Who is Melinda Bartling? I’m a home staging Realtor with Keller Williams in Overland Park, KS, a suburb of Kansas City, MO. I’m also a Kansas City native, growing up in Brookside on Morningside Drive. I attended The Barstow School, when it was still all girls.
My parents divorced when I was young but I still grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. My dad was a real estate broker and invested in apartment buildings in midtown Kansas City. My mom had several businesses centered around food, fashion, style and home decor.
My brother, Roger Calkins, became a local celebrity when he started the first garage band in Kansas City in the late 1950’s at the age of 14. Roger Calkins and The Fabulous Silver Tones were inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Roger passed away on January 13, 2016.
Designations and Awards
During my early real estate career, I earned many designations (CRS, e-PRO, GRI, WHS) that built my knowledge. Then in 2006, I learned the art of Home Staging from the woman who created the concept back in 1973. I worked beside her staging homes, learning her tips and tricks and taking in everything home staging was meant to be. I earned the designation Accredited Staging Professional Stylist. My abilities as a Home Stager is what really built my brand of selling homes quickly and for more money.
Consequently, the awards followed with the Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent Award that I’ve received every year since 2006. That’s 14 years of receiving an award that less than 3% of the Realtors in the city receive annually.
This prestigious award is based on closed transactions, customer service, communication, integrity, negotiation skills, marketing homes, market knowledge and overall customer satisfaction.
What I Do
As a Realtor since 1987 and a Home Stager since 2006, I sell homes in 3 days or less and for thousands of dollars over asking price. I turn any lived in home into a Red Carpet Winner that every buyer wants to buy and will pay you more money to get. It all starts with my SOLD FAST Home Selling System and My Home Staging Magic.
I work with your things and create your home’s best look. Styling and detailing your home is just one of the steps necessary to sell your home for thousands over asking price. Furthermore, selling your home in 3 days or less allows you to get on with your life and get back to normal faster.
100% of my listings close (industry normal is about 60%) and my average staged home sells in 3 days or less and for 3% over asking price. In January 2020 according to the local Multiple Listing Service, the average home sells in 60 days and for 3% less than asking price. Two months is a long time to have your home on the market and think of the inconvenience!
If you’re buying a home, I will help you find your dream home by knowing how to write a contract that will get accepted over the potential others in a multiple offer situation. That comes from 33 years of selling real estate and being an experienced negotiator and problem solver.
Not everyone is a good fit for my SOLD FAST Home Selling System and I get that. It’s a very simple and easy system I developed knowing that if you want different results, you must do things differently. Also remember, the Realtor you choose determines the results you get!
If you’d like more information and to schedule your FREE Home Selling Consultation, call me direct at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here.
Having grown up in a beautiful 3 story home on Morningside Drive in Brookside, with a mother that was a show stopper herself, I learned to love decor and I developed my own signature style at an early age.
First of all, our home was constantly changing with the times. From gold flocked wallpaper, to Hollywood Glamour to traditional pieces that were made to last forever, I learned how to and still love blending different décor styles.
As a result, today my signature style is vintage pieces layered with fun surprises. Also, I like old and new mixed together in both furniture and accessories. After all, your home is more than a place to hang your hat. Most importantly, it tells your story, who you are and what you like. It’s your book that hasn’t been written. It shows your style, personality and your dreams. Finally, it tells where you’ve been and where you’re going.
Being able to use other people’s things to give them a totally fresh home selling look that all buyers want is the concept behind Home Staging. It was never meant to be anything else.
Philosophy of Melinda Bartling
“The way you live in your home and
the way you sell your house
are two very different ways”
My specialty is turning the average lived in home into a Red Carpet Winner. That takes talent and an eye for being able to create what buyers want in the home they are going to buy – using the things that you own. Plus I use the 7 little secrets that I learned from the creator of Home Staging that attract buyers to homes like bees to honey.
Choose your Realtor carefully
I hope you make wise decisions in choosing the right Realtor when selling your home in Overland Park. After all, it’s your money that’s lost when you don’t. I’m not your average Realtor. Some Realtors make promises. I get you fast results so your home sells for thousands over asking price! Check out what my other clients have said about me here.
Just for fun…
When I’m not working, I love to shop for anything stylish – trendy décor, funky jewelry and the latest fashion – especially coats, bags and shoes. At least once a month I head out in search of vintage furniture and old finds. Repurposing is my part in Saving the Planet and finding things I can use either in my little 800 square foot house or my She Shed, appropriately named Shed Chic.
From April through October every year, My Shed Chic Social Club hosts small, on-going impromptu Happy Hours for Women who Wine, where I collect items or donations for various local non-profits. It’s a great way of bringing women in business together to make new connections and to give back to our very cool community.
The latest addition to my team, for the woman that has everything – is my Director of Positively Everything. Bella is that DOPE, 7 year old black Lab mix that found me one day right before Christmas 2019 and came to stay 2 days later. She’s not only DOPE – she’s perfect!
Once a month I send out my newsletter, “The Inside Scoop on Real Estate.” It’s full of tips for selling, buying, home staging, home decor and home maintenance. If you want to know how to protect your money and you don’t want to miss a thing, you can subscribe here.
Ready to get started selling your home? Call or text me today at (913) 515-3250 for a quick phone conversation to schedule your FREE Home Selling Consultation and to see if what I do helps you move on to the next phase of your life, quickly and easily! Or if you prefer, you can contact me here.