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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

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