June 25, 2017

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Comment on Are Pools Worth the Expense? by Michael Mahoney

Styled, Staged & Sold - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:31

Melissa your article was spot on. An agent in my office recently asked about pools and if an empty one would affect the value. Here is what I had to say….

Comment on Room with a View: How to Accent Your Listing’s Stellar Outdoor Views by Real Military Rosary

Styled, Staged & Sold - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:13

All great advice! I struggled for ages with how to update the look of a dismal back concrete patio. Turns out a few cheap outdoor rugs from Target to add color and dimension and some border pavers really helped. You never know what you can do!

Comment on Room with a View: How to Accent Your Listing’s Stellar Outdoor Views by Dana Goodwin

Styled, Staged & Sold - Fri, 05/26/2017 - 09:21

This room looks great. I really love the look with the plantation shutters!

Comment on 10 Reasons Why You Should Stage Your Next Listing by Jade Brunet

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:19

I am glad to know that the point of staging is to help a seller get packing early. It would be good to get organized for showing your home on the fly. My sister’s realtor told her that taking down personal photos from the walls can help a home sell faster.

Comment on 6 Misperceptions About Home Staging by Jade Brunet

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:00

I am glad to know that an accredited stager will give a detailed action plan of what items need to be removed that could distract from the home’s features to get the house sold. I did not realize that it could be such an emotional process to depersonalize a home after living there so long. My friend’s realtor said that taking down personal pictures would be a good thing to do to make the home feel more open.

Comment on Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight by Rosary Beads

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 08:48

Real hardwoods are just so expensive and difficult to install! I finished my attic recently and we went with vinyl because it was so much easier to install, so much cheaper. Looks beautiful and it’s had to tell the difference! Just glad we agreed to not do carpet.

Comment on Infographic: How to Stage a Home on a Budget by Melissa Tracey

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 07:11

Hi Linda – Please send me an email to
I’ll send you our copyright guidelines. Thanks!
Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Comment on The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist by Keisha Forsythe

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 01:14

Great article with very good insight into how this “retro” material are used in a very modern way. Thanks for sharing!

Comment on Infographic: How to Stage a Home on a Budget by Linda Wilkins

Styled, Staged & Sold - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:39

May we post this blog in our websites as long as we post the credits also? I am a Realtor and an ASP Stager.

YPN Members Descend on D.C.

YPN Lounge - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:20

For the seventh straight year, members of the National Association of REALTORS® Young Professionals Network from across North America gathered during the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo on May 16 at the The Park at 14th in Washington, D.C. REALTORS® make the annual trip to take part in legislative activities and advocate for the real estate industry, public policy, and the association. They also participate in special issues forums, committee meetings, and networking events like this one. Making in-person connections is an important part of YPN, and about 200 members attended this year’s event. Read REALTOR® Magazine’s coverage from #NARLegislative:

Photos by Noah Hayes, ©2017





Good Opportunity to Learn About Self-Directed IRAs

Speaking of Real Estate - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:41

Bill Neville

The Entrust Group provides professional services for people who use a self-directed IRA as part of their savings plan. The company is hosting an upcoming webinar to educate you as a real estate professional about how to use the tax-advantaged accounts as part of your savings strategy. The webinar is June 14 at 11 a.m., Pacific time (2 p.m., Eastern time). Below is a description provided by the company of its webinar, which REALTOR® Magazine is promoting but not hosting:

Now, more than ever, people are investing in real estate as a way to save for retirement. For 35 years, the number of The Entrust Group’s clients investing in real estate in their self-directed IRAs has grown consistently. Each year, The Entrust Group uncovers real estate investment trends based on data from Entrust clients and respected organizations, such as the National Association of REALTORS®. Join Bill Neville, business development manager at The Entrust Group, as he discusses the company’s latest report. He’ll be talking about 1) Entrust IRA real estate investment trends, 2) national real estate trends, and 3) three reasons to invest in real estate with an IRA. Bill Neville will answer questions and make a free copy of the 2017 Real Estate Investor Market Research Report to attendees.

Program details:

Understanding Self-Directed IRAs
Free webinar for real estate professionals
When: June 14, 11 a.m., Pacific time (2 p.m., Eastern time)
Where: Your computer or phone
Presenter: Bill Neville, Business Development Manager, The Entrust Group
Register for the webinar.

REALTOR® Magazine believes real estate professionals will find value in hearing a company that specializes in self-directed IRAs explain how this type of investment works, share trends on their use, and answer your questions about them. The webinar is sponsored by The Entrust Group and REALTOR® Magazine is letting real estate professionals know about it but it did not participate in development of the webinar and does not endorse its content.

