Congratulations to Meadows Group Agent Topaz Faulkner for winning PMAR’s “Good Neighbor Award”!!!

Topaz Good Neighbor

Realtors® work hard to improve the quality of life in their communities. As a result, PMAR has established the Realtor® Good Neighbor Award. The award recognizes the ongoing efforts of Realtors® who make exceptional contributions to improving the quality of life in their communities. Congratulations Topaz!!!

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2nd Annual Meadows Group Scramble was a Huge Success

Meadows Group held it’s second annual scramble at Red Tail Golf Course on September 10th.  The team of Schumock and St Claire repeated as champions, but only after a putt-off by three teams (good try Suzanne and Judy, practice your putting and maybe next year…).  Schumock-St. Claire vow to 3-peat so we need more help next year to knock them off the throne.  Weather was great, course beautiful, and a great time was had by all! A big thanks also to our Drink Lady - Tammy might have been the most popular person on the course.  Until next year –  FORE

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Staging My Home to Sell


To stage or not to stage, that is the question! It is common these days that home stagers are viewing the heart of the home in a more holistic way and which is better in sync with how people live today.  The cost for staging a home varies on the size of the home as well as how much staging needs to be done but the return seems to be consistent.  Statistics show that staging your home to sell will help sell your home faster and for more money.


Of course there is always the option to do your own staging.  Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:


  • Clear all unnecessary objects from furniture throughout the house, kitchen countertops, bathroom countertops, tub, shower stall, and commode top. Keep only the most necessary cosmetics, brushes, perfumes, etc., in one small group on the counter. Think in 3’s and keep colors limited.
  • Take down, reduce, or rearrange pictures and objects on walls. Patch and paint all walls, if necessary.
  • Paint any room needing paint.
  • Clean carpet and draperies that need it.
  • Clean windows.
  • Pack up and store. If you need room to store extra possessions, get a storage unit.
  • Leave on certain lights during the day. During showings turn on ALL lights and lamps.
  • Set a background tune. Play light FM music every day in the house, for all viewings. 


  • Go around the perimeter of the house and move all garbage cans, discarded wood scraps, extra building materials, etc., to the garage or, if applicable, take them to the dump.
  • Check gutters and roof for dry rot and moss. Make sure they are swept and cleaned.
  • Examine all plants. Plants are like children…they grow so fast. Prune bushes and trees. Keep plants from blocking windows: “You can’t sell a house if you can’t see it!”
  • Remove any dead plants, weed all planting areas, and put down fresh mulching material.
  • Keep your lawn freshly cut, edged, and fertilized during the growing season.
  • Clear patios or decks of all small items, such as little planters, flower pots, charcoal, barbeques, toys, etc.
  • Check the condition of the paint on your home, especially the trim and the front door. The first impression, or “curb appeal,” is very important.

In general try to look at your house “through a buyer’s eyes,” as though you’ve never seen it before.  Any time and money invested on these items will usually bring you the return of more money and a quicker sale.  Follow this link for a more detailed version of these tips.

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 | | 503.780.1937 | Website

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Meadows Group Agents purchased school supplies for our donation drive benefitting Vose Elementary in the Beaverton School District.  We had such an overwhelming response from all of our great Agents.  A special thanks to Suzanne Peters who collected money from our agents and took her niece and nephew on a huge shopping spree to buy all the supplies.  Another big thank you to Tammy Pachl of Stewart Title who brought in school supplies and backpacks to add to our collection.

school supplies vose supplies

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