The Real Estate Staging Association Conference 2016

2016 has started out with bang for sure!  Along with consultations for homeowners gearing up for spring (I predict a busy year!), I staged 4 beautiful homes during January (you can see the latest staged homes at http://elementonehomestaging.com/current-listings-2/); and scheduled my time so I could attend the Real Estate Staging Association Convention (RESA Con) in Las Vegas.  Needless to say, my New Year resolution to blog once a week has already fallen behind.  But alas, we scheduled a vacation before peak season with a group of friends – 14 of us.  Being the introvert that I am, I don’t mind at all taking the time to catch up while on vacation . . . it gives me the alone time that I need.

The RESA convention was fabulous!  I heard it described several times as “getting a drink of water from a fire hydrant”.  I’d say that was pretty accurate.  So much wonderful information was shared it was hard to take it all in.  But I did take a lot away and have already started implementing much of what I learned.

With Audra Slinkey, President, Home Staging Resource

With Audra Slinkey, President, Home     Staging Resource

The conference is structured as many of them are; a mixture of keynote speakers and breakout sessions on specific subjects.  The sessions I choose were very much in line with where the current state of my business is: processes/systems, photography, day-to-day warehouse operations and building a team.

The instructors were made up mostly of veteran stagers, some as one said, who “fell into the business”.  Before HGTV these veterans figured it out as they went; and now are so willing and generous to share their experiences and knowledge with others in the field.

It was great to catch up with my friend Jackie from CO., talk shop with the President of the Home Staging Resource (HSR – where I earned my staging certificate) and officially meet The Decorologist, Kristie Barnett, a veteran stager from Tennessee who I have followed since seeing her speak at the conference in 2014.

Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist (and a very tired me)

Kristie received the RESA Most Innovative Product 2016 award for her paint color toolkit which simplifies choosing paint colors for a home.  If you call me for a consultation, I’ll most likely show up with it in tow.

The convention began on Friday evening at 6:00 and ran through Sunday at 3:00.  Retiring to my room until my flight early the next morning would have been my routine . . . but the Las Vegas market started that day and my friend and fellow stager from Colorado, Jackie wouldn’t hear of that!  Oh, no, we were going to the market!   (More to come on that).

Jackie Weatherly of Adorned2Sell at the Las Vegas Market

Jackie Weatherly of Adorned2Sell at the Las Vegas Market