Monthly Archive:: January 2012

2011-2012 Cost vs. Value: Which Remodeling Projects Pay Off the Most?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine When tackling home remodeling projects, you’ll find some projects pay off more than others at times of resale. Remodeling Magazine, in conjunction with REALTOR® Magazine, recently released findings of its annual Cost vs....
January 25, 2012

Statistics Prove Home Staging Works

By Barb Schwarz, Stagedhomes.com Many years ago, I coined the saying “The investment IN staging your home will always be less than a price reduction ON your home!” And that statement is as true today as it was all...
January 24, 2012

Share Your Insights: Must-Have Tools for Staging

Attention, home stagers, I want to hear from you! I’m working on an article about staging solutions for REALTOR Magazine online, and I’m seeking responses to the following questions: 1.) What do you consider must-haves for building a staging...
January 24, 2012

And the Color of the Year for 2012 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine It’s bold, bright–and orange. Tangerine Tango is this year’s color of the year, according to the Pantone Color Institute. The reddish orange color takes the place as this year’s hot hue replacing last...
January 16, 2012

The Question You Don’t Want From Buyers: What’s the Square Footage?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The Zillow Blog recently featured an interesting article by real estate pro Brendon DeSimone about how advertising the square footage of a home can derail a deal. It may make you rethink featuring...
January 9, 2012

Trend Watch: Home Design Gets Simpler

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine As home buyers continue to rank affordability high, more home styles are getting simpler and homes are becoming lower maintenance, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey, conducted by the American Institute...
January 3, 2012