St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Did you nominate your best Real Estate Agents for RESA Staging Realtor of the Year?

As many of you know from reading my blogs I have some of the best real estate agents using my services!  I have always felt honored and priveledged to work with some of the top agents in the Charleston Market.  It's good for my resume, it's good for marketing and well, it's good for business.  I have helped grow their business and they have helped grow my business.  Along the way we've sold dozens and dozens of homes, making sellers (and buyers) realize their dreams.

This year with RESA's Stager Awards, the categories included, Staging Realtor.  Because the category included Realtors who were not necessarily stagers themselves, but also allowed Realtors who believed in and utilized staging in their normal business, members of my company, First Impressions Home Staging & Interior ReDesign, nominated some of our best agents. 

I'm thrilled and excited that two of them, Michele Reneau & Matt Poole, both with Carolina One Real Estate received enough nominations to make the top four, qualifing them for the voting round.  This is great for them, their marketing and their business!  But you know what else?  It is also great for my business!  How great is it to say that two of the four nominees, in the entire country, for 2009 RESA Staging Realtor of the Year are my clients?  Both of these agents exclusively use my services....

Well, I thought this was as good as it gets.... another win win situation.... then I read their marketing pieces.  (You can view all of the marketing pieces from the nominees on the RESA website under Industry Awards, then click on the name of the nominee.)  Here are some exerpts:

From Michele Reneau's nomination marketing piece:  "Choosing a stager that is professional, firm and kind in giving staging recommendations is vital. It is this unique combination in stager, Melissa Marro, that most amazed Michele. Melissa has a talent of intermingling constructive criticism between positive statements which allows a seller to be more objective about the steps necessary to make their home appeal to the largest number of buyers." .............. "Michele attributes her success in marketing homes to the successful staging and redesigning efforts made by her sellers based on the recommendations of her staging partner, Melissa Marro. Michele asserts, "Staged properties sell faster and for more money. They also get more showings which increase the likelihood of offers."

From Matt Poole's Pier 1 Partners' nomination marketing piece: "Charleston Pier 1 Partners is honored and humbled to be nominated for the award as RESA's Staging Realtor of the Year.  The reason for our being humbled is due to our choice of business partner and stager, Melissa Marro with First Impressions Home Staging & Interior ReDesign.  It is a joy to be able to send a professional to our client's home prior to listing in an effort to determine the most effective marketing plan to be presented to the public and other Realtors.  First Impressions Home Staging & Interior ReDesign has become an integral part of our business plan with the variety of services provided.  Our clients can have an initial consultation and they can choose from a variety of services that provides one stop shopping with a professional.  That adds value to our business!"

I recently had a conversation with Shell about the awards and she commented that she liked that 'I got it!'  Next year, remember that nominating your best clients - the ones who really use your services and provide their customers exemplary services (like mine do!) - is not only good for their business, but yours as well!  Also don't forget that helping them get new national awards and recognition is one easy way for us to give back to them for all they do for us....



 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 3 commentsMelissa Marro • January 15 2009 09:29PM


Hey Michelle- thanks for the post on Matt and the nomination - we really hope we win!! and if not us, we hope Michelle wins

Posted by Randall Sandin, 843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate (Carolina One Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Hi Randall!  I'm thrilled that you were both nominated enough to make the top 4.  I think it shows how outstanding you both are!!!

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

Randall, Likewise to you and Matt!  Melissa, I'm so glad we met.  My business would not be the same without your partnership on my listings!

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

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