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5 Staging Props You Need to Stop Using … Now!

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:00:57 +0000

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(image) By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency There is good staging. There is bad staging. I mean, like really bad staging. In an industry with no regulations, no standardized accreditation system, and tons of “hobbyist professionals”, one gets what one pays for. The problem here is not if that inexperienced or bargain basement stager will do a good job, rather if they’ll actually stop your house from selling, dead in its tracks. It’s true; good, thoughtful staging can most certainly help a house sell for more money and in less time. Bad staging can bring the selling momentum of a great house to a screeching halt. The absolute best way for bad staging to kibosh your sale is to have it offend potential buyers. Here are five potentially offensive staging props that could threaten your sale: 1. Alcohol. Alcohol is a common thing found in many homes. It can raise both positive and negative emotions in buyers. We aren’t too worried about the positive emotions on this one as nobody is going to walk into your house and say, “They drink Chablis, I drink Chablis, let’s buy this house!” That being said, a potential buyer may very well […]

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Best of CES 2017 for the Home

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:00:01 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine CES 2017 – the annual international consumer electronics tradeshow — kicks off this week in Las Vegas. In this year’s show, home product debuts are taking up even more of the spotlight with smart home technology and household robots taking center stage. Here are a few of the product debuts we’re watching at CES this year that could influence home design in the future. Smart mirrors Miliboo   Welcome the era of the “smart mirror.” The company EKKO is touting the world’s first connected mirror that not only reflects your image but also your digital imprint too. The mirror can play music, TV shows, stream YouTube videos, display weather and news feeds, and even allows you to quickly scan your emails too. The glass technology allows information to be digitally displayed at the bottom of the mirror. Miliboo is debuting prototypes of the smart mirror during CES. Such interactive mirrors could revolutionize that bathroom mirror as we know it today. Your at-home robot Kuri   Robots are expected to be a big buzzword at CES 2017, and manufacturers are showing off more for the home. Meet Kuri, the newest robot friend expected to enter […]

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Beige Is Back: And There’s No Blah About It

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 07:00:09 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Beige is pushing out gray as the hottest neutral color tone in homes heading into 2017, according to several color forecasters. Beige had once been cast aside in home design as too boring. But the beiges gaining popularity again and some of the newest shades are far from boring, if paired correctly. Beige comes in many tones, dark and light. Take a look at Sherwin-Williams’ 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). Photo courtesy: Sherwin-Williams This brownish-gray color has plenty of contrast to help make the whites in the room pop. Many beiges are more subtle. And it is true that too much of a softer neutral tone of tans could lack the same pizzazz. How can you spice up your beiges to avoid those beige blahs? A recent article by contributor Janet Dunn with Houzz offers tips on modernizing a beige backdrop. Try bolder colored accessories. Make it pop up against higher energy colors that you bring in through accessories, like pillows, rugs, artwork, vases, or even chairs. Photo by AND Interior Design Studio – More traditional dining room ideas Weave it in with browns. Yes, beige and brown can go […]

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How to Choose the Right Paint Color

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 07:00:10 +0000

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(image) Photo courtesy: Dunn-Edwards Paints A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects to tackle prior to a home sale that can make a big difference. Sara McLean, color expert and blogger for Dunn-Edwards Paints, offers some of the following tips on how to choose interior colors that will appeal to the biggest buyer pool: Don’t go too monotone. McLean cautions on painting everything white or beige. The home might end up looking more like an apartment, rather than an upscale home. An occasional accent wall in a darker or complementary shade may add appeal. Stick to earth tones and natural-based colors. Warm browns and milky tans – think latte. Light greens and blues are classy, and even some reds and oranges.  Warm grays are popular now, rather than cool grays, she says. Take into account flooring. Lay the color chips along the flooring to see how well they pair together. Warm tones tend to look better with most hardwood. Whereas tile, terrazzo or carpet may make you want to opt for other colors. Give a room life without getting personal. “Many people have a visceral reaction to bold colors and buyers’ first thought is that they […]

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10 Staging Tips for Holiday Decor

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 07:00:55 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t have to go all Clark Griswold to show your holiday spirit. Decorations can be subtle, tasteful and inviting when a house is up for sale during the holiday months. Sure, there are two sides to this: Some staging and real estate professionals assert that you shouldn’t decorate at all during the holidays, careful not to offend those who don’t celebrate the holiday. Others argue you should definitely decorate and that a festive house can welcome buyers. How much or how little you decorate may be open to debate with your home sellers. But if you are looking to add in some tasteful holiday decor this season to a home, here are some ideas: 1. Dress up the doorstep with a wreath and planter. Silver is shiny and can reflect the sun, making it a great choice to get others to stop and take notice of a home. Photo by Mary Prince Photography – Discover traditional entryway design inspiration   2. Highlight the fireplace mantel with holiday décor to get this amenity to take center stage in the room. But don’t overcrowd it with decorations. Less is sometimes more, in this case. Photo by AM […]

