Christine Rae — A Pioneer of the Staging Industry.
Christine Rae influenced the staging industry from the beginning of her career, through the innovative development of a business training and certification program.
In a non-regulated industry where “anything goes” she established value for education, maintaining a steady, clear message that ethics, professionalism, systems, training, actionable knowledge and continuing education count, especially when dealing with the largest investment most people make. An industry pioneer, bestselling author, multiple award-winning entrepreneur she is most proud of the thousands of Academy’s graduates’ success and the quality of the certified trainers who travel North America and Australia teaching the CSP® process, systems and proctoring the “in-field” examination. Those trainers are exceptional examples of success in their own right, and graciously maintain the integrity of the CSP® brand in their work, and in sharing their experience with students. A pioneer of the staging industry, charter member of RESA, and a visionary thought leader Christine’s influence has affected the business development of thousands.
CSP International™ Business Training Academy Founder
The Academy is known as a successful incubator for would be entrepreneurs with a decorating flair who want control over their own destiny, while building successful, profitable businesses of their own. CSP International™ provides a stimulating safe-haven for learning, support, knowledge development, best practices, and leading market trends. With a strong commitment to innovation, skill development and marketability, CSP® consistently releases content-rich trainings as well as specific marketable designations to help develop the industry and its practioners. CSP® trains stagers how to correctly set up, skillfully manage, and passionately grow lucrative staging businesses… ones they’re proud of. Graduates from the Academy benefit from a reputation of excellence, which helps them gain credibility and recognition as they market and develop their own business.
Member of the National Academy of Best-selling Authors®
Christine Rae steered the company to the top of the excellence chart in the industry; Is recognized as the World’s leading authority on staging from her global experience, her work in developing standards, examinations, professionalism and trend forecasting. Author of Home Staging for Dummies® (Wiley press), editor of the world’s only Staging Industry Magazine and contributing author to bestselling books: SOLD, Staging Secrets, Trendsetters, Nothing but Net and The Only Business Book you will ever Need (with Brian Tracey), Christine has also worked with leading business guru’s like Michael E Gerber and Ann Maurice (TV’s House Doctor the original stager).
Christine’s success stems from her work ethic, desire for excellence, her integrity and integral goodness. In a very competitive industry what sets CSP International™ Academy apart is the success of the graduates, the leading-edge curriculum, and the driving force, to always be of service and value to the student. From the beginning, CSP International’s core values, mission, “pay it forward” philosophy, continuing education and the apprenticeship program were the catalyst for the differentiation which set CSP® graduates apart.
Christine was interviewed by Michael E Gerber, had a guest appearance on his show, and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX television affiliates speaking about staging. Many of CSP International’s graduates have appeared on popular HGTV real estate shows.
RESA® Accredited Training Provider
A Charter member of RESA®, Christine served as RESA® Regional VP for Canada and her work and innovative products have resulted in multiple awards from RESA®:
The unique, signature CSP® Real Estate Staging Business Training and Certification Program has received multiple awards, accolades, recognition and accreditation. Of the multiple awards and nominations, she is extremely proud to be the first recipient of the RESA® Lifetime Achievement award for her contribution to the industry. Recipient of the RESA® Innovator award for the CSP® continuing education model, The Staging Magazine was awarded RESA® product of the year, & Home Staging for Dummies RESA® approved as the handbook for stagers. She is an Industry Expert Blogger for REALTOR® magazine, a contributing writer for REM magazine and is the Green Staging Expert for HomeGain®. A featured speaker for many industry events including six Stagers Expo’s, several Real Estate Staging Associations, a real estate agent event in Sydney, Australia and expert speaker at the California Association of Realtors convention.
Innovation is part of her mantra and in an effort to help improve the planet she also developed, pioneered and trademarked EcoStaging®.
Five USA colleges across the country endorse the program, her book Home Staging for Dummies ® is the recommended textbook for staging in many colleges in Canada.
One of the Top 100 Elite Women
Christine Rae was thrilled to be named by REP Magazine, as one of the top 100 Elite women who are shaping the real estate industry.
“Staging real estate is a serious business, not one to be treated lightly. Stagers are charged with the responsibility of not only securing the equity of the property but also visually supporting the value of it.
Real certification for stagers is as important to a real estate transaction, as a license is for real estate agents. I believe within 3-5 years tremendous change will take place regarding how stagers work in this field. I predict there will be an absolute tsunami of need for this service, and currently there are not enough service providers to meet that need,” said Christine Rae.