Government Allocates $100 Million for Lead Paint Removal

Nearly $100 million in federal stimulus money will go to getting rid of lead paint from low-income homes, Vice President Joe Biden announced Friday. The toxic paint–which can lead to health problems, particularly in children–is often found in homes...

Styled, Staged & Sold Wins Gold from Society of National Association Publications

REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog won top prize for its blog from the Society of National Association Publications. SNAP’s annual EXCEL awards recognizes the best in association media and publishing. Styled, Staged & Sold—which launched in January—has...
May 8, 2009

From NKBA: When Home Owners May Want Something Besides Granite

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Granite may still be the benchmark for countertops—with its high quality, unique colors and patterns, and great durability—but more home owners are seeking alternatives in the latest chic materials that also offer sustainability. Cosentino, a company...

From NKBA: Contemporary Design Edges in Slowly … and Optimistically

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Traditional design is safe, secure, long lasting. It represents timeless appeal whether it shows up in sturdy cherry cabinets with elaborate corbels and fluting or old-fashioned-style freestanding white ceramic bathtubs with claw feet. So, a plethora...

Going Green in a Chic, Award-Winning Kitchen

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—When Laurie Belinda Haefele joined an architecture firm in New York City 19 years ago after graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., her colleagues were beginning to incorporate sustainable features in their projects. “It wasn’t...
May 4, 2009

From NKBA: Digital Tech Comes Home to Tubs, Toilets, Ovens and More

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—If you’ve learned to program your DVRs and iPods, you’re in luck. Digital use is spreading throughout the home, and dozens of products on view from manufacturers at the annual National Kitchen & Bath Association’s convention...
May 3, 2009

From NKBA: 10 Popular Kitchen and Bath Trends

By Barbara Ballinger ATLANTA—Want to let your buyers and sellers know what kitchen and bathroom trends today are apt to wow them soon in showrooms and homes? See what David Alderman, vice president of the National Kitchen & Bath...
April 30, 2009

8 Sure-Fire Strategies for Selling a Vacant Property

By Sandy Dixon, InteriorArrangements.com Think of a house as a theatrical stage. When it is not being used and is void of props and scenery, it lacks interest and rarely warrants a second glance.  However, after the set designers...

What does ‘Britain Got Talent’ Singer Susan Boyle Have to Do With Staging?

By Christine Rae If you are one of the millions of YouTube watchers of the Susan Boyle video in “Britain Got Talent” show you will have witnessed the PERFECT metaphor for staging there ever was. Treat yourself; watch it—even...

Thieves Target Staged Homes—Is it time for a House-Sitter?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Watch those high-end furnishings and fancy décor you use to stage your listings. Real estate practitioners in California are reporting a surge in staged, unoccupied homes being burglarized in affluent areas. Thieves are making off...