Jamie Columbus

Staging a Home

Jamie Columbus adding finishing touches to home staging

“You never get a second chance at a first impression!”
Jamie adds her "finishing touches" to a home she's staging, as featured in an article featured in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle Business section.

With artist’s eye and marketer’s creativity, I manage with each homeowner the preparation of their home for its Opening Day. The process of evaluating décor, condition, flow, even landscaping, is thorough and thoughtful, unique to every property. Project completed, the home enters the market, "Buyer Ready."

Experience + Artistry = Results!

“Janet and I were extremely happy with Jamie’s ability to get our house together in a way that was attractive to buyers. She knew everything that needed to be done, and was effective in helping us get it done.”

- Dr. Charles Plosser, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and former dean, University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.

95 Ambassador Drive

“Thank you for your assistance in selling our home. We are extremely pleased and grateful for your help. Right from the start, you impressed us with your professional manner, inspired us with your confidence and generated the results for which we were looking. You were able to sell our home in a down turned economy -- at our first open house and for more than the asking price!

We were especially impressed with your attention to decorative changes and overall design concepts that we might not have otherwise considered. In the end, your input helped protect our interests by greatly increasing our profits. We were fortunate to rely on your guidance and expertise with a sense of trust that our wellbeing was your highest priority. In addition, your strong and positive network with related professionals and businesses streamlined the process.

Jamie, you exceeded our expectations and we would highly recommend your services to anyone interested in selling or buying a home. Best wishes for your continued success.”

- Al & Jeannie Schademan, 11 Knolltop Road

“You've done an amazing job preparing my home for its grand opening. You are extremely talented with your marketing capabilities, and three dimensional capabilities, pulling together the right people to get the house ready for showing. You're a true champion in the art of selling fine homes! You could work with David Tutera! It's about creative financing and land development also. You were creative and ambitious when subdividing 2755 and removing the pool. 3x's successful. Congratulations to you!”

- Sue Reed, 2755 East Avenue

“I wanted to thank you for your efforts in helping us sell our house last year. Your eye for detail and taste included many items we wouldn’t have considered when staging our house and presented our house in its best light. From the staging, you created a professional brochure and photos that created interest and buzz over our property even before the first listing and open house.

Your strategy resulted in a two-week sale at top dollar even in the soft real estate market of two years ago. Please accept my thanks for a successful staging and sale process with my commitment to you for future business should we decide to sell again.”

- David G. Alberti, 743 North Landing Road

“Jamie Columbus knows how to prepare a house for sale, how to price the property and how to market the property. I know on a first hand basis what an incredible job Jamie did. I highly recommend Jamie and feel anyone who has her working on their house will have the best representation possible. ”

- Katherine Roby Wilson, 50 Georgian Court Road

“I had to tell you how much Larry and I so much appreciated all of your help with the sale of our home. Your attention to detail is amazing and your staging made our house beautiful and prepared it so that buyers were quickly impressed and ready to purchase. Thank you for everything!! ”

- Merrill and Rabbi Larry Kotok: 180 Trevor Court Road

“I feel that you have captured the essence of the architecture of my interior design and of my landscape design. No one in this town rivals your abilities. Your artistic nature is apparent in all that you do. Your signature is in your originality. ”

- Armand Alessi, Highland Heights

Professional Experience

  • Past Owner and President, Judy Columbus Inc. Real Estate and Relocation. $130 million in Annual Sales.
  • Licensed as a NYS Real Estate Salesperson since age 18; later as a NYS real estate Broker.
  • Greater Rochester Association of Realtors Platinum Award Winner
  • Worked at Saletin Associates, Boston, MA, a real estate boutique specializing in acquisition, asset management, and leasing.
  • Senior Marketing representative; Award-Winning Performance; Intern; Global Logistics, Xerox.
  • Designed and developed a real estate benefits program, On the House® licensed nationwide by Century 21®.
  • Education: MBA, Harvard Business School; BA, Indiana University - Psychology/Philosophy; University of Kent, England - Philosophical Studies Program.

Jamie Columbus: 34 years in Real Estate

Real Estate Focus:
The Houston Barnard Neighborhood

Choosing to specialize in the neighborhood where I have lived for eighteen years, I have long standing professional presence in Houston-Barnard. Since 1995, I have sold or listed 91 properties on Ambassador Drive, Sandringham Road, Trevor Court Road, Georgian Court Road, and Esplanade Drive.

Photo of houses in Houston Barnard neighborhood

As past Chair and an active member of the HB Neighborhood Association and area Garden Club, I work to build and beautify HB, and to heighten its sense of community.

Owners of Rochester’s grand homes recognize the added value of my representation, as I understand the art and science of marketing and selling property. Visit my Houston Barnard page.

From my Mail Bag. . . In a Word!
Testimonials representing the
trust placed in me by home sellers.

“The meager phrase, “Thank You,” hardly begins to cover our gratitude to you for steering us so seamlessly through the process of selling our house. You managed to make it appear to be simple. On only a smattering of occasions did we have to leave the house with “lights on, lids down,” and then it was done. You had secured a buyer. It will be impossible to thank you adequately Jamie but let me just tell you that two elderly people are immensely relieved to know that the great task is now done. Without your invaluable assistance none of this could have been accomplished. We send our most grateful wishes for equal success in all your ventures. Our gratitude endures undiminished. ”

- Katharine Alling, 215 Sandringham Road

“Jamie Columbus is s a brilliant marketing professional. As our real estate agent, she spent quality time with us to ensure a thorough understanding of our objectives, and presented our home in the best way possible. She worked hard to qualify potential buyers, which made the process much more efficient. Her knowledge of the Houston Barnard neighborhood is unmatched and adds value to the prospective homeowner. Her client relationship approach has led to a friendship that is greatly appreciated. We highly recommend Jamie to represent a homeowner or buyer. ”

- Sam and Nancy Guerrieri, 340 Sandringham Road

“For two years we had our home listed with another highly respected real estate broker. The best decision that Kathy and I made last year was to list with you! One of our sons is an emerging real estate broker in a southern state, and we have suggested to him that he would be wise to adopt the many fine qualities that Jamie Columbus brings to home sales.“

- Michael DiPrima, 275 Ambassador Drive

“Jamie gave us many ideas such as having all inspections done so there would be no surprises and painting the whole house white so that people could visualize it for themselves. She is full of ideas and works full time to sell a house. We are very pleased that we chose Jamie. We felt like we had her entire attention all the time. She had our home on the market only three days. ”

- Gail Tobin, 380 Ambassador Drive

“We appreciate your knowledge, vision and foresight in helping us get the most out of this house while keeping in mind the realistic state of the housing market on high end properties. Throughout the months our house was on the market, you remained positive, fresh, and full of ingenuity in finding ways to keep our listing “hot.” There always seemed to be some new prospective buyer that you were able to “dig up.” We also appreciated the fact that we always felt like our home was a top priority to you. That really made a difference to us and let us know that you valued the sale as much as we did. Selling a home isn’t a fun experience, but there is no one I’d rather go through it with! ”

- Betsy and Devon Marrinan, 240 Sandringham Road

“…A home with its original kitchen sink and vintage hand-stamped oriental wallpaper appeals to a different type of buyer than your standard McMansion, and we believe that your marketing program helped us to quickly find the right person to purchase our home. ”

- Josh Gewolb: 95 Highland Parkway