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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

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