Hot Home Trend: Stylish Cowhide

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

From rustic to modern to even the most luxurious interiors, homeowners are sprucing up their spaces with cowhide. Cowhide rugs have seen one of the biggest jumps in Google searches on home design trends over the last decade, according to Digital Third Coast’s latest design trends study, based on search engine results.

There are many types of cowhide to choose from, such as solid colored, cuvy shaped ones to black and white cowhide to ones with . . .  Read more >

March 2018 Existing-Home Sales

  • NAR released a summary of existing-home sales data showing that housing market activity this March increased 1.1 percent from last month but fell 1.2 percent from last year. March’s existing home sales reached 5.60 million seasonally adjusted annual rate.
  • The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $ 250,400 in March, up 5.8 percent from a year ago. This marks the 73nd consecutive month
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What Not To Do When You Are Moving

What Not To Do When You Are Moving

Whether moving across town or across the country, packing up and moving can be stressful, costly and full of surprises. From shady movers and inaccurate price quotes, to overpacking or not allowing enough time to get the move set up, every step of a move has the potential for mistakes that can make a move a nightmare.

These tips will help anyone preparing for a move, whether they currently live in a house, an apartment, a dorm, with friends or with mom and dad.

1. Hiring a shady mover.

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Former NY Giants Defensive End Jason Pierre-Paul Offloading New Jersey Home

Jason Pierre-Paul

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Freshly traded NFL defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has put his six-bedroom crash pad in Montclair, NJ, on the market for $ 1.25 million. He bought the house last year in August for $ 1 million—just a few months before the New York Giants traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Colonial-style, nearly 4,300-square-foot house is located just 10 miles from MetLife Stadium—perfect for Giants home games. It’s located on a quiet, tree-lined residential street, virtually indistinguishable from . . .  Read more >

Mark Your Calendars: The Best Day and Month for Bargain Hunters to Buy a Home


Most home buyers pay very close attention to just how much of their hard-earned dough they’ll be spending on their future abode. But it’s not just the size and the location that can drive up prices—it’s the time of year as well.

Bargain hunters should try to close on a home in the chilly months of January and February, when median home prices are at the lowest, according to a recent report from real estate data firm ATTOM Data Solutions. The median home price was $ 172,269 in . . .  Read more >

Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Want to add some greenery or a garden to a backyard but tight on space? Try a vertical garden. By going up with your plants instead of spreading them out, you’ll be able to squeeze a garden in even the smallest of spots.

Vertical gardens are considered a hot landscaping trend. Use trellises, planting walls, and other structures to attach plants too. The vertical gardens can also double as a way to add privacy to a small deck or patio.

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Signed by the Ravens, QB Robert Griffin III Lists His FL Mansion for $3.3M

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Robert Griffin III has listed his Reunion, FL, home for $ 3.3 million. The 28-year-old quarterback recently accepted a job offer with the Baltimore Ravens and is now ready to punt on the 10-bedroom mansion he bought late last year for $ 2.85 million.

The injury-plagued QB spent the entire 2017 season on the sidelines, recovering from a bad one-year stint with the hapless Cleveland Browns. Perhaps he purchased the Florida home as a sunny retreat where he could refuel and retrain. If so, it . . .  Read more >

Freshen Up Your Home With Spring And Summer Updates

Freshen Up Your Home With Spring And Summer Updates

Updating your home can seem like a huge blank, especially if it’s been a while. But there are easier ways to freshen it up and make it look spring and summer ready that won’t break the bank and won’t create a long drawn out hassle. Each of the each of these updates represents a current trend and something you can pull off yourself this weekend if you’ve got a little time a little scale and a little skill.

Take it to the floor

Some of the freshest rugs out there combine a . . .  Read more >

A Jail Turned B&B? Lock Up Your Innkeeper Dreams at the JailHouse Inn


A 12-room Minnesota bed-and-breakfast on the market for $ 495,000 could be an ideal second chapter for a restless urbanite. With repeat guests and a budget-friendly price point, it’s a real steal for a savvy buyer who can embrace the home’s interesting past.

Because a gem like the JailHouse Inn—yep, it’s a former jail—doesn’t land on the market every day.

“It’s such a neat property. The current owners have been there since the inception,” says listing agent  . . .  Read more >

Hot Home Trend: Double-Pocket Doors That Make a Statement

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Pocket doors are not only getting a chic makeover in recent years, but they really can be key to solving some design challenges in small spaces too. And for the “wow” factor, try a double-pocket door.

Pocket doors are those that slide right into the wall when opened. It’s like they were never there. You don’t have to account for a door swing like a normal door, which is a bonus in areas tight on space.

Pocket doors are hardly new. They’ve . . .  Read more >