St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


How a simple handwritten card turned into 50+ homes per year in sales

How a simple handwritten card turned into 50+ homes per year in sales

Moving from Charleston, SC, and selling my home staging company was a difficult decision. Earlier this year, I decided that I really missed the business and opened Rave ReViews Home Staging in St Augustine, FL, our new home. I wanted to be sure that my new potential customers understand that while I'm new to the area, I"m not a new home stager. I asked some of my past customers to do a video testimonial for me, to begin establishing my credibility here.
This is the first one to come in (though several agents have said they will provide one)
Michele Reneau built Charleston Relocation Team and quickly became one of the top producers at Carolina One Real Estate, the biggest company in the Charleston, SC market. I'm honored and humbled to have her words provided here in video format. In it she tells how we began working together. 
Why she hired me.... such a simple thing. I wrote her a handwritten note thanking her for calling me to ask me a question about paint colors. 
"The first year I worked with this home stager, I doubled my business to more than 50 homes per year." Wow. then to follow up with, "I can directly attribute and real estate success to my partnership with Melissa Marro."
Michele was my single biggest client, staging hundreds of homes over the several years we worked together. About a year before we left Charleston, she moved to Chattanooga, TN. Since then, she's been busy being mom to two beautiful girls, one of them born just 2 months ago. Still, she took the time out of her busy life, to do this testimonial video for me.  
Thank you Michele. I am humbled by your kind words. 


 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at, Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).


Comment balloon 6 commentsMelissa Marro • October 03 2012 11:23AM


Congratulations.  Anyway that attracts clients to your business is good.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Melissa,

What an AWESOME success story!  I'm working a 'thank you' letter campaign this month and looking forward to great results by reaching out to my SOI.  Best of success to you this year!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) over 6 years ago

What a wonderful testimonial! It shows that those small, nice touches go a long way.

Posted by Jared Stevens (Louisiana Lagniappe Realty) over 6 years ago

Wow, that's a very powerful testimonial, Melissa.  I love it that her business doubled after she started working with you and getting the homes staged and sold. 

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 6 years ago

Melissa-What a WONDERFUL testimonial! It sounds like you and Michele were a great team!

Posted by Marianne Cherico, Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island (Interiors by Marianne Cherico) over 6 years ago

Edward & Celia  - Thank you. It's still one of my favorite success stories.

Jordan - the little things that no one does anymore make a huge difference. It's about showing that you are respectful, professional and appreciate their business!

Jared - exactly! Thank you for stopping by!

Sally - Yes, the number is huge & surprising to even me.

Marianne - We were... it's so sad that it's over. But we are still friends. 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 6 years ago

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