Monthly Archive:: January 2014

The Power of Gray in Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Gray is a subtle color that can bring sophistication to interiors while also the neutrality that home buyer crave. “It’s the hot new neutral, a sleek and sophisticated color option that adds refinement...
January 27, 2014

Tax Tips Help Clients Deduct Remodeling Costs

Can homeowners deduct the cost of their kitchen remodel on their 2013 taxes? How about the interest on the home equity line they used to fund their bathroom upgrades? Answer those and other homeownership tax questions by posting to...
January 24, 2014

Aging Housing Stock Long Overdue for a Makeover?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine More than 70 percent of single-family homes in the country were built prior to 1990, according to RealtyTrac’s Aging Homes Analysis. “The high percentage of homes that are at least 20 years old...
January 20, 2014

Smart Bath Upgrades

Homeowners considering some updates before they sell? Pass on wise remodeling advice by emailing a free article, 7 Smart Strategies for Bathroom Remodeling, from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the January...
January 12, 2014

A Bright Idea? Smart Light Bulbs Debut at CES

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Imagine selling a home where you could tell home buyers: You won’t need to change the light bulbs in this home for more than 20 years! Wi-Fi-connected, long-lasting LED bulbs are breaking ground...
January 10, 2014

Dress Up the Laundry Room With Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Traditional Laundry Room by Decatur Interior Designers & Decorators Colordrunk Designs Laundry rooms are an important part of the house for home buyers, but this space can often get overlooked when it comes...
January 6, 2014

Insulation Tips to Curb Crawl Space Heat-Loss

Clients getting cold feet? Maybe their crawl space is the culprit. Help clients stay toasty warm—and save money on their heating bills this winter—by branding, printing, and hand-delivering a free article, How to Insulate Your Crawl Space, from the...
January 3, 2014

I Heart My Home: Setting Up Shop in Connecticut

Tom and Sanam Yurczyk Black Rock Homes LLC Glastonbury, Conn. As Tom and Sanam Yurczyk were preparing to start their own real estate firm, Black Rock Homes LLC, they were looking for a home base. That’s when they came...
January 2, 2014