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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

Dated Kitchens Get Long Overdue Makeovers

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Dated kitchens are getting a makeover in many homes this year. About a quarter of about 3,500 home owners recently surveyed say they are remodeling kitchens that are more than 30 years old...
January 19, 2015

CES 2015: Why the Light Bulb May One Day be Your Favorite Staging Tool

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Just flipping a light switch on your listings may not be showing the home in its best light, per se. Lighting matters greatly in the appearance of a home. Too dark? The space...
January 9, 2015

At CES 2015: More Attempts to Dethrone Stainless Steel’s Popularity

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Stainless steel’s popularity has outshined its competition for years in kitchen appliances, but has that shiny, smudge-prone finish finally worn out its welcome? Appliance manufacturers have long been trying to find a potential...
January 6, 2015

The 2015 Color of the Year Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If the “2014 Color of the Year” – the bright pink-purplish Radiant Orchard – was too bold for your tastes, you may find Pantone’s 2015 color choice a perfect toned down hue: Marsala....
December 8, 2014

3 Staging Solutions to Modernize a Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Stager Sandra Holmes, president of Home Staging Concepts in South Florida, shows how a few design touches can instantly transform a room. #1 Accessorize it. Master suite sitting area Problem: The nearly bare seating...
November 17, 2014

6 Trends Driving New-Home Designs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine What is luring home buyers to new homes? Technology, the outdoors, and “super kitchens” are among what Nick Lehnert, executive director at KTGY, and Mollie Carmichael, principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting,...
November 10, 2014