Voice for Real Estate: Retirement, Lame-Duck, Commercial Commercial Headlines - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:00

Don't expect Congress to do much as it finalizes its session before the end of 2016. Next year, though, is shaping up to be huge for real estate as lawmakers gear up to tackle tax reform, reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and flood insurance. On tax reform, key commercial real estate incentives could face major revamping, These include property depreciation, 1031 exchanges, and carried interest. What's more, overall tax rates could be lowered, business interest expensing reduced, and infrastructure spending beefed up. The video also looks at what NAR is doing to help its... Read More

National Commercial Awards Commercial Headlines - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:00

Each year, NAR honors accomplished REALTORS® in commercial real estate by celebrating their local achievement through recognition in our National Commercial Awards. Honorees have received awards from their local association, state association, community organizations or brokerages, making them eligible to be nominated by their local association for this NAR recognition.

Congratulations to those recognized in our 2016 National Commercial Awards Program.NAR's 2016 National Commercial Awards Celebrating Local Achievement on a National Level

Have any... Read More

Commercial Real Estate Forecast in 2017 Is Strong Commercial Headlines - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:00

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 4, 2016) — Sustained by improving job growth and strong demand for multifamily housing, commercial real estate has been steadily recovering in recent years. Looking ahead to 2017, growth is expected to flow into the smaller markets, according to a commercial real estate forecast session today at the 2016 REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, and K.C. Conway, senior vice president of credit risk management at SunTrust Bank, expressed confidence that... Read More

Could Alexa Be Your Client’s Agent?

Speaking of Real Estate - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:55

Smart speakers might be the latest touch point connecting consumers with real estate data. Users of Amazon’s Echo can already access mortgage calculators and automated valuation tools. So it makes sense that NAR’s Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee would begin to investigate policies to guide the development of these new tools in accordance with the IDX display rules.

Real estate pros should lead the way in applying new technology to the industry, said Sam DeBord.

Voice-activated technology is becoming increasingly popular, not only for its hands-off ease but also as a way to make more information accessible to those who have disabilities. Although MLS policy doesn’t currently allow audio delivery of IDX property listing information, that could soon change. Miguel Berger, CEO of audio technology company Voiceter Pro, LLC, contacted the MLS Technology and Emerging Issues Advisory Board about the “skill” (a term for something akin to a smartphone app) his company created to enable consumers to search for properties using voice commands spoken to the Amazon Echo device. After initial setup, Alexa will respond verbally with the top three search results and email that information to the consumer. The company is currently pursuing similar technology integrations, namely through Google Home and Microsoft’s Cortana.

Does Amazon Echo have a future in real estate?

At the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. this week, the advisory board proposed that the committee look at how rules might be changed to disseminate IDX information to consumers through these smart speakers.
Some expressed concern about possible unintended consequences of the technology. Cathy Libby, CEO of MLS Maine Listings, questioned how the listings might be prioritized, if more than the initial three returned to a user in response to his or her query. “How are those listings determined as far as what’s being read back to the consumer?” she asked. She also worried about industry disintermediation: “Are we further eroding the use of a real estate agent?”

In the end, the majority of committee members preferred to proactively address the issue before the technology really takes off. “Do you want broker members to build the best new technology, or do you want someone who isn’t a broker building new technology?” said Sam DeBord of Coldwell Banker Danforth in Seattle, who expressed favor for the development of a new policy. “We fall behind the curve when we hold our brokers back.”

November 2016 Economic and Commercial Real Estate Outlook Commercial Headlines - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 08:00

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These slides are from the Economic and Commercial Real Estate Outlook presentation given by Lawrence Yun during the Commercial Economic Issues & Trends Forum at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL, on November 4, 2016. 

Comment on Most Popular Bathroom Trends for 2017 by Granite countertops @expresskitchen

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 01:48

Bathroom can be made attractive by some amazing designs, furniture or some great color combinations. Thanks for sharing some amazing tips to renovate our bathroom and make them more beautiful.

Comment on Vinyl Flooring Is Stealing the Spotlight by laminate countertop @expresskitchen

Styled, Staged & Sold - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 01:28

I totally agree with you that Vinyl flooring is stealing the spotlight due to many reasons. It comes in wide range of designs, pet friendly, easy to use and many more other advantages. Thanks for sharing the blog.

Comment on The Wood Paneling Trend Is Back With a Twist by Brett Cairns (RE/MAX)

Styled, Staged & Sold - Wed, 05/17/2017 - 17:39

Wainscoting is making a significant comeback in luxury homes in our area to add some interest to parts of walls