Tony Lewis, Summit Real Estate Santa Clarita & OC Laguna Nigel (RE/MAX of Valencia (Hall of Fame) 30 year Valencia Resident)

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

It depends.  It really does.  

Sep 23, 2020 08:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Don't want to sound "depends" but  if it is overloaded with big furniture the answer is NO, Endre

Sep 23, 2020 09:33 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It depends - some homes have way too much furniture. Also, depends on buyer. Many buyers can visualize home with or without furniture.



Sep 24, 2020 04:23 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
There's no place like home.

Almost always with furniture.  a vacant property only allows viewers to focus on imperfections... scratched floors, foggy windows, poor paint jobs...

I can't tell you how often I've had buyers look at a bedroom and suggest that it's not big enough to hold a queen-sized bed, when we just removed a queen-sized bed and it held it with room to spare.  Rooms look smaller (both in person and in photos) without some furniture to show scale.

Almost always with furniture.

Sep 23, 2020 05:28 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I know for a fact that a home shows better when it is staged professionally!  Unfortunately, sellers aren't always willing to spend the money for professional staging.  Rather than leave a vacant home empty, I will always at least lightly stage it myself with plants, pictures, etc.

Sep 24, 2020 05:51 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Our Team owns a staging company. We offer (encourage) staging on all of our additional charge. We KNOW that staging brings better, faster, higher sales prices. 

Sep 24, 2020 07:53 AM
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Depends on the furniture. But, in general, better to be furnished... vacant rooms look smaller and show all the imperfections in the home.

Sep 24, 2020 03:49 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

I think better with furniture, that being said sometimes it depends on the furniture.

Sep 23, 2020 06:33 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

With the RIGHT furniture and not a lot of other "stuff", a home usually shows better with furniture (IMHO!).  But the wrong furniture can paralyze a buyer...

Sep 24, 2020 05:35 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

If the home is vacant, it usually looks best with some well-placed and carefully selected items. If it's a rental though, it might be better empty for a smoother move-in process.

Sep 24, 2020 04:47 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Some floorplans really need the help of furniture to help people understand the uses of them.  Others don't.

Sep 23, 2020 10:22 PM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

If you're listing it for rent, go with vacant. If for sale, it depends on how it is furnished. Bad furniture and furnishings can distract buyers from the overall property and nicely furnished can help showcase it. You can always list it vacant and if you get negative feedback, look into staging. Some agents have had success with virtual staging and like the fact that it is quick and inexpensive. 

Sep 23, 2020 06:48 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Definitely staged

Sep 24, 2020 09:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am with Mr. Michael Jacobs - it truly does depend. On many things. 

Sep 24, 2020 08:24 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I might be the only agent in history to say this, but I have always preferred vacant homes. -K

Sep 24, 2020 07:25 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

Better furnished, but I've had a few that buyers can't overlook the disaster of the furnishings.

Sep 23, 2020 09:34 PM
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Furnished... but the key word is "minimalist".  Don't overdo it.

Sep 24, 2020 08:21 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Depending on the homeowner's (or tenant's) furniture.   There are times vacant would be better.

Sep 24, 2020 06:35 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

I think it shows better with furniture but then it depends on whether the furniture of awful or not. I think that virtual staging makes that better.

Sep 24, 2020 06:31 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Some homes show better vacant than when there is too much furniture. I like vacant homes to see what is really there. Some buyers cant see what is not there, so furniture is needed for them. It depends on the size of the home and if luxury or starter?

Sep 24, 2020 05:46 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

It is the responsibility of the listing agent to create the 'I have arrived' sensation for a perspective buyer.

A blank slate requires the buyer to become creative.
People are overwhelmingly better critics than creators.

Now, there is the other side of the story. The selling STRATEGY may actually include making the property look like opportunity that will drive competitive bidding on strategically priced real estate.

Sep 24, 2020 05:32 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Beach Expert
PrimeSouth Properties - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Shows, pictures.  Definitely need furniture/staging for pictures.

