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.
Nearly a quarter of buyers said finding a home with one or more fireplaces was "very important" in their home-shopping decisions. By being knowledgeable about the different types of fireplaces, you'll be able to meet such needs with a prospective buyer. Here's a primer.
Thanks to specialized builders and remodelers, buyers can choose from numerous styles of log houses, from authentic rustic cabins to sprawling, luxury, high-tech homes. Here's a primer to help you and your clients understand the origins of log homes and stay current on the latest trends.
Some home owners make handicap-friendly modifications after they move in, but more homes are built from the start for owners who plan for the day when they may have bad knees, poor eyesight, or need to use a walker. By expanding your knowledge of universal design, you'll put yourself ahead of your competition.
The bathroom continues to be one of the most important rooms buyers consider when choosing a home. That's why home owners spend generously on upgrades to this essential space — adding more square footage, bigger showers, fancier tubs, lots of light, sitting areas, and upscale fixtures.
Your role as a real estate professional is to help buyers recognize the value of kitchens they view in homes and to help sellers show off their kitchen to its fullest — whether touting an efficient layout or the remodeling potential of an outdated space.