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  • Developer dead in mystery crash revamped a New York city Sep 7, 2014 9:29 AM
    A developer presumed dead with his wife in a private plane crash near Jamaica had an “uncanny instinct” for revitalizing properties and an “incalculable” impact on his western New York hometown’s resurgence from crumbling industrial center to trendy destination for young professionals, friends and colleagues said.

  • Six easy fixes to make you like your house again Sep 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    Stagers are the people who sweep through houses going on the market and make them look uncluttered and cozy without a huge investment of time or money. What’s their secret?

  • Customize areas of interest in your home Sep 7, 2014 12:01 AM
    When you want something to fit into an odd place, consider custom options. Walk down your hallways and see if there is an opportunity. Sometimes owners of small homes figure they don’t have enough room for amenities they value in larger places.

  • Medical marijuana: 'Don't ask, don't tell' for state pot growers Sep 7, 2014 7:44 AM
    As Illinois begins its stringent process of licensing medical marijuana growers and sellers on Monday, one aspect of the business will be largely unregulated — where growers will get their seeds and starter plants. “It's kind of a 'don't-ask, don't-tell,'” says Michael Mayes, CEO of Quantum 9 Inc., a cannabis consulting and tech firm in Chicago.

  • Rohrman dealership could give Buffalo Grove shot in the arm Sep 6, 2014 8:02 AM
    Buffalo Grove’s once vibrant corridor of auto dealerships along Dundee Road may come roaring back with at least one Bob Rohrman dealership and possibly three. On Monday, the Buffalo Grove village board will consider a sales tax sharing agreement that would bring a Rohr-Max to the former Toyota dealership at 935 W. Dundee Road.

  • Minimalist desks simply get the job done Sep 8, 2014 10:19 AM
    Is the home office doomed? Laptops allow us to work almost anywhere, paper storage has gone digital, and for a growing number of apartment-dwellers, the notion of having the square-footage for a home office is a pipe dream.

  • Drought lingers, yet some homes lack water meters Sep 6, 2014 2:01 PM
    More than 235,000 homes and businesses in the state are not equipped with meters, according to the most recent figures for 2013 collected by the State Water Board. An Associated Press analysis found that Californians who live in 10 water districts with the highest number of unmetered homes or businesses all used more water each day than the state average.

  • No man cave for Mr. My Way Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. OK, maybe I should hire a professional (as my friends keep telling me), but I know the look I want for my own digs: sharp, clean, sophisticated — the way I think I dress — and fit for a 27-year-old guy. What I do need is some ideas about color and lamps, and things like that.

  • Seller concessions are not uncommon Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I sold my house by contributing $1,000 to the buyer’s down payment for a mortgage. All the details were taken care of at the closing. At the time, I was under stress from my wife’s death. But I have no regrets about the sale that was completed. Did they take advantage of me?

  • Board within its rights to charge for copies of minutes Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. After years of providing our condominium homeowners with copies of approved meeting minutes, owners are now being advised that we must make an appointment and drive 20 miles to the property management office, pay an hourly sum to sit and watch someone make copies of the minutes, and pay ten cents a copy.

  • Larger condominiums in demand at Prairie Park Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    The real estate market has recovered nicely. In fact, the demand for larger condominiums is driving plans for the fifth building at Prairie Park in Wheeling, said Jamie Smith of Smith Family Construction.

  • CFPB is now a consumer complaint clearinghouse Sep 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    Financial services often don’t work well for consumers. The trial-and-error technique that consumers rely on in navigating many markets, such as food and clothing markets, does not work well when transactions are large and infrequent.

  • These tips for ceramic tile really make the cut Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Ceramic tile is a wonderful material for covering floors, walls, tables and lots of other surfaces. It’s not as hard to work with as you might think. The most challenging part of the job probably will be cutting the tiles to fit into specific spots. Here are our best tips for tackling this part of the project.

  • A policy switch at FHA will end unfair fee Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Hundreds of thousands of home sellers have had their pockets picked at closings during the last decade; they’ve been charged interest on their mortgages after their principal debts had been fully paid off.

  • Tenant worried about water heater safety Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We rent a one-story house with a basement and are worried about the safety of the water heater. Iit’s located high above the basement stairs, and you need to stand on an 8-foot ladder just to see the bottom of it. Should we be worried about this?

  • Heir must be careful when preparing will for out-of-state parents Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Older homeowners often ask their grown children to help draft a will or living trust, but problems can arise if parents live in one state and the kids live in another.

  • Buffalo Grove downtown study reignites debate Sep 5, 2014 3:24 PM
    The public discussion of whether to build a “downtown Buffalo Grove” on the existing village campus and golf course — largely dormant since the initial proposal in 2012 — promises to receive a jolt on Monday, when the village discusses an engineering report on the feasibility of developing the site. The report stresses “the positive side of the picture,” said Leon Gopon, president of Save Buffalo Grove. “We would like to … pretty much talk about some of the issues that we feel are the other side of the coin.”

  • Long-awaited study of downtown Buffalo Grove released Sep 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    Buffalo Grove late Thursday released an online link to a study that could help determine the fate of a controversial proposal for a massive development in the area currently housing village government offices. The stucy concluded that several alternatives "presented in this report would be permittable by the regulatory agencies." The report will be discussed at Monday's board meeting.

  • Change of ownership of Maryville hospital in Des Plaines in progress Sep 5, 2014 11:21 AM
    The transfer of ownership of the Maryville Behavioral Health Hospital to a for-profit firm is moving along, company officials said this week. “We’ve got a few more steps to be done," said Richard Kresch, president and CEO of 2014 Health LLC. "We’re hoping to have it all done before the end of the month.”

  • Hanover Park to pay for ‘emergency’ roof project at Education and Work Center Sep 5, 2014 5:30 AM
    Hanover Park is scrambling to replace a leaky roof over the new Education and Work Center before students begin taking daytime classes at the facility run by two community colleges. Officials held a grand opening, and then heavy rains poured through the roof Aug. 21. "The big thing is we want it done as soon as possible," Mayor Rodney Craig said.

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