The stigma against small homes is fading as the soft market and environmental consciousness weighs on buyers. Many prefer a walkable neighborhood to an expansive estate. Here's how to how to help them make the most of smaller spaces.
A well-outfitted space at home can provide you with an area to write marketing brochures, download photos, and make calls to finalize a transaction. Here's how to create a home office that is professional and aesthetically appealing.
When the bungalow style first debuted during the early 20th Century, it was the answer for many people who questioned whether or not they could afford a home. Somewhere along the line, bungalows fell out of popularity. It wasn’t until the mid-90s that the style resurged as a complement to smart urban planning.
Tin ceilings can add drama to a home. While popular in the 1890s, tin ceilings became less prevalent after the Depression, replaced by today's mostly plain white ceilings. However, tin ceilings are making a comeback.
Despite the notion that hiring an architect—even one without star billing—may be too pricey, it needn’t be. The best way for home owners to find a good match is to look in their own backyard at the residential designs all around them.
Concrete block houses are nearly ubiquitous in the United States; yet they are often overlooked, even though they represent a special, but short, period of residential construction in American history.
You can help your buyers understand how to gain a kind of older charm—either with a period home that strives for accuracy in style, proportion, and materials, or one based loosely on a traditional design, with newer materials that look old but aren't.
Trees offer countless benefits. They enhance curb appeal, increase real estate values, provide fruit and flowers, curtail energy consumption, improve air quality, and camouflage unsightly views. But like any living, breathing organism, they should be selected properly and tended to regularly.
As a real estate practitioner, your role is to help buyers and sellers understand the Victorian home’s variations so they can evaluate their options in the marketplace. You also benefit from the knowledge of how to best remodel, furnish, and stage Victorians for resale. Some buyers may also seek advice about building a Neo-Victorian house.
Trendsetters are on the lookout for kitchens that incorporate some of the hottest new materials. A countertop, backsplash, or floor in a dazzling material may be just what’s needed to give a room a stylish kick and spur a sale.
A charming, retro space-saver is back in style. The Murphy bed, which can be flipped up inside a closet or cabinet when not in use, provides versatility in dwellings ranging from studios to country homes.
Amid all of the challenges of listing a home during the holidays, there is one big plus: Most buyers who are actively looking at this time of year are serious. The following tips will help sellers achieve the right decorating balance.
Lustrons, prefabricated ranch-style houses made entirely of steel, are collectibles not unlike old record players or vintage automobiles. For buyers who value history and novelty in their homes, Lustrons are an option that's sure to please.
These days, every house or apartment is going to have an electrical system of one sort or another. Understanding the basics of these systems will help you evaluate homes and knowledgeably answer questions from prospective buyers.
Water can do great things for a back yard. Whether it’s rippling in a swimming pool, bubbling in a creek, or splashing down a fountain, water features can add a luxurious look, block undesired noise, and create a tranquil ambiance for home owners.
To be one of the first in your community to build a Skywater, Bonita, or Vallonia model in the 1920s and '30s would be akin to assembling a Martha Stewart-brand home now. The completed construction would make your home the talk of the neighborhood and demonstrate that you owned the latest and greatest in design and technology.
Porches, decks, and patios also are getting swankier, the equivalent of outdoor rooms with sophisticated furnishings and all the bells and whistles. Here's how to get these outdoor spaces the attention they deserve.
Radiant heating and cooling is a hot innovation in green design, new construction, and renovations as home owners discover the advantages—not to mention, how it can pay off when they decide to sell. Here's what you need to know.
With a recent resurgence of ballroom dancing, you'll want to be able to identify and properly market your listing's hidden ballroom. Even if your clients aren't dancers, they'll appreciate the history and versatility of these large spaces.
George Jetson would be impressed if he could see the wide range of high-tech gadgets and systems that are on the market for today's homes. Though holographic phones and flying cars are still probably a few years off, today there are more space-age products than ever to improve safety, energy efficiency, and overall quality of life for home owners.