Author Archive

“Green” Kitchens, Products, Designs: Is it the New Buzz Word?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot talk about “green” building lately. The U.S. Green Building Council has called energy-efficient home construction one of the few industries that is growing and thriving in the softened economy. According...
March 3, 2009

Show Off Your Best Room Makeover Photos

Have you turned a less-than-perfect room in one of your listings into a showpiece? REALTOR® magazine, in conjunction with our new Styled, Staged & Sold blog, is creating a slide show featuring some of the best room makeovers by...
February 26, 2009

How Design Psychology Can Help You Lure Buyers

By Constance Forrest and Susan Painter Design psychology is a subject you know something about, even if this is the first time you’re hearing about it. When we’re asked what design psychology is, our best sound bite comes from...
February 22, 2009

How Staging Revived a Dated Listing

By Martin R. Delossantos Skilled staging is essential in this unpredictable market with so much property for sale. A buyer needs to see and feel your property. In my real estate and staging experience, I’ve discovered that it is...
February 19, 2009

Color Psychology: Choose the Right Color for Your Listings

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Is there a science behind selecting the right colors for your listings? In this month’s Realtor® Magazine, I spoke with experts in the field of design psychology to learn how the color on the walls...
February 16, 2009

Remodeling and Short Sales Don’t Mix

By Filomena M. Thompson Short sales and remodeling … NOT a good idea!  If your client is unfortunate to have to sell their home as a short sale, the last thing she’ll want to do is make any home...

Sour Economy Forces End to Staging

By Christine Rae Got your attention, eh? Isn’t it amazing that negative headlines capture our attention more than positive ones? Well now that I have your attention may I set your mind at rest by saying the necessity for...

A Quick Guide to Green Trends

By Erik Fowler Over the next several months, REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog and I are excited to be covering green home trends. Check back with us, as this is one in a series of articles to...
January 27, 2009

Is This the Home of the Future?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey LAS VEGAS – How would you like to have a listing like this—an 8,816-square-foot energy efficient, technologically advanced show stopper? The 2009 New American Home, the latest in a 26-year series of demonstration homes, was...
January 23, 2009

Retrofitting Existing Homes for Energy Efficiency

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey LAS VEGAS – Targeting existing homes for energy savings will go much further to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. than focusing on newer homes, panelists said Wednesday at a talk on green building...
January 22, 2009