Sep 24, 2020 04:18 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Furniture can be a help and sometimes a definite hindrance. That said furnished is my preference.

Sep 24, 2020 04:04 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Take a video both ways just in case... sometimes you wished you had for better staging. A new renter can make it look better than the original owner too and have had one month to month renter help me sell three homes because of her housekeeping and flare with interior decorating. She did not mind moving as long as I found her a month to month rental as the wait for spring to build on her land played out. Depends on the furniture, no smells, lights on and clean as a whistle shown at the drop of a hat availability ... and it depends on the buyer. Some can see it's only furniture and imagine their own instead. Others go ooh la la over the furniture, the vet in the garage and all the toys that make them want the same climb the status stairway of home, better home, best home. With or without, It depends if the empty place shows where the couch was against the wall, coffee table spared the wall to wall floor covering. Or the chalk body outline under the removed area rug from a past homicide, etc. 

Sep 24, 2020 03:38 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Definitely a better look with furniture. Vacant homes look so...vacant...and for most it's hard to acnhor the space in each room without furnishings!

Sep 23, 2020 07:52 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Tony, I think a home shows better with furniture.

Sep 23, 2020 05:18 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Depends on the furniture.

Too big or too much just clutters it up.

Staged looks better in pics.

Buyers can more easily envision THEIR stuff in a vacant home.

This is why I do commercial, LOL

Sep 24, 2020 08:09 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Generally speaking, a staged home with furniture is most desirable. However, there are exceptions depending on the lifestyle of the occupants and the condition of the furnishings.  A well cleaned vacant home is more desirable than a home with ratty furnishings and an appearance of being too "well-lived in". 

Sep 24, 2020 06:13 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

If the home is "livable" have some staging done, if it needs rehab it shouldn't have any!

Oh and if Casper lives there, none as well!

Sep 24, 2020 04:56 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

I'd say with for the customer's sake but for me personally without, imagination left the bulding decades ago for most buyers.

Sep 24, 2020 09:43 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Usually, but not always, they look better and larger w/ furniture.  Yes, I have been in many homes w/ the furniture before closing and then after when it's time to refinish and it's empty. Wow, what a difference in the appearance of size.  Also, with an empty home, people notice every little scratch on the floor and smudge on the wall.

As a contractor, I prefer when the home is empty as it's easier to estimate...or that it will be empty when the job is done as it will be less expensive for the customer.

Sep 24, 2020 08:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It depends, I have seen homes both way, and I prefer vacant.  A

Sep 24, 2020 08:24 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Having seen both vacant and staged results come forth each time. Interesting to note that price-point, location and condition of the property all play a part

Sep 24, 2020 06:04 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker, Instructor
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Staged properly with furniture.  Better to have tennants out of a home before putting on market in my experience.

Sep 24, 2020 01:59 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Staging is effective unless you are selling to an investor.

Sep 24, 2020 09:11 AM
Raymond Henson, SRES, GRI
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I think most homes show better with some furniture if it is done right.

Sep 24, 2020 09:07 AM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL 305-931-6931


If the furniture compliments the property

If not - unfurnished. 

Sep 27, 2020 07:16 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent


Sep 27, 2020 06:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hands down, WITH - but, only if it is staged nicely (whether with the sellers' furniture or the stager's).

Sep 26, 2020 02:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

It depends. If the furniture is only covering up a home that needs paint, repairs etc, then put the money towards that.

Sep 24, 2020 04:33 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Definitely WITH furniture, but it has to be tasteful and not look cluttered.

Sep 24, 2020 12:07 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

A staged home always shows better, in my opinion. A home lived in may be worse than a vacant home, however.

Sep 24, 2020 11:09 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Nicely furnished or staged is best.  But right now in my market it would be sold before we could get it staged so vacant and clean would be fine.

Sep 25, 2020 01:13 PM