Monthly Archive:: December 2011

Nearby Billboards Hurt Property Values, Study Suggests

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Living near a billboard can lower your home value, according to a new report, “Beyond Aesthetics: How Billboards Affect Economic Prosperity,” by urban planner Jonathan Snyder. Researchers analyzed homes in Philadelphia near billboards...
December 29, 2011

The Importance of Lighting and Putting Your Listings in the Best Light

By Sharon Brown, Homescapes by Design Don’t forget lighting updates when planning to sell. From front door lighting to bathroom fixtures and everything in between, updating lighting is an important item on a home owner’s checklist when planning to...
December 26, 2011

Should You Stage Homes for the Holidays?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The majority of real estate professionals encourage their clients to list their home during the holidays because, they say, the holidays can be a great time to sell a home, according to a...
December 19, 2011

Start the Holiday Rush: Home Energy Tax Credits Expire Dec. 31

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Spread the word this holiday season to your clients: They only have a few more days left in the month to take advantage of tax credits for energy efficiency home improvements–so ’tis the...
December 12, 2011

What Will Be Hot in Home Interiors in 2012?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The design forecasts are rolling in for the new year and the predictions of what’s going to be popular in interior decorating in 2012. According to Beasley & Henley Interior Design in Winter...
December 5, 2011