Melissa Tracey


Name: Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Title: Contributing Writer

Melissa Dittmann Tracey has been writing about the real estate and home improvement industry for 15 years. She covers the latest real estate news as a long-time contributor to the National Association of Realtors’ publications and other real estate media. She is obsessed with other people’s homes (but in a non-creepy way) and loves to talk about the latest home design trends each week on the syndicated radio show Real Estate Today. 

Expertise and Experience 

Melissa is an award-winning real estate journalist who is 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, which covers the latest real estate and home design trends. Melissa has been a contributing editor to REALTOR Magazine, writing about everything from maximizing home values to breaking down the latest home sales data.

She is 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 5 years and counting). She also frequently speaks to real estate brokerages or REALTOR® associations about real estate topics such as home staging.

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JULY 18, 2023 | TUESDAY
The 15 Best Airbnbs in Myrtle Beach of 2023

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MAY 31, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Airbnb Management Companies of 2023

Homeowners can sit back and earn revenue from their vacation rental while a property management company handles the day-to-day grind of operating it. Short-term rental management companie...

MAY 31, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Online Real Estate Schools in Texas of 2023

Texas boasts some of the fastest-growing cities in the U. S. , offering plenty of opportunities for licensed real estate professionals to build a thriving career. The growing number of on...

MAY 31, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
The Best Online Real Estate Schools in California of 2023

The real estate industry can offer a lucrative career, particularly in a place like California, which long has been known for having one of the nation’s most thriving markets. Enrolling i...

The Best Real Estate CRM Software of 2023

Real estate is a relationship business that requires agents to juggle a list of current and past clients while constantly attracting new prospects. Keeping track of it all takes work. But...

The Best Interior Design Apps, Tools, and Software

On home design makeover TV shows, “the big reveal” is always the most anticipated part to see how a space gets transformed. But there’s a way to skip to the end before even beginning with...

The Best House Painters for Interiors

An instant way to transform any room in a house is by giving it a fresh coat of paint, whether to update an old color palette or prepare a home for sale. But that can be a lot of work: pi...

AUGUST 19, 2022 | FRIDAY
The Best Design Software for Interior Designers

When a homeowner wants to make a change to their living space, whether it's new paint, new furniture, or even a new floor plan, it's a great benefit to be able to see beforehand what it w...

JULY 28, 2022 | THURSDAY
The Best Foreclosure Sites of 2023

A foreclosure is certainly not an event to celebrate. A property lands in foreclosure after a homeowner has lost their home, often due to financial hardship. These properties, however, st...

JULY 19, 2022 | TUESDAY
The Best Furniture Assembly Services

New furniture is an exciting purchase—that is, until you’re staring at hundreds of pieces strewn across the floor, trying to sort out a box nail from a common nail, and losing hope in the...