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  • 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.

  • How to buy brother’s share of parents former home Jul 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My mother passed away in December. I am the executor of the estate. She owned her house outright. I want to buy my brother’s share.

  • Townhouse and condominium associations are governed by different laws Jul 26, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I currently live in a townhouse association. My question is this: Are there different rules governing a condominium association, and a townhouse association? And if so what is the name of the Illinois statutes for both?

  • An elusive summer perennial named hyssop Jul 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Hyssops bring color and variety to late summer gardens.

  • Too much space? Divide to conquer Jul 26, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. Our great room really lives up to the name — it’s nearly 30 feet long and 20 feet wide. How should we arrange the furniture in such a large space?

  • The best backyard lighting schemes start with a plan Jul 26, 2014 6:15 AM
    Outdoor living spaces require lighting for functionality and safety. Most homeowners, though, arrive at a lighting showroom with a long shopping list and bigger dreams.

  • Proposal for Libertyville park envisions Craftsman-style townhomes Jul 26, 2014 7:26 AM
    The long-envisioned sale of Bolander Park in Libertyville for $2.05 million appears to be nearing a conclusion. Lake Forest developer Rick Swanson has proposed a 56-unit Craftsman-style townhouse development. The 5 acre park is about a quarter mile from downtown Libertyville. "We're committed to moving forward,” he said.

  • These bars may grab your attention Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    We’re all going to get older, and when we do, having grab bars in our homes surely will come in handy. They might even be helpful now if you have guests who have physical challenges. They are fairly inexpensive to add, and could even be a selling point if you decide to sell your home in the future.

  • New roomies should sign a contract before moving in together Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Whether buying a home with someone else or simply renting an apartment, it’s important to establish basic rules to help avoid a nasty court battle later.

  • The buy-down is a creative way to reach a home sale Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    If I pay money to your lender to lower your mortgage rate — permanently — will you make me a better offer on my house?

  • Inspection gives added protection to owners with builders’ warranty Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I’m buying a new home and was planning to hire a home inspector before closing escrow. Two of my friends in a similar community advised me to save my money because the builder provides a new home warranty.

  • Neighborhood spotlight shines on Chapel Hill Jul 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Chapel Hill, a Deer Park neighborhood built in late 1980s and early ’90s by Landmark Homes, features 52 luxury homes with 2,400 to 3,100 square feet and three-car garages.

  • Hanover Park adopts temporary ban on pawn shops, some lenders Jul 25, 2014 5:25 AM
    Concerned by their growing numbers, Hanover Park officials have temporarily banned any new pawn shops, "cash for gold" and other lenders from opening up in town. There are 14 such businesses in town. “It has a little bit of a predatory feel to it,” Trustee Bill Cannon said in a phone interview. “When you have that kind of situation, it's even more important to make sure you're not oversaturating your community.”

  • Investors ‘bullish’ on acquiring properties in Arlington Heights, elsewhere Jul 25, 2014 4:26 PM
    The Metrolofts in downtown Arlington Heights, which was the center of a bankruptcy of its developer, was purchased for about $3.8 million by an attorney and a real estate developer who have been buying distressed properties around the suburbs. One was raised in Arlington Heights and the other in Mount Prospect.

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