April 22, 2018

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Comment on Hot Home Trend: Bring on the Velvet by Karen Mathers

Styled, Staged & Sold - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 23:44

The comfort of velvet also looks good with rustic wood.

Comment on How Long Do Common Household Items Last? by Karen Mathers

Styled, Staged & Sold - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 23:41

Another tip is to have your unit checked before warranty expires. Thank you for sharing.

Comment on Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging? by RUTH F PFEFFER

Styled, Staged & Sold - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 13:48

The Pantone color of the year is the one we use in our company’s Real Estate sign. To us the best use of the color is with a purple FOR SALE sign with our logo.

Books in Brief: Lighting the Path to Housing Equality

Weekly Book Scan - Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:34

No matter how passive it may seem, reading is an activity. It can be an acknowledgement, a political act, an act of remembrance—and at its best, it’s often all three wrapped into one.

April 11, 2018 will mark 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act into law. So much has changed since then, and yet so much hasn’t. Here at the Book Scan blog, we’ve been commemorating this anniversary by reading and reviewing books (specifically, the ones that appear on the National Association of REALTORS®’ list of reading material that touches on this subject).

But we wanted to invite our readers to join in the commemoration as well. Check out the list below (and our linked reviews, where available). Pick out a book, see if it’s available in the NAR library or your local library or bookstore, and take in this moment with the help of the written word. Let me know if we’re missing anything on this list. And stay tuned for more reviews of these books in the coming months from NAR staffers and members.

  • The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein (read Hathaway Hester’s review)
  • Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, by James W. Loewen (read my review)
  • When the Fences Come Down: Twenty-First-Century Lessons from Metropolitan School Desegregation, by Genevieve Siegel-Hawley
  • The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, by Natalie Y. Moore
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond
  • Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law, by Nikole Hannah-Jones
  • Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, by Ian Haney-López
  • Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea, by Mitchell Duneier
  • The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It, by Richard Florida
  • Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America, by William H. Frey
  • How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood, by Peter Moskowitz
  • No Place like Home: Wealth, Community, and the Politics of Homeownership, by Brian McCabe
  • Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart, by Christena Cleveland
  • Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America, by Beryl Satter
  • Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress toward Racial Equality, by Patrick Sharkey
  • Evicted! Property Rights and Eminent Domain in America, by David A. Schultz
  • Unfair Housing: How National Policy Shapes Community Action, by Mara S. Sidney
  • As Long as They Don’t Move Next Door: Segregation and Racial Conflict in American Neighborhoods, by Stephen P. Meyer
  • American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass, by Douglas Massey
  • High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, by Ben Austen

The 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

This review is part of Books in Brief: Lighting the Path to Housing Equality, the Weekly Book Scan’s series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Learn more about how fair housing makes us stronger at

Comment on What’s ‘In’ and ‘Out’ in the Kitchen: 10 Trends to Watch by Conrad H

Styled, Staged & Sold - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 15:42

We ended up spring 16 putting in granite, taking out a few cabs above the serve window to the dining rm, cutting out a spanish style arch opening.. wife’s spanish, curved the counter out of the arch into the dining rm, beveled the all edges, intalled new recessed LED lighting cans, new recepticals, switches etc..Tony my electrician!, backsplash, new cooktop, 2 new convection ovens, new fridge w pull out freezer. Bought counters from contractor out of Nashville, he had a warehouse here @ that time. Huge selection. Great install job. My carpenter friend refinished the oak doors, drawers, did backsplash & a few other odds & ends. Wife & I did the frames. New paint in & out.. Juaquin, my several yr painter now. Wife picked all the colors, etc. Like New!

Comment on 4 Ways to Help a Home Seller Tackle Clutter by Mike Murfreesboro Real Estate

Styled, Staged & Sold - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 08:35

All really great tips Tori. Thanks for sharing your advice..

Comment on How to Use a Home Decor Theme In a Room by Mindy

Styled, Staged & Sold - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 04:38

Appreciate this post. Let mee try it out.

