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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

America’s Most Romantic Homes

Can you feel the love in these homes? TopTenRealEstateDeals.com recently highlighted the most romantic homes for-sale in the world, from the mansions of celebrities to the homes where kings and presidents once lived. Here’s a rundown of the homes...
February 10, 2014

The Power of Gray in Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Gray is a subtle color that can bring sophistication to interiors while also the neutrality that home buyer crave. “It’s the hot new neutral, a sleek and sophisticated color option that adds refinement...
January 27, 2014

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