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Who are “Green” Buyers and Sellers?

By Erik Fowler This is the third article in a series designed to help you make sense of the green landscape as a real estate professional. REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog and I are excited to be...
June 26, 2009

How to Deal With the ‘Neighbor From Hell’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey A messy neighbor can hamper your property–by as much as 20 percent off the market value, says Sid Davis, author of A Survival Guide to Selling a Home (AMACOM, 2005), who is also a real...
June 14, 2009

Remodeling Industry Shows Signs of Rebound?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey The home remodeling history has taken a hit in recent months but finally may be starting to show signs of picking up, according to the Web site www.remodelormove.com and its latest Remodeling Permit Activity Report....

Shrinking Homes: How Small Will Homes Go?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Have the days of the 4,000-square-foot McMansion come to an end? Maybe, according to a recent article in The Los Angeles Times by Nicholas Riccardi (see Home Sizes Change With the Times) The size of...

Help Your Messy Sellers Clean Their Ways

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Styled, Staged & Sold caught up with real estate pro Cheryl Kirby, co-creator of a new instructional staging DVD for real estate professionals — “Get Ready, Get Set, Get Sold!” — to talk about the...

Government Allocates $100 Million for Lead Paint Removal

Nearly $100 million in federal stimulus money will go to getting rid of lead paint from low-income homes, Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday. The toxic paint–which can lead to health problems, particularly in children–is often found in homes...

Styled, Staged & Sold Wins Gold from Society of National Association Publications

REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog won top prize for its blog from the Society of National Association Publications. SNAP’s annual EXCEL awards recognizes the best in association media and publishing. Styled, Staged & Sold—which launched in January—has...
May 8, 2009

From NKBA: When Home Owners May Want Something Besides Granite

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Granite may still be the benchmark for countertops—with its high quality, unique colors and patterns, and great durability—but more home owners are seeking alternatives in the latest chic materials that also offer sustainability. Cosentino, a company...

From NKBA: Contemporary Design Edges in Slowly … and Optimistically

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Traditional design is safe, secure, long lasting. It represents timeless appeal whether it shows up in sturdy cherry cabinets with elaborate corbels and fluting or old-fashioned-style freestanding white ceramic bathtubs with claw feet. So, a plethora...

Going Green in a Chic, Award-Winning Kitchen

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—When Laurie Belinda Haefele joined an architecture firm in New York City 19 years ago after graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., her colleagues were beginning to incorporate sustainable features in their projects. “It wasn’t...
May 4, 2009