Monthly Archive:: October 2013

The Scariest Place in a Home!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Ghosts and goblins will soon be creeping around neighborhoods. And if it’s a big dose of scare you crave this Halloween, look no further than in your kitchen. In fact, there’s plenty of...
October 31, 2013

Home Buyers Aren’t Afraid of Spooky Homes: They’ll Even Pay More for One!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A few ghosts lurking around the house isn’t likely to deter a majority of home buyers, finds two recent studies. Realtor.com’s 2013 Haunted House report found that more than half of 1,400 home...
October 28, 2013

Bath Remodels Draw Big Return: Share 10 Tips

Bathroom remodels ranked fifth on Remodeling Magazine’s 2013 Cost v. Value report, with a 65.2 percent return on investment. But what’s a homeowner to do about a bathroom so small the term “water closet” is a pretty accurate description?...
October 25, 2013

Help Sellers Choose: Multiple Offers on the Rise

Multiple offers are multiplying in many areas of the country. That presents opportunities and challenges to sellers. Help clients navigate them by emailing a free article, 6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your Home, from the REALTOR®...
October 21, 2013

The Right Kitchen Remodel Can Pay Off

By Sabine H. Schoenberg, SabinesHomes.com Traditional Kitchen by Boston Kitchen & Bath Designers Venegas and Company Unequivocally, the kitchen is … (1)     the most important space in a home today.  From a home value perspective this means it is the...
October 21, 2013

Seasonal Tips for a Great Looking Property This Fall

By Charlene Storozuk, Dezigner Digz It’s hard to believe that fall is already upon us. Summer may be over, but now is not the time to neglect a home’s exterior, especially if it’s going to soon be listed for-sale this...
October 14, 2013

Stock Cabinets Save Money on Kitchen Redos

The cost of quality stock cabinets for an average-sized kitchen generally runs $8,000 to $10,000, according to consumer website Houselogic. Semi-custom cabinets would cost about twice that, the site reports, and full custom cabinets would cost even more. Help...
October 11, 2013

Homeowners Insurance Covers Halloween Mishaps

Although Americans plan to carve away at their Halloween budget this year — spending an average $75.03, about $5 less than last year, according to the National Retail Federation — overall, spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent since...
October 7, 2013

Want to Sell the Home Faster? Stage it First, Study Says

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey You hear the message a lot in the real estate industry: Staging can help get a home sold faster and for more money. But convincing customers of that — particularly if it means fronting some...
October 7, 2013