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Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area

Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area
Why You Should Stage a Cozy Fire Pit Area By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Fire features, like outdoor fire pits and fire tables, are in demand. The National Association of Landscape Professionals calls it one of the hottest landscape trends for the fall, based on a recent survey of 5,000 of its member landscapers. These hot-spots can be a great way to show off the entertaining potential of your outdoor space. Set up a fire pit with a few outdoor chairs around it. You can even drape a blanket over one chair and add ingredients to s’mores on a table to finish off this perfect cozy...
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What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell

What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell
What to Do if Your Home Doesn’t Sell By Patti Stern, PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Has your property been on the market for months with little buyer interest? With a competitive fall market ahead, it may help to reassess the condition of your home, make necessary updates, then re-list a new and improved staged property to generate new buzz and buyer interest. Here are some questions sellers should ask themselves to get their home on top of the list and ahead of the competition. Family Room Staging by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating Does it Make the Best Fir...
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The Chocolate Chip Cookie Effect: Home Staging Tips to Spark Love at First Sight

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Effect: Home Staging Tips to Spark Love at First Sight
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Effect: Home Staging Tips to Spark Love at First Sight By Phil Karp, guest contributor Photo provided by Phil Karp It’s no secret that a properly staged home can sell faster than an empty one. But how far do you need to go to inspire the “chocolate chip cookie effect,” where a buyer walks in the front door and immediately feels right at home? Sellers often look to their agent for home staging advice, which can be based on initial impressions and feedback from early showings. Here are five tips for effectively staging a home before the next potential...
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7 Surprising Household Items You Can Use for DIY

7 Surprising Household Items You Can Use for DIY
7 Surprising Household Items You Can Use for DIY By Jeffrey Ill, guest contributor The “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott have teamed up with Esurance to create “DIY Ditties,” a series of humorous videos that offer tricks to fixing common household items. Whether it’s a clogged shower drain, crayon-graffiti walls, or rusted chrome on your beloved ride, keeping up with maintenance can seem never-ending — not to mention, require a wide assortment of (sometimes pricey) products to remedy each mishap. But what you might not know is that in many cases a solut...
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Top Entryway Decor Ideas for 2017

Top Entryway Decor Ideas for 2017
Top Entryway Decor Ideas for 2017 By Katherine Medlin, guest contributor  The entryway is a significant space within a home — it’s the first thing a potential buyer sees, and it sets the stage for the whole vibe of the home. Buyers can form opinions on a home within seconds of opening that front door. Your clients can make a few simple changes to their entryways to make that important first impression. Here are some hot trends for 2017. Make the front door a focal point. The door is the first thing visitors focus on at any home’s entryway, so make it impactful. Whether you advise your clients...
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See Inside a Listing Styled by a Former White House Decorator

See Inside a Listing Styled by a Former White House Decorator
See Inside a Listing Styled by a Former White House Decorator Submitted by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com Photos Contributed by TopTenRealEstateDeals.com As President Obama’s time in office neared its last months in 2016, their future home outside the White House was a frequent guessing game in celebrity real estate media. Most of the rumors were that the Obamas were buying a new family home in Hawaii, Palm Springs, New York City, Washington, D.C., or would be going back to their former home in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. They ended up buying for $8.1 million the home they had been renting –...
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8 Home Projects with a High ROI

8 Home Projects with a High ROI
8 Home Projects with a High ROI Article Submitted by Fixr.com With warmer weather and longer days, summer is the ideal time of year to take on a project in or around your home. Many contractors and other pros often find this time of year a little slower, as many homeowners are waiting until fall to tackle big interior projects, which means that you’ll have an easier time finding the right person for the job. These eight projects are designed to add value to your home, without breaking the bank at the same time. Tackling them now will make your home more comfortable for the coming months, whil...
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Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!

Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!
Watercolors on Walls? You Bet! By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to make a bigger statement with a wall? Watercolor wallpaper can add some pizzazz and wispiness to an otherwise blah wall in the home. Pinterest called watercolor wallpaper one of the hottest trends that emerged from its home design survey in the U.K., in which the site analyzed user data from May 2016 to May 2017 to see the most popular “pins.” More homeowners seem to want to know more about watercolor wallpaper, as it was among one of the most pinned trends in home design. It can be chic with an abstract desig...
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