Home Trends Archive

From NKBA: 10 Popular Kitchen and Bath Trends

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Want to let your buyers and sellers know what kitchen and bathroom trends today are apt to wow them soon in showrooms and homes? See what David Alderman, vice president of the National Kitchen & Bath...
April 30, 2009

Thieves Target Staged Homes—Is it time for a House-Sitter?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Watch those high-end furnishings and fancy décor you use to stage your listings. Real estate practitioners in California are reporting a surge in staged, unoccupied homes being burglarized in affluent areas. Thieves are making off...

From an Architect: 6 Affordable Ways to Make Your Listings More Attractive

By David Applebaum In this market, selling a house can be more challenging than ever. As a real estate professional, I’m sure you have used many ideas to help make your property look its most attractive to potential buyers....
March 17, 2009

KB Homes Tries Tiny Homes to Attract Buyers

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey The softening housing market is causing builders to start downsizing homes to help shed high construction costs and offer a more affordable home to cash-strapped buyers. KB Homes recently announced its plans to build 880-square-foot,...
March 5, 2009

“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

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

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

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....