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Home Buyers Aren’t Afraid of Spooky Homes: They’ll Even Pay More for One!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine A few ghosts lurking around the house isn’t likely to deter a majority of home buyers, finds two recent studies. Realtor.com’s 2013 Haunted House report found that more than half of 1,400 home...
October 28, 2013

Want to Sell the Home Faster? Stage it First, Study Says

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey You hear the message a lot in the real estate industry: Staging can help get a home sold faster and for more money. But convincing customers of that — particularly if it means fronting some...
October 7, 2013

Taking a Passive Approach with Homes Can Pay Off

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Homes constructed using passive design principles may soon grow in popularity, thanks to a recently debuted Habitat for Humanity home in Washington, D.C., that proved ultra energy efficient homes can be constructed at...
September 30, 2013

Before You Paint a Room, Here’s Some Must-Do Prep Work

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Painting can dramatically change the look of a space, enhancing its aesthetics and possibly even making it look more spacious. Painting is one of the most popular do-it-yourself jobs of home owners, and...
September 9, 2013

Home Remodels Can Strain a Relationship, Survey Finds

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Remodeling a home can be stressful, and for some couples, it can lead to plenty of bickering back-and-forth. For some, it can even lead to heart-break. In fact, 12 percent of couples admit...
August 19, 2013

Use Color Pops in Your Listings to Enhance, Not Distract

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Is your listing suffering from the neutral blahs? It’s good to go neutral when selling a home so that you offer up potential buyers a blank canvas to imagine their own decorating, but...
August 12, 2013

The Place in a House You Never Thought to Stage

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine No detail is too small for a home buyer. And while you’re making sure the kitchen counters are decluttered and sparkling clean, you might want to take a closer look in the refrigerator...
August 5, 2013

Home Trend Watch: Upsized Homes on Downsized Lots

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine More Americans are showing preferences for bigger home once again, even if it means squeezing the home on a small lot, according to the first quarter Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey....
July 29, 2013

10 Most Desirable Do-it-Yourself Outdoor Projects

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine The warmer weather has home owners looking to spruce up their home’s outdoor spaces. So when it comes to do-it-yourself outdoor projects, which projects are most home owners tackling? A survey of more...
July 22, 2013

The Housing Supply Is Looking Greener

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Green building is moving into the mainstream. About one in five homes — or 20 percent — built last year were “green,” according to a study by McGraw Hill Construction. What’s more, researchers...
July 1, 2013