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  • Fewer buyers want fixer-uppers, broker says 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.

     
  • More seniors will need to access their equity Jul 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Today, 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.

     
  • Longtime builder sees strength return to Chicago market Jul 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Northbrook-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.

     
  • Housing market shifts to a quicker pace Jun 21, 2014 12:01 AM
    We are in the midst of an “interesting” real estate market, as described by Mark Munro, a real estate broker with Baird and Warner in Barrington. There is a lot of good news, like the fact that houses are selling more rapidly and there are fewer foreclosures available than a year ago.

     
  • Rug quality makes world of difference Jun 14, 2014 12:01 AM
    Buying an Oriental rug is like buying a diamond. The quality and price varies widely. However, if you buy a good rug, you can expect it to last about 100 years and it can become a cherished family heirloom, say the owners of Rugport, 23 S. Northwest Highway, Palatine.

     
  • M&M Home Remodeling Services Jun 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    The primary task of any home is to give its occupants shelter from the elements — snow, cold, rain, blazing sun, wind and even hail. M & M Home Remodeling Services has been providing homeowners with roofing since Mike Yadron began the company in Chicago’s South suburbs in 1976.

     
  • Homeowners value the great outdoors May 31, 2014 12:01 AM
    “After five years of suffering through a bad economy, things are wearing out and becoming outdated — and homeowners are starting to feel comfortable enough to replace them,” said Colin Taheny, vice president of RYCO Design Group of Lake in the Hills.

     
  • Help for those heavy duty cleanups May 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    If you are determined to use the nice weather to clean out your garage, basement, parents’ house or any other cluttered location, Nick DeGiulio and Corey Heidkamp of Lake Zurich-based Junk Remedy might be able to save your summer.

     
  • A plush patio helps you lounge around the yard May 17, 2014 12:01 AM
    When homeowners think of their outdoor living spaces today, they think about much more than just their patio or deck area, said Steve Olson, manager of Viking Ski and Patio in Barrington.

     
  • A cozy yard begins with exterior design May 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    Today’s homeowner is able to create a full outdoor experience through lighting, an audio system and fans and heaters for temperature control, according to the staff at NorthWest Lighting and Accents in Mount Prospect and McHenry.

     
  • Home life extends outside the house May 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Some people have such large patios that they can easily have more than one outdoor “room” with a dining area, a cooking or kitchen area and a separate lounging area with a fire pit. By doing this, they are adding value to their homes, said Dan Mayer, owner of Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Heartier plants save time in the yard Apr 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    More homeowners are looking for plants and shrubs that can withstand both very hot summers and cold, lengthy winters, like the one we just endured, said Jean Bragdon, operations manager at Lurvey’s Garden Center in Des Plaines.

     
  • Company uses Australian timber oil on decks Apr 19, 2014 12:01 AM
    SCC Cleaning Co. Inc. of Gurnee is taking what it has learned from more than 30 years of janitorial work in schools, businesses and offices and is now applying it to homes through its four-year-old Deck Monkeys division.

     
  • Carpeting advances with textures, patterns Apr 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Customers shopping for carpeting are more often selecting "cut and loop" textured wall-to-wall carpets, which have a slight pattern, said Michael Kautz Sr., owner of Michael Kautz Carpets and Designs of Mount Prospect.

     
  • Longer stays require home renovations Apr 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Homeowners all around the Chicago area have spent the winter cooped up inside their homes, staring at the little imperfections that bother them, and now that the snow has melted, they are anxious to get started on improvement projects. Each spring the phone at Regency Home Remodeling in Chicago starts to ring off the hook.

     
  • Suburban housing market heats up Mar 24, 2014 10:13 AM
    The suburban Chicago real estate market has done a total flip in recent years, said Leslie Radzin, a broker with RE/MAX Suburban in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Disorganized garages can be reclaimed Feb 8, 2014 12:56 AM
    Have you been forced to scrape ice and brush snow off your car this winter because your garage is so disorganized there is no room for your vehicle? Garage Store of East Dundee has been helping homeowners reclaim their garages since 2007.

     
  • Kitchens, baths are always evolving Feb 1, 2014 12:33 AM
    Ask Mark Mazza of DreamMaker Kitchen and Bath in Schaumburg about industry trends and he can quickly tick them off for you. Trends like eliminating bathtubs in favor of larger, walk-in showers.

     
  • Winter sales are slow, but provide opportunity Jan 28, 2014 5:03 PM
    Good things are happening in the local real estate market, but it is also experiencing some growing pains, said Bob Wisdom of RE/MAX Horizon in Elgin, who sells as a team with his wife, Lisa. Finding the perfect home right now might be difficult because of a shortage of available homes.

     
  • Several recent appliance trends on the wane Jan 18, 2014 12:48 AM
    Household appliances are real time-and-toil-savers, so experts we trust can help us make the correct decisions for our individual lifestyles. For instance, front-load, high-efficiency washing machines are actually less popular than they were a few years ago, said Rich Lindblom, co-owner of Advanced Maytag in Schaumburg.

     
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