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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

NextGen Home Mixes Smart Technology and Green

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey LAS VEGAS – “It’s bigger, greener, stronger and smarter than any that have come before”—touts iShow, the makers of the NextGen “First to the Future” demonstration home model, which is open for tours at the...
January 21, 2009

Home Fads That Are Falling Out of Style

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey LAS VEGAS – Some home features don’t stay popular forever. More homes are inching away from incorporating the following home features, according to recent consumer preference surveys from the National Association of Home Builders. 1....

Top 5 Preferences for Kitchen, Bathroom, and More

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey LAS VEGAS – Check the lists below to see if any of your listings include any of these home features. If so, you might have an extra selling point to attract buyers. According to the...

10 Hot Trends in Home Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey LAS VEGAS — Contemporary touches are what home owners and buyers desire in 2009, according to a panelist of designers at a session Tuesday on “Design Trends Marketplace” at the International Builder Show. Today’s minimalist design...