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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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Home Trends to Watch: Adding the Bathtub Back In

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 07:00:50 +0000

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(image) Photo credit: Karen Eubank, Eubank Staging & Design By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The National Association of Home Builders has in recent years pointed to a dwindling interest in whirlpools in the master bathroom, but that doesn’t mean home owners are ready to banish bathtubs all together. Sure, home owners have been swapping out built-in bathtubs with supersized walk-in, lavish showers. However, now some home owners say they want to add the tub back in. The National Kitchen & Bath Association noted a trend this year among remodelers incorporating more freestanding soaking tubs. Since it’s not built in, there is more flexibility in the placement of these tubs too. They can be placed anywhere from along a window to the center of the bathroom to even, in some cases, inside the shower. Indeed, the tub stands alone nowadays. Freestanding tubs are becoming a focal element in the bathroom, says Karen Eubank with Eubank Staging & Design in Dallas. Photo by Angus Mackenzie Architect – Browse contemporary bathroom photos Photo by Beckwith Interiors – Look for contemporary bathroom design inspiration Photo by Epic Development – Look for modern bathroom pictures

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The All White Room. It’s a Trap!

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 07:00:39 +0000

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(image) Photo Courtesy of Spade and Archer By Justin M. Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency So… you’ve been seeing all those great staging projects, magazine covers, and television living rooms that look so pretty because they are all white. White sofas and white walls and white floors and white pillows and white tables … all white. And now you are thinking about going all white in your real life as well. Do yourself a favor and listen to Admiral Akbar: “IT’S A TRAP.” Don’t do it. Seriously, run the other way as fast as you can. But then again I would give you the same advice if you were planning an all red room or an all black room. By having each and every thing in one room be all one color, you are proverbially painting yourself into a corner (pun intended). You would, for all intents and purposes, force your future self to stay with that one color forever, with your only way out involving a large investment in time, money, and energy. With all these warnings, I see you are not convinced … that nothing I can say will steer you away from that all white living room or […]

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Infographic: How Tech Could Radically Change Your Home

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 07:00:35 +0000

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(image) Inspirational Teched Out House Infographic by The Rug Seller by The Rug Seller

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Don’t Spook Buyers! Here Is Some Tasteful Halloween-Inspired Curb Appeal

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:00:44 +0000

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(image) By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t want to scare buyers away. But who says you can’t have a little fun with your listing for Halloween? Sure, you should probably skip the full cemetery tomb display for the sake of curb appeal. And, probably the ghost popping out of the tree or the witch laughing a haunting laugh in the corner is not the best idea when selling a home. But a few nonscary, Halloween-themed accents here and there can help outfit your listing’s exterior for the season. After all, orange is an eye-popping color that you can certainly use to your advantage in the fall. Why not add some pumpkins and fall-inspired décor around the for-sale sign for some added attention? Or a spider on a fake web hanging down from your sign for a little fun? Need some inspiration? Take a look at few examples of stylish Halloween exteriors, all taken from designers featured at Houzz, a website for remodelers and designers. Photo by Mary Prince Photography – Search traditional entryway design ideas Photo by Southern Botanical, Inc. – Discover traditional entryway design ideas Photo by Southern Botanical, Inc. – Search traditional entryway design ideas Photo by […]

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View the Same Property Staged 3 Different Ways

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:00:30 +0000

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(image) By Saghar Setareh, CoContest guest contributor How can you know the best style for staging a property? After all, you’ll need to satisfy home buyers’ various style tastes as well as make sure you’re showing the property in its best light. Thanks to the power of the Internet, we wanted to see just how much the point of view in staging of properties can vary. We asked for designers to upload their take on one floorplan at the CoContest website. All designers staged the same room, but recreated it differently based on their own style and taste and interpretation of the client’s request in the contest. The challenge: This modern apartment in Connecticut needed to be renovated, in a way to enjoy the artwork during the gatherings of family and friends. Photo courtesy: CoContest Design 1: Classic Vibe Designed by Decolite Design This room offered up a more classic appeal. The designer Decolite Design used a crystal chandelier for the main lighting, colonial furniture for the main living room, black chesterfield sofas with white armchairs, and a large, white rug. The artwork is also from the classic period. The pallet of colors is black and white, and a piano along the […]

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How to Reinvent a Room to Attract Buyers

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 07:00:51 +0000

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(image) By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Thinking about remodeling but not sure it will pay off when it comes time to sell? According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, most room remodels and additions may only recoup up to 80 percent of the cost. And since time and money is something prospective sellers are cautious about wasting, we put together the following list of practical ways to attract buyers and increase resale value without drastically changing your home’s footprint. Kitchen staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Transform The Kitchen With Simple Upgrades The most economical way to breathe new life into the kitchen is by first repainting walls with a fresh coat of neutral paint. Next, consider refreshing outdated cabinet fronts (as shown in photo above) with bright white paint along with brushed nickel or chrome hardware in modern styling. Upgrading flooring and countertops is also worth considering since there are many options available with a range of price points that are both stylish and functional. Master bath staged by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Give The Bathroom A Facelift It still goes without saying that outdated bathrooms are simply […]

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:10:38 +0000

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