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Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:10:06 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Adding nature, via plants, has always been a popular way to help spruce  up a home for sale. But Pantone’s 2017 choice for Color of the Year wants you using the color of nature in a bolder way in the new year. Pantone named Greenery its 2017 Color of the Year. The tangy yellow-green hue offers a pop of color while also aiming to give the illusion of nature indoors, the company states in its announcement. Greenery is a veer from Pantone’s softer color choices last year of Serenity and Rose Quartz. “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize, and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Elseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Look for this shade of green to pop up in more home accessories and furnishings in the new year. Some homeowners may take a bolder approach by splashing it on their walls, whether by a vibrant painted accent wall or botanically-themed wallpaper. Here’s how a few designers have subtly incorporated this shade into their designs below. Tell us what you think of this year’s Color of the Year. Do you […]

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Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:10:06 +0000

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Adding nature, via plants, has always been a popular way to help spruce  up a home for sale. But Pantone’s 2017 choice for Color of the Year wants you using the color of nature in a bolder way in the new year. Pantone named Greenery its 2017 Color of the Year. The tangy yellow-green hue offers a pop of color while also aiming to give the illusion of nature indoors, the company states in its announcement. Greenery is a veer from Pantone’s softer color choices last year of Serenity and Rose Quartz. “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize, and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Elseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Look for this shade of green to pop up in more home accessories and furnishings in the new year. Some homeowners may take a bolder approach by splashing it on their walls, whether by a vibrant painted accent wall or botanically-themed wallpaper. Here’s how a few designers have subtly incorporated this shade into their designs below. Tell us what you think of this year’s Color of the Year. Do you […]

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Prefab Housing: What It Really Is and Why You Should Care

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 07:00:57 +0000

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(image) Example of modular housing; Photo credit: Method Homes By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Prefab housing is shaking up the architecture world, touting attention-getting designs that are giving factory-built housing a new reputation. Manufacturers are also adding in greater abilities for home buyers to customize these homes, despite sections of them being mass produced in a factory setting. Known for faster build times, prefab housing is making more in the building and real estate industry to take notice too. They’re eyeing prefab housing as the answer to adding more inventories of housing in markets that desperately need them. And with the ease,  in some cases, of designing homes right from the Internet, your new-home buyers may especially be intrigued about their growing options with prefab. Manufacturers say real estate professionals are a big piece in helping prefab overcome its sometimes bad rap, mostly from the public’s misunderstanding of what it is and what is not. Read more: Shunning Prefab Preconceptions Also, as this building style grows in popularity, make sure you’re aware of it yourself — and not spreading misperceptions either. Here’s a quick overview What is a prefab? This generic term (abbreviated from “prefabricated”) often refers to a home […]

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How to Create a Warm, Inviting Winter Listing

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:00:55 +0000

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(image) By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating A Welcoming Curb Appeal Maintain a polished look by keeping gutters clean and shrubs trimmed. Be sure to also remove any hazards by shoveling, sanding, and removing any ice or snow from the driveway, walkways, and sidewalks. To engage buyers on a gloomy day, keep the front porch well lit, use potted evergreens or berry branches, a wreath on the door, lanterns, and a seasonal welcome mat. Simple and Elegant Holiday Decor Do not overdo! Buyers want to see the home’s permanent features and a fireplace or window covered with too many ribbons and stockings will distract from key focal points. Instead, incorporate elegant finishing touches such as mercury glass votives and ornaments for some sparkle paired with candles, pine cones, berries and twigs. Create Warmth With Lighting Use modest lighting as an accent to create an inviting ambience. Scatter a few lightly scented tea lights in votives, candles in varying heights on beautiful pillars or lanterns and soft white string lights on the front porch, entry stairway or fireplace. Splashes of Minimal Color Too much traditional green and red can compete with existing decor and command a room’s attention. […]

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Get Shopping! Black Friday Deals for the Home

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 07:00:44 +0000

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Are you looking for a bargain this Black Friday with home goods? Deals on household products and appliances are abundant this season. Need to add to your staging inventory or looking for that perfect housewarming gift for your clients? Peruse the ads to spot the best deals. TheBlackFriday.com has posted the ads for numerous retailers, from Target, Lowe’s, and more. Dealnews.com offers some shopping tips for those in search of some of the best home good offers.  or housewarming gifts for clients during the week of Black Friday, including: Go after small appliances for the kitchen: Some products – like toasters, kettles, pressure cookers, and more — may drop as low as $3. Look for such deals and their sitewide coupons at mega department stores like Kohl’s, Kmart, and Bon-Ton, according to Dealnews.com. Scan sales on major appliances: If your clients are planning a kitchen remodel, they may want to act this week on big appliances. Stores generally offer up their best deals of the year for washing machines, refrigerators, and other household essentials during Black Friday week. Look for dishwashers as low as $250 from some retailers. Sears Outlet often carries some of […]

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