International™ Business Training Academy will be utilizing Lynda as a very important piece of their aftermarket CSP® Staging Training Program. The privilege of apprenticeship after class is a huge component to successful business building and Lynda will be a big asset to the success of the Apprenticeship program in Kitchener – Waterloo Region. Christine Rae said “Staging has had a solid presence in this market for many years; it is wonderful to have an official Mentor there again.
The International Staging Business Academy has programs for Real Estate Professionals, Home Stagers, Decorators, Contractors and Business Owners. Certified Staging Professionals, a Home Staging Training and Real Estate Strategy company, trains home stagers through comprehensive staging courses of study that includes 3 days in a classroom, 8 weeks of home study and hands-on market coaching. CSP International™ is also a resource for Realtors and home sellers to find and hire graduates of this highly accredited staging education program, for assisting them in successfully closing their real estate sale.
To learn more about Certified Staging Professionals and Christine Rae, please visit http://www.stagingtraining.com.
Learn more about Lynda Schmidt see www.lbschmidt.ca
About CSP International™ Business Training Academy:
CSP began as the brainchild of its founder and president, Christine Rae. A 25yr corporate executive, Christine began with the CSP program and a goal of bringing her penchant for high standards and business ethics, together with her knowledge of design and the real estate industry to an industry without a map. Her own extensive training from across North America includes London UK, New York City, California, Texas and the Carolinas. From her research Christine knew there was a need for a distinctly different approach to staging and staging training. Growing from one course to a complete school with several physical locations and a group of highly skilled trained instructors, the CSP program, accredited through the Real Estate Staging Association is the leading global source for finding highly trained stagers and is the primary destination for anyone wanting to become a successful stager, it is the company more real estate agents turn to, on behalf of their clients. CSP International is a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise having expanded to the United States in 2006 and Australia in 2009.
About the CSP® designation:
The CSP® and CCSP® designations are recognized by real estate professionals, builders, home stagers, decorators and home sellers for its brand reputation of excellence. The designation identifies home staging consultants who have achieved certification in the staging industry which included quality hands-on training with vigorous testing, apprenticeship, business process and ethics.
January 2016: For Immediate Release:
St. Catharines, Ontario
Top London Stager Receives Highest Professional Accolade!
Jan 1st 2016, Christine Rae, President and Founder of the Business Academy, is proud to bestow the International Masters of Real Estate Staging designation to lead stylist at UpStagingHomes.com, Jillian Summers of London Ontario Canada. Rae said, “It is wonderful to start 2016 by awarding this much sought after recognition”.
Malcolm Gladwell initiated the 10,000 hours to earn Mastery concept; Jillian has been more than clocked hers! Staging now for 5 years after quitting a high paying, secure corporate job in the insurance arena (with pension and benefits) to pursue her passion of owning a top staging business. Her rallying cry was “Sink or Swim baby” and swim she has right to the top!
Over the five years her fledgling business has grown leaps and bounds. Jillian has achieved many awards including designing the Dream Home Lottery, Best in HOUZZ, RESA Canada Vacant Stager of the Year 2015; in addition, her work has appeared on the cover of several magazines and will be featured in an upcoming HGTV show. Her commitment for top quality workmanship and customer service has produced successful staging in over 1000 sold properties. Summers said, “I have won many awards over the past five years; I am so proud to have achieved this designation! It is quintessential recognition for the achievements I have attained.”
Rae commented, “The International Masters of Real Estate Staging designation signifies a standard of achieved excellence in the field, as well as acknowledged value for a stager who has worked tirelessly in the field. It was Professor John Ramsey who said credentials are about setting you apart, make you more employable, more valuable and knowledgeable. Strong credentials trigger the magical feeling of achievement; weak or no credentials are reminders of poor advice, money problems, bad decisions, wasted time and frustrations.
CSP International Business Training Academy is college for stagers! Its’ life work has been and continues to be for the betterment of education and experience, providing a stronger, higher skilled, more respected professionals to be valued in a still embryonic industry. In a non-regulated industry, CSP International Staging Business Training Academy has provided a platform for all stagers to declare, regardless of non-regulation, that they value and have continued skill learning to an advanced level.
