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Staging is now King of the Hill...

No, really.... I was in the kitchen baking cookies when my husband came in to let me know that today's episode of King of the Hill was about home staging..... I had to stop what I was doing, take a break and go watch the show he had paused for me.  Here is the condensed story line.

 

Peggy Hill apparently works as a Realtor (she actually said it correctly - yeah!) and only has 2 weeks to sell a new listing or she will get fired.  She decides that she needs home staging....

Hank Hill, Peggy's husband after being told of the plan asks what staging is... (I love this answer - not because it was right, but because it was funny)... Staging is where you fix up the place, bring in fresh flowers, clean it up add furniture, etc making it look good so they will forget how bad their stuff will look in the home.

Well, she arrives at the home to check it out for the first open house - inside she finds a very large woman on oxygen, an old man practically dying, and another man who is running around the house like a fool doing push ups, etc.  The interior is completely paneled, with awful artwork, dead animal heads, etc... oh yeah, there is also a ferret that the very large woman keeps kissing (apparently on the mouth as it is the banter of later conversation).  Needless to say this house is not going to sell like this....

She comes up with a new plan.  She hires attractive actors to play homeowners (to distract them from the 'ugly people') and to tell the tale of how wonderful the home is - how it can change someone's life.

After working with the actor's for a week, concocting the most elaborate play regarding this house, she tries a dress rehearsal at her home - with guests, etc - and ends up receiving an offer of $25K over asking... mind you this is HER house and it wasn't for sale.  Hank is none too pleased.

The rest of the show is them trying to get out of the contract without having to pay a penalty and without ruining her now shining Realtor repuation.  The answer apparently lies with hiring the most thorough home inspector in town... and of course dismanteling half the house to fail the inspection. 

So.... is this when you know the industry has taken to a new level?? When we are represented in spoofy cartoons?  Also.... what do you think of the actor idea to stage the house.... pretty funny indeed.

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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

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Comment balloon 23 commentsMelissa Marro • December 10 2008 04:57PM

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Melissa, this is rich, I mean really rich....  Does anyone know if they replay King of the Hill?  I just got to see this for myself....

Posted by Gary Barnett, Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis (Home Matters) over 9 years ago

Gary - apparently this was the repeats that they do at 5pm on our networks - not the primetime episode.  I imagine if you do a websearch you may be able to find it.  I had John look back at the program description and the episode is "six characters in search of a house"....  I think you can actually get King of the Hill episodes on Netflix.

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 9 years ago

Gary - Season 12, episode 230.  Good luck finding it on video.

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 9 years ago

I actually posted a link to this episode months back.  I think you can view it at mobi.com - it is hysterical! Thanks for reminding me of it, I think I'll watch it again

Posted by Connie Tebyani, Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County (Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro) over 9 years ago
This is too funny! I haven't reached a point or situation "yet" where I would go to this extreme.There's always a first time though.......I'll keep it in my back pocket! Patricia Aulson/Hampton NH Real Estate
Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago
This is too funny! I haven't reached a point or situation "yet" where I would go to this extreme.There's always a first time though.......I'll keep it in my back pocket! Patricia Aulson/Hampton NH Real Estate
Posted by Patricia Aulson, Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate ) over 9 years ago

Connie - I must have missed that post.  I'm so bummed... I definately thought this was hilarious, well worth watching again!

Patricia - Well, you know sometimes you've gotta do what you've gotta do, right?

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 9 years ago

Oh my we have arrived! I am so impressed. Next Saturday Night Skits...I wonder who they will be mocking? :)

Posted by Kym Hough, Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA (www.Staged-to-Sell ) over 9 years ago

Melissa, Thanks for sharing. Really hysterical. I take this as a very positive sign for our industry!

Posted by Rhonda Hay Rawlins (Glastonbury Home Staging) over 9 years ago

LOVE this!  Gotta find and watch this episode.

Posted by Marianne Sweet, Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI (Home Sweet Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Check your DVR for listings....This link says its playing again today (Dec 13th) on FOX.

Posted by Teresa Meyer, Home Staging Cincinnati-OH. (Stage a Star Staging & Consulting Services) over 9 years ago

Melissa:
I found this episode comical.  And I agree with your statement:  Immitation (or Parody in this instance) is a form of flattery.  Once The Simpsons have an episode with Home Staging, then we're part of American Culture!

Merry Christmas,

The Stage Coach Home Stager Austin Home Staging Round Rock Home Stager

 

Posted by Michael Fontana, @ The Stage Coach (Round Rock Home Stager Austin Home Staging) over 9 years ago

King of Queens had an episode something like this too. Carie was the "mother" actress of the staged family to help sell a home. She ended up loving the home and family more than her own. She ended up getting replaced by another "mother" and was highly upset.

Posted by Teresa Bonlak (Room to Stage) over 9 years ago

I have heard in the model home industry that actors were hired to be part of the staging.

I am thrilled we are now main stream!

 

 

Posted by Allegra Dioguardi, Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island (Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training) over 9 years ago

That's hysterical!  I love it.  I will try to find it on the web.

Posted by Tori Lynn Wallitsch (Prudential Ambassador / Ross Designs, LLC) over 9 years ago

Too cute!  Wish I watched television more.  But have to say my son, Matthew, called Sarah Palin "Peggy Hill" as soon as she was announced as VP candidate and he is living in Spain for the year!

http://mattprattainspain.blogspot.com/2008/11/probably-one-of-best-meals-of-my-life.html

 

 

Posted by Renee Pratta, Renewed Rooms - SC (Renewed Rooms) over 9 years ago

I think this brings more positive light to our industry than some of the drama/bickering on "The Stagers" show!  Fun and maybe more guys won't get that glazed over look when we say we are "stagers"!!

Posted by Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon (Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon) over 9 years ago

Too funny, hey we have arrived!! Hiring actors to replace the old people is funny. I agree it can be better than all the drama on the Stagers

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 9 years ago

This is hilarious - I will have to find it on Mobi as Connie recommended!

Posted by Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager (Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging) over 9 years ago

That's it..... we have arrived!Yeah!!!!!  I missed this but will look for it on the mobi.com site. I agree, once we are spoofed it means we are a current going concern. Once we get spoofed on The Simpsons that will mean we are part of the American cultural fabric. There are many people that never watch a home improvement show/stager show but they will watch one of these two shows and get to know what we do. 

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 9 years ago

Actually I saw a tv thing once where they did that...it was appalling.  I can't believe the lengths we go to and the level of mis understanding about what staging is.  I'll bet it made a funny show, and I guess it means as an industry you've arrived.

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com) over 9 years ago

I'm sorry I missed it...sounds cute. Actors are a great idea or....how about Chip n' Dales :)

Posted by Kimberley Hawley, Hawley Interiors & Staging (Hawley Interiors & Staging) over 9 years ago

Yippee! We are in there with hamburgers, apple pie, and the Simpson's... and that is a good thing!

Posted by Lori Kim Polk, Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento ( Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services) over 9 years ago

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