Monthly Archive:: July 2010

New Law Likely Will Lead to Higher Prices for Furniture

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Those kitchen cabinets may soon get pricier. A new law recently signed by President Obama limits the amount of formaldehyde used in U.S. products. Formaldehyde can be found in the glue that holds...
July 30, 2010

5 Ways to Pair Function and Comfort

By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist Functionality is still a key driver when home owners spend thousands of dollars to build and remodel kitchens and bathrooms. But high performance shouldn’t exclude comfort — and fun. These products, which were...
July 23, 2010

Small Is ‘In’, Formal Spaces ‘Out’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The sagging economy is influencing home design as more home owners favor smaller indoor and outdoor spaces that are often cheaper to maintain. Forget the formal spaces that are rarely used. Home owners...
July 19, 2010

Color Combo Trends: Try Yellow and Gray to Brighten a Room

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Add calmness to any room with an eye-catching color combo: yellow and gray, says designer Elaine Williamson with Elaine Williamson Designs. “It’s so peaceful and calming –it’s just a really good combination,” says...
July 9, 2010

Help Sellers Get More Bang for Their Kitchen Remodel Buck

By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic A do-over in the kitchen will bowl over buyers—and sellers will recoup most of the cost when they sell. A mid-range kitchen remodel brings an average 72 percent return on investment, while...

Flying the Flag Proudly and Properly

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Happy Independence Day! This weekend, many of your sellers will raise the flag outside their homes in celebration of the day our nation was formed. Of course, many of you will...