Melissa Dittmann Tracy

Melissa Tracey

Contributing Writer


  • Specialties: Real estate, home design, smart-home technology, and home improvement (and how it relates to real estate values)
  • Education: Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University and Master of Arts in journalism from Syracuse University
  • Other work: REALTOR Magazine; HouseLogic; Styled, Staged & Sold; Real Estate Today radio; Chicago Tribune; PEOPLE; California Real Estate; The Monitor on Psychology magazine; and more

Proudest DIY

Melissa likes to think outside the box and uses her own home to test out ideas. She turned her unfinished basement into a sports field for her children to enjoy. To do so, she rolled out the turf, hung sports team flags (to disguise the unfinished cement walls), and used tape to mark up the turf as a field for soccer or Nerf gun battles. She was proud to have turned one of the ugliest parts of her home into what is now the fun space in the house.

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