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#CES2018: Tech Up Your Style

#CES2018: Tech Up Your Style
#CES2018: Tech Up Your Style By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The mega consumer electronic showcase, CES, lands in Las Vegas this week. It may not be the place you typically go to for décor trends, but technology is having an undeniable influence in home design, like see-through refrigerators and smart lighting. Consumers look to you for expertise too. Forty-two percent of Americans say they would look to their sales agent to provide suggestions about how staging their home with smart home products could impact the sale of their home, according to a newly released Coldwell Banker...
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White Kitchen Fatigue?

White Kitchen Fatigue?
White Kitchen Fatigue? By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Are homeowners growing tired of the all-white kitchen? Some design experts believe so. White kitchens have been popular over the past few years, but Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker predicts that the number of homeowners who will get “white-kitchen fatigue” will grow in the new year. Some homeowners may experiment with adding more colors back in to the kitchen. “While white kitchens aren’t going anywhere, expect to see a rise in color, especially other neutrals like gray and blue,” Parker notes in reporting on 2018 ho...
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2018 Outdoor Living Trends: Jaw-Dropping Transformations

2018 Outdoor Living Trends: Jaw-Dropping Transformations
2018 Outdoor Living Trends: Jaw-Dropping Transformations By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource Outdoor patio spaces have sure changed in the last few years with the onset of new outdoor materials, furnishings, fixtures, Cantina doors, and the home owner’s desire for more outdoor living and entertaining space.  In fact, according to the 2017 National Association of REALTORS’ Profile of Home Staging report, the desire to see outdoor spaces staged when selling a home was at 63 percent.  It was not even mentioned in the previous survey. This outdoor space total transformation is a great e...
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The Forecast: 2018 Trends in Staging

The Forecast: 2018 Trends in Staging
The Forecast: 2018 Trends in Staging By Mary Purcell, MoneyGeek.com Home staging has gone mainstream and is now widely used to make a home more attractive to potential buyers. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, a majority of real estate professionals believe staging increases the sale price of the home anywhere from 1 to 15 percent. But even if it doesn’t increase the value, most agents agree that staging reduces the amount of time the home sits on the market, which is music to any seller’s ears. Not all homes need a dramatic makeover, but most homes will ben...
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White Emerges as ‘It’ Color for Holiday Staging

White Emerges as ‘It’ Color for Holiday Staging
White Emerges as ‘It’ Color for Holiday Staging By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine White has become a classy go-to color this holiday season, and it’s perfect when staging a home during the holidays. Whether it’s white table linens, holiday stockings, ornaments, or even an all-white tree, the neutral color can be a way to decorate a home for-sale during the holidays without distracting from the home’s overall decor. More traditional holiday hues—like red and green—can take on more prominence in a home. But white blends right in to any color scheme, and can still offer warmth and yu...
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Tips on Christmas Decor Home Staging

Tips on Christmas Decor Home Staging
Tips on Christmas Decor Home Staging By Merri Cvetan, guest contributor If you’re staging your home during this time of the year, adding a bit of holiday cheer to your decor can make a big impression on potential buyers. Use these tips to create a simple, polished look that puts your home in its best light this holiday season. Choose the Right Christmas Tree When showing your home, include holiday decor that allows potential buyers to picture themselves in the space. For example, choose a tree that allows other aspects of your home to shine. Your living room or entryway will look bigger if yo...
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Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!

Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything!
Hot Home Trend: Bamboo Everything! By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Bamboo is making its way into more home interiors. From flooring, window treatments to wall accents, furnishings and more, this sustainable material is popping up everywhere. Some designers are making bamboo their go-to material, which RISMedia recently highlighted in the article “4 Reasons Why Bamboo Is Taking Home Décor by Storm.” Bamboo is widely available and more affordable than many other wood products. Bamboo is traditionally considered a type of wood flooring, but it’s actually not a wood at all, but a gr...
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Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology

Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology
Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology By Christy Matte, guest contributor Smart homes with security and automation features are becoming a hot trend, and they can be an exciting way to dazzle prospective home buyers (and up your staging efforts to a high-tech level at the same time). But if buyers have never experienced an automated home environment, rattling off a list of features could be meaningless at best, and confusing at worst. Here are some fun ways to show a home with smart features, so the buyers will be wowed and you can clinch the sale. Know What It Is and How It Wor...
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Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower

Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower
Hot Home Trend: The Statement Shower By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The shower in the master bathroom is getting a lot more attention. In fact, it’s one of the main splurges among renovating homeowners, according to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study. These “statement showers,” as Houzz dubs them in its report, include high-tech features, like rainfall showerheads, dual showers, curbless showers, and body sprays. Photo by Alex Maguire Photography – Browse bathroom photos   Upgrading the master shower was the most popular renovation project, according to the s...
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View the Possibilities With Virtual Staging

View the Possibilities With Virtual Staging
View the Possibilities With Virtual Staging By Brian Balduf, VHT Studios Appealing to home buyers is all about making that emotional connection. Smart marketers know emotions trump other factors, especially when you hear buyers say the listing “just feels right.” They may be searching for a new house, but they’re envisioning their next home. Buyers’ emotional experience while home shopping is heightened even more by stunning real estate photography that is the attention-grabber in the age of Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Houzz. Breathtaking photographs and video stir buyers’ emo...
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