Infrastructure Improvement Means Real Estate Activity

Speaking of Real Estate - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 14:13

When the Trump administration released its $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan last month, it set in motion a multi-year process that could eventually lead to considerable investment in communities. Of course, Congress must pass legislation to make much of it happen. Although there are some parts that the administration can do on its own, a lot of the plan will require both authorizing and funding legislation, so how close we get to that $1.5 trillion goal is dependent on what lawmakers can agree on in the next year or two.

Regardless, with the country’s roads, bridges, waterways, dams, and other public projects aging, some projects will be getting funds in the years ahead whether or not the plan is all or partly enacted. The question for you is, how will you get involved? Will you get involved upfront, when projects are in the planning stages, or will you get involved after projects get going? Often, bridge replacement means land transactions, because it’s not unusual for a replacement bridge to be built alongside the existing bridge. That means government might have to acquire or condemn nearby property. Or if a road is widened—will that involve acquisition or condemnation of land?

Property values tend to go up after infrastructure improvements are made. In northern Virginia, expansion of the metropolitan subway system had a tremendous impact on property values along the new tracks. Huge condo, apartment, retail, office, and mixed-use projects followed. It triggered a real estate boom.

The administration’s infrastructure plan is featured in the latest Voice for Real Estate news video from NAR. Access that segment now.

The video also looks at why NAR supports the banking reform bill that passed the Senate a couple of weeks ago, why passage of long-term reform of federal flood insurance is just as much about improving communities as it is about continuation of insurance policies, and why Congress needs to make mortgage debt forgiveness relief a permanent part of the tax code. Cyber crime and association health plans are covered, too.

Access and share video.

Comment on 2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging by David Wu

Styled, Staged & Sold - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:34

Open concept has dominated recent years. I am interested to see what interior color schemes will change in 2018.

Comment on Hot Home Trend: Bring on the Velvet by Mike

Styled, Staged & Sold - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 07:25

I really like the layout of the second photo. They did a really nice job. Another great article Melissa!

Comment on How to Choose the Right Stain for Hardwood Floors by Bella Cera

Styled, Staged & Sold - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 05:47

Thank you for putting a unique spin on this topic and giving me more factors to consider. I like your views and your style. I will definitely keep those cabinets on my list to research when we start our next remodel.
Bella cera flooring

Comment on Are Pools Worth the Expense? by Paddlewheel Flowmeter

Styled, Staged & Sold - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 01:36

Hii Melissa ! hope you are fine. Loved you blog. Keep going. I think if anyone is spending a lot on pools then they should also pay special attentions to maintain the pool. Lots of cost friendly products are also available in market which can help resolving some the issues. but we must have knowledge about new stuff.

Audio: Dealing with Cyberthreats

Speaking of Real Estate - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 19:49

Steve Spano, president and chief operating officer of the Center for Internet Security, recently visited NAR’s Washington offices to discuss techniques real estate professionals can employ to stay safe online. Listen to his comments below.

Comment on Smarten Up Your Showings With Smart Home Technology by Eve Alexander

Styled, Staged & Sold - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 04:55

Even boomers will find these fun and interesting.

Comment on 2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging by Karen Mathers

Styled, Staged & Sold - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 23:40

Versatile, open floor plans will always be considered.

Comment on Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging? by Karen Mathers

Styled, Staged & Sold - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 23:36

Purple can be a hot accent along with other cool colors. Perfect for spring!

Comment on Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging? by Beverly Bowen

Styled, Staged & Sold - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:46

Great with its complimentary colors!

Comment on 2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging by Beverly Bowen

Styled, Staged & Sold - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 22:40

Planters for backyards and front yards will complete the curb appeal.

Comment on Does the Color Purple Have a Place in Staging? by Doug Buenz

Styled, Staged & Sold - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 19:35

Nice photos! Thank you for the updates.

Comment on 2018 Home Trends to Guide Your Staging by Doug Buenz

Styled, Staged & Sold - Sun, 03/18/2018 - 19:18

Voice control devices grow in selection every month.