upgrades Archive

Did Your Sellers Do Energy Upgrades in 2013?

Did any of your sellers make upgrades in 2013 to add curb appeal or attract the attention of energy-conscious buyers? Touch base with them soon to be sure they get the tax benefit of the efforts. Post to Facebook...
April 4, 2014

Housing Upgrades That Aren’t Worth It

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine When upgrading, home owners often seek features that aren’t only desirable to them but also what will add value to the home when it comes time for resale. Certainly, the annual Cost vs....

Don’t Do These at Home: 3 Big Remodeling Mistakes

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, or other room to increase a home’s value can be a good idea, but home owners need to be careful when undergoing a remodeling task to ensure they don’t...
June 13, 2011

Solar Panels Can Boost Home’s Resale Value, Study Finds

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners may write off solar panels as too costly (installation can cost upwards of $15,000), but a new study suggests that installing solar panels can pay off. Researchers find that solar panels...
April 22, 2011

Real Estate Math: What Can Increase and Decrease a Home’s Value

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Little things can make a big difference in how much you ultimately sell a property for, according to a group of New York brokers who say just a few small, smart improvements to...

Kitchen & Bath: Building in Flexibility

By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist   Cash-conscious consumers continue to seek value, whether they purchase a $10,000 bathtub with jets, chromatherapy, and soothing sounds, or a $25 gallon of low- or no-VOC paint in chic fashion-forward hues. Part...
June 21, 2010

Show Sellers How to be ‘Weekend Warriors’

By G. M. Filisko, contributing writer, HouseLogic When it comes to making sure a home looks perfect before the sale, don’t overlook the exterior details. A sagging gutter here, a gutter with plants sprouting out of it there, and...