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  • Barrington developer denies poaching local businesses Aug 21, 2014 6:21 PM
    Developers behind the long-awaited retail project at Hough and Main streets in downtown Barrington are denying local building owners’ claims they’re trying to poach businesses to fill the 25,000-square-foot space.

     
  • Work to begin next week on Hough-Main project in Barrington Aug 20, 2014 5:40 PM
    Construction will begin Monday on a long-awaited retail development at Hough and Main streets in downtown Barrington, the village announced Wednesday. The project involves the construction of two new one-story retail buildings and 132 public parking spaces.

     
  • East Dundee, Carpentersville continue Wal-Mart feud Aug 20, 2014 1:46 PM
    The feud over a new Wal-Mart proposed for Carpentersville continued this week when East Dundee filed a lawsuit arguing Carpentersville had withheld information in a recent Freedom of Information Act request. East Dundee, which will lose its Wal-Mart if the new one is built, argues Carpentersville did not include the retailer's application for special taxing district funding in the FOIA response. A judge will sort it all out beginning in December.

     
  • Medical pot growers competing for Bartlett site Aug 20, 2014 9:36 AM
    Four potential medical marijuana growers are clamoring to set up shop on a piece of vacant land in a Bartlett industrial park. The hopefuls have pitched informal design plans to the village, but the state gets the final say on whether one can open in Bartlett.

     
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market opens Wednesday in Des Plaines Aug 20, 2014 10:32 AM
    The Walmart Neighborhood Market makes its first foray into the suburbs today with the grand opening of a 39,000-square-foot store at 727 W. Golf Road in Des Plaines. “A lot of folks don’t want to walk the 150,000- to 200,000-square-foot building and weed their way through the apparel and all the other stuff," said Jeremy Arndt, the Des Plaines store manager, explaining the concept behind the smaller, food-focused store.

     
  • Chipotle, Starbucks moving to former Palatine Applebee’s site Aug 20, 2014 6:47 AM
    A plan to bring a Chipotle Mexican Grill, Jersey Mike’s Subs and a Starbucks to the site of a closed Applebee’s on Dundee Road was approved this week by the Palatine village council. In addition to the restaurants and coffee shop, the new retail complex at 781 E. Dundee Road will include an AT&T store, a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and a medical office called Family and Immediate Care.

     
  • Arlington Heights approves downtown apartment tower Aug 19, 2014 5:56 AM
    The Arlington Heights village board on Monday approved a new seven-story apartment building in the heart of downtown with at least 15 percent of its units to be reserved for those who qualify under affordable housing guidelines. Parkview Apartments, 212 N. Dunton, will include 45 apartments in a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom units, two levels of parking and 1,254 square feet of retail space on the first floor, said attorney Rolando Acosta.

     
  • Leave ‘professional installations’ to the professionals Aug 17, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I wanted to let you know I installed 10 Magnetite windows — several were cut wrong and they sent me a YouTube installation video after my installation. I was looking for soundproofing and cold protection.

     
  • Why some banks don’t want to take a chance on some borrowers Aug 17, 2014 7:22 AM
    For at least a year, the Obama administration has been pushing lenders to make mortgages more widely available to responsible people looking to buy homes. But many potential buyers are getting shut out of the market because lenders don’t want to take a chance on them because of “credit overlays.”

     
  • Bigger down payments add to first-time homebuyer blues Aug 17, 2014 7:14 AM
    The challenges facing prospective buyers of the least expensive homes in the U.S. are getting harder to overcome. Already beset by stagnant wages, growing student debt and competition from investors who are snapping up listings, those looking to purchase moderately priced houses must also provide more cash up front.

     
  • Small cottage kits have an endless number of uses Aug 17, 2014 5:45 AM
    Getaway houses are considered a true luxury these days. Therefore, if you can find a way to build a little piece of heaven, you might consider an affordable kit cottage. There are dozens of companies in the U.S. that sell pre-manufactured structures.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Association board is legally obligated to enforce rules Aug 16, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Our single family homeowners association receives complaints from homeowners about rules violations by their neighbors. Is the board required to act on these complaints and is the board required to reveal the name of the complainant to the violator?

     
  • Housing bubble differed from buildup in subprime car loans Aug 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    In a long front-page article in the NY Times last month, Jessica Silver-Greenberg and Michael Corkery answer this question affirmatively. Their article cites numerous parallels to the conditions that led up to the crisis in the subprime mortgage market in 2007-8. The similarities include:

     
  • Listing of the week Aug 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    Aficionados of Frank Lloyd Wright and the architectural styles he fostered will instantly fall in love with this Barrington home, built in 1978 by Don Erickson, one of Wright’s protégés.

     
  • Matching? A decorating idea that died of boredom Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    Q. When we remodel our kitchen, is it OK to mix cabinet woods and colors? I want white- or cream-painted cabinets and an eat-on island. Can I choose a different wood or color for it?

     
  • Pros and cons of power washing Aug 16, 2014 5:45 AM
    It’s not just national monuments like Mount Rushmore than could benefit from a good power wash every now and then. Is there grime on your siding that good old-fashioned elbow grease won’t take away? Stains on your concrete driveway? Is the deck looking dirty?

     
  • Listing of the week Aug 19, 2014 11:41 AM
    Old World charm oozes from this Dutch Colonial brick home, built in 1929 in the historic district of Arlington Heights.

     
  • Is lawsuit a wake-up call on title insurance? Aug 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    A new federal court suit alleging kickback violations by one of the country’s top-producing real estate sales teams raises an unsettling question for homebuyers: Could your agent or broker be pocketing under the table large chunks of what you pay for title insurance?

     
  • How buyers can protect their deposits if a home sale turns sour Aug 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    There are a few options that homebuyers should consider to bolster their chances of getting their good-faith deposit back if the proposed transaction falls apart.

     
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