Home Trends Archive

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

To Stage or Not to Stage?

Read a recent post from REALTOR® Magazine’s Speaking of Real Estate blog that says 95 percent of staged homes, on average, sell in 35 days or less, even in a slow market. The finding comes from the new book...
July 9, 2009

More Mosquito Bites? Blame it on Foreclosures

Another thing to blame the increase in foreclosures on: A surge in the mosquito population. “Current economic and weather conditions have created the perfect storm for what could be a very troubling mosquito season,” said Ron Harrison, Ph.D., Orkin...
July 7, 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

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...

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...