Give Your Listing the “Sniff” Test

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey When you step into a home, one of the first things you often notice is the smell. Does it smell new or clean? Or does it reek of the family’s pets or yesterday’s dinner? How have...
January 6, 2010

Survey Finds Home Owners Favor Brick

According to a recent survey conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Boral Bricks, 59 percent of all home owners with a siding preference would choose brick for their homes. The study was commissioned by Boral Bricks, Inc....
December 29, 2009

10 Hot Home Products for the New Year

By Don Logay As the unofficial “What’s New Guru” of the home improvement industry, I attend numerous trade shows throughout the year and scour lots of magazines and trade publications looking for new and exciting products, intriguing concepts and...
December 22, 2009

Selling Your Home During the Holidays

By Charlene Storozuk Selling your home is a stressful event, but doing so over the holiday season can kick the tension level up a notch.  If your home is on the market over the holidays, you might be wondering...

Remodelers Report Signs of Market Improvement

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Some home owners are starting to take on improvement projects they previously pushed off due to financial constraints. For the third straight quarter, the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) reported slight...
December 10, 2009

Staging Tips: 5 Rules for Tackling Walls

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Walls are a key element of home staging. They are the canvas showcasing the greatest attributes of a house. But where do you start when preparing a home for sale? Staging Diva...

Meet Your Client’s Opposition to Staging Head-on

By Charlene Storozuk Recently, I had the pleasure of exhibiting at the REALTORS® Without BORDERS Convention & Trade Show, Southern Ontario’s largest annual conference on real estate. I must say that I was very impressed by the number of...
November 11, 2009

Need Help Climbing Out of That Clutter?

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Every day I learn something new from the folks I follow on Twitter. Today I learned that Nov. 15 is National Declutter Day. Who knew? The occasion, which was started last year...

First Impressions: Get Instant Curb Appeal With These 10 Must-Dos

By Christine Rae, Staging Expert The Internet is the first source for viewing a property for most buyers, even before talking to a real estate professional. That means curb appeal is important because they are “driving by” the listing,...
November 2, 2009

Room Makeovers: What Could You Do in 2 Hours With $250?

Three real estate pros accepted REALTOR® Magazine’s staging challenge: They had 2 hours to transform one room for under $250. They tackled a home office, living room, and master bedroom. See how they transformed these rooms by being budget...
October 27, 2009