Melissa Tracey


Melissa Dittmann Tracey is an award-winning real estate journalist known as the Housing Muse. You can hear her weekly with the segment “Hot or Not?” in home design on the syndicated radio show Real Estate Today, which airs on 250-plus networks nationwide. She is also the host of The Housing Muse Podcast, covering the latest real estate and home design trends.

Melissa has been a contributing editor to REALTOR Magazine, writing about all angles of the real estate business from breaking down the latest home sales data to maximizing home values. She is also the creator of the National Association of Realtors’ Styled, Staged & Sold blog (ranked as the No. 1 home staging blog in the country by FeedSpot for the last five years and counting). She frequently speaks to real estate brokerages or REALTOR® associations addressing real estate topics like home staging.

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