Monthly Archive:: July 2011

Are Home Sizes Finally Done Shrinking?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The trend of the shrinking home size may finally be leveling off, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects. Since 2005, architects have increasingly reported home...
July 25, 2011

Demographic Shifts Are Changing What’s Considered Desirable in Homes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine Married couples no longer hold the majority in households. In 1960, married couples made up 75 percent of total households. In 2010, that percentage has dropped to 48 percent, according to U.S. Census...
July 18, 2011

The Top ‘Lifestyle Factors’ When Home Shopping

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If you want to make a sale, selling the lifestyle in a community or neighborhood is becoming an important piece of the presentation of a home, according to a new survey. One in...
July 11, 2011

Accepting Submissions! Show Us Your Best Staging Solutions

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine I’m working on an upcoming article for REALTOR® Magazine featuring home staging solutions for spicing up common household areas. I’m looking to showcase some of your best staging solutions and tips for the...
July 7, 2011

Wall Decals: Classy Art Trick or Tacky Accessory?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine Wall decals–or pretty much wall stickers–are increasingly growing in popularity to decorate walls in a room, but should you use them in staging properties for sale or will it send the message as...
July 5, 2011