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Hot Home Trend: The Kitchen Blues

Guest Post: Melissa Dittmann Tracey, Contributing Editor at REALTORĀ® Magazine
Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 11, 2020 in  Home Decor
Blue is emerging as a popular color choice in cabinetry, whether it’s a deep blue, a grayish-blue, or a softer pastel shade. Blue can be used to spice up a kitchen island or as the base color for the surrounding cabinetry.Blue and gray have emerged as the top choices for contrasting kitchen island cabinets, according to the 2020 Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. Another trend is painting kitchen walls blue, which is appearing in 7% of upgraded kitchens (up from 5% last year). White cabinetry remains the overal... read more
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Real Estate Update | February 2020

Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 06, 2020 in  Real Estate Update
The winter months are rarely popular for Michigan’s real estate market, and with the recent snow, ice, and rain making its impact, the start of the 2020 housing market is off to a cold start. However, that doesn’t mean all real estate activity is slowing down and Michiganders should expect an uptick in activity in just a few short months.We will begin this real estate update looking at Michigan's southeastern region, specifically the counties of Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Way... read more
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Can Hiring a Professional Photographer For Listing Photos Help Sell Your Home Faster?

Guest Post: Gustavo Gonzalez, Senior Content Manager at Coldwell Banker
Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 06, 2020 in  For Your Home  Selling a Home
A picture is worth a thousand words. We’ve all heard the saying before, and it’s definitely true when it comes to real estate. It would be almost impossible to fully describe a house without pictures. There’s just one problem; too often homeowners forget about picture quality. Not all images are created equal. Blurry or poor-quality photos can be detrimental when selling your home. The question is, “Does professional photography help sell homes?” The simple answer is yes. Professional ... read more
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7 Guides That Make You a Better Homeowner

Guest Post: Jessica Thiefels, Founder & CEO at Jessica Thiefels Consulting
Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 03, 2020 in  For Your Home  New Homeowner
Homeownership in the U.S. in increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the Q2 2018 U.S. homeownership rate was 64.3 percent, up from 64.2 percent in Q1 2018 and 63.7 percent in Q2 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being a homeowner is exciting and rewarding—not to mention it comes with a lot of perks. No more landlord, no more renting, and no more leases. While owning a home has a long list of benefits, it also comes with great responsibility and hard work. Be... read more
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5 Spring Cleaning Trends That Go Way Beyond Clean

Guest Post: Melina Gillies, Coldwell Banker Blue Matter Blog Contributor
Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 03, 2020 in  For Your Home  Home Decor  Home Improvement  Spring
If you’re among the 68 percent of adults, as reported by OnePoll, who feel daunted and uninspired about the prospect of spring cleaning, you may want to consider the positive mental aspects of meeting the task head-on. Psychology Today reports on the negative impact clutter can have on our mind and bodies, and the long-term health benefits that can result from a thorough spring cleaning. Experts say the key to success is to go beyond clean to a decluttered and refreshed space. Here are five way... read more
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