Over the past three years, Ontario Staging Diva Graduate Margaret Harlos has been solidifying her position as the expert home stager in her area with her business, Living Organized.
Margaret is a former Volunteer Manager and Program Coordinator for a non-profit organization.
She has been featured multiple times in the local media both in print and on local TV.
This savvy Barrie home stager quickly made a big splash in her local real estate market, and wasted no time becoming familiar with her neighborhood real estate agents.
When Margaret and her husband were looking for a larger home they swung by an open house that was listed by an agent familiar with her company, Living Organized.
After viewing the property’s photos and descriptions online, Margaret was expecting to view the perfect home but even from the driveway she knew that wasn’t going to be the case.
She tried to remain optimistic thinking she would be able to see past the bad curb appeal and would at least be able to negotiate a better price.
Once inside, it was proving difficult to see past the home’s flaws.
The agent, knowing Margaret was a home stager, told her the home sellers would be willing to paint and fix the house up a bit.
When Margaret asked why she hadn’t told her clients to do those things before scheduling any showings, the agent didn’t answer.
Ten days later, Margaret was called by another real estate agent she was tightly aligned with. He had a client willing to do anything Margaret asked to get her home sold.
Through her conversations with the home seller, Margaret learned the previous agent had just been fired after a failed 15 day trial.
This home seller was devastated to learn that while away on an extended business trip, her home had been shown in terrible condition.
The home seller told Margaret that she’d asked her Realtor PRIOR to listing if the house needed to be cleaned or painted. But despite asking the right questions, she was told her home was fine as it was!
At that point Margaret realized who she was speaking to the owner of the same home she had recently visited as a potential buyer. She didn’t have the heart to tell her new client that she was one of those potential buyers who had been turned off by her home.
Margaret was hired and the family went to work on all the tasks she suggested to improve the overall condition of the home.
After staging the home was listed again and sold for just under asking in less than one week.
About her home staging training, Margaret says:
“The reason I chose to train with Debra Gould is because she focuses on business training. I wanted the skills and information needed to help me build a sustainable home staging and organizing business. I learned a lot in the Staging Diva Program and I am well on my way.”