7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly X-Mas

LED lights use at least 75 percent less energy than conventional holiday decorations, according to Energy Star. That saves the average family about $50 on energy bills during the holiday, says Avital Binshtock of the Sierra Club in San...
December 20, 2013

I Heart My Home: Oceanside Townhouse

Lilli Rachel Stevens, GRI, ABR, CRS, GREEN, SFR e-PRO® Island and Resort Realty, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It’s probably cold wherever you are, but Stevens’ cute-as-a-button two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse in Dania Beach, Fla., is warm and inviting all year...
December 18, 2013

Selling a Home Over the Holiday Season

By Charlene Storozuk, guest contributor Christmas is rapidly approaching, and it’s easy to get caught up in the décor hype that comes with this time of year. For those who celebrate Christmas, there’s something enchanting about bedecking your home...
December 16, 2013

Brokerage Gives One Home an ‘Extreme Holiday Makeover’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Clark Griswold would be so proud. The brokerage First Team Real Estate, based in Huntington Beach, Calif., sponsored an Extreme Holiday Makeover contest, promising to deck out one lucky home in holiday lights...
December 11, 2013

Home Trends to Get Bolder in 2014

What will be “hot” in home interiors in the New Year? Plenty of designers are offering up their predictions, and here’s one outlook from Neil Kelly Co., a remodeling firm based in Portland, Ore. Neil Kelly Co. offers up...
December 9, 2013

Home Trend Watch: Welcome Back the ‘Specialty Room’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine As economic conditions improve, “special function” rooms within homes are seeing a resurgence, according to findings from the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter. “As home sizes...
December 2, 2013

Real Christmas Tree Sales Top Fake

In 2012, consumers purchased 24.5 million real and 10.9 million fake Christmas trees, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Which are more environmentally friendly? Help homeowners answer that question by tweeting a free article, Real Christmas Trees vs....
December 1, 2013

Get Ready for the ‘Maximalism’ Movement Entering Interior Designs

By Anna Abbruzzo and Alain Courchesne, Guest Contributors A new philosophy is taking hold in interior design, and it puts the onus on style without clutter. The recession has finally dwindled and people are yearning for all of the...
November 25, 2013

It’s World Toilet Day! Can You Stage a Toilet?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine The United Nations bestowed Nov. 19 as “World Toilet Day 2013.” Sure, toilets get their own special day too. After all, believe it or not, you’ll spend around three years of your life...
November 20, 2013

5 Ways to Make a Home Extra Cozy This Winter without Paying a Fortune

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine With cooler temperatures, home owners will want to keep a home inviting and cozy, especially if they’re trying to sell it. But just cranking up the heat can prove costly — particularly this...
November 11, 2013