Monthly Archive:: May 2010

5 ‘Affordable’ Ways to Make a Home Look Expensive

By Stephanie Decker, Staged Marin Homes In home staging it is vital to make a home look high fashion without paying the cost of high fashion. Home stagers are always increasing their staging inventory and can’t pay full price...
May 31, 2010

Show Sellers How to be ‘Weekend Warriors’

By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic When it comes to making sure a home looks perfect before the sale, don’t overlook the exterior details. A sagging gutter here, a gutter with plants sprouting out of it there, and...

7 Ways To Go Digital in the Kitchen and Bath

By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist The increased use of digital applications to ensure consistency, safety, speed-cooking, and make bathing and kitchen work more enjoyable continued this year at the annual National Kitchen & Bath Association industry show. Bathroom...
May 25, 2010

Staging Secrets: How Do You Enlarge a Space?

Oversized furniture and too much clutter can instantly make a small space seem even smaller. But buyers often say they want a spacious, cozy home — not a small, cramped one. So how do you show off a home’s...
May 24, 2010

For Your Blog, Web site: Free Consumer Content Updated in Real-Time

Looking for a steady stream of tips you can share with sellers to get their home ship-shape for showings? Take advantage of the just-released, free customizable content widgets available at the REALTOR® Content Resource, which let you easily incorporate...

Staging Strategies for What Buyers Want

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A few weeks ago we featured a list of top home buyer preferences in home design on Styled, Staged & Sold, based on survey results from Avid Ratings Co. Large kitchens with an island, a home...
May 12, 2010

From NKBA: 7 Design Trends Buyers May Ask For

By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist After being much more cautious about selling, buying, building, and remodeling, home owners are eager now to dip their toes into the residential market. A host of new design trends await them, which...

From NKBA: Green Gains Kitchen Fans

By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist Interest in going green and making homes sustainable continues to gain interest among manufacturers, vendors, design professionals, and home owners, as evidenced by the exhibits at the 47th annual National Kitchen & Bath...

A Nighttime Showing to Remember

By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic Showings typically take place during the day, but you can help sellers make their home stand out by suggesting exterior lighting that will not only improve security but also highlight the elegance...
May 5, 2010

Orange You Glad You Removed the Carpet?

By Charlene Storozuk Something that I always stress to my clients is the importance of removing outdated, worn or non-neutral carpeting when selling your home. Many home owners make the mistake of providing for a carpet allowance in their...