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Best of CES 2017 for the Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine CES 2017 (#CES2017) – the annual international consumer electronics tradeshow — kicks off this week in Las Vegas. In this year’s show, home product debuts are taking up even more of the spotlight...
January 5, 2017

Beige Is Back: And There’s No Blah About It

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Beige is pushing out gray as the hottest neutral color tone in homes heading into 2017, according to several color forecasters. Beige had once been cast aside in home design as too boring....
January 2, 2017

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects to tackle prior to a home sale that can make a big difference. Sara McLean, color expert and blogger for Dunn-Edwards Paints, offers some...
December 26, 2016

10 Staging Tips for Holiday Decor

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t have to go all Clark Griswold to show your holiday spirit. Decorations can be subtle, tasteful and inviting when a house is up for sale during the holiday months. Sure, there...
December 19, 2016

Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Adding nature, via plants, has always been a popular way to help spruce  up a home for sale. But Pantone’s 2017 choice for Color of the Year wants you using the color of...
December 9, 2016

Prefab Housing: What It Really Is and Why You Should Care

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Prefab housing is shaking up the architecture world, touting attention-getting designs that are giving factory-built housing a new reputation. Manufacturers are also adding in greater abilities for home buyers to customize these homes,...
December 5, 2016

Get Shopping! Black Friday Deals for the Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Are you looking for a bargain this Black Friday with home goods? Deals on household products and appliances are abundant this season. Need to add to your staging inventory or looking for that...
November 21, 2016

Home Trends to Watch: Adding the Bathtub Back In

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The National Association of Home Builders has in recent years pointed to a dwindling interest in whirlpools in the master bathroom, but that doesn’t mean home owners are ready to banish bathtubs all...
November 14, 2016

Don’t Spook Buyers! Here Is Some Tasteful Halloween-Inspired Curb Appeal

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t want to scare buyers away. But who says you can’t have a little fun with your listing for Halloween? Sure, you should probably skip the full cemetery tombstone display for the...
October 24, 2016

Vanity Wars: Who Wore It Best?

VANITY WARS: WHO WORE IT BEST? Every bathroom has a personality. Whether functional or extravagant, the star of any bathroom is undoubtedly the vanity. What’s easy to overlook, however, is the versatility of vanities: how a vanity can look...
September 28, 2016