Author: Melissa Tracey

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. […]

Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern

Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Herringbone is emerging as the pattern of choice in 2016. Herringbone is the arrangement of rectangles that is so named for its resemblance to the bones of fish. This pattern is popping up on everything from hardwood floors, kitchen backsplashes and shower walls. It may be subtle or bold. […]

Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017

Sneak Peek: The ‘It’ Paint Color for 2017

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Time to paint the house taupe. Sherwin-Williams revealed its 2017 Color of the Year: Poised Taupe (SW 6039). The company expects the brownish-gray hue to become the year’s go-to color for home interiors. Taupe marks a departure from the company’s mostly cool-toned neutrals it has tended to favor recently. […]

Let’s Talk Quartz: There’s Good Reason To

Let’s Talk Quartz: There’s Good Reason To

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Granite no longer reigns. The most popular countertop material remodelers say they’re using is quartz, then followed by granite. In 2015, 89 percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association members said they used quartz in their kitchen remodeling projects. Meanwhile, granites popularity has been declining over the last four […]

Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

Subway Tile Makes a Comeback in Kitchens, Baths

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Glassy subway tile is nothing new, but it’s coming back stronger in kitchens and bathroom remodels in whites or bolder geometric patterns. “It’s classic, and a classic always remains,” says Karen Eubank, an interior designer with Eubank Staging & Design in Dallas. Richard Hoey, president and CEO of Active […]

Master Bathroom Remodels Are Going High-Tech

Master Bathroom Remodels Are Going High-Tech

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Home owners are increasingly investing to create luxurious, modernized master baths, according to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Survey of more than 2,100 home owners who are planning or recently completed a bathroom renovation project. Of those surveyed, 20 percent say they are updating the toilet; 12 percent […]