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Aging Housing Stock Long Overdue for a Makeover?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine More than 70 percent of single-family homes in the country were built prior to 1990, according to RealtyTrac’s Aging Homes Analysis. “The high percentage of homes that are at least 20 years old...
January 20, 2014

A Bright Idea? Smart Light Bulbs Debut at CES

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Imagine selling a home where you could tell home buyers: You won’t need to change the light bulbs in this home for more than 20 years! Wi-Fi-connected, long-lasting LED bulbs are breaking ground...
January 10, 2014

Dress Up the Laundry Room With Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Traditional Laundry Room by Decatur Interior Designers & Decorators Colordrunk Designs Laundry rooms are an important part of the house for home buyers, but this space can often get overlooked when it comes...
January 6, 2014

The Color of the Year for 2014 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Move over Emerald, there’s a new hot color in town. Get ready to embrace purple in the new year. Pantone has crowned “Radiant Orchid” as the “2014 Color of the Year.” Pantone calls...
December 30, 2013

A Look Back: Best Home Design Trends From 2013

What a year for home design it’s been! A recovering housing market has led more home owners to spruce up their interiors. As designers take a look forward of what will be trending in 2014, let’s take a look...
December 23, 2013

Brokerage Gives One Home an ‘Extreme Holiday Makeover’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Clark Griswold would be so proud. The brokerage First Team Real Estate, based in Huntington Beach, Calif., sponsored an Extreme Holiday Makeover contest, promising to deck out one lucky home in holiday lights...
December 11, 2013

Home Trend Watch: Welcome Back the ‘Specialty Room’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine As economic conditions improve, “special function” rooms within homes are seeing a resurgence, according to findings from the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter. “As home sizes...
December 2, 2013

It’s World Toilet Day! Can You Stage a Toilet?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine The United Nations bestowed Nov. 19 as “World Toilet Day 2013.” Sure, toilets get their own special day too. After all, believe it or not, you’ll spend around three years of your life...
November 20, 2013

5 Ways to Make a Home Extra Cozy This Winter without Paying a Fortune

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine With cooler temperatures, home owners will want to keep a home inviting and cozy, especially if they’re trying to sell it. But just cranking up the heat can prove costly — particularly this...
November 11, 2013

8 Kitchen Trends for Remodelers

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Home buyers love kitchens so what trends are cooking up lately? The remodeling web site Houzz surveyed 7,812 home owners about their kitchen remodeling plans this fall. Here are the big trends that...
November 4, 2013