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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

The ‘New’ Brass Edging Into More Home Design

Photo by Westborough Design Center, Inc. – Discover traditional kitchen design ideas   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine It’s all about that brass. But don’t expect to see that 1980s super shine. Today’s trendy brass is more of...
September 26, 2016

Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Herringbone is emerging as the pattern of choice in 2016. Herringbone is the arrangement of rectangles that is so named for its resemblance to the bones of fish. This pattern is popping up...
September 19, 2016

Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors....
September 12, 2016

Let’s Talk Quartz: There’s Good Reason To

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Granite no longer reigns. The most popular countertop material remodelers say they’re using is quartz, then followed by granite. In 2015, 89 percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association members said they used...
September 5, 2016

Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Glassy subway tile is nothing new, but it’s coming back stronger in kitchens and bathroom remodels in whites or bolder geometric patterns. “It’s classic, and a classic always remains,” says Karen Eubank, an...
August 29, 2016