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Forgotten Deductions

Jul 16, 2018 by

Some common operating expenses you may not have thought about deducting include: wireless plans, phone & accessories, coffee for your clients, parking & tolls. These add up, so don’t forget to track all your receipts.

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The Secret to Kitchen Envy: A Stylish Island

Jul 16, 2018 by

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Home buyers love kitchen islands. It’s become a gathering spot for not just cooking but also eating, working, and socializing. As the island continues to gain stature in kitchens, homeowners are finding ways to spotlight it with contrasting shades or even different countertops to make it the focal point.

Check out some examples from designers featured at Houzz, which show how the kitchen island can become the showpiece of your space.

An island of a different color

Furniture-styled islands

Contrasting countertops

Lighting it up

Plenty of seating


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#CEOX2018: Three Leaders, Three Unique Viewpoints

Jul 15, 2018 by

“Don’t study the great realty companies. Study the great companies.”

From the brands that color the industry to firms outside of real estate, each year, acclaimed business leaders offer their perspectives at RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange. Whether it’s Paul Charron, chairman of the board of The Campbell’s Soup Company—whose above advice was given at the 2015 CEO Exchange—Dave Liniger, founder of RE/MAX, or John Peyton, chief executive officer of Realogy Franchise Group, attendees of the CEO Exchange are exclusively party to these powerful takeaways, and the people behind them.

At the 2018 CEO Exchange, “Ready, Set, Now: The New Real Estate Reality,” more than 225 brokers and executives will gather at the Harvard Club of New York City for not one, but three sessions, with Dermot Buffini, chief executive officer of Buffini & Company; Helen Hanna Casey, chief executive officer of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; and Bob Goldberg, chief executive officer of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

On September 5, Buffini, along with John Featherston, chief executive officer and president of RISMedia, will explore the hurdles on the path to real estate success, and how to overcome them. Later on September 5, Casey and Featherston will meet one-on-one to discuss the industry, with firsthand insight from the leader of the No. 3 brokerage for transactions in the U.S.

On September 6, Featherston and Goldberg will candidly discuss NAR’s obstacles and progress thus far, and the organization’s priorities for the upcoming year.

Over the course of the day-and-a-half event, Buffini, Casey and Goldberg will be joined by many other speakers, including Jessica Edgerton, executive vice president of Operations, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®; Jennifer Lind, vice president of Business Strategy, John L. Scott Real Estate; and Diane Ramirez, chairman and chief executive officer, Halstead, who will share their strategies for success.

The 2018 Real Estate CEO Exchange is made possible by:

Master Sponsors
American Home Shield®
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Century 21 Real Estate
ERA Real Estate
Homes.com
HSA Home Warranty
National Association of REALTORS®
Quicken Loans®

Host Sponsors
Buyside
CINC (Commissions Inc.)
Create for the Human
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Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®
New Penn Financial
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Realtors Property Resource®
Shelter Mortgage Company
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

Event Sponsors
Adwerx
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HMS Home Warranty
Local Logic
MoxiWorks
PlanOmatic
REBAC
Real Estate Webmasters
ReferralExchange
Sherri Johnson Coaching & Consulting
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RISMedia’s Real Estate CEO Exchange is by exclusive invitation only. Contact Cindi Gallucci, cgallucci@rismedia.com, for information.

DeVita_Suzanne_60x60Suzanne De Vita is RISMedia’s online news editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at sdevita@rismedia.com. For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

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Staged to Sell: A Country Estate in Gaithersburg, Md.

Jul 15, 2018 by

Home stager: Libby Paulson with Preferred Staging

The home: Paulson staged this remodeled, single-family country estate in Gaithersburg, Md., which featured cathedral ceilings, a two-story stone fireplace, gourmet kitchen, formal living and dining room, two staircases, and a walkout basement with full kitchen and bath. The home is listed at $ 709,500.

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Photo credit: Libby Paulson, Preferred Staging

Paulson’s tips:

1. Greenery is a Must:Greenery is considered natures neutral. It provides a space harmony, freshness and energy. Greenery can be incorporated into a staging as an accent color or as a way to soften and welcome someone into a room. Some great examples are fiddle fig plants or ferns of all types as well as large leaves arranged in a vase.

2. Pillows are required: If you are looking for an easy, affordable way to make your home ready to sell try adding some throw pillows. Using some trendy pillows you can transform any space. They also help large furniture stand out and complement and highlight the home’s structural features. So choose pillows that complement the home’s aesthetic and style, and don’t be afraid of adding color as long as it adds style. A quick tip is use solid color pillows if furniture has a busy print or patterned pillows when working with solid color furniture. For an upscale look use pillows with subtle texture such as linen or tweed.

3. Bookshelves are not just for books:The first thing to remember is you don’t need to fill each self. When staging bookshelves try to add items to make the eyes look across, around and down. Limit the amount of books and use pairs of items.

 

Have a home you recently staged that you’d like to show off here at Styled Staged & Sold? Submit your staging photos for consideration, along with three to five of your best spruce-up tips. Contact Melissa Dittmann Tracey at mtracey@realtors.org.


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