Monthly Archive:: February 2011

Sizing Up Homes in a Different Way: New Homes Get Rated on Energy Use

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine More new homes now will come with energy labels that estimate monthly energy bills, allowing buyers a different way of shopping for homes. The energy labels have been compared to the miles-per-gallon ratings...
February 28, 2011

Put the Best Photo Forward: Rethinking That Winter MLS Photo

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine That main photo you post of your listing on the Internet–you know, the one that always pops up first and often depends if a buyer will click on it to see more–needs to...
February 21, 2011

Your Car’s Styling—and Home Sales

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine Here’s a slightly different kind of style issue: cars. 2011 is shaping up to be one of the most consequential years for buying a car in a long time. In part this...
February 17, 2011

Staging ‘Outside of the Box’: Is the Face of Home Staging Changing?

By Charlene Storozuk, Dezigner Digz Fresh back from the  International Real Estate Staging Association Conference in Las Vegas, I’m ready to hit the ground running with the information I gained while there! This year we saw an amazing lineup...
February 15, 2011

The Hot New Neutral Has Home Owners Feeling a Little Gray

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine So that reddish pink Honeysuckle hue may be stealing all of the glory as far as being the “color of the year,” but more home owners also are seeing gray. Gray has become...
February 14, 2011

What’s Your Favorite Staging Accessory?

Do you have a favorite accessory that you use when staging a property for resale? REALTOR® Magazine wants to hear from you! Send in your favorite staging accessory, and your idea may be included in an upcoming article for...
February 11, 2011

Video: The Lure of Outdoor Kitchen Products

By Erica Christoffer, REALTOR® Magazine Interview with Wood Stone’s Residential Chef Ann Rudorf at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando on Jan. 14, 2011....
February 10, 2011

6 Do-It-Yourself Updates That Can Increase Home’s Value By More Than $10,000

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Simple, affordable do-it-yourself projects such as cleaning and decluttering and just adding lighting can help increase a home’s resale value, according to HomeGain’s annual home improvement and staging survey. HomeGain, an online real...
February 7, 2011

Buy New Wall Oven for Super Bowl Party

Tailor your next blog post to sellers looking for a new wall oven in time for their Super Bowl blowout. Post the free article “Appliance Guide: Wall Ovens” from the REALTOR® Content Resource to your blog so sellers can...
February 4, 2011