Monthly Archive:: April 2011

Your Favorite Staging Accessories

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine From plants and area rugs to even children cribs, accessories are a great way to spruce up a home when staging it for sale. A few weeks ago we asked you to tell...
April 25, 2011

Solar Panels Can Boost Home’s Resale Value, Study Finds

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners may write off solar panels as too costly (installation can cost upwards of $15,000), but a new study suggests that installing solar panels can pay off. Researchers find that solar panels...
April 22, 2011

‘Let Me Tell You How I Work’: How to Create a Powerful Value Message and Why it Matters

By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com You’re at a fundraising event when someone stops by and asks what you do. “I am an Accredited Home Staging Professional® or REALTOR®,” you say. Unfortunately, that description will not spell out the value you...
April 20, 2011

Trend Watch: Kitchens Are Getting Larger, Bathrooms Are Getting Cozier

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The recession had sparked home owners to be more modest with designs of kitchens and bathrooms, but the improving economy is making home owners want more out of their house. Residential architects are...
April 15, 2011

Real Estate Math: What Can Increase and Decrease a Home’s Value

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Little things can make a big difference in how much you ultimately sell a property for, according to a group of New York brokers who say just a few small, smart improvements to...

Understanding Staging Services for Seller, Agent and Stager

By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com There’s been a drastic change within the real estate world just in the last few years. Competition in the market continues, and sellers and agents alike are working to find solutions that will make a...
April 7, 2011

Stylish Remodels: A Foreclosure Gets a Dramatic Makeover

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Real estate pro and designer Ayesha Sikandar with Better Homes and Gardens in San Mateo, Calif., wants to encourage buyers to get creative and see the potential in a foreclosed home or fixer...