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Powder Rooms That Make a Statement

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine More home owners are turning to the powder room to make a dramatic statement and packing in a lot of design into these often small spaces, according to the 2015 Houzz Bathroom Trends...
May 18, 2015

Top 10 Unmet Housing Desires Movers May be Looking For

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine May marks National Moving Month, a kick off to the traditional moving season. Many households will be on the move in the coming months, whether it’s relocating a few blocks away or miles...
May 4, 2015

Reimagine the Formal Living Room

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A living room likely isn’t topping many home shoppers’ must-have list these days. In fact, some architects say the formal living room – that upscale room welcoming guests at the front of a...
April 27, 2015

Is That Home Healthy?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Surprisingly, one in five home owners consider their homes unhealthy, according to the Healthy Home Study of about 800 home owners conducted by Houzz. So what makes a home healthy to home owners?...
April 20, 2015

The Spa-Like Bathroom: 10 Top Trends for 2015

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Just like the kitchen, contemporary designs are growing in popularity in bathroom remodels. These contemporary touches in the bathroom equate to clean and open designs, with floating vanities and freestanding tubs. Last week,...
April 13, 2015

The Contemporary Kitchen: 10 Top Trends for 2015

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Contemporary is the buzzword when it comes to kitchen designs this year, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Streamlined designs, eclectic touches, and multiples of appliances lead the trends, according to...
April 6, 2015

The Room Millennials Say Is Essential – and Why You Should Stage It

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Millennials may be willing to sacrifice extra square footage in a home and even features like an outdoor kitchen or two-story foyer. But there’s one thing they say they aren’t willing to sacrifice...
March 16, 2015

Is a Larger Closet Worth More Than a Prime Location? Apparently Yes!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home buyers say they’re willing to make some sacrifices on the home’s location in order to get certain must-have amenities in their next home, according to the 2014 PulteGroup Home Index Survey of...
March 9, 2015

The 5 Latest ‘Must-Have’ Amenities of Home Shoppers

Traditional Closet by New York Closet & Home Storage Designers Bella Systems By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Besides an upscale kitchen and plenty of space, what are new-home buyers’ looking for when house hunting? Surveys by the National...
February 9, 2015

The Most Important Rooms to Stage in Your Listings

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If you’re prepping a home for sale, what are the main areas of a home you should target with your staging – especially if you can’t stage every square inch? The National Association...
February 2, 2015