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Home Trend Watch: Welcome Back the ?Specialty Room?
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine As economic conditions improve, “special function” rooms within homes are seeing a resurgence, according to findings from the American Institute of Architects? Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter. ?As home sizes shrank during the housing downturn, special function rooms were particularly hard hit,” says AIA Chief Economist [...]
Real Christmas Tree Sales Top Fake
In 2012, consumers purchased 24.5 million real and 10.9 million fake Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Which are more environmentally friendly? Help homeowners answer that question by tweeting a free article, Real Christmas Trees vs. Fake Christmas Trees: Which are Greener, from the REALTORŪ Content Resource. It?s one of five free [...]
Get Ready for the ?Maximalism? Movement Entering Interior Designs
By Anna Abbruzzo and Alain Courchesne, Guest Contributors A new philosophy is taking hold in interior design, and it puts the onus on style without clutter. The recession has finally dwindled and people are yearning for all of the sumptuousness, texture, and good looks that they can get. This exciting new movement is being called [...]
It?s World Toilet Day! Can You Stage a Toilet?
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine The United Nations bestowed Nov. 19 as “World Toilet Day 2013.” Sure, toilets get their own special day too. After all, believe it or not, you?ll spend around three years of your life on the loo, according to Klo & So, the museum for historical sanitary equipment in Gmunden, [...]
5 Ways to Make a Home Extra Cozy This Winter without Paying a Fortune
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine With cooler temperatures, home owners will want to keep a home inviting and cozy, especially if they?re trying to sell it. But just cranking up the heat can prove costly — particularly this year. Heating costs are on the rise, and more than 90 percent of homes will likely [...]
Help Homeowners With Thanksgiving Prep Tips
The cost of preparing a home for holiday guests is difficult to determine. But you can help owners do it wisely and efficiently. Add to your e-newsletter a free article, Tips on How to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests from the REALTORŪ Content Resource. It?s one of five free articles now available in the [...]
8 Kitchen Trends for Remodelers
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Home buyers love kitchens so what trends are cooking up lately? The remodeling web site Houzz surveyed 7,812 home owners about their kitchen remodeling plans this fall. Here are the big trends that emerged from the survey: 1. Bigger isn?t better: Home owners don?t mind a small kitchen, but [...]
The Scariest Place in a Home!
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Ghosts and goblins will soon be creeping around neighborhoods. And if it’s a big dose of scare you crave this Halloween, look no further than in your kitchen. In fact, there’s plenty of fright in the kitchen. You just can’t see it. NSF International recently had a team of [...]
Home Buyers Aren?t Afraid of Spooky Homes: They?ll Even Pay More for One!
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A few ghosts lurking around the house isn’t likely to deter a majority of home buyers, finds two recent studies. Realtor.com?s 2013 Haunted House report found that more than half of 1,400 home buyers recently surveyed would be open to buying a ?haunted? house. Most home buyers in the [...]
Bath Remodels Draw Big Return: Share 10 Tips
Bathroom remodels ranked fifth on Remodeling Magazine?s 2013 Cost v. Value report, with a 65.2 percent return on investment. But what?s a homeowner to do about a bathroom so small the term ?water closet? is a pretty accurate description? Shower them with great ideas. Post to Facebook a free article, 10 Inside Tips from a [...]