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This lovely Inverness home, built in 1989, is traditional with a decidedly contemporary twist inside that will delight young, growing families.The drive up to this stately tan brick home features a large circular driveway and lovely lampposts, reminiscent of Europe.
Vista and Tuscan model homes open at Symphony MeadowsUpdated May 17, 2013 10:24 AM Two new model homes wow visitors at Symphony Meadows, a master-planned community in Volo with scenic wetlands, conservation areas, lakes and nature trails. The new models, the Vista and the Tuscan, are receiving rave reviews, said Chris Naatz, vice president of sales and marketing for D.R. Horton.
Moms show their kids the real estate ropes Updated May 12, 2013 6:33 AM
When Jeff Cadwallader moved back home from Colorado to help his mom Jeanne with her business, he became a third-generation Realtor. On this Mother's Day weekend, Jeanne and Jeff are one of many mother-child Realtor teams working in the Chicago suburban market.
Builders see more business-related moves Posted May 18, 2013 4:00 AM
Relocations, both long distance and within the area, are increasing as corporations begin to move their people again and individuals choose to return to the Chicago area or move for personal reasons. Many of those relocating, especially those moving for their job, do not have the luxury of time.
Condo buyers should ask for association documents Posted May 18, 2013 3:27 AM
Q. I am about to make an offer on a condominium owned by an individual. I have heard some horror stories about some associations. What can I do to learn about the association, and if it seems to be functioning appropriately?
When short sales leave sellers short Updated May 17, 2013 7:11 AM
Are large numbers of homeowners who have negotiated short sales with lenders at risk because of a startling omission in the American credit system? Do their credit reports and scores indicate that they were foreclosed upon, rather than having negotiated a mutually agreeable resolution with their lender?
Plumber disagrees with home inspector Posted May 17, 2013 5:12 AM
Q. I am a real estate broker and am trying to resolve a difference of opinion between a plumber and home inspector. The inspector routinely cites water heaters that are installed without a drain pan, especially when the water heater is on a raised platform in a garage. The plumber says there is no code requirement for a pan. Who is right?
Front-burner issues from a food writer’s renovation Posted May 18, 2013 4:00 AM
A few months ago I took the plunge and had my kitchen redone. For years I'd put it off because it was so expensive. Also, as a cookbook author and food writer, I spend nearly all of my waking hours in and around the kitchen. Being without one for six to eight weeks seemed unimaginable.
Testing a home for radon Posted May 18, 2013 4:00 AM
Q. We are looking for a newer home, and I have a question about radon. We were told we had the right to have the home tested, but I don't know if it's worth the cost. The radon test was not included in the costs from the home inspectors we talked to.
Volunteers sought for planting: Updated May 17, 2013 4:35 PM
Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 30 in Grosse Pointe Park, 900 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Vernon Hills, to take part in a community planting project.
Low-maintenance trend grows in landscaping
Posted May 4, 2013 4:00 AM
Not everyone has a green thumb. People can spend hours in the garden and still not be able to make their homes the showpieces they envision. With this in mind, more homeowners are looking for plants and shrubs that are low- or no-maintenance, said Jean Bragdon, operations manager at Lurvey's Garden Center in Des Plaines.
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