Buyers Archive

Design Trends That Make People say … ‘No!’

By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency Design trends are just that: trendy. They change from day to day, year to year, and decade to decade. The ones that are popular now won’t be soon. The ones...
February 1, 2016

Top 10 Unmet Housing Desires Movers May be Looking For

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine May marks National Moving Month, a kick off to the traditional moving season. Many households will be on the move in the coming months, whether it’s relocating a few blocks away or miles...
May 4, 2015

Learn the True Costs Behind Rehabbing a Fixer Upper

The average cost of a midrange bathroom remodel is nearly $17,000, according to “Remodeling” magazine’s “Cost v. Value Report.” That may be just the tip of the expense iceberg for buyers considering purchasing a fixer-upper. Help buyers plan wisely...
January 24, 2015

How Staging Can Eliminate Buyer Confusion

By Patti Stern, PJ & Co. Home Styling LLC When I first met with a recent client, Stuart, he shared memories of raising his family, gatherings with friends, and 23 years in his beautiful 3,200-square-foot contemporary home. The home...
September 23, 2013

Buyers Say They Want This in their Home’s Kitchen….

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July 15, 2013

What Home Buyers Want Most in Their New Homes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine During the housing boom days, media rooms, wine cellars, and large expansive bonus rooms were all the rage. But ask today’s home shopper what they want most from their home and their wish-lists...
March 25, 2013

Are Buyers Overlooking Key Factors in Home Purchases?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home buyers may be so swayed by the home’s appearance and price that they may be missing out on researching some other important factors about the home that may keep them happy there...
May 28, 2012

The Question You Don’t Want From Buyers: What’s the Square Footage?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The Zillow Blog recently featured an interesting article by real estate pro Brendon DeSimone about how advertising the square footage of a home can derail a deal. It may make you rethink featuring...
January 9, 2012

Are Home Buyers Getting Too Picky? Minor Home Flaws Derail More Deals

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Many buyers are demanding perfection in home’s today. A small stain on the carpet? Forget it. Distracting paint colors? They can’t look past it. No granite countertops? Onto the next house! As home...
September 19, 2011

Are Pools Worth the Expense?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine On a hot summer day, who isn’t envious of the house with the inviting, backyard pool to jump in and cool off? But today’s cost conscious homebuyer may be leery of taking the...
August 30, 2010