St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging

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You asked... I answered.... Sharpen YOUR Sword....

I posted last night a querry on how to comment on posts  (specifically before & after posts) where the stager really could have used some tweeking... the old addage, "you don't know what you don't know" thoughts apply.  All 8 comments this morning advised it would be good to have a 'critique' group where we could share our work and have other experts tell us what they might have done differently.  This way we can educate each other & help those who may not be completely comfortable with their skill level.

I thought if I was going to start this group it would need to be about more than just critiquing.  I am a huge fan of Steven Covey and always think of him talking about Sharpening your sword.... so that's what I've created.  The group will be specifically for educating yourself & others.  This is not an advsertising forum for for posts meant to educate the general population or agents.  It is about educating ourselves and honing our skills in this industry - something you may know I am passionate about! 

All comments must be done in a CONSTRUCTIVE way - no bashing or name calling will be permitted!  If I find you've done this, I will call you out on it.  I'm not good with politically correct and I don't find it helpful to beat around the bush... so call it like you see it, but be kind & with good intentions!

Here's the new group!  http://activerain.com/groups/SharpenYourSword 

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 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit StageListSellNEFL.com or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at gmail.com), Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).

 

Comment balloon 17 commentsMelissa Marro • December 15 2007 10:39AM

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I'm game! I WANT to know how to do my job better!  Coming soon. . . a post for this group!

(my graphic says "dangleberry". . . I'm going to dangle my feelers out there when I post and hope I don't get too hurt!)

Posted by Roberta Anderson, Hearth & Home Staging, Staging Kitsap County (Hearth & Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Melissa - Awesome.  Thanks for starting the group. 

Jackie

my graphic is grosella...uh...uh....is someone trying to tell me something? LOL!

 

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) almost 11 years ago

Wow!  I'm impressed... people are posting!  YEAH!  Thanks Jackie & Roberta for stepping up and helping everyone else learn! 

I'll go through my early photos and post some this weekend so you guys can critique me as well.... I know I laugh at some of my old work!  Change and growth are good things!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 11 years ago

Melissa - I have some others I'm going through too!

Jackie

Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) almost 11 years ago

Melissa, this is the best idea, I'm so glad you created the group.

This will prove to be an incredible learning tool!

Posted by Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging (2 Hounds Design + Home Staging) almost 11 years ago

Melissa -

Thanks for creating this group. This will be really helpful, now I'm really going to be addicted to AR. Must put a time limit on myself!

Posted by Kelly Townsend, CDPE, Realtor (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago

Yeah!  We are up to 19 members and 5 posts!  My What's right & wrong... Which do you prefer & why post is an example of the learning and growing we can do together.... isn't everyone having fun hearing the critiques?  I know I think it is a hoot.....

I can't wait to tell everyone which rooms they are!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 11 years ago

This is a wonderful idea! Thanks, Melissa for taking the time to open our creative minds!

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging (STAGING SMART N SOLD) almost 11 years ago
Melissa, I am not a stager, just a realtor with a design degree - am I welcome here?  I do plan to become accredited, just couldn't make dates work this year.  Also, is there a generally recognized program that is top-of-the-league to become accredited through?  This has really been fun, the post you did yesterday, thanks!
Posted by Susan Walters (Keller Williams Realty, Ann Arbor, MI) almost 11 years ago

Susan - Of course you are welcome!  Everyone is welcome assuming they follow the guidelines already specified. 

As far as training courses.  There are no top-of-the-league courses.  There are many around the country and my best advice is to research this carefully.  Find out what instructor and program work for YOU.  All courses are different and there is no governing body to say that one course is OK or not OK.  Most courses are originated from the instructors themselves without any review.  This doesn't mean they are bad, just understand that there is no regulation in this industry.  Good luck!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 11 years ago

Thanks Melissa, I will do my homework and put certification as a goal for 2008!

 

Posted by Susan Walters (Keller Williams Realty, Ann Arbor, MI) almost 11 years ago
Melissa,
Thank you for putting this together. How will we improve if we don't open ourselves up for iit. I love this idea and will definitely join the group.
Posted by Anthea Click, Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly! (Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com) almost 11 years ago
Thanks Anthea - I hope that everyone will just keep the spirit that it is for education and not personal attack, etc.... I look forward to everyone's comments, even on my own work.....
Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 11 years ago
 Oh, scary - I'm in>
Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) almost 11 years ago

Good idea- I'm in.

Design by Marla, Burbank, CA.

Posted by Marla Hofstee, Design by Marla- Home Staging, Burbank & Los Angeles, CA (Design by Marla) almost 11 years ago

I'm in!  Thank you for putting group together.  Education is always great. 

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) almost 11 years ago

The group is up to 38!  How exciting! Now we need more posts on education and critique.  I'll have to find some of my old work and throw it out there... I know I definately look at things I used to do and cringe at least a little.... not really BAD, just it is much better now...

That sometimes goes to show you just don't know what you don't know!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 11 years ago

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