Author: Melissa Tracey

Best of CES 2017 for the Home

Best of CES 2017 for the Home

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine CES 2017 – the annual international consumer electronics tradeshow — kicks off this week in Las Vegas. In this year’s show, home product debuts are taking up even more of the spotlight with smart home technology and household robots taking center stage. Here are a few of the product […]

Beige Is Back: And There’s No Blah About It

Beige Is Back: And There’s No Blah About It

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Beige is pushing out gray as the hottest neutral color tone in homes heading into 2017, according to several color forecasters. Beige had once been cast aside in home design as too boring. But the beiges gaining popularity again and some of the newest shades are far from boring, […]

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

How to Choose the Right Paint Color

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest and most affordable home improvement projects to tackle prior to a home sale that can make a big difference. Sara McLean, color expert and blogger for Dunn-Edwards Paints, offers some of the following tips on how to choose interior colors that will appeal to the biggest […]

10 Staging Tips for Holiday Decor

10 Staging Tips for Holiday Decor

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine You don’t have to go all Clark Griswold to show your holiday spirit. Decorations can be subtle, tasteful and inviting when a house is up for sale during the holiday months. Sure, there are two sides to this: Some staging and real estate professionals assert that you shouldn’t decorate […]

Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

Pantone’s Nature-Inspired Pick for 2017 Color of the Year

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Adding nature, via plants, has always been a popular way to help spruce  up a home for sale. But Pantone’s 2017 choice for Color of the Year wants you using the color of nature in a bolder way in the new year. Pantone named Greenery its 2017 Color of […]

Prefab Housing: What It Really Is and Why You Should Care

Prefab Housing: What It Really Is and Why You Should Care

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, […]

Get Shopping! Black Friday Deals for the Home

Get Shopping! Black Friday Deals for the Home

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 […]

Home Trends to Watch: Adding the Bathtub Back In

Home Trends to Watch: Adding the Bathtub Back In

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, […]

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

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

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 […]

The ‘New’ Brass Is Back in Home Design

The ‘New’ Brass Is Back in Home Design

Photo by Westborough Design Center, Inc. – Discover traditional kitchen design ideas   By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine It’s all about that brass. But don’t expect to see that 1980s super shine. Today’s trendy brass is more of an antique brass, which is being used in light fixtures, mirrors, frames, and even furniture trims. […]