What they are saying about us
– Stacey H. –
Owner – Aspen Creek Designer Homes
From our first meeting it was clear that Ellen was both professional and very knowledgable. Initially it was her background in buyer behaviour along with her extensive knowledge of staging to sell that convinced us that Chrysalis was the right fit for us. We were not disappointed.
– Mike R. –
Father, Husband, Son, Wine Importer.
We were referred to Ellen Mann by our realtor to assist with the downsizing of my mother’s duplex in the spring of 2017. For anyone who has helped a parent in a similar situation likely empathizes the range of challenges starting with accumulated belongings all the way through the fear of change and all the sensitive psychology associated with this process.
With fears settled – Ellen put together a very detailed list of recommendations focusing on creating space, organization and simple do it yourself repairs. As a bystander and three time homeowner myself I learned what its like to have an objective lens when it comes to marketing a home. Following this initial consultation, Ellen provided us with a very reasonable quote – and got to work quickly to capitalize on the spring market. Ellen’s work was so impactful that my mother could not believe the transformation her home went through and secretly wanted to stay in her newly marketed environment. Ellen’s work is nothing short of impressive, impactful and classy. I suspect the potential buyers during the first weekend of the home being listed likely felt the same – my mom’s home sold in 3 days with competing offers starting on day one and eventually leading to $20,000 over list price.
I would recommend Ellen not only on the above outcomes, but as a business owner myself, anyone who struggles with the natural reflex of thinking with your heart versus your head when it comes to buying or selling your home.
My mother and I are grateful to have met Ellen, benefited from her professional services – and frankly consider her a friend going forward.
– Lisa Beaulieu –
Let’s not beat around the bush first! The most important thing you want to know about hiring Ellen at Chrysalis to stage your house is this: We received an offer in THREE DAYS at 99% of our asking price!
To start, we LOVE Ellen. We were referred to her through our marvellous new agent Art Lee (equally fantastic!). Our house was previously on the market for 90 days, more than half of that it was vacant, then we took it off and put it back. Here’s our story. The first time on market, we waited until it was vacant to make some improvements. We had touched up our walls both ourselves and hired someone to do larger areas with the existing colour. We didn’t want to hear that the colour was not what people wanted and the vacant sad echo made people complain about other things and make mountains out of molehills. We received only one insultingly and extremely low offer and little interest even after other touch ups we did. The house had nothing wrong with it, a gorgeous place, location was awesome, price reduced… still nothing.
When we decided to go with another realtor with a different perspective, we listened to the experts on Art’s team and were introduced to the lovely Ellen Mann of Chrysalis Creative Home Staging. The house was a very good one, the advice we got was important to listen to – Ellen gave us only the facts. She broke it to us that the colour we had on our walls before was the most returned colour. Meaning people buy it, try it on a wall and then realize it doesn’t work and return it. Only a small portion of people would actually like the colour, which meant we were really cutting ourselves off from a greater audience. We can’t argue with facts, so we decided to put everything in Ellen’s expert hands. She suggested we paint a certain colour and she staged it her way, which meant our time money and efforts we put into painting previously, would be in the toilet, and painted over. It was sad for us but we knew after investigation and being presented with her knowledge, Ellen was the right choice for us and we put our faith in her and her choice of painter.
Well we should have done this from the start and wouldn’t have wasted time or money. The results were SPECTACULAR!!!! Ellen’s painter did an excellent job, the cuts were perfect and the colour is incredible! Better than we expected. Ellen’s choices of furniture, the decor, the art on the walls, the tables and accents, were perfect to appeal to the exact audience that would be in the market to buy our place – and had no complaints about anything! That’s the thing. While our own furniture AND TASTES ARE DIFFERENT in colour and style, Ellen’s was UPDATED, MODERN and exactly what people want to see. Even my mother said that while it wasn’t to her own tastes (who is 30 years older than the average buyer), Ellen knew exactly what the buyer of TODAY AND TOMORROW wants. It’s NOT about what WE like or want, it’s about Ellen’s knowledge of the market and her expertise and skills! And she’s got her ear to the ground about what’s HOT, what’s not, and what will sell your property.
We went live on a Sunday, and immediately started getting interest and showings. No complaints about anything, just great feedback, tons of interest and even others wanting to write back up offers. We got the offer we wanted within 3 days, and by Tuesday night we were signing for just slightly under our asking price! In this market, you don’t know what will happen, but thank God we are satisfied to finally have this long journey over, and SO SOON thanks to the new team we chose to help us sell, which included Ellen’s incredible staging knowledge, experience, skill and advice.
