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  • Cutting countertop is best left to professional installers Jan 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    Our kitchen countertop overhangs the cabinets by a half-inch, and removing the half-inch will give us just the amount of space needed to install a 32-inch-wide refrigerator. My question is what is the best way to ensure a straight cut since I have only one shot at doing this right?

  • Lighten up! Time to brighten the house with new ideas Jan 25, 2015 12:01 AM
    Drippy, dreary winter got you down? Time to brighten with ideas both practical and fanciful. Here are some ideas:

  • Population is growing and moving to urban areas Jan 24, 2015 12:01 AM
    Our demographics are changing — both in size and location. A recent report indicates people are gravitating inward toward the center of places rather than outward toward the edges. Cities are growuing faster than suburbs, a reversal of the previous trend.

  • Sale by owner usually means no Realtor commission Jan 24, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q. We plan to sell our home on our own and our question is: If a Realtor brings their client to see our home and they purchase it, will we be obligated to pay any commission to them?

  • Owner who does not pay assessments can be charged to fix unit Jan 24, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q. By court order, our association recently took possession of a unit from a unit owner who did not pay assessments. The unit is filthy and several appliances do not work or are missing. What can the association do about this?

  • Owner reveals reasoning behind Black Diamond name Jan 24, 2015 12:01 AM
    Rick Sperando was a licensed journeyman plumber with many years of experience working for big name companies when he decided to strike out on his own in 1999. One of his first hurdles as a business owner was to come up with a suitable company name: Black Diamond Plumbing.

  • How can you be certain refinancing will save you money? Jan 24, 2015 12:00 AM
    How can you be certain that refinancing will save you money? Introducing the Integrated Refinance Calculator.

  • What every DIYer should know to paint like the pros Jan 24, 2015 7:15 AM
    Painting is one of the fastest, most cost-effective ways to freshen up your home, but it's one of the trickiest for do-it-yourselfers to achieve — at least to achieve as well and as mistake-free as the pros.

  • Mexican restaurant opening in Randhurst Village in March Jan 23, 2015 7:10 PM
    A new Mexican restaurant is moving into Randhurst Village, right next to the AMC Theaters. On Tuesday, the Mount Prospect village board approved a liquor license for Truco, a taqueria and margarita bar at 211 Randhurst Village Drive. The target date for opening is sometime in March.

  • Give new life to your old carpet Jan 23, 2015 12:00 AM
    Is your white carpet gray? Plain carpeting looks like it's patterned? Well, all is not lost and you may not have to replace it just yet. Try some of these fixes for common spots and stains and see if you can't get another year out of your old carpet.

  • Consumer agency’s website gets an incomplete grade Jan 23, 2015 12:01 AM
    WASHINGTON — When the federal government’s consumer protection agency for financial matters tells you how to shop for a good deal on a home mortgage, you should follow the advice, right?

  • Housing market to make slight gains in 2015 Jan 23, 2015 12:01 AM
    Home sales and prices should rise modestly this year as the economy improves and more first-time buyers come into the market.

  • Problems with wet insulation found during inspection Jan 23, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q. I recently did a home inspection on a new house and found problems involving wet cellulose insulation in the walls. The insulation was installed about three months ago and the wall panels under the siding are now warped. In fact, the panels are still wet and so is the insulation. Installing wet insulation inside the walls of a home seems like a bad idea, but I’d like to know what you think about it.

  • US home sales rise in December Jan 23, 2015 10:15 AM
    More Americans purchased homes in December, yet total sales slipped in 2014 as first-time buyers struggled to find houses. The National Association of Realtors said Friday that sales of existing homes rose 2.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.04 million. But over the course of the entire year, sales fell 3.1 percent to 4.93 million.

  • Neighborhood profile: Washington Village, Grayslake Jan 23, 2015 12:01 AM
    When Denise Meyer and Jeffrey Welker looked to purchase a larger home, they had three priorities in mind: good schools, nearby parks and a nice, well-built house. That criteria led them to Washington Village in Grayslake.

  • Schaumburg lowers fee for medical pot dispensary Jan 22, 2015 1:23 PM
    Schaumburg officials have reduced their recommended annual impact fee for a medical marijuana dispensary from $100,000 to $37,752. The new recommendation, to be voted on Tuesday, assumes one police call and one paramedic call per week.

  • Art of ‘undecorating’ allows us to purge the unnecessary Jan 22, 2015 6:00 AM
    Even as the new year begins, I promise my family and myself that I will not bring another piece of furniture into the house. All of a sudden, I glimpse at a garage sale sign, the car screeches to a halt, and I just can’t resist the temptation of a find.

  • Des Plaines aldermen unanimously reject plan for 62 townhouses Jan 22, 2015 5:30 AM
    Citing parking concerns and a desire for retail, Des Plaines aldermen have unanimously rejected plans for a 62-unit townhouse development near downtown. “This is a bad project, shouldn’t be built, (and) doesn’t belong downtown. I don’t know how it got this far,” Alderman Jim Brookman said.

  • Gino’s East opening in South Barrington this week Jan 22, 2015 4:04 PM
    The new Gino’s East restaurant sharing space at Millrose Restaurant Banquets & Country Store at 45 S. Barrington Road in South Barrington will have a low-key soft opening Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 and 25, ahead of its official grand opening, Wednesday, Jan. 28. The 21-year-old Millrose is making space for the famous deep dish pizza restaurant in its Rosewood Room and lounge area.

  • Mt. Prospect considers demolishing troubled plaza Jan 22, 2015 5:02 PM
    Mount Prospect officials have secured the legal right to demolish Central Plaza, the nearly vacant shopping center at Central Road and Main Street in the downtown area. The village has been trying to identify the owner of the property, which has changed hands a number of times over the years, in order to discuss redevelopment options. But no owner has come forward.

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