The Perfect Color Match, Flower Power, and Investment Property Analysis

Easy inspiration for paint color; maintenance-free flowers; no-cost real estate investment software.

June 1, 2011

Find the Perfect Color Match

A fresh coat of paint is a powerful and affordable enhancement to any room. The next

time you’re looking for color inspiration, check out Olympic Paint’s free ColorClix software for Windows or OS X, or download the app to your iPhone. With ColorClix, you can grab a color from the gallery or upload your own photo; the app will select paint samples that most closely match the colors in the image. The app will also display complementary colors, with a full spectrum of hues and shades. Add notes and tag colors as favorites. Or create specific room projects and save selected colors to the project folder. Free. PPG Industries; Pittsburgh; 800-441-9695;

Flower Power

From tulips to orchids, fresh-cut flowers bring color and life into your listings. But

flowers need to be replaced often, making them an expensive staging accessory. Real-looking silk flowers are portable and maintenance-free—an alternative worth considering. sells lifelike flower arrangements made from synthetic fibers and created by professional florists. Try a small stylish bud vase as a bathroom accent or a larger centerpiece for the dining room table. Arrangements start at $24; plants start at $29; single-stems start at $3; trees start at $129.; Cincinnati;

Free Investment Property Analysis

Investors require extensive financial information about properties, such as the internal

rate of return or net present value. That can be hard to calculate without any help. Zilculator is investment software that quickly analyzes property data to produce sophisticated facts and figures. Enter basic property information, property value information, and applicable income and expense figures into the real estate analysis form. The program generates a detailed report complete with charts and graphs. You can also upload images of the property to customize the report and share it directly with your clients via e-mail. Free. Zilculator; Topeka, Kan.;