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Renters living large in small apartments fuel building boomUpdated Jul 17, 2014 6:41 PM Young professionals are paying top-market rents to live in new upscale apartment towers sprouting in downtowns across the country. They’re sacrificing living space for a prime urban location and extras such as cooking classes, dog-wash stations and poolside Wi-Fi. Developers, in the biggest U.S. apartment-construction boom in almost a decade, are shrinking the size of units so they can command luxury rates without narrowing the pool of potential tenants.
It’s rather fashionable to hide things under the mattress Posted Jul 20, 2014 12:01 AM
Restoration Hardware’s catalogs might be getting bigger, but its furniture is shrinking. Among the many limitations of living in a smaller home or apartment is the lack of storage options. To accommodate, retailers are capitalizing on a piece previously relegated to children’s rooms and college dorms: the storage bed.
Keep pets in mind with these home renovations Posted Jul 19, 2014 12:01 AM
As pet ownership hits an all-time high, pet-friendly remodeling has gone far beyond the basic doggy door. It now includes features like dog-washing stations and customized kitty litter cabinets.
These bars may grab your attention Posted Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
We’re all going to get older, and when we do, having grab bars in our homes surely will come in handy. They might even be helpful now if you have guests who have physical challenges. They are fairly inexpensive to add, and could even be a selling point if you decide to sell your home in the future.
New roomies should sign a contract before moving in together Posted Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
Whether buying a home with someone else or simply renting an apartment, it’s important to establish basic rules to help avoid a nasty court battle later.
The buy-down is a creative way to reach a home sale Posted Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
If I pay money to your lender to lower your mortgage rate — permanently — will you make me a better offer on my house?
Small is sometimes better in the vegetable world Posted Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM
There’s no arguing that tiny vegetables are more fun and convenient to eat. Of course, tiny vegetables’ main draw is their perceived gustatory superiority. And it’s true: Many vegetables are most delicate, tender and tasty at this stage.
Fashionable accessories the next frontier for outdoor living spaces Posted Jul 25, 2014 6:00 AM
Outdoor living spaces are nothing new. But the idea of families or a solitary figure kicking back on a tufted sofa in the great outdoors, propped up against implausibly weatherproof bouclé throw pillows in the glow of a lamp with a fabric shade — that’s fairly new.
Plant undemanding clematis and enjoy the show Posted Jul 24, 2014 6:00 AM
Clematis are simple to grow; they are available in a broad range of colors, forms and sizes; and they boast one of the longest periods of bloom of any garden perennial. They are also among the least demanding plants.
Fewer buyers want fixer-uppers, broker says
Updated Jul 21, 2014 11:15 AM
Brian Knott, a broker with RE/MAX Horizon in Elgin, has observed steady progress in the residential real estate market since 2010. The volume of business has consistently risen and, he said, suburban home values have increased at a healthy rate.
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full story »Fewer buyers want fixer-uppers, broker saysBrian Knott, a broker with RE/MAX Horizon in Elgin, has observed steady progress in the residential real estate market since 2010. The volume of business has consistently risen and, he said, suburban home values have increased at a healthy rate.
full story »More seniors will need to access their equityToday, 12 percent of our population is older than 62. As baby boomers continue to age, 40 percent of the U.S. population will be older than 62 by 2032, said Richard Glover, director of the Reverse Mortgage Division of American Fidelity Mortgage Services Inc. of Lisle.
full story »Longtime builder sees strength return to Chicago marketNorthbrook-based Red Seal Homes has been building upscale residences in Chicago and its North and Northwest suburbs since it was founded by Joe Horwitz in 1934. In fact, for a time the firm even expanded into Wisconsin and Florida and got involved with sizable commercial and hotel construction ventures, as well as both production and custom homes.