I'm a buyer's agent and I my clients mean everything for me. .

It's my job to inform you, to protect you and turn off the BS from all the listings out there so you can make an informed decision.

According to a report I just read today, it is too easy to be fooled by home staging. Home staging is a term that we are gradually becoming familiar with. It is the idea that we try to create the best impression of our home when selling the house. It used to be just run the vacuum over it and do the dishes but nowadays there is a whole set of rules to follow!

Home staging is like when a woman applies heavy make-up to cover up any imperfections for a "better appearance"

Don't take me wrong, I love and appreciate how women present themselves at all times . . . but the reality is:


The idea is, that a staged home stands out from all the others and therefore gets sold more quickly.

It certainly can be carried to extremes with reports of sellers hiring storage units to cart their junk off to.

Larger items of furniture are encouraged to be put into storage by professional 'home stagers' so that the house looks bigger and more spacious



Other instructions a seller has from their stagers. . is to remove anything personal like photographs, so that the prospective buyer can visualize the house as their own.

Closets are de-cluttered so that they look more spacious and all bathroom paraphernalia is supposed to be gone from the counter top!

Garbage bins are even removed and hidden from sight.


The National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (NAEBA, who solely represent buyers in the realty business) has suggested that as much as 82% of buyers are sidetracked from the important issues by a well-staged house. This organization also concedes that home staging nets more cash and faster sales - so it really works!

Some of the underhand tricks used in staging can include using smaller furniture to make a room look larger, placing rugs over damaged parts of the floor, or using curtains to hide rotting sills. Also specified is the practice of putting a cheap paint job on to cover defects.

Your Realtor is legally obligated to let you know of any defects, but only if he actually knows about them!


Buyers are urged by me to be cautious and to remember that when the house is sold, the stage is taken away.

The tricks of home staging do not improve the floor plan, or the square footage of the home or the quality of the neighborhood, and these are the qualities that you will be re-selling at a later date.

I know I'll step in many toes with this article . . .but I call it as I see it

I have seen many beautiful homes that transformed once all the STAGING is removed.



Carlos Herboso for

Herboso & Associates llc

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My husband and I wanted to thank you for the help in purchasing our new home. After 3 weeks of being in the house we can still not believe one of our biggest dreams come true. From start to finish you were professional, confident and informative.  We truly believe if if were not for your knowledge and experience we would not be in our dream house. There is no greater reward than knowing you helped placed a family in a great neighborhood. Carlos we thank you so much and will enjoy working with you as buy and sell in the future. With lots of love the Chughtai family.

Carlos: Receiving these notes to my attention from your clients makes me wonder if you have some kind of potion to woo them over. . .but I realize that is not a potion but simple honest diligence  and care for your clients. . I'm very proud to be associated with you!

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