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10 Home Checks to Prepare for the Warmer Months

Homes can take a bad hit during the winter, particularly after this year’s harsh winter. Seasonal damage to a home isn’t always easily visible, but if it’s not repaired, spring and summer storms can add to the problems, says...

More Home Owners Carve Out Outdoor Entertainment Spaces

Traditional Patio by New York Photographers CM Glover   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Landscaping projects are being driven by two main reasons: To create entertainment spaces and fix yard problems, according to the Spring Houzz Landscaping Survey...
April 28, 2014

Stage it With Shine: Add Some Bling to Your Spaces

Contemporary Living Room by Scottsdale General Contractors Meritage Homes By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Grays have been catching on in more interiors this year and so has the color’s “flashier cousin” – silver, which is becoming a popular...
April 21, 2014

Contemporary, Spa-Like Bathrooms in Demand

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Bathroom styles are shifting to contemporary, spa-like styles that are accessible and easy to maintain, according to the latest trend report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which surveyed 420 designers to...
April 7, 2014

Share Your Trendy Staging Photos & Tips with REALTOR® Magazine!

Calling all real estate and staging professionals: We want to see how you’ve spruced up properties for-sale! REALTOR® Magazine is working on its annual “House & Home” issue, and we’re looking for professionals to share some of their best...
April 3, 2014

Check Out These 7 Trends Spicing Up Kitchen Designs

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Wood flooring and glass backsplashes are expected to show up in more kitchens this year. Those were among two findings from the latest trend report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which...
March 31, 2014

2014 Cost vs. Value: 5 Mid-Range Remodeling Projects That Offer the Biggest Returns

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Traditional Entry by West Palm Beach Paint & Wall Coverings D’Avco Painting Contractors Inc. Just replacing that front door may offer some of the biggest bang for a remodelers’ buck, according to the...

Welcome Back the Front Porch

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Traditional Porch by Chappaqua Architects & Designers Fivecat Studio | Architecture The front porch is making a comeback in home designs. Builders recently said the front porch is one of the most popular...
March 10, 2014

The Hottest Outdoor Trends for 2014

Spaces by Dc Metro Home Builders National Association of Home Builders By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A home’s inviting outdoor space may be just enough to get a home buyer to fall in love. The American Society of...
March 3, 2014

7 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine What’s trending in bathroom remodels? Houzz recently released its 2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study showing the top bathroom remodel preferences of more than 7,500 home owners in the U.S. and Canada. The report...
February 24, 2014