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Find Out the New, Hot Home Color for 2019

Find Out the New, Hot Home Color for 2019
Find Out the New, Hot Home Color for 2019 By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Photo credit: Behr The paint company Behr has named a rich, bluish hue its 2019 Color of the Year. Blueprint is a mid-tone blue that is described as warmer than denim but softer than navy. Behr is predicting that embracing a full range of blue, teal,and gray will be a key style for home design in 2019. “Layer light and dark blues on walls, cabinets, furniture, and decor for impactful results,” Behr says. The color matches with the jewel tone trend that has been taking off in 2018, which also has seen the...
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How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts

How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts
How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource A lot of real estate agents are looking for a good, reliable home stager that can magically transform their listings into the price point their seller is hoping to achieve.  The trouble and confusion sometimes comes when the real estate professional asks a few home stagers to “bid” or present a proposal on their vacant home. BEFORE   AFTER Photo credit: HSR Certified Helen Bartlett of Refined Interior Staging Solutions in Kansas City The vacant staging proposal price can range ...
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Before and After Photos: How Staging Can Make a Big Difference

Before and After Photos: How Staging Can Make a Big Difference
Before and After Photos: How Staging Can Make a Big Difference By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating What is the key to staging a home in appealing to a broad demographic?  Presenting a property’s main rooms so buyers can see its true potential beyond what they read in the listing. A room showcased in a way that features the best use of the space will not only get noticed but will increase the perceived value and ultimately reduce the time spent on the market. The following are some examples of rooms that were “styled to sell” by meeting targeted buyer specific need...
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Staged to Sell: A Fixer Upper to Show Stopper

Staged to Sell: A Fixer Upper to Show Stopper
Staged to Sell: A Fixer Upper to Show Stopper Home stager: Justin M. Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer Design Agency, with offices in Portland, Ore., and Seattle The home: This Portland, Ore., home was a “complete and total fixer,” Riordan says. But it wasn’t anything that some savvy staging couldn’t fix. The 3,180-square-foot home was built in 1906 and features five bedrooms, 3.5 baths. It’s listed for $875,000. Riordan’s Staging Tips:  Photo Credit: Justin Riordan, Spade and Archer Design Agency When staging a home, stick with neutral rugs with little to no pattern. This will keep the t...
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Virtual Staging Transforms Cold, Vacant Spaces Into Warm, Welcoming Homes

Virtual Staging Transforms Cold, Vacant Spaces Into Warm, Welcoming Homes
Virtual Staging Transforms Cold, Vacant Spaces Into Warm, Welcoming Homes Photo credit: VHT Studios By Brian Balduf, VHT Studios Technology and the convenience it offers to buyers and sellers has changed real estate forever. The days of starting a home search inside the office or car of a real estate professional and touring five or six houses are long gone. Now, interested buyers expect to “shop” for their new home whenever they want on whichever device they desire and they often spend hours clicking through listings online before ever scheduling a visit. As a result, savvy real estate profe...
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Watch for Asbestos When Renovating Older Homes: You May Be at Risk

Watch for Asbestos When Renovating Older Homes: You May Be at Risk
Watch for Asbestos When Renovating Older Homes: You May Be at Risk Photo credit: BanksPhotos -iStock / Getty Images Plus By Rosie Rosati, guest contributor As a homebuyer, it’s easy to understand the appeal of investing in an older home. After all, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle a few DIY projects and renovations to give the place the custom touch you’ve always imagined. Although this can seem like an exciting endeavor, new owners may get ahead themselves without realizing their house may be harboring toxins from decades ago. It’s important to understand the dangers of asbestos during...
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Hot Home Trend: Furnishings With Curves

Hot Home Trend: Furnishings With Curves
Hot Home Trend: Furnishings With Curves By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Furniture is getting curvier this year. Softer lines, curves, and rushing are trending in design. Rounded options are pushing out the sharp-edge designs. It can be a nod to the 1960’s and ’70’s, but contemporary fabrics and details keep it from looking outdated. Check out some examples. Rounded chairs Photo by Positive Space Staging and Design Inc. – Browse living room ideas   Circular tables Photo by Martha O’Hara Interiors – Browse living room ideas   Curved sofas Photo...
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Wallpaper for the Fifth Wall: A Modern Fix for Popcorn Ceilings?

Wallpaper for the Fifth Wall: A Modern Fix for Popcorn Ceilings?
Wallpaper for the Fifth Wall: A Modern Fix for Popcorn Ceilings? By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine Some home designers want to make a bigger statement with the ceiling, and they’re turning to wallpaper to do it. Wallpaper is once again growing in popularity for walls, and some designers are now experimenting with it to dress up the ceiling too. Some designers are using it to transform a ceiling’s living space with wallpaper in minimalist designs or in metallic. It can add texture and certainly some drama to a space. Some designers are using floor-to-ceiling wallpaper all i...
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The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island

The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island
The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home buyers love kitchen islands. It’s become a gathering spot for not just cooking but also eating, working, and socializing. As the island continues to gain stature in kitchens, homeowners are finding ways to spotlight it with contrasting shades or even different countertops to make it the focal point. Check out some examples from designers featured at Houzz, which show how the kitchen island can become the showpiece of your space. An island of a different color Photo by JJP Construction – Look...
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