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The Power of Gray in Staging

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Gray is a subtle color that can bring sophistication to interiors while also the neutrality thathome buyer crave.

“It’s the hot new neutral, a sleek and sophisticated color option that adds refinement to almost any room,” says Debbie Zimmer, a paint and color expert with the Paint Quality Institute. “Walls that are painted gray are great backdrops for almost any style of décor, and gray is such a dignified color that it can elevate the appearance of even the most modest furnishings.”

Zimmer says that gray can be a great color choice for embellishments throughout interiors, such as a gray wash on wood furniture or the fabric in seating.

In her 2014 color forecast, she expects grey to be used more in homes. “We will even see gray’s flashier cousin, silver, used as an important accent color,” says Zimmer.

Zimmer also predicts “white” to stage a comeback in 2014, with white and off-white back in vogue.

“As with gray, the ease of coordinating furnishings with a neutral hue like white is appealing to almost everyone,” she says. “Those who are downsizing will favor white or very light-colored walls to make their new, smaller interiors look more spacious; and for those who may soon put up a ‘For Sale’ sign, white is the wise paint color to apply before listing a home.”

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What In The HECK Is REALLY Going On With The Market?

                                                                                      With so many news channels reporting so many different stories on the “New” real estate market, I am sure you find yourself asking, “What does this even mean for me?download

Here’s a quick set of stats for you to look at before I continue:

  • New construction homes are at a 50 year low
  • Existing home inventory is at a 13 year low

What does this mean?

Inventory is LOW…let me repeat that….Inventory is LOW!

If you have been itching to put your current home on the market just to give it a whirl, there is no better time than now! New real estate listings are like fresh meat to the starving and eager buyers who are discouraged with such few homes on the active market.  

It is highly likely that, while pricing your property at optimal selling price, your home may be shown almost daily. Ultimately, leading to a sell sooner than later!

Let’s be honest, you would LOVE that, right? Of course. The sooner your current home sells, the sooner you get to take advantage of super low interest rates while, likely, making a better investment in your next home purchase. 

Spring is almost here! Get started on those DIY projects to spruce up your hacienda, then contact ME to get it SOLD!

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Why My Real Estate Business Works~ A Testimonial

ImageThe picture of the beautiful cupcake was handcrafted by me- yep….I am a rather artsy REALTOR. 

I have been determined from day 1 of my real estate career to be different from most of the other REALTORS who tend to come across as money hungry and impersonal.

With this being said, one of the many ways my business is unique is that I make a personal follow-up appointment with all clients to view the newly purchased home. I take time to chat with my clients and their families to build a genuine relationship.

 I used to bake cakes and other bakery goods before I took on the crazy world of real estate. Little did I know it would come in handy when it comes to following up on clients I have closed.

So the other night I visited a recent client and here is a testimonial which was given to the owner of my brokerage:

Dear Mr. O’Neal,

My family and I had the privilege of working with Kallai Casey to purchase our new home in McDonough. We had very specific needs to meet and she met them all through her consistent efforts and excellent follow through. Kallai’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry showed through her actions going above and beyond in all possible situations. From my experience most REALTORS we’ve encountered do not have these outstanding traits. She sets a new standard for the industry.

There were changes with our contract and many needs in the process that she met with clear and concise communication. All questions were promptly answered and she never failed to respond to the simplest questions. Her organization was evident throughout the entire process. She even remembered to bring my grandson’s toy to the closing, which he left behind three weeks earlier. 

House hunting is exciting, but can also be very stressful. Her upbeat and contagious personality made our search and purchase enjoyable and fun. It is with great pleasure that I extend my highest recommendation to Kallai Casey.




I appreciate all referrals and will treat them with special care. Please visit my website for detailed information on buying and selling real estate.


Posted in Passion and Life

What Would You Do If You Woke Up Like This? You Would Still Be American


It is heartbreaking that America is somehow perceived as a haughty, individualistic country with citizens who are solely self-driven for personal gain.

While drinking my morning cup of joe, catching up on world news, I came across this story and absolutely had to share.

Despite the reputation America has somehow obtained, it is definitely an inaccurate look at our country. In the face of raw terrorism, we find a victim who is a double amputee offering a birthday gift to an 18 year old girl, who also fell prey to the vicious Boston Marathon attack.

This story says more than, “This American is a thoughtful person.” This one story is just a quick glimpse at the depth of our love for one common thing: Our Country. So, in turn, we also share a love for one another.

Sure, Americans love money, a good life, a nice car and so forth. But Americans also love America and its people and its freedom.

In the face of tragedy and death, America stands up and says that it’s spirit refuses to be broken. We grow stronger and love harder when others try to break us down.

Click here to read the full story of America’s heart.

Posted in Entrepreneurship, Passion and Life

Do You Consider Yourself Successful? How Do You Define Your Success?

failure-and-successI have been battling an internal struggle for quite a few years now. Being scared to take entrepreneurial risks, yet wanting instant return on investment  in my entrepreneurial life. Then I began asking myself, “How are you measuring your success?”

For so long, my fear of failure was so prevalent in my work life that I would not take educated risks on things such as marketing and networking.  I began to closely watch the actions of other successful business people. Not just REALTORS, but small and large business owners as well.

I realized two things: First, I am successful. Second, I was measuring success with the wrong ruler.

Have you ever tried measuring a twelve foot wall with a one foot plastic ruler? Certainly you have not. Because you know the plastic one foot ruler is not the appropriate tool to measure the wall.

Success is truly what you make of it and how you view it. Personally, I believe success is measured by failure.

If your business does not experience some sort of failure, you will never know the level of success you have gained or how you even got there.

Sure, it is important to minimize the risk of unnecessary failure, but when failure is the inevitable outcome, consider it a positive thing. Consider it a chance to gain experience and walk away knowing the “what not to do’s”.

The simple fact is that success and failure are not opposites as we are taught in grade school. On the contrary, failure should be considered part of success. As a tool used to measure success.



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Best Energy Smoothie Ever

ImageSpring is here and summertime is just around the corner and we all can appreciate a deliciously refreshing smoothie on a warm Georgia day.

I have a secret smoothie recipe I am dying to share. You will NOT want to lose this recipe because it is going to be your favorite! Get ready to print it out:

Berry Yummy Skinny Smoothie


  • 1 packet Crystal Light Energy Drink Mix (strawberry flavor)
  • 4 oz Skim Milk
  • 3 oz Trop 50 Orange Juice
  • 4 Medium Strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 handful blueberries (optional)
  • 4 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • Ice cubes


Combine all ingredients and blend well (preferably in a Magic Bullet Mixer).

Note: Other fruits may be added if desired. Also, flax seed or oat bran are great additions!