Monthly Archive:: May 2011

The Word ‘Country’ Carries a Lot of Weight in Home Sales

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine There’s a lot of weight in the value of a home based on its name, finds researchers from University of Georgia. Add the word “country” or “country club” to a subdivision’s name and you...
May 31, 2011

When Staging, Full Disclosure of Property Defects Is Essential

By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com There is still a lot of misperception about what staging is, and these days, with Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, information spreads quickly. Each time I come across information that incorrectly describes staging I think of...
May 26, 2011

Get Your Sellers Moving This Month: Experts Offer Tips on How

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Staging and organization pros Lorie Marrero and Ashley Whittenberger have seen how clients can quickly get overwhelmed with the selling and moving process. Not to mention, how clutter and a few questionable decor...
May 24, 2011

Is That House Orange?! Eyesores Reach New Levels

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine By 2012, foreclosures will affect 91.5 million nearby homes and reduce property values of these homes by $20,300 per household, according to research by the Center for Responsible Lending. As such, you can’t...
May 20, 2011

Stage It: Easy, Low-Cost Way to Freshen Up Practically Any Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Spice up a space with a rug, whether a large rug that gives definition to a living room area or a carpet runner that enhances an otherwise dull hallway. Rugs can be a...
May 18, 2011

The Skinny on Virtual Staging: Is it Deceptive?

By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com In recent weeks I’ve come across an increasing number of online articles discussing what’s often referred to as a new kind of Staging: Virtual staging. Being that I created the concept of Home Staging, a...
May 13, 2011

More Home Owners Show an Interest in Remodeling Again

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home improvement is on more home owners’ radar as the home remodeling industry recently saw its biggest gains in more than four years. Experts are pointing to the uptick as a long-awaited recovery...
May 9, 2011

Using the Psychology Behind Color in Staging Homes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Did you know the color you choose for your home can at a subconscious level psychologically affect you or others? Choosing a wall color may have just gotten a little more stressful! Scientific...