Don’t Spook Buyers! Here Is Some Tasteful Halloween-Inspired Curb Appeal

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t want to scare buyers away. But who says you can’t have a little fun with your listing for Halloween? Sure, you should probably skip the full cemetery tombstone display for the...
October 24, 2016

View the Same Property Staged 3 Different Ways

By Saghar Setareh, CoContest guest contributor How can you know the best style for staging a property? After all, you’ll need to satisfy home buyers’ various style tastes as well as make sure you’re showing the property in its...
October 17, 2016

How to Reinvent a Room to Attract Buyers

By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Thinking about remodeling but not sure it will pay off when it comes time to sell? According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, most room remodels and additions...
October 10, 2016

Vanity Wars: Who Wore It Best?

VANITY WARS: WHO WORE IT BEST? Every bathroom has a personality. Whether functional or extravagant, the star of any bathroom is undoubtedly the vanity. What’s easy to overlook, however, is the versatility of vanities: how a vanity can look...
September 28, 2016

The ‘New’ Brass Edging Into More Home Design

Photo by Westborough Design Center, Inc. – Discover traditional kitchen design ideas   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine It’s all about that brass. But don’t expect to see that 1980s super shine. Today’s trendy brass is more of...
September 26, 2016

Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Herringbone is emerging as the pattern of choice in 2016. Herringbone is the arrangement of rectangles that is so named for its resemblance to the bones of fish. This pattern is popping up...
September 19, 2016

Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors....
September 12, 2016

Let’s Talk Quartz: There’s Good Reason To

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Granite no longer reigns. The most popular countertop material remodelers say they’re using is quartz, then followed by granite. In 2015, 89 percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association members said they used...
September 5, 2016

Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Glassy subway tile is nothing new, but it’s coming back stronger in kitchens and bathroom remodels in whites or bolder geometric patterns. “It’s classic, and a classic always remains,” says Karen Eubank, an...
August 29, 2016

Master Bathroom Remodels Are Going High-Tech

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners are increasingly investing to create luxurious, modernized master baths, according to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Survey of more than 2,100 home owners who are planning or recently completed a...
August 22, 2016