Monthly Archive:: August 2011

Housing Upgrades That Aren’t Worth It

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine When upgrading, home owners often seek features that aren’t only desirable to them but also what will add value to the home when it comes time for resale. Certainly, the annual Cost vs....
August 29, 2011

4 Don’ts When Selling a Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine Kelly O’Ryan, an office manager for Coldwell Banker in Lexington, Mass., recently highlighted several tips of what home owners shouldn’t do when trying to sell their home in an article at RISMedia. Here...
August 22, 2011

How to Use a Sectional Sofa to Solve a Staging Dilemma on a Limited Budget

By Charlene Storozuk, Dezigner Digz Recently, I was called in by a local real estate professional to do a “walk and talk” home staging consultation. In the great room of this gorgeous, open concept home, was a super-sized, orange leather sectional...
August 15, 2011

Show Us How You Staged a Fireplace!

Attention stagers and real estate professionals: Do you have a great example showing how you transformed a dated, cluttered fireplace into a hot selling feature? Please send before and after photos of your simple fireplace staging solutions to writer...
August 14, 2011

Cost vs. Value: Share Your Remodeling and Home Valuing Expertise!

Every year, REALTOR® Magazine teams up with Remodeling magazine to provide the Cost vs. Value Report–an annual report that reveals which remodeling projects offer the biggest returns at resale. They are now collecting data for the 2011-2012 report and...
August 12, 2011

Free Home Security Check Info: Don’t Let Sellers Leave Home Without It

From REALTOR® Content Resource: Sellers heading out of town? Not so fast. Make sure they don’t come home to a looted listing by emailing free info on how to do a home security check from the REALTOR® Content Resource....
August 9, 2011

How to Make $5,000 Stretch in a Kitchen Remodel

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A “minor” kitchen remodel will cost home owners, on average, $21,695, according to the Cost vs. Value survey, an annual report by Remodeling magazine, in cooperation with REALTOR® Magazine, that reveals the top...

Run a Background Check on a Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Purchasing a home is often the biggest financial investment your customers will make, so opting to have a “background check” conducted on a property before deciding to buy is becoming more commonplace. Databases...
August 1, 2011