5 Design Trends You May Want to Avoid in Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Stagers are embracing some of the latest home design trends in freshening up homes for-sale (view this “Dressed to Sell” slideshow). But some trends, they’re thinking twice about incorporating. “If you’re too trendy,...
August 11, 2014

Fixer-Upper Sellers Unrealistic on Price?

Sure, the sellers know potential buyers must be willing to invest much-needed TLC in their home after the purchase. The tough part is getting them to price properly based on the true cost of necessary fixes. Help them be...
August 8, 2014

Mow in the Know: 5 Common Mowing Mistakes to Avoid

Contributed by John Deere  1. Cutting too short. Each time you mow, only remove about one-third of the grass blade. Shorter clippings break down more easily, allowing some of the natural nitrogen to return to the soil. If you...
August 4, 2014

Quick Ways to Create Shade

Help sellers create a cool outdoor living space buyers will want to relax in during showings — and come back to after they’ve bought the place. Post to Facebook a free article from the REALTOR® Content Resource with smart...
July 25, 2014

Pillow Talk: How to Use Pillows in Staging

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource I gotta say it, I LOVE pillows! I’ve seen so many spaces transformed with the simple addition of pillows that I had to share some of my favorite photos of pillow inspired spaces,...
July 21, 2014

5 Deck Makeover Projects Under $300

Give sellers everything they need to transform their deck into that one feature of their home buyers can’t walk away from — without spending a fortune. Email a free article from the REALTOR® Content Resource: “5 Deck Makeover Projects...
July 11, 2014

Mudrooms: Should You Stage One in Your Listing?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Given the harsh winter across the country this year, more home buyers may have added a mudroom to their wish-lists. Could staging one in your listing win over more buyers’ hearts? The home...
July 7, 2014

Can You Squeeze an Outdoor Retreat onto a Small Lot?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Builders increasingly are squeezing large, luxurious homes on smaller lots, at a time when home owners and home buyers say they crave outdoor retreats. While buyers say they want outdoor space, they also are...
June 30, 2014

How Staging Landed the Most Unexpected Buyer

By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating My recent clients, Leta and Carl, spent over 20 years in their Hamden, Conn., home. For years they contemplated selling but delayed — hoping someday one of their daughters...
June 23, 2014

You Just Moved In…. Now What? 6 Immediate Yard Care To-Dos

Home owners will be off to a good start with their new yards by following these important “move-in” steps. First and foremost, members of The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national landscape industry association, recommend making safety a priority...
June 16, 2014