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High-Tech Home Design From CES 2019

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine As more homes get teched out, how do you make a home smart but stylish too? CES 2019—Las Vegas’ annual mega tech show—is showing off thousands of high-tech products, including a growing number to … Continue reading

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Why You Should Consider Staging the Staircase

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Photo Credit: L.J. Smith Stair Systems A great staircase can be attention-getting in your listing. Don’t forget to stage it and highlight it in your property photos to give it the attention it deserves. … Continue reading

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The Hottest Paint Colors of 2019

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine The paint companies have released their color forecasts for the new year. Here are the hot hues expected to make waves in 2019. Which one is your favorite? Living Coral / Photo Credit: Furniture … Continue reading

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The Most Shared Kitchen Photo of 2018

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Of the 17 million professional photos of home interiors and exteriors on Houzz, it was this photo of a gray and walnut kitchen that captured the most attention over the year: Photo by Stonington … Continue reading

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Holiday Lighting Tips for Safety and Style

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Framing a home in a glow of lights can show off your holiday spirit and your home this season. Depending on how much you commit too, you could become the talk of the town. … Continue reading

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4 Tips for Using Paint to Update a Home

Photo Credit: Clare Painting a room can be a quick, transformative update for new homeowners to accomplish. Say your clients recently purchased a home and now they need a little design inspiration to bring it into all its glory. Paint is … Continue reading

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Add Some Plaid to Your Holiday Decor

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Holiday decor is going gingham style this year. Checkered plaid is one of 2018’s hottest holiday design accessory. Black and white or red and black buffalo prints are popping up in everything from Christmas … Continue reading

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How Virtual Twilight Photos Sold a Languishing Listing

By Harry Parson, guest contributor A picture is worth a thousand words, and if you have bad photographs of your listing, it tells a thousand bad stories. So, when I recently took over a home that had been lingering on … Continue reading

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3 ‘Subtle’ Holiday Staging Tips

Want to give your listing a little holiday flair–without going overboard?  Elyza Brillantes, design program manager at Havenly, offers some of the following tips: 1. Infuse greenery. Greenery is always a must for staging your home so the space feels … Continue reading

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Black Friday Shopping? The Top Searched Furniture Items by State

Consumers may be most on the hunt for a new sectional, TV stand, hutch, and sofa table to spruce up their home. These were the most searched-for home furniture items based on Google shopping data, according to a new analysis … Continue reading

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