Ann Arbor Michigan- 1258 Waterways A Staged Home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM

If you were a buyer which home would you buy? This past week, I had two of my homes staged in Ann Arbor, Mi. I have been commenting on some of the Stagers posts on Activerain that I am now going to make it mandatory that if my sellers move, they must have  their home professionally staged.

As a listing agent, it is my job to get the house SOLD. With inventory high, and the buyers few, a staged home shows much better.  

I created two Real Estate Shows for your review.

1258 Waterways in Waterways subdivision is a fabulous community with Ann Arbor mailing, Saline Schools and Pittsfield Township taxes. This home sits on a gorgeous lot with trees and wooded views from the entire back of the house. There was nothing wrong with the house, it was just a lonely house, now it is a welcoming home where buyers can imagine and get a real feel for living there.

Denise SloanI am working with Denise Sloan at Showcase My Home in Ann Arbor, MI. Denise is an Accredited Staging Professional and a member of International Association of Home Staging Professionals. Denise can be reached at 734-730-8211 or by email at I have known Denise for many years when she was on staff at The Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors, as Director of Member Services. Denise is still a member of our board.

So here we go, enjoy the show and let me know which one you like best.


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Missy Caulk, Ann Arbor Realtor

Missy Caulk, Broker/Owner of Savvy Realty Group can be reached at 734-926-9797 or email:

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Comments (45)

Julie Dana
The Home Stylist - Buffalo, NY
ASP, Staging for Buffalo, NY area

Video number two is the winner in my book. Staging made a difference!

I live in update New York now but I am originally from Michigan -  in fact my mother and brother live in Ann Arbor so.....Go Blue!



Sep 19, 2007 12:18 AM
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Missy,
A no brainer--#2.  I'm still looking a stager for my area.  I've thought about giving it a go myself but I wear just about as many hats as I can juggle.  Thanks for showing the difference staging makes.  I'm showing this to a builder I work with.  
Sep 19, 2007 12:34 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Julie, Go Blue !! Call me when you come to visit your mom, I would love to meet you.

Cynthia, great idea to show a builder. I agree, you and I both wear TOO many hates, leave it to the professionals.

Sep 19, 2007 12:45 AM
Mana Tulberg
805 County Real Estate - Camarillo, CA
Real Estate Agent - Camarillo CA
Missy, What a difference!! I have never had to use a stager, but now I know it is a must. Thank you for the shows.
Sep 19, 2007 04:38 AM
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services
Missy- Much better! Keep experimenting with it. And I am always willing to lend a suggestion or two to help you out. Katerina
Sep 19, 2007 06:10 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Mana, good it looks so much.

Katerina, I appreciate it.

Sep 19, 2007 07:24 AM
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate
By far the second one is better.  It is so warm and actually came alive with the staging - what a great job.
Sep 19, 2007 08:54 AM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Wow, Missy, you really showcase how important staging is!!!  Can you give us any idea how much this staging cost?
Sep 19, 2007 09:25 AM
Ray Saenz
Exit Realty Laredo - Laredo, TX
Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor


I am seeing that you are learning very well, Espero que tengas un buen dia con tu familia y que sigas haciendo muy buenos blogs. Saludos !

Ray Saenz


Sep 19, 2007 10:54 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Debbie, thanks I know it will help.

Chris, it was 350.00 plus 50.00 a month until sold or they don't want it sold anymore.

Sep 19, 2007 10:55 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Ray, I'm trying to make you happy, Ray !!
Sep 19, 2007 11:00 AM
Chris Tesch
RE/MAX Bryan-College Station - College Station, TX
College Station, Texas Real Estate
Wow, Missy!  That doesn't seem like a bad price at all!  I assume that includes the furniture rental as well?
Sep 20, 2007 10:40 AM
Rita Taylor
None - Sanford, NC
Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina


The small details really added a lot to this home in Ann Arbor.  The front door looks so much more inviting now. 

Sep 20, 2007 02:56 PM
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Missy - Personally like the photos used in the 1st one but like the "look" of the home staged in the 2nd one. Just an FYI - your page takes a lot longer to download than most probably due to the program you have set up (not sure what it is called) that creates the box when you click over a key word. I am sure you already know this but figured I would mention it just in case.
Sep 21, 2007 07:13 AM
David M. Childress
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Akron, OH
I would love to be your Realtor® in Akron Ohio!
HI Missy, I got here from the nomination page and I am glad I did. I would like to use your post for my clients whose homes are not selling and resist my marketing attempts. Very nice show and thanks for the pricing info!
Jan 12, 2008 05:20 AM
Miriam Bernstei
Rochester, NY
Missy you said 350 paid at the closing by you or the seller?  In New York it costs 350 or more just for a consultation and several thousand for staging.  Not all stagers will wait until the closing.  Of course a staged house looks better and more inviting.  I recently had a listing where the seller would not hear of it nor could they afford it; what to do?
Jan 12, 2008 07:22 AM
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Missy - If anyone had a doubt about staging a home, these two videos prove that a staged home would be more appealing to a buyer. You'd have my vote with or without these two RES! ;-)
Jan 12, 2008 08:18 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

David, you are so funny of course you can use this post,  I do so they can visually see the difference.

Miriam, No my sellers contract with the stager for 350.00 up front,then it is 50.00 per month each month it is staged. The monthly is added to their settlement statement. This is light staging not heavy with every room furnished.

Linda, thanks !  


Jan 12, 2008 08:27 AM
Candy Henthorne
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring Texas Real Estate
Missy - What a difference between the two!  I like the second one better, for sure.  She did a great job.
Jan 14, 2008 05:31 PM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
Candy, she does and thank you for commenting.
Jan 14, 2008 09:03 PM