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March 7, 2023

The Mooch Strategy to Real Estate

To get into real estate today, do you need to adopt a “mooch strategy?” Possibly. Young adults have been moving back home in record numbers—and even well into adulthood. Parents are footing the bills, and even helping their adult...

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Feb. 7, 2023

The Real Deal on 2023 Home Trends (with special guest Krisztina Bell)

We take on the good, the bad and ugly of the latest home design trends.

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Jan. 30, 2023

Why It's Now OK to Have a Messy Home

Enter a judge-free zone with the Housing Muse. After all, even organization guru Marie Kondo recently said it’s acceptable to not have a spotless, perfectly organized home all of the time. Maybe tidy doesn’t always spark joy. As you adopt …

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Jan. 12, 2023

The Worst Trendy Home Trends EVER

You have some of these in your home. We all do. In this episode of The Housing Muse Podcast, we question some mainstream design trends that may be doing more to make our lives harder than easier. Listen in as …

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Oct. 28, 2022

5 DIY Tasks Home Inspectors Want You to STOP Doing

The pandemic ushered in a DIY craze, as homeowners armed with YouTube tutorials and power searches on Google went to work on their homes in high numbers. But they may have taken on more than what they should have in …

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Oct. 7, 2022

Home Sellers Are Liars!

Episode 29: Ninety-four percent of homeowners admit to not disclosing property defects when selling their home. Home buyers then move in and uncover shoddy repairs and cover-ups. The percentage is alarmingly high, and particularly worrisome given that...

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Sept. 8, 2022

Designing Versailles: The Biggest House in America

The interior designer behind the Siegels’ famous home, "Versailles," joins the Housing Muse to talk about designing the largest single-family home in the U.S. The home, belonging to socialite Jackie Siegel and billionaire David Siegel, has been...

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Aug. 26, 2022

6 Ways to Channel Barbiecore Home Design

Find out about the latest craze in home design: Barbiecore. The iconic doll is inspiring real-life Barbie Dreamhouses that can be used to transform any home. In this episode, hear how Barbie’s home is inspiring interior design and how to …

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July 28, 2022

Choosing the Perfect Flooring

Heidi Steele, founder of Surface Resources, joins the Housing Muse Podcast to provide insights into the latest flooring trends, and tips on how to pick the best flooring with style, safety and sustainability in mind.

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June 8, 2022

There's No Crying in Real Estate!

But so many people are crying! A new survey shows that 50% of home buyers said the real estate process left them in tears. Here’s why and how we may be able to cheer them up.

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May 23, 2022

The Best Paint Color for Every Room in the House

Only one good thing happened in 2020 … Sherwin-Williams brought us this paint color! Find out which color we’re loving as home stager and designer Krisztina Bell joins The Housing Muse to go room-by-room in offering up paint color ideas …

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April 27, 2022

10 Ways You're Screwing Up Your Home's Value

Homeowners may be unintentionally hurting their home’s long-term value through their actions. You undoubtedly want your home’s value to grow. So, don’t stand in the way of making that happen! Listen in as the Housing Muse offers up 10 ways …

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April 12, 2022

Striking it Big in Real Estate: Yes, You!!!

Hey, homeowners, have you noticed? It’s rainin’ money inside your home! Housing appreciation is in overdrive and equity is pouring in. There’s never been more homes valued at a million-or plus—you may be one of them if you hold on …

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March 22, 2022

Quiz! Test Your Home Design IQ

Listen to this fun, interactive quiz to see how cool and trendy you are when it comes to the latest home design trends. What is the hottest paint color of the year? Which surprising bathroom vanity color is seeing explosive …

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March 15, 2022

Home Improvement Rescuer: HGTV Host Page Turner

When home renovations or housing flips go awry, Page Turner is the expert you want to call. The host of the new HGTV show, “Fix My Flip,” joins The Housing Muse Podcast to talk about rescuing home disasters.

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March 8, 2022

The Housing Muse Podcast Trailer

Welcome to The Housing Muse Podcast! Host Melissa Dittmann Tracey is an award-winning journalist who uncovers the latest home design and real estate trends--the good and the bad. Listen to this short teaser on what you can expect by following …

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March 1, 2022

Moving the Parents

We’re all getting older and there may come a point when a house no longer fits your needs or a family member’s needs. Moving an aging parent, grandparent, or loved one can be stressful and cause tension in families when …

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Feb. 15, 2022

12 Mind-Blowing Housing Stats That Will Make You Say 'What?!'

Gasp. Jaw drop. And be utterly surprised along with The Housing Muse at some recent trends in the real estate market. Home buyers are willing to blow their budget by how much?! Housing equity is up by how much?! The …

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Feb. 1, 2022

'I Have Serious House Envy'

We’re all trying to keep up with the Joneses. And the Joneses keep winning! Many people admit they’re taking on home improvement projects solely to impress others. They’re spending thousands of dollars to do it too! In this episode: Find …

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Jan. 14, 2022

Quiz Time! Get Smarter About Home Maintenance

Many homeowners say they regret buying their house just because of the chore of maintaining it. A lot of us are clueless when it comes to what checkups a home regularly requires to avoid costly repairs. Take a quiz to …

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Dec. 23, 2021

Let's Talk 2022 Home Design Trends

Home designer and stager Krisztina Bell joins The Housing Muse Podcast to talk about the hot trends expected to make a bigger splash in home design in the new year, from double kitchen islands, multifunctional spaces, to green colors everywhere …

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Dec. 9, 2021

From Cousin Eddie's to Martha's: Hosting House Guests (Part 3, Home f…

What are the worst offenses of those who visit your home? Find out in this timely segment on hosting guests—or being one yourself—this holiday season. We'll break down three types of house guests—Cousin Eddie’s, Buddy the Elf’s, and...

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Dec. 1, 2021

The Spot You're Forgetting to Decorate! (Part 2, Home for the Holiday…

This very well could be the hottest holiday decorating trend of the year. Forget about festive front yard decor! Unleash your inner Clark Griswold style in this prime location in your home. You’ll be sure to bring some Yuletide smiles …

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Nov. 16, 2021

The Perfect Centerpiece (Part 1, Home for the Holidays)

Warm up your spaces and impress your guests this holiday season with the perfect tablescape. Megan Bestul and Stefanie Barraco, founders of the Center of It All in Detroit, Mich., offer up several ideas in how. Gather affordable ways to …

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