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  • Unclog stubborn shower drains Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    A clogged shower drain is one way to cut down on water usage. But there are better ways to remedy this problem. Here are some super tips for clearing a clogged drain in the shower, tub or sink.

  • Finger-pointing leads to a credit score logjam Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Are mortgage lenders finally loosening up a little on their credit score requirements — opening the door to larger numbers of home purchasers this summer and fall?

  • Why sellers shouldn’t attend their own open house Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Nearly every agent agrees that it’s a bad idea for sellers to hang around when their home is shown to prospective buyers.

  • Badgered by belligerent bureaucrats Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I have owned my home for nearly two years and recently applied for a permit to build a swimming pool. That opened a can of worms with the building department. They discovered my septic system was installed 28 years ago without a permit.

  • Make your home more eco-friendly with a new floor Aug 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Want to help save the planet and update your home’s flooring at the same time? The floors in your home have more of an effect on the environment — and your home’s value — than you may think.

  • Michael Jackson Neverland Ranch being readied for sale Jul 31, 2014 10:16 AM
    For sale: California estate once home to the King of Pop, named for the island of the Lost Boys. Spacious Tudor-style mansion ideal for entertaining. Chimpanzee not included. Neverland Ranch, the Los Olivos, California, property where the late entertainer Michael Jackson lived, may soon get a new owner. Thomas Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC is readying the estate for a sale as high-end home values return to peak levels in the area.

  • Downtown Naperville dress shop moves to strip mall with 'facelift' Jul 31, 2014 2:29 PM
    A designer dress shop has moved from downtown Naperville to a location that would have seemed unlikely a few months ago, a vacant strip mall on Washington Street just south of Ogden Avenue that needed some work. "Yes, it needed a facelift, but as you can see with the new facelift it's brought life to the whole building,” said Sue Zanayed-Cerulli, owner of Bri'Zan Couture.

  • Back to school brings dorm-room dilemmas Jul 31, 2014 6:15 AM
    Millions of households in America are sending a child off to college next month. The student leaving home for the first time can experience anxiety mixed with excitement. Most dorm rooms are empty shells that are purposely designed to adapt to any color scheme. At the very least, students are encouraged to participate in the selection of new furnishings. Resist the impulse to decorate your child's room.

  • Vandals target Rolling Meadows site where trees removed Jul 30, 2014 7:11 PM
    Vandals spray-painted graffiti on a vacant house and landscaping equipment at a construction site in Rolling Meadows where neighbors last weekend protested the razing of old trees to clear the way for new homes. The graffiti includes statements such as “Save the trees” and “Rolling Meadows — City of Trees.”

  • Artisan couple forges ahead together Jul 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    Johannah Willsey’s first mosaic was on a trivet forged by her husband. That first creation was the beginning of a “collaborative process,” Willsey said. Whether it’s running their business or home schooling their two children, Willsey and her husband, Kyle Lucia, work as a team. The artists are the co-owners and founders of Phoenix Handcraft, a Richmond, Virginia-based studio where Lucia and Willsey create handmade furniture, railings, frames and more.

  • What style of contemporary design are you dreaming of? Jul 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    I am always asked what exactly is contemporary design. Is it interiors that incorporate shiny chrome accents, black leather couches and spinning disco balls? Perhaps ... Is it an interior filled with abstract art? Maybe ...

  • Batavia industrial park plan upsets neighbors Jul 30, 2014 5:28 AM
    Residents of neighborhoods in Batavia and Aurora showed up en masse to a Batavia committee meeting Tuesday to let aldermen know they don't want an industrial park built on the east side of Kirk Road. “When the residents of Kirkland Chase moved in, if this industrial complex had already been built at the entrance of the subdivision, I'm sure that most of us, including myself, would not have moved in there,” Dan Pepin, a resident of the neighborhood said.

  • Motorola sells Libertyville campus; tech park planned Jul 29, 2014 4:53 AM
    The former Motorola Mobility campus in Libertyville has been sold for $9.5 million to a commercial real estate firm at a fraction of its market value of $37.1 million. Rockville, Md.-based Beco Management Inc. said Monday it plans to invest another $50 million in renovations to create a multiuse technology park modeled after the firm’s similar project in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Brave new gardening for brave new climates Jul 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    Mowing and watering a traditional lawn requires a lot of time, money, water and fertilizers. Increasingly, many home gardeners want to focus instead on edible gardens, and rethink the rest of their landscaping in a more environmentally sustainable and low-maintenance way.

  • Agency to issue housing report on Hanover Park Jul 27, 2014 5:18 PM
    Hanover Park joins two other DuPage County towns for a regional housing study expected to kick off this fall. Glendale Heights and West Chicago also are on board with the "Homes for a Changing Region" analysis.

  • Cabinets are no longer contained to the kitchen Jul 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    Cabinet makers are responding to the consumer demand for design flexibility and decorative utility with unique door styles and new finishes, expanded cabinet sizes and pullouts, open shelves, and collections of embellishments.

  • Issues arise when sellers possess home after closing Jul 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Someone told me we might be able to negotiate staying in our house for some time after the closing. Is this possible? What issues must we consider when discussing this with our prospective purchasers?

  • Powerful odor is intermittent, difficult to pinpoint Jul 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    Our problem is an odor that smells much like a dead animal outside, although sometimes a bit like propane. The odor began suddenly late last fall. The smell is intermittent and there seems to be no correlation between heat or cold, wet or dry. It is most prominent on the north side, which is the driveway side, and it existed even during subzero Chicago winter, so dead animal unlikely.

  • Home-rental firms Wall Street built say grow or go Jul 27, 2014 8:07 AM
    The U.S. home-rental industry, transformed over the past two years by Wall Street-backed companies that were built on the rubble of the housing crash, is poised to be reshaped again as landlords like Philips get out. Corporate owners with limited capital or deadlines to repay investors are now selling houses in bulk, or one by one, after a 26 percent surge in prices from a March 2012 low.

  • 5 tips for selling your home for the best price Jul 27, 2014 7:27 AM
    The rebound in U.S. home values over the past couple of years has placed many homeowners in a better position to sell their home for a profit. Still, getting a home sold can be challenging, even in markets where tight supply favors sellers. Here are five tips on how to get your home sold for the best price.

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