Monthly Archive:: September 2009

Pop Quiz: Name This Architecture Style!

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Hint: This style of home is known as being narrow and rectangular with one and one-half stories, low-pitched gable or hipped roofs, and small covered porches at the entry. This home style was popular in...
September 28, 2009

Philly Development Offers Glimpse of Green Real Estate’s Future

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine Denise Lehmann and Alex Plessett are building their dream, quite literally. The builder-REALTOR® pair are the masterminds behind the largest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designated green residential development in...
September 24, 2009

Biggest Losers: 20 Home Design Features That Send Buyers Running

  By Barbara Ballinger, Architecture Coach columnist and guest blogger Design glitches draw attention away from a home’s best features. Don’t let out-of-date fixtures and unappealing decor cost you a sale. While some buyers may actually appreciate “vintage” features,...
September 21, 2009

Do Psychological Triggers Draw You to Certain Homes?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Determining which home to buy goes beyond the number of bedrooms, square footage, or even location, according to Azevedo & Associates, a real estate brokerage in Granite Bay, Calif. Instead, the real estate company is...
September 16, 2009

Making Sense of Green Home Certifications

By Erik Fowler, Green trends expert This is the fourth article in a series designed to help you make sense of the green landscape as a real estate professional. REALTOR® Magazine’s Styled, Staged & Sold blog and I are...
September 11, 2009

Men From Mars, Women From Venus? Not So Much When Shopping for a Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey Women and men home buyers don’t differ too much when it comes to what they look for in a home, according to a new survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, which asked 1,000 women and...
September 7, 2009

The Yard Doctor is Ready to Triage Your Lawn With These 6 Tips for Fall

By Erica Christoffer, Contributing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine There is no better time than fall to get yards looking great, according to the “Yard Doctor” Trey Rogers, a professor of turfgrass management in the crop and soil sciences department at...
September 4, 2009

The Visual Nature of the Internet Has Home Owners More Attuned to Aesthetics

By Erica Christoffer Two professions greatly benefiting from the Internet’s ability to help connect people visually are interior designers and home stagers. First, let’s clarify: Interior design and home staging are two very distinct industries. As Jennie Norris, president...
September 3, 2009