home and design Archive

What Do You Know About American Houses?

The short vocabulary quiz I created after paging through Barron’s Real Estate Handbook back in September was so popular that I’d been meaning to create another. And in a serendipitous moment, A Field Guide to American Houses: The Definitive...
October 4, 2013

Accessible Homes: Not Just a Niche Anymore

Being able to point out features that make a home accessible is part of your job as a real estate professional. You can also help steer sellers looking into pre-sale or staging modifications away from changes that will unnecessarily...
October 26, 2012

Sell Your Home with Feng Shui: 5 Feng Shui Staging Tips

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey QUICK SKIM Can’t sell a property? Maybe the home’s chi — or energy — is out of whack. In the new book Sell Your Home With Feng Shui (AuthorHouse, 2007), authors Christine Ayres and Cindy...
September 21, 2007

50 Great American Homes

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine Celebrating the American Home by Joanne Kellar Bouknight (The Taunton Press, 2005). Buy this book from Amazon.com What makes a house extraordinary? This book attempts to answer that question by asking 50 of the...
November 2, 2005

Dream Getaway Homes

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine The Getaway Home By Dale Mulfinger (The Taunton Press, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com If you have ever dreamed of building a vacation home to escape from your daily routine and spend time...
April 1, 2005

Today’s Cottage Retreats

By Barbara Ballinger, REALTOR® Magazine Cottages: The New Style By James Grayson Trulove (Harper Design International, 2004) Buy this book from Amazon.com Unlike the grand “cottages” built by rich families at the turn-of-the-century in resorts such as the Adirondacks...
September 1, 2004

What’s Wrong with These Pictures?

By Christina Hoffmann Spira, REALTOR® Magazine There’s no better—or briefer–way to describe this book, than to show you a few of the images that author Martin Poriss, a broker and business development consultant, has amassed in Real Estate Bargains:...
August 21, 2000