Choosing to stage with Ellen is a NO brainer and in fact a MUST in this market (Summer 2017). This paid for itself several times over. I SHUDDER to think how much longer the house would have stayed on the market if we were stubborn and continued to do things our way, or how it would have affected things if we only took her advice half-heartedly… Yikes we could have sat until next year paying mortgage… No folks, do EVERYTHING Ellen says. If you’re having trouble selling your house, think about taking it off for a couple weeks (and going with any of the competent agents on Art Lee’s Team instead!) and implementing ALL of her advice during that time, she’s right about EVERYthing! Put it back on market and enjoy the magic going to work on the public. Honestly – to my fellow sellers – DON’T take only part of the advice, DON’T do it half-way and cheap out. Give yourself over to Ellen, or you’re literally missing out.
I would also like to add we did all this from another province! Ellen was so great to work with from afar. This was a lesson to us that we want to pass on to you if you’re wondering what you can do to sell the house – call Ellen Mann at Chrysalis and call Art Lee’s office. Painting and staging… costs how much? Compare that to how long you sit on market, paying mortgage, getting low ball offers etc. The best thing you can do is go with a great savvy expert who will present your house in the best way possible and you have to do the work to improve it. That’s Ellen and a good agent like ours, and our willingness as sellers to do our part and listen. It’s a partnership!
Lastly, I would like say a note about Ellen personally. She is a smart, sophisticated and savvy woman, classy, and again SMART. I respect her – she knows what she is doing and works HARD at all hours and gives up a lot of personal evening and weekend time because real estate doesn’t take time off. Ellen deserves the maximum rating. THANK YOU so much Ellen, we are so happy we were referred to you and went for the full package! You are MAGIC!!!
– Trung Bien –
I connected with Ellen from another Realtor in my REMAX office after I had trouble selling a property. He spoke extremely highly of her and mentioned that his listings sell after using her services. Clearly that sparked my interest and after consulting with three professional stagers, I chose to with Ellen based on her pricing, value added service and prompt communication; all of which are very important to me in choosing a vendor. After the home was staged, to mine and the seller’s satisfaction, we got the home sold in less than two weeks. The results speak for themselves and I am now a true believer of staging a property to get a higher price and quicker sale….thanks Ellen, very impressed =).
– Justin Warthe –
Top Calgary Real Estate – Remax Central
I cannot begin to say enough good things about Ellen and Chrysalis. Ellen genuinely cares about her clients and gives 100%, 100% of the time. A truly 10 out of 10 experience! Chrysalis is a brand new staging company and operates in a truly professional manner. I will recommend Chrysalis to all my Family, friends and colleagues and they have become a part of my listing presentation for all of my clients.
– Mike Hornby –
I recently had Ellen stage a home that seriously needed her talent for flair, flow and design. My clients were on a budget, so Ellen worked very hard to create the results we needed while respecting the funds she had to work with. Once she had finished, the home was totally transformed. I was blown away by what she accomplished. Had Ellen had a larger budget to work with, I can’t imagine what she could have created. However, the home still sold within a few days of being listed. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ellen for all her help and would refer her to anyone looking to stage their home!
– Diane Roy –
Ellen is fantastic!…..I am a single mom of two teenagers and after going through a separation I found myself with a house I hoped I could manage but I couldn’t so I found myself entering a housing market which I heard was full of gloom and doome. Then entered Justin Warthe and Ellen from Chrysalis and wow! What an amazing team these two are. I went from an overwhelming outlook to an I can do this attitude.
-Cheryl Talbot –
The Real Estate Company
Ellen brings a great work ethic and eye for creativity to the table when working with my clients, while staying within a very cost effective budget. I’m so impressed with her enthusiasm and love for creating an inviting environment that I know makes a positive impression on Buyers. I certainly know she’s done this in my listings and created that feeling of “I could live here” ~ ” this is so comfortable” ~ and a more recent comment from a showing Realtor and her Buyers on a condo listing of mine…”WOW… This looks beautiful!”
Check Ellen out and bring some more value to your Clients with her staging services…
– Rene Birston –
I was very unsure selling my house in today’s market-
In walks Ellen, and everything changed! Ellen spent two hours at my home giving me recommendations, offering her ideas to stage my home to sell fast as I had already bought another home.
I was skeptical at first, but I acted on every recommendation and let Ellen stage my home – A half hour on the MLS – My realtor phoned to say we had a showing – I was stunned! Within an hour we had an offer- one week later we had a firm deal- my house was SOLD! I was in tears of joy as I had so many concerns about my house selling in this market- Ellen , along with my realtor Justin Warthe, produced results beyond my wildest expectations!
Ellen is amazing, kind- professional – personable and best of all darn good at what she does !!!! I would recommend Ellen in a heartbeat if you want your home to show at its’ finest !