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  • Mortgage borrowers should know how amortization works Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Recently, I have been getting a lot of mail from mortgage borrowers asking about amortization. Most are considering whether to pay down their loan balance more rapidly, and have suddenly realized that they don’t know how best to do that.

     
  • How to choose a real estate agent Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. I’ve read your column for years — now it’s my turn to ask for guidance. I will be putting my house on the market in the near future (I hope). What I’m looking for might best be summarized as “seller’s do’s and don’ts” — things like how to pick a Realtor and any other insights that would help reduce the stress of this event.

     
  • Energy efficiency impacts the high-end market Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Harris Custom Builders is synonymous with Old World architecture in the Greater Barrington area. The company constantly work to keep up on the latest advances in luxury homes, founder Evan Harris said. Harris says his homes, for instance, are very energy efficient.

     
  • Lawyer not needed to defend small claims lawsuit Feb 28, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. A contractor the board hired to do paving work for the association has filed suit against the association. The contractor claims the association has failed to pay about $8,000 under the contract. Can the association defend itself in this case?

     
  • Taking care of your leather furniture Feb 27, 2015 12:01 AM
    Leather upholstery is a thing of beauty, and it’s supposed to be pretty durable, too. But even leather may need a little help every now and then. Here are some things you can do to keep your leather in good shape.

     
  • Aftermath of an “as-is” home purchase Feb 27, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q: We just purchased a home “as is.” The previous owner signed a mold disclosure statement that says there is no known mold. After moving in, we found that one entire bathroom wall is rotted with mold, and the roof has mold as well. Isn’t the seller liable for withholding this information?

     
  • How to fight viruses, bacteria that can lurk in your home Feb 27, 2015 12:00 AM
    Your own house or apartment might be a breeding ground for unseen “bugs” that can cause sickness or even death.

     
  • The 6 percent home sale fee isn’t sacred Feb 27, 2015 12:00 AM
    As a home buyer or seller, do you really understand real estate commissions? Do you know how much a real estate agent who lists a house for sale typically gets? Equally important, how much the agent who brings you in as a buyer gets paid?

     
  • Signed contracts to buy US homes rise to 18-month high Feb 27, 2015 10:04 AM
    Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level in nearly 18 months

     
  • High visibility and use put kitchens in the spotlight Feb 27, 2015 3:49 PM
    Beautiful and efficient kitchens take center stage in today’s open-style home designs. No longer walled away out of sight, today’s kitchens welcome family and friends into an entire living area where everything is open and on display.

     
  • The old wood is still good wood Feb 27, 2015 6:30 AM
    Reclaimed wood from barns is a hot commodity in the building and furniture trades. But Unlike barn wood, which became popular more than a decade ago, the value of old-growth “house” wood isn’t widely recognized among homeowners and developers. As many cities experiences a remodeling boom, builders say, most of it by far is going into landfills.

     
  • Wauconda village board candidates not sold on incentives for businesses Feb 27, 2015 5:14 PM
    The candidates running for seats on Wauconda’s village board want to bring more businesses to town, but not all are enthusiastic about offering financial incentives to lure them.

     
  • Report: Surge in Chinese investment raises fraud risks Feb 26, 2015 12:34 PM
    Report: Surge in Chinese investment overwhelms US regulators and raises risks of fraud

     
  • Prosecutor: Former Democratic powerbroker sold influence Feb 26, 2015 2:34 PM
    Prosecutor opens racketeering trial, tells jury ex-Democratic powerbroker sold influence

     
  • Mold removal could be a simple chore ... or a major hassle Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Q. I read your columns in the Daily Herald but never keep them around. You had a column a few weeks ago about a product to remove mold.

     
  • Mt. Prospect might swap who owes transfer tax from buyer to seller Feb 26, 2015 5:59 PM
    Mount Prospect officials are discussing changes to how the village imposes its real estates transfer tax, but some fear the proposal might create double taxation for some residents.

     
  • Schaumburg panel recommends first new apartment complex in 30 years Feb 26, 2015 1:59 PM
    Schaumburg’s first new apartment complex in 30 years finally was deemed worthy by the village’s zoning board Wednesday after the developer dropped 12 of the originally proposed 192 units to allow more space for parking.

     
  • Home proposal floated for former Bobby’s Driving Range in Gurnee Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    Tentative plans have surfaced for 100 homes that would be built on the former Bobby’s Driving Range in Gurnee. If constructed, Foxford Communities’ Wentworth development would have 56 single-family houses and 44 duplexes at the northeast corner of Hunt Club and Gages Lake roads. Conceptual plans also call for a commercial component close to the intersection.

     
  • Correction: Sears-Results story Feb 27, 2015 9:50 AM
    Correction: Sears-Results story

     
  • CDW, Medline planning offices in Lincolnshire Feb 26, 2015 12:08 PM
    Two prominent Lake County companies - computer retail giant CDW and Medline Industries - are planning to move some of their sizeable staffs to Lincolnshire this year, village officials have confirmed.

     
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