Monthly Archive:: May 2009

Shrinking Homes: How Small Will Homes Go?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Have the days of the 4,000-square-foot McMansion come to an end? Maybe, according to a recent article in The Los Angeles Times by Nicholas Riccardi (see Home Sizes Change With the Times) The size of...
May 27, 2009

Help Your Messy Sellers Clean Their Ways

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Styled, Staged & Sold caught up with real estate pro Cheryl Kirby, co-creator of a new instructional staging DVD for real estate professionals — “Get Ready, Get Set, Get Sold!” — to talk about the...
May 19, 2009

Government Allocates $100 Million for Lead Paint Removal

Nearly $100 million in federal stimulus money will go to getting rid of lead paint from low-income homes, Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday. The toxic paint–which can lead to health problems, particularly in children–is often found in homes...
May 17, 2009

Styled, Staged & Sold Wins Gold from Society of National Association Publications

REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog won top prize for its blog from the Society of National Association Publications. SNAP’s annual EXCEL awards recognizes the best in association media and publishing. Styled, Staged & Sold—which launched in January—has...
May 8, 2009

From NKBA: When Home Owners May Want Something Besides Granite

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Granite may still be the benchmark for countertops—with its high quality, unique colors and patterns, and great durability—but more home owners are seeking alternatives in the latest chic materials that also offer sustainability. Cosentino, a company...
May 7, 2009

From NKBA: Contemporary Design Edges in Slowly … and Optimistically

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Traditional design is safe, secure, long lasting. It represents timeless appeal whether it shows up in sturdy cherry cabinets with elaborate corbels and fluting or old-fashioned-style freestanding white ceramic bathtubs with claw feet. So, a plethora...
May 5, 2009

Going Green in a Chic, Award-Winning Kitchen

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—When Laurie Belinda Haefele joined an architecture firm in New York City 19 years ago after graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., her colleagues were beginning to incorporate sustainable features in their projects. “It wasn’t...
May 4, 2009

From NKBA: Digital Tech Comes Home to Tubs, Toilets, Ovens and More

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—If you’ve learned to program your DVRs and iPods, you’re in luck. Digital use is spreading throughout the home, and dozens of products on view from manufacturers at the annual National Kitchen & Bath Association’s convention...
May 3, 2009