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  • Hardware store owners love the holidays Nov 29, 2014 12:01 AM
    This is the busiest time of the year for hardware and appliance stores, says Mike Gilbert of Downers Grove-based Gilbert Bros. Hardware. Homeowners are buying winter items like snowblowers and shovels, as well as holiday items like lights, trees and other decor.

  • Festive holiday homes is this family’s tradition Nov 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    Treetime Christmas Creations in Lake Barrington is a magical, fantasy Christmas showroom that changes each year in an effort to keep people coming back to see what has been done differently, said Laurie and Joe Kane, the seasonal business’s owners.

  • Holiday decorating is their business Nov 17, 2014 11:12 AM
    Bob Jones Sr. and his daughter, Sandra, are connoisseurs of artificial Christmas trees. Jones has been making an annual buying pilgrimage to China for 28 years and Sandra has been accompanying him for the past 15 years. Along with Sandra’s brother, Bob Jones Jr., the three family members own nine American Sale stores.

  • Support charity while clearing away clutter Nov 8, 2014 12:01 AM
    Lake Zurich-based Junk Remedy is becoming well-known in the Chicago area — not only for helping people to clean out their garages, basements, parents’ houses or other junk-filled locations, but also for stepping in and offering its trash-removal skills free during area Relay For Life events.

  • Doors make a dramatic difference Nov 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Ruth Tinley hated the interior doors in her Libertyville home. However, she believed her doors would be too expensive to replace, until she discovered HomeStory Chicago, based in Elk Grove Village, which has a unique way of replacing interior doors without all of the mess and expense.

  • Why picking the right sofa is so important Oct 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    When a homeowner is furnishing an entire house, Anne Hildreth, a designer in the Vernon Hills Steinhafels Furniture store, recommends they start with the room they use the most — the family room — and proceed from there. And you should start with the largest piece of furniture in that room, she says.

  • Newest light fixtures are works of art Oct 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    LEDs are taking over the world. Long-lasting, environmentally friendly LED technology allows lighting designers to create fixtures that are more like pieces of art that hang from the ceiling, said Benson Littman, co-owner of Littman Bros. Lighting in Schaumburg.

  • Steady real estate market is a healthy one, brokers say Oct 11, 2014 12:01 AM
    We are looking at a real estate market this year that is very similar to the market of 2013, says Lynn Klein, managing broker and owner of Century 21 New Heritage in Hampshire. "There has been a bit of an improvement in terms of supply-and-demand, so prices are up about 2.9 percent this year. But, for the most part, the market has remained fairly steady.”

  • Furnace tips to keep your home cozy Oct 4, 2014 12:01 AM
    The last thing anyone wants to experience is a furnace failure on a freezing cold night when all you want is to come home to a warm, toasty house. Erik Schroll, manager of the heating, ventilation and cooling division of ABC Plumbing-Heating-Cooling-Electric, has some tips to keep your system functioning well during the cold months.

  • Aeroseal repairs heating ducts that leak money Sep 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    It is impossible for anyone who lived through last year’s Polar Vortex to forget the bitter cold and heavy snow it brought to Chicago and much of the country. “When we have severe winters like that, it is natural to want to go home and hide from the cold,” said Joseph St. Pierre, sales director of Aeroseal Solutions, based in Crystal Lake.

  • Rising prices fuel higher expectations Sep 13, 2014 12:01 AM
    Media reports about rising home prices, strangely enough, are starting to have a dampening effect on the local housing market, said Royal Hartwig, a member of the Royal Family team at Keller-Williams Realty’s Palatine office.

  • Larger condominiums in demand at Prairie Park Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    The real estate market has recovered nicely. In fact, the demand for larger condominiums is driving plans for the fifth building at Prairie Park in Wheeling, said Jamie Smith of Smith Family Construction.

  • Door is open to affordable homes Aug 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    During his more than 30 years in real estate, George Seaverns of RE/MAX Experts in Buffalo Grove has seen many different types of markets. And right now he is pleased and excited by what he sees.

  • Serosun Farms now ready to grow Aug 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    The owners of Serosun Farms in Kane County laid low during the recession. San Diego-based developer John DeWald and his sister, Jane Strickland, had spent years laying the groundwork for their innovative Serosun Farms project, located between Huntley, Hampshire and Burlington.

  • 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.

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