For Your Blog, Web site: Free Consumer Content Updated in Real-Time

Looking for a steady stream of tips you can share with sellers to get their home ship-shape for showings? Take advantage of the just-released, free customizable content widgets available at the REALTOR® Content Resource, which let you easily incorporate...

Staging Strategies for What Buyers Want

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine A few weeks ago we featured a list of top home buyer preferences in home design on Styled, Staged & Sold, based on survey results from Avid Ratings Co. Large kitchens with an island, a home...
May 12, 2010

From NKBA: 7 Design Trends Buyers May Ask For

By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist   After being much more cautious about selling, buying, building, and remodeling, home owners are eager now to dip their toes into the residential market. A host of new design trends await them,...
May 10, 2010

From NKBA: Green Gains Kitchen Fans

By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist   Interest in going green and making homes sustainable continues to gain interest among manufacturers, vendors, design professionals, and home owners, as evidenced by the exhibits at the 47th annual National Kitchen &...

A Nighttime Showing to Remember

By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic Showings typically take place during the day, but you can help sellers make their home stand out by suggesting exterior lighting that will not only improve security but also highlight the elegance...
May 5, 2010

Orange You Glad You Removed the Carpet?

By Charlene Storozuk Something that I always stress to my clients is the importance of removing outdated, worn or non-neutral carpeting when selling your home. Many home owners make the mistake of providing for a carpet allowance in their...

How About Some “Green” on the MLS?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine If a buyer asks for homes with green, eco-friendly features, you might sometimes find it a time-consuming search to find that perfect “green” match. But a new online tool kit is offering guidance to...
April 26, 2010

Honor Earth Day By Passing On These Quick Facts

By Erica Christoffer, Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Happy Birthday, Earth Day! On April 22, Earth Day celebrates its 40th anniversary of bringing eco-friendly education to the world. And what better segue to start talking with your clients about energy...
April 21, 2010

HouseLogic: Tax Refund Investment Ideas

By Erica Christoffer, Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Tomorrow is Tax Day. For procrastinators who are scrambling to meet the filing deadline — good luck. For those who have long since finished their taxes and are expecting a refund, now...

The Dream Gets Smaller on ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Fancy, upscale home projects are getting scaled back on TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” the hit show on ABC that transforms modest homes into dream homes for struggling families. The downsize in the...
April 12, 2010