St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Yes, they are still selling... even with the economic crisis!

I love my job!  I really really do!  One of my favorite things is getting emails from agents and sellers letting us know how quickly a home has sold and how happy they are!  This one came in my inbox over the weekend....

painted bunting"Thanks again for your staging advice.  We had our first showing today, and we did everything exactly as you suggested.  They made an offer!  This could potentially be a quick sale.  You and Michele [Reneau] make a great team!" 

Greg Larson - Homeowner, Tanner Planation, Hanahan, SC

List date:  10/14/08,

Under contract 10/20/08... DOM 6 days!

This is a home that all in all looked pretty good on it's own.  The agent, one of my best, uses me for every listing.  While she is incredible about knowing what to look for, how to talk to the client, etc, she knows that sometimes I have ideas or notice things that she doesn't.  After all, that's my job - That's why I'm part of her team. 

Despite all of the talk of housing slumps, crisis on Wall Street, fear of election results, etc, homes are still selling..... Well, the good ones are!  Homes must be prepared properly.  They must look good (condition), be a good value (price) and then they must be marketed well (agent).  Having a quality listing agent who works with a professional stager is simply one of the must haves when putting your home on the market. 


 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 19 commentsMelissa Marro • October 20 2008 05:55PM


Congratulations on great advice and a quick sale.  It always makes you feel good when that happens.  Great job.

Posted by Chrissie Sutherland (Ready Set Stage) about 10 years ago

Melissa - I agree 100% that if it is priced right and looks great it will sell!  Great job and you are correct - we do still see things agents don't.  Keep up the good work.

Posted by Debbie Wheeler, Chandler, AZ Rooms Rearranged RESA, IRIS (Real Estate Staging/Rooms Rearranged, LLC) about 10 years ago

Melissa, that's true isn't it, a good partnership is worth alot. Of course you see things agents don't because they should be doing what they do best.  It's wonderful when you complete each other. The perfect compliment.

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - about 10 years ago

Congratulations Melissa!  It is such a treat to be greeted with that kind of e-mail!  I believe you summarized it nicely in your last paragraph.  When all these pieces are in place, homes are indeed selling.

Posted by Michele Hess, Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc (Simply Staged Inc.) about 10 years ago

Your work is always top notch which is proof positive that staging sells.   You are blessed to live in an area with beautiful homes that need your finishing touches.

Posted by Connie King about 10 years ago

Hello Melissa, we are noticing the same thing here in Indy.  We had planned on seeing our fall business be off a bitdue to the continued market problems, however we find ourselves with more work than any previous fall and our homes are selling nicely.  I guess it just shows that in any market, the homes that present themselves the best are the top picks among buyers, even if there are not as many of them.

Posted by Gary Barnett, Home Matters Property Stylist Group, Indianapolis (Home Matters) about 10 years ago

Melissa ~ I agree with you. They are selling . I just destaged 2 homes that sold. So they are selling. There are new mortgage programs that are working.

Posted by Fernando Rosado, 561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950 about 10 years ago

Thanks Melissa! It's important to have a cooperative seller willing to do whatever it takes, both on the condition of the home and pricing!

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) about 10 years ago

Congrats!  It is good to hear some encouraging news. 

Posted by Wanda Richards, Shows Great Home Staging (Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions ) about 10 years ago

Melissa, Excellent news, congrats AGAIN !! God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging about 10 years ago

Keeping a positive attitude and using the skills of a professional stager like Melissa will be the key for many homes!

Posted by Mark Brian, Anderson SC Realtor (Silver Star Real Estate LLC) about 10 years ago

When the real estate going gets tough, the tough keep staging! Thanks for that success story, Melissa. Congrats!

Wendy Casey- Surrey, BC

Posted by Wendy Casey (A-List Home Staging & Decor) about 10 years ago

Great Job Melissa and congrats on a quick sale!!  Smart realtor too I'd say!

Posted by Robyn Guinn, Home staging, Arizona (StageAZ) about 10 years ago

Melissa I am having similar results. In my next newsletter I am listing all of my houses and days on market...they average under two weeks and some in just days.  If the house is properly prepared for market, priced right and looking great it will sell.  The interest rate is still very low and people with good credit are still getting loans. In the 70's when interest rates were over 20% people were still buying houses and getting loans. Just like your clients, my clients understand that they have to do everything possible to present their homes in the best light or they will sit. Kym

Posted by Kym Hough, Staged to Sell East Bay - Danville, CA (www.Staged-to-Sell ) about 10 years ago

Aloha Melissa,

Thanks for sharing your success. With all the doom and gloom that's going on in the market it's good to know that people are still buying homes in your neck of the woods.


Posted by Kimo Stowell, REALTOR Associate® RS-76763 - Honolulu Hawai'i (HI Pro Realty LLC RB-21531 ) about 10 years ago

Thank you for all of the great comments!  I'm sorry I haven't been able to get back with each of you.  I've been working like crazy on four projects far from home (2.5 hrs away actually!)  I'm happy to see everyone recognize how important all the factors are - including presenation (condition!). 

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) about 10 years ago

Amen Sister! You do a fabulous job. Our market is a price war and a beauty contest. Homes must be priced right and look great!

Posted by Anthea Click, Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly! (Fresh Perspectives - about 10 years ago

I really needed to hear something positive today. thank you for keeping the positive energy flowing. i have been living under a rock trying to shield myself from the woes of the world, all we ever seem to hear is the doom and is nice to know that good things are still happening in the industry.

Posted by Benita Gottfried (New Vision Interiors LLC) about 10 years ago

This illustrates the importance of working with a quality realtor. We must work hand in hand for the client...and we will be as successful as you were with this sale. Congratulations, Melissa!

Posted by Wendy Casey (A-List Home Staging & Decor) about 10 years ago

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