Styled, Staged & Sold
10 Bath and Kitchen Trends to Watch This Year
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Shades of gray, quartz finishes, and energy efficiency are all growing in popularity in kitchens and baths this year, according to a National Kitchen & Bath Association survey of 2013 design trends. NKBA reports that home owners this year are spending, on average, $47,308 on making over their kitchens, [...]
A Close Look at the Top Home Improvements
[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]
Show Off Your Staging Photos of the Great Outdoors
Calling all real estate and staging professionals: I’m looking for your best photos showing how you staged a front porch or deck of a home! Some of your photos may be used in an upcoming issue of REALTOR(R) Magazine or online (credited to you of course!). Please e-mail your outdoor staging photos to Melissa Tracey [...]
Could Your Listing Use a Stylish Update?
By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Home Styling Fifteen seconds. That?s how long a home for sale has to make a good first impression. And, that?s if you can get today’s sophisticated buyers off their mobile device and to the front door. More than 90 percent of home buyers search for a home online, making [...]
The Best Time of Year to Buy Household Items
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Who doesn?t love a deal? I loved this article at Realty Times, which recently revealed the best time of year to buy certain household items in order to score the biggest bargains, based on research from AARP and LifeHacker. January: Furniture, new flooring, and bedding and linens February: Air conditioners [...]
One Thing You May be Overlooking in Your Home Presentations!
By Ryan West, First Texan Realty Smartphones have become a standard tool for a majority of people. When presenting a home to a potential customer, we must now consider an extra home presentation factor: signal strength. Lead Paint According to the EPA, ?most homes built before 1960 contain heavily leaded paint?. While lead paint was [...]
How to Use Light to Increase a Home?s Value
By Ross Donald, LightingSale.com If you are getting ready to stage your home for selling you?re probably already thinking of ways to maximize the value of your home and make it as appealing as possible to your potential buyers. Making effective use of light fixtures and lighting schemes will help you reach that goal. The easiest [...]
On Second Thought, Don?t Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Open House!
By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A favorite real estate tip: When prepping a home for a showing, whip up some chocolate chip cookies to fill the home with that rich, inviting, tasty smell. Who wouldn?t want to sit back and stay awhile? Well, you may want to put down the mixing bowl and turn [...]
18 Ways to Prep Your Home?s Exterior for the Spring Market
By Charlene Storozuk, Dezigner Digz Spring is in the air in some parts of Canada and the U.S., although it hasn?t quite reached my little corner of the world yet. This is the time of year when thoughts turn to spring cleaning; whether or not you?re selling your home. Of course, if you are listing [...]
9 Reasons Your Neighbors Hate You
By Lucy O’Neill, Improvement Center Columnist Courtesy of: ImprovementCenter.com