RESA Houston Local Chapter Kickoff Meeting w/ Special Guest: Shell Brodnax via Skype.
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Place: CORT Furniture
5757 Richmond Drive
Houston, TX 77057
Please RSVP no later than Sunday, December 13th by 5:00pm.
Contact LaKeitha Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling(832) 969-5719 to RSVP.
*Water and coffee will be provided.
For more information, CLICK HERE!
“We are so excited to have just had our kick-off meeting for the Nashville Chapter of RESA! We had 10 stagers in attendance, including Kristie Barnett, RESA Regional VP. We are eager to get our board in place with several expressing interest in chapter leadership, and look forward to going strong in 2016! We will be having our next meeting in February 2016 so keep an eye out for those details!”
Submitted by: Elizabeth Scruggs
We are happy to announce that the RESA Nassau Local Chapter has launched. They had their first official meeting in November 2015 sponsored at CORT Furniture Rental. We’d like to welcome the Board Members for 2016:
Treasurer – Elizabeth Tucker
The Nassau Chapter will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 located at:
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
If you are in the Nassau Long Island area and would like information on joining RESA or the RESA Nassau Local Chapter, please contact Luisa Rizzo by emailing her at: email@example.com
CONGRATULATIONS to RESA® Regional Vice President, Tori Toth on her new book, “Feel At Home – Home Staging Secrets For A Quick & Easy Sell” making it in Amazon.com‘s top 100 in DIY, interior decorating and decorating categories.
Check it out by visiting: http://www.feelathomebook.com
In this game-changing book by Tori Toth, founder of the Stage 2 Sell Strategy and Stylish Stagers, Inc. you’ll discover: how home staging can change habits and emotions that will benefit your bottom line and ultimately put a “sold” sign on your property. Preparing your home for sale is more than just cleaning and decluttering, learn insider home staging secrets on how to make your space feel like home to potential buyers. When buyers feel at home, they’re more comfortable and can relate to the space, which ultimately gets them to make an offer. How fast can you sell your home? See for yourself and learn a simple 10-step plan for making an impact on your house. The place that you’ve called home is about to become your greatest asset, I’m here to help you get the best return on your investment.
MAY 2015: For Immediate Release:
St. Louis, Missouri
Award Winning Stager in St. Louis Earns Prestigious International Masters DesignationToday, May 6th 2015, Christine Rae, President and Founder of the CSP International Staging Business Academy is proud to bestow the International Masters of Real Estate Staging designation to Courtney Schomburg, Vice President and Co-owner of INhance IT! Home Staging in St. Louis, Missouri. Her firm has staged over 2,000 homes since its inception in early 2007. Courtney is a graduate of Webster University in St. Louis and holds a BA in Communications. Courtney attended a year-long program at FIDM (The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) in San Diego focusing on color theory and merchandising.
Rae commented, “It was Professor John Ramsey who said credentials are about setting you apart, make you more employable, more valuable and knowledgeable.” The International Masters of Real Estate Staging designation signifies a standard of excellence and value for a stager who has worked tirelessly in the field to achieve an outstanding reputation for excellent work.
In a non-regulated industry CSP International Staging Business Training Academy has provided a platform for all stagers to declare, regardless of non-regulation, they value and have continued skill learning to an advanced level.
Find out more about the International Masters criteria: www.StagingTraining.com/masters.php
More about Courtney Schomburg:
Courtney is a member of the St. Louis Homebuilder’s Association. She is also an affiliate member of the Saint Association of Realtors and is on the Affiliate Committee as well as a member of the Young Professionals Network. For the past several years she has created and donated all of the floral arrangements for the annual HBA and Women’s Council of Realtors awards banquets.
Courtney duties with INhance IT! include creating design plans for builder display homes including both exterior and interior selections. She is also creates the merchandising plans for these displays. Courtney works closely with re-sale clients, making selections to assist them in getting their homes ready for sale. Courtney is the on-site manager for all vacant home staging installations.
Courtney received the CSP (Certified Sales Professional) and CMP (Certified Marketing Professional) designations through the National Homebuilder’s Association. Courtney has judged the Parade of Homes in the Atlanta Georgia market and her work has been featured in St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine. Her firm is considered one of the premier home staging companies in the St. Louis Market.