About Mary

Mary Burck - Staging Doctor

Mary Burck has always been inspired by her surroundings.  Raised in New York City, in a family of three children, she developed a passion for decorating and designing in her early childhood.  Her grandfather an architect passionate about drawing and art taught her the basics in drawing everything from landscapes to floor plans; her mother, a secretary by day but sewing and craft enthusiasts by night, taught her the basics of sewing and pattern making; and her father, a jack-of-all-trades, taught her how to paint and wallpaper a room, basic upholstery, and how to strip and varnish furniture.  By the age of twelve Mary was already a compulsive re-decorator, proficient in using a drill, a sewing machine, and a hot glue gun; and she could wallpaper and paint a room, re-upholster seat cushions, sew and hang curtains.

While earning her bachelor of arts at the State University of New York, Mary spent her summers working as nanny in the prestigious suburb of East Hampton and it was here she discovered her love for real estate and her obsession for reading everything and anything related to decorating began.  In 1998 during the summer of her junior year Mary decided to take a sabbatical from university to work and travel overseas and in 2002 she settled in Newcastle Australia enrolling at the University to finish her degree. After six years working in financial services, Mary made the decision to combine her passion and love of decorating and turning it into a business.

For five years Mary has been property styling Newcastle homes, decorating to sell fast and for top dollar. 

  • Mary studied home staging under internationally recognized staging expert Debra Gould of Six Elements Inc. and is a graduate of the Staging Diva Training Program.
  • Mary also worked as part of one of New York’s premier Home Staging Companies, Superior Staging Inc. This is where she fine tuned her property styling skills. Having worked as a member of this team Mary has first hand knowledge of what it takes to decorate a home so it sells quickly and for top dollar in a tight and competitive real estate market.
  • Mary’s 20 year obsession with reading anything and everything related to decorating combined with her artistic eye enables her to quickly visualize a rooms potential and prescribe decorating solutions that will transform a home with dramatic results.
  • Having lived in the local Newcastle area for twelve years Mary has avidly followed the real estate market and is aware of the local market trends, and knows what it takes to make your home stand out against your competition.
  • Mary has a six year proven track record for managing teams, meeting deadlines, and achieving results. Having worked as a Team Leader for one of Australia's largest financial service companies, Mary has fine tuned her organizational and people skills to build, drive, and manage high performing teams to reach their goals all the while ensuring her staff continually delivered an exceptional customer experience. 

    "I love using the skills needed to manage a team in a corporate environment for my Home Staging customers.  Being organized comes naturally to me and for years my friends, family and work colleagues have told me I have an uncanny talent for writing a to-do list, and I love it when one of my staging clients realise this quirky talent of mine.   Combine that with my flare for decorating and my attention to detail, means that my clients get specific, value-adding recommendations set out in a clear organized action plan.  Selling a family home can be an emotional and overwhelming time and many home sellers don't even know where to start. But once a clear action plan is is in place, preparing and selling ones home becomes a manageable task."   Mary Burck, Staging Doctor

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