• Get on Mom’s Good Side: Staging Fit for the Female of… By Sarah Anderson, VHT Studios Let’s face it: Moms work hard! Besides juggling their own work schedule, they are integral to… May 9, 2019 Staging

    Get on Mom’s Good Side: Staging Fit for the Female of the House

    Get on Mom’s Good Side: Staging Fit for the Female of… By Sarah Anderson, VHT Studios Let’s face it: Moms work hard! Besides juggling their own work schedule, they are integral to… May 9, 2019 Staging

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  • By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The speckled, spotted styles of granite countertops that have dominated kitchen design in recent years are moving out of the mainstream. In fact, those brown speckled granite countertops may even start to now age kitchens. Instead, countertops are blending in more to the kitchen design. A polished, solid colored countertop, like in all white or black, is trending. Or one design really growing in popularity lately: Veined countertop designs. These countertops feature soft waves that resemble the look of marble. Photo by – More home design ideas   Check out how some of these […]

    Hot Home Trend: Countertops Making Waves

    By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The speckled, spotted styles of granite countertops that have dominated kitchen design in recent years are moving out of the mainstream. In fact, those brown speckled granite countertops may even start to now age kitchens. Instead, countertops are blending in more to the kitchen design. A polished, solid colored countertop, like in all white or black, is trending. Or one design really growing in popularity lately: Veined countertop designs. These countertops feature soft waves that resemble the look of marble. Photo by – More home design ideas   Check out how some of these […]

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  • By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Besides a good window cleaning, there’s another way to boost your curb appeal and get those windows shining: Remove the screens. Home stagers love this trick, and it’s taken straight from the film industry. Remove the outside screens on your windows in the front of your home prior to your home being photographed, or prior to an open house. Your windows will look shiny and clean. After all, a window screen can make a window appear filmy and dark. But whatever you do, don’t throw away those screens! Keep them in the garage, and […]

    Staging Tip: Remove the Window Screens Prior to a Photo Shoot

    By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Besides a good window cleaning, there’s another way to boost your curb appeal and get those windows shining: Remove the screens. Home stagers love this trick, and it’s taken straight from the film industry. Remove the outside screens on your windows in the front of your home prior to your home being photographed, or prior to an open house. Your windows will look shiny and clean. After all, a window screen can make a window appear filmy and dark. But whatever you do, don’t throw away those screens! Keep them in the garage, and […]

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  • Submitted by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Photo credit: OPEI 1. Declutter & Clean The first step to sprucing up the outdoor living room is to clear dirt and clutter from the space. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys, and pet play things in a shed or garage. Give the entire area a good scrub down, sweeping away dust and debris so you’re left with a fresh, clean canvas. 2. Invite the Outdoors In Blending interior and outdoor living spaces helps the exterior area feel like an extension of the home, not an afterthought. Ensure blinds and curtains are open to […]

    5 Steps to Creating the Perfect Outdoor Living Room

    Submitted by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) Photo credit: OPEI 1. Declutter & Clean The first step to sprucing up the outdoor living room is to clear dirt and clutter from the space. Store lawn equipment, children’s toys, and pet play things in a shed or garage. Give the entire area a good scrub down, sweeping away dust and debris so you’re left with a fresh, clean canvas. 2. Invite the Outdoors In Blending interior and outdoor living spaces helps the exterior area feel like an extension of the home, not an afterthought. Ensure blinds and curtains are open to […]

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  • Discriminating Home Seekers Desiring the Best!  Delightfully decorated and meticulously maintained home in quiet Lakemont Community you’ll be proud to own! Assets of the home include: light and bright kitchen with breakfast bar opens to over-size living room and large added bonus room with a/c, master bedroom suite with separate tub and shower, split bedrooms with walk-in closets, formal living/study can also be converted to a fourth bedroom (per original floor plan), spacious formal dining room, recent paint, tile and handsome laminate hardwoods through-out, high ceilings.  Beautifully landscaped front and back yard, tool shed included.  Located near shopping mall, schools […]

    NEW LISTING in Lakemont Community

    Discriminating Home Seekers Desiring the Best!  Delightfully decorated and meticulously maintained home in quiet Lakemont Community you’ll be proud to own! Assets of the home include: light and bright kitchen with breakfast bar opens to over-size living room and large added bonus room with a/c, master bedroom suite with separate tub and shower, split bedrooms with walk-in closets, formal living/study can also be converted to a fourth bedroom (per original floor plan), spacious formal dining room, recent paint, tile and handsome laminate hardwoods through-out, high ceilings.  Beautifully landscaped front and back yard, tool shed included.  Located near shopping mall, schools […]

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  • How to Prep a Yard for Spring Buying: 5 Tips … April 22, 2019 Curb Appeal, Staging

    How to Prep a Yard for Spring Buying: 5 Tips

    How to Prep a Yard for Spring Buying: 5 Tips … April 22, 2019 Curb Appeal, Staging

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  • Photo Credit: VHT Studios / Chrissy Barrett The real estate professional: Cris Grayson, broker associate at Baird & Warner in Glen Ellyn, Ill. About the home: The five-bedroom home in Glen Ellyn, Ill., was built in 1975. The home has been meticulously maintained, and the homeowners had recently made some updates to the interior as well. It is listed for $569,900. Grayson wanted to make sure the online presentation of the home would appeal to the widest buyer pool. Grayson’s tips: Don’t skimp on photography. Grayson places a high value on quality photography for her listings. She uses a professional photographer who […]

    Staged to Sell: A Virtual Transformation

    Photo Credit: VHT Studios / Chrissy Barrett The real estate professional: Cris Grayson, broker associate at Baird & Warner in Glen Ellyn, Ill. About the home: The five-bedroom home in Glen Ellyn, Ill., was built in 1975. The home has been meticulously maintained, and the homeowners had recently made some updates to the interior as well. It is listed for $569,900. Grayson wanted to make sure the online presentation of the home would appeal to the widest buyer pool. Grayson’s tips: Don’t skimp on photography. Grayson places a high value on quality photography for her listings. She uses a professional photographer who […]

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  • Article Submitted by Fixr.com As the cost of energy continues to rise, many home buyers today are looking for homes that are going to be easier and less expensive to run long term. I’ts important to know the trends to look for, whether you’re helping a seller update their home prior to selling or you want to keep an eye out for the perfect property for a buyer. Not only would following these trends allow you to better advise sellers, it also can help you ecuate buyers on to what to look for. Each year, the home remodeling site Fixr polls industry […]

    The Top Energy Efficient Home Trends That Home Buyers Want in 2019

    Article Submitted by Fixr.com As the cost of energy continues to rise, many home buyers today are looking for homes that are going to be easier and less expensive to run long term. I’ts important to know the trends to look for, whether you’re helping a seller update their home prior to selling or you want to keep an eye out for the perfect property for a buyer. Not only would following these trends allow you to better advise sellers, it also can help you ecuate buyers on to what to look for. Each year, the home remodeling site Fixr polls industry […]

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