The Housing Muse Podcast with Melissa Dittmann Tracey

The Housing Muse Podcast with Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Your home to real estate and home design inspiration. Find ideas to spruce up your space, countdowns to the latest design trends, fun interactive quizzes, and how to grow your most valuable investment—your home. Follow The Housing Muse's host Melissa Dittmann Tracey on Instagram and Twitter @housingmuse


October 28, 2022 9 min

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 an effort to save money and bypass waiting on overbooked contractors. Home inspectors are now spotting homeowners’ not-so-handy work. Let’s head into the home inspection files to uncover the most common household tasks ...

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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 so many buyers recently waived their home inspection contingency to purchase a home in a competitive real estate market. Let’s dive in to what home sellers are lying about, and the po...

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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 featured on the Discovery-Plus series, “Queen of Versailles Reigns Again.” Hear from designer Kim Coombs, founder and president of KBCO Interior Design, as she walks us through the e...

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June 8, 2022 13 min

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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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 for the bedroom, bathroom, laundry room, kitchen and more. Make your home look like a million bucks with just a fresh coat of paint. (Royalty free music by

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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 you could jeopardize your home’s value.

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    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 long enough! Join The Housing Muse on this latest episode to talk about the real estate market … the real and unreal.

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    March 22, 2022 16 min

    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 growth? What furniture fabric choice is the latest must-have? And, are bathtubs—a yay or nay? Chime in with your guesses and find out what the surveys say.  


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    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. Turner also joins in for a “Lightning Round” on the latest home design trends.


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    March 8, 2022 2 min
    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 The Housing Muse Podcast.

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    March 1, 2022 27 min

    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 deciding the next steps. Mark and Rachel Healy, with the Senior Care Authority in Cincinnati, Ohio, share how “senior advisors” can help. (Royalty free music by / Mark and Rache...

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    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 top Googled bedroom color trend?! And the average mortgage amount is how high?!

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    February 1, 2022 14 min

    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 out what top home improvement projects are being done just to make others jealous.
  • The personality types of house envy.
  • How to channel your house envy in more constructive ways.
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    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 see just how home savvy you are!  *Royalty free music by

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  • How much do you think home experts suggest homeowners budget annually for home maintenance?
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    December 23, 2021 28 min

    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 and more. Find some trends you'll be tempted to try in your own home. (Royalty free music by

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    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 Martha’s—and tell you how to prepare for each style of visitor who may be arriving on your doorstep this holiday season. Royalty free music by

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    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 with this trend, and unlock—or should I say inflate!—a truly magical piece of the holiday spirit this season. *Royalty free music by

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    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 dress up your tables, the mistakes to avoid, and the answer to the biggest question this holiday season: To flock or not? 

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