Home Trends Archive

How Do You Keep Your Home Office Organized?

According to the 2009 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Member Survey, 72 percent of all practitioners maintain a home office. With  important business being conducted in the home, how do you stay organized? How important is it to keep business...
January 8, 2010

10 Hot Home Products for the New Year

By Don Logay As the unofficial “What’s New Guru” of the home improvement industry, I attend numerous trade shows throughout the year and scour lots of magazines and trade publications looking for new and exciting products, intriguing concepts and...
December 22, 2009

Remodelers Report Signs of Market Improvement

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Some home owners are starting to take on improvement projects they previously pushed off due to financial constraints. For the third straight quarter, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) reported slight...
December 10, 2009

Picture It: Create a Character to Guide Your Design

  By Mary Cook, Mary Cook & Associates Now more than ever, model homes are key sales tools for developers. In the current housing market crisis, people are weighing every factor in their decision on buying a home. Beyond...
October 14, 2009

Biggest Losers: 20 Home Design Features That Send Buyers Running

  By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist and guest blogger Design glitches draw attention away from a home’s best features. Don’t let out-of-date fixtures and unappealing decor cost you a sale. While some buyers may actually appreciate “vintage” features,...
September 21, 2009

Men From Mars, Women From Venus? Not So Much When Shopping for a Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Women and men home buyers don’t differ too much when it comes to what they look for in a home, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, which asked 1,000 women and...

The Visual Nature of the Internet Has Home Owners More Attuned to Aesthetics

By Erica Christoffer Two professions greatly benefiting from the Internet’s ability to help connect people visually are interior designers and home stagers. First, let’s clarify: Interior design and home staging are two very distinct industries. As Jennie Norris, president...
September 3, 2009

Should Real Estate Pros and Stagers Join Forces?

By Erica Christoffer In an effort to form a more perfect union between real estate practitioners, home stagers, and sellers, Matt Stigliano with RE/MAX Access in San Antonio is proposing a new business model. In his ActiveRain blog post,...
August 27, 2009

Preventing Termites From Biting Up Your Investment

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey   I recently learned a surprising statistic: Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in property damage a year in the United States, which makes these pesky creatures highly destructive. In fact, they cause more damage...

Is Virtual Staging Deceiving?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey A recent article from The San Francisco Chronicle (“Virtual Staging Sparks Sales of Vacant Homes” by Judy Richter) took a look at the growing trend of real estate professionals using virtual staging to move listings....
August 6, 2009