BRENTWOOD, TN., – Crye-Leike, REALTORS agent Diane Balciar was clearly thinking outside the box when she came upon a unique plan to try and sell a client’s home in the Westhaven community in Franklin Tennessee.

It is the first of two money saving ideas Diane hatched during the past year and later submitted to Tennessean columnist Mary Hance, aka “Ms Cheap” for consideration in her annual awards.

“I had clients who moved out of their home in Westhaven with all their furniture and it was obvious that the beautiful home needed to be staged in order to get the best price,” said Diane.  “I knew several of the neighbors had gently used furniture they wanted to sell so I posted a note on the Westhaven Intranet Bulletin Board.  I suggested neighbors could bring any furniture they wanted to sell to the empty house to help me stage and to help them sell during open houses and showings.”

Diane’s number one motivation was to try and save her client’s some money.  She knew staging the home the traditional way would be expensive.  So after she sent out the note on the Westhaven Intranet several neighbors delivered just the furniture she needed.

“Of course I previewed and approved the items which included a lovely dining room set, a complete set of barely used living room furniture, rugs, lamps and other accessories,” said Diane.  “As a result, my clients got their home staged for free and neighbors had an opportunity to sell their unwanted furniture with little effort.”

Diane’s second money saving entry to the “Ms. Cheap” awards was not as involved, but its simplicity clearly caught the eye of the Tennessean columnist and her staff.

“I simply used the Tennessean’s Open House newspaper ads as wrapping paper for a closing gift for a client,” said Diane.  “I wrapped the gift in red, white and black “Open House” newspaper advertising, tied it with a pretty red ribbon and presented it to my clients at the closing of their home.”

Diane says her choice of wrapping paper was quite a hit at the closing table with her clients and the closing attorney.

Just which of the two ideas will be honored later this month, Diane’s not sure.  “Maybe both of them will be,” she said.

The “Ms. Cheap” annual awards luncheon will be held Saturday, April 26, 2008 at Maggiano’s Restaurant on West End Avenue in Nashville.  Mary Hance’s “Ms. Cheap” columns appear on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. She is the author of Ms. Cheap’s Guide to Getting More for Less.

Diane Belciar is a licensed Realtor in Tennessee working with buyers and sellers in and around Williamson and Davidson counties.  She is a Residential Real Estate Specialist with a focus on residential and self-directed IRA residential purchases.  Diane is a member of the Williamson County Association of Realtors (WCAR) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Prior to joining Crye-Leike, REALTORS, she was responsible for sales and marketing with the Delphi Corporation.  Diane lives in Franklin Tennessee and is based out of the company’s Brentwood West Branch office located at 5111 Maryland Way in Brentwood.

To reach Diane Belciar for all your real estate needs and personal referrals, you can phone her at 615-972-2190 or email her at

Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, REALTORS in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 4,100 sales associates and 132 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2007, Crye-Leike REALTORS attained sales of $5.7 billion with 32,500 closed transaction sides.