It is no suprise to us that home sales are down compared to last Spring and it is still a buyers market. The Akron Beacon Journal just had an article on Akron’s market filled with reinforcing facts on the need for staging. Here is a quote from Tom Capensa, president of the Akron Area Board of Realtors, that we couldn’t agree with more: ”Buyers are taking their time selecting what they want and going for the super-nice, clean homes that need little work and are priced correctly.”Super-nice? Clean? Need little or no work? Those sound like STAGED homes to me. Here’s another good one from William Askin, Akron area’s top realtor, on curb appeal, “You have to get people to the door, and if the outside isn’t appealing, they won’t want to look at the inside.” Exactly. Stagers let the homeowners know exactly what needs done and who to call. Askin also said 80% of his buyers look at new construction, so sellers have to compete with homes similar to their’s as well as model homes. A stager’s goal is to make the seller’s home look as new as possible and give it the style and appeal of a model home. Thanks for the the quotes guys. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.