FSBO Vs. Hiring a Realtor


According to the NAR only 9% of sales were For Sale By Owner in 2013? There are many reasons to hire a professional Realtor vs. doing it your self.  Below are just three reasons why you should consider a Realtor to sell your home.  For more details click here.

  1. Higher Sales Price: On average homes listed with a Realtor will sell for 23% more than a FSBO.
  2. Less Time on the Market:  Your home will sell on average 22% faster if you list with a Realtor.
  3. Less Stress on the Seller: 70% of sellers said they had difficulties during the transaction.  Realtors have a number of resources to help along the way.

The time is now to get your home on the market and SOLD.  Give me a call to set up your pre-listing appointment today!

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying or selling Real Estate, please give me a call.  I look forward to assisting you and providing a positive experience with your home buying or selling.

Victoria Marchese |victoria@victoriamarchese.com | 503.780.1937 | Website

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Home in Need of Repair? Check out the CEP


If you are a homeowner in N/NE Portland then you may want to look into the Community Energy Project program offered through Portland Housing Bureau.  Through this program you may qualify for repairs including; broken window replacements, electrical and plumbing, roof, furnace, gutter replacements, porch and code violations.

To qualify for this program, you must meet three guidelines:

  • Live within City of Portland (different areas have different numbers of slots, so call (503) 284-6827 to see if they can serve your area, as this changes throughout the year)
  • Have somebody living in the home who is 55+ years old or has a disability
  • Meet income guidelines

If you decide to use their services offered, they will make a visit to your home to conduct an audit, and work with you to come up with a plan to improve the comfort level of your home.  All of their in-home services are free. There are some basic steps to receive service for this program.  Click here for more information. You can also contact Tamara at admin@communityenergyproject.org or call 503-284-6824, extension 104.

If you or someone you know is thinking about buying or selling Real Estate, please give me a call.  I look forward to assisting you and providing a positive experience with your home buying or selling.

Victoria Marchese |victoria@victoriamarchese.com | 503.780.1937 | Website

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Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary!!!

Meadows Group Inc., Realtors, friends and family, came together on Thursday September 18th to celebrate 20 years in the Real Estate Industry.  The weather cooperated while we all enjoyed some wonderful BBQ from Howard’s BBQ & Catering and some excellent guitar music from Tim Woster!  Congratulations to Heather Adams, Tammy House and all of our brokers for their 20 years of continued success!

  • 1993: Al Robertson Broker of the Year
  • 1994: Meadows Group Inc., Realtors Incorporates
  • 1996: New Westside Office Opens
  • 2001: Westside Office Expands
  • 2002: 1000+ Transactions Closed
  • 2004: New Eastside Office Opens
  • 2005: 1500+ Transactions Closed
  • 2005: Eastside Office Expands
  • 2005-2007: Westside Office Highest Producing Office in Beaverton
  • 2007: Eva Sanders Broker of the Year
  • 2009: Matt Gorman Westside Managing Broker
  • 2010-2011: Eastside Office Highest Producing Office in SE Portland
  • 2013: Eva Sanders President of OAR
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It’s Just Gotta Look Good–Staging Basics, a Seller Handout

Staging has become an essential marketing tool to get top dollar—to appeal to buyers and capture their attention during their late night internet search for Home.  The place must look great on-line and in person!

So it is in this time of on-line shopping and sophisticated buyers with design magazine dreams displaying The Good Life that buyers dream of their new place and the coolness, beauty, grace, and joy that it will offer.

They come to a property brim full of expectations and visions that they want to experience in the “right” place.

It really doesn’t work to assume that these dreamy and astute buyers, feeling their way to their perfect spot, will walk into a mess of distracted clutter, smelly cooking or other house odors and recognize the place as their dream.  As Sellers, you certainly know how great it can be and how well it has served you, but they are not impressed!

So many times we have shown a really good property that, if well staged, would certainly have been sold, and that would be right for our buyers, only to have them walk thru, enthusiasm lagging, and cross it off their list.  No amount of their realtor “selling” the place can bring them back.  Their “yes” emotions are turned off.

Preparing your property for the market is like detailing your car to sell.  It has become a necessity, and as it has proven to shorten selling time and increase sales price, it is a cost effective investment.

Staging is the art of enhancing a property to maximize a buyer’s interest and present beautiful design so that a buyer can recognize “home at last”.


From our years of experience working with buyers and equally long lives as artists, we offer a unique niche in staging as we know both areas well.  Our services include a consultation, full staging or staging just a few select areas.  We also offer design services such as:  Fix this Room, Please! & Having a Party?


To prepare your home for the market, schedule a consultation or service and learn more, please visit us at:








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