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New version of popular plan
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

New version of popular plan

This new version of a bestselling plan (the designer's own home!) presents a streamlined layout with lots of luxurious touches and porch space. The open layout displays excellent sightlines from the foyer all the way through the great room, where two sets of French doors open to the large porch.

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May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

How to lower insurance costs

Homeowner's insurance can be expensive, but the price you pay is dependent on many variables. Whether you're looking into home insurance costs for a new home or trying to re-negotiate your rates as a landlord, save yourself some cash with these strategies.

Green Shoot Media
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Inspect your HVAC unit before it's hot

None wants to deal with an HVAC system blowing hot air during blazing hot temperatures. Take precautions by scheduling an HVAC inspection of all your important air conditioning components.

May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Avoid buyer turnoffs

Selling a house is all about showing buyers how your home can become their home. Sellers work hard to make sure their home is at its best before the "for sale" sign goes up on the lawn. Listing agents offer endless advice to their clients about how to make their homes attractive to buyers.

By Anna Chang-yen Green Shoot Media
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Bring hotel decor trends into your home
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Bring hotel decor trends into your home

Thanks to social media, we're now able to travel the world with a few scrolls through an Instagram feed -- vicariously, of course.

By Meghan Rooney Domaine
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Repairs that can't wait

Owning a home means you are responsible for all repairs. Some issues will be unavoidable, such as damage from storms or an appliance suddenly failing. No matter what happens, you're on the hook, and some repairs simply can't be ignored.

By Joe Szynkowski Green Shoot Media
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

ATWATER Donald L. and Terry L. Bello, to Noel M. Cole and Donald L. Bello, 1505 Whittlesey Ave., $30,000 AURORA Powerhoops Global LLC, to Kyle E. Dodge, 934 East Blvd., $85,000 Pat C. Tommaso and Charlotte S. Di, to Bruce M. and Patrica A.

Affordable nursery design
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Affordable nursery design

Nursery design doesn't have to break the bank. There are a number of cost-saving and creative ideas to create a nursery that is inviting, warm and friendly. When it comes to creating a nursery on a budget, here are some top Design Recipes tips. 1. Paint.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Foreign buyers are expected to drive U.S. housing demand

WASHINGTON -- U.S. real estate markets are increasingly becoming international, and changing demographics brought forth by immigration and growing interest from foreigners are positioned to bolster home sales activity and prices.

Why hire a pro for maintenance?
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

Why hire a pro for maintenance?

A swimming pool can make your home the envy of the block, especially on a hot summer day.

By Tom Moor Angie's List
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New features for bar faucets
May 26, 2017 4:00 AM

New features for bar faucets

Q: Dear Ed: After years of planning and part-time work, I'm finishing up my basement wet bar. All I need to do is install the bar faucet and sink. I already have the bar sink but need to look for a nice bar faucet.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

Windham Junior/Senior High School Honor Rool

Editor's note: This honor roll list was not included in a special section that appeared recently in the Record-Courier. Third nine weeks.

May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

Flood insurance, tax reform top Issues for Realtor conference

WASHINGTON -- Nearly 9,000 Realtors and industry guests are descending upon Washington this week to address regulators and members of Congress on key industry issues, including national flood insurance, tax reform and sustainable homeownership. Realtor members will visit U.S.

By Sara Wiskerchen
When downsizing is an upgrade
May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

When downsizing is an upgrade

It started as a whim. My cousin Anne, who is a designer at Nell Hill's, has three daughters who would soon be out of the nest. Why not sell their larger family home and downsize into a fixer-upper she could renovate? "It sounded so fun," Anne remembers with an eye roll.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Home has abundant room to grow
May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

Home has abundant room to grow

This sophisticated Craftsman home gives you tremendous flexibility with a huge bonus area and an optional walkout basement (other foundations are available to add on).

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Why cast-iron fixtures can be a solid choice
May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

Why cast-iron fixtures can be a solid choice

Q: Dear Ed: We're building a new house and I want to use cast iron for our sinks, shower base and bathtub. My husband says it sounds old-fashioned to use cast iron for so many plumbing fixtures and I should look at other material choices as well.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

AURORA Michael L. and Janet M. Geyer, to Michael L. and Brandi M. Geyer, 898 Colony Drive, $50,000 EDINBURG Alfred O. and Deborah J. Manke, to Jason W. and Amanda R. Stewart, 3871 Porter Road, $183,000 FREEDOM Amanda M. Martin, to Francis T.

How to make a small apartment seem bigger
May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

How to make a small apartment seem bigger

When it comes to apartment-style living, maximizing space is often key. Depending on the size of your urban environment, furniture placement can especially be a challenge.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
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May 19, 2017 4:00 AM

How to hire a mover

Hiring a moving company can literally take a load off your shoulders and ease the stress of changing homes. But choosing which team to entrust your prized possessions to is not an easy call. We turned to experts for tips on what to consider when browsing options.

By Andreea Ciulac Chicago Tribune
May 12, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers 1

BRIMFIELD Andrea C. Thomas, to Melody J. Barrett, 5203 Cline Road, $126,000 Holly E. and Russell Duplain, to Kenneth R. and Lori A. Teleis, 4937 Mogadore Road, $252,000 CHARLESTOWN Connie Beck, to Jeffrey D.