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March 2016

Found 5 blog entries for March 2016.

Eric Liftin of Mesh Architectures in NYC specializes in what he calls “reconceiving relationships between people and their environments in the age of the digital network.” Translation: His firm designs buildings and other “habitable spaces,” including websites, and is always looking to integrate the best new materials and technologies into its work.

A longstanding member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, Liftin masterminded the Nolita loft with the translucent master bath (see below) and one of our favorite Space-Maximizing Tiny Kitchens. When asked to fill us in on products remodelers ought to know about, he enthusiastically responded with a detailed list—and pointed out that so many tech-enhanced designs that until recently cost an arm

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By: Joseph Richer Registrar, Published on Sat Mar 26 2016

What can I do to protect myself from mortgage fraud?

Public awareness is an important way to combat fraud, so I’m glad you’ve asked. March is fraud-prevention month, so your question is timely, too.

During fraud prevention month, consumer-protection organizations such as RECO have an opportunity to reach out to consumers with information that can help them protect themselves from falling prey to fraud.

As with many types of fraud, mortgage fraud (also known as value fraud) can have a terrible impact on victims. But it can be challenging to understand it. That’s why it’s worth the effort to learn some basic facts so that you can protect yourself.

The details

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You decided to sell your home, and you can’t wait to buy a new place. There’s just one thing standing in your way: You’ve got to close the deal on your current one first. You just hope it doesn’t take all summer to get an offer.

Well, there’s one tried-and-true trick that’s proven to reduce your home’s time on the market. A study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes staged before listing received an offer in just 23 days on average. That’s 87% faster than those who waited months after listing to bother staging.

If your budget’s tight, you may think you can’t afford to stage your home. But Dawn Kirkland, a real estate Endorsed Local Provider (ELP) in Birmingham, AL, offers five free tricks to help you get the job done.


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Have you ever noticed how the decision to sell your home inspires grand ideas for major renovations? Suddenly, you can’t see past all the things you think buyers will hate about your home.

Well, we’re here to set the record straight. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars—or weeks of toil and sweat—to make a home sale worth your while. With staging, you can get top dollar for your home without a huge investment.

Does it work? According to the National Association of Realtors, most agents say buyers will pay 1–5% more for a home that’s been staged. That’s a potential $2,000–10,000 added to the value of a $200,000 home!

Want to make a few thousand bucks more on your home sale? Give these options a whirl. Each of the following scenarios cost

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An organized pantry comes with plenty of upsides: you can save money because you’ll know exactly what you have in stock, you might be compelled to cook more, and you can stop any critters in their tracks by avoiding the sticky spills and stray crumbs when everything’s packaged and sealed in containers and bags. But if you haven’t given your pantry a good clean in months (or years!), it can be a daunting task.’s Art Director, Rebecca Hart, recently tackled her messy pantry. “We have a large pantry, but it still felt like I didn’t have enough room for all the food I was buying and it was disorganized and overflowing on the shelves,” she says. “Everything was being piled on top of each other and I couldn’t find anything—I would buy things I

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