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Realtors, industry leaders meet on real estate issues
Jan 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Realtors, industry leaders meet on real estate issues

Polly Kordinak 2017 president of Portage County Association of Realtors joined nearly 20,000 colleagues, industry leaders and real estate experts from the U.S. and abroad at the 2016 Realtors Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. from Nov. 4 to 7.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Gain space with a wall-hung sink
Jan 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Gain space with a wall-hung sink

Q: Hello Ed: We have an existing closet that we want to remodel as a small bathroom. What bathroom fixture choices do you recommend for small areas? We are willing to give up storage space for a little more moving around room.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
How to pick the right chair for every room
Jan 20, 2017 4:00 AM

How to pick the right chair for every room

I've found that the world is divided into two groups: sofa people and chair people. Since you most likely have both kinds of people in your life, you will need both kinds of seats in your home. Last week, I blogged about how to pick the perfect sofa. This week, the spotlight is on chairs.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Don't make these organizing mistakes
Jan 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Don't make these organizing mistakes

January is a month filled with good intentions, willingness to succeed and drive. The momentum triggered by a new year and promises to keep our resolutions transpires into all areas of life from working toward a promotion to eating healthier and taking better care of our relationships.

By Gabrielle Savoie Domaine
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Jan 20, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each property transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

Redesign with what you have
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Redesign with what you have

Before you throw away accents and accessories you feel are no longer a fit for your decor, consider repurposing those items instead. Often, redesigning your home using items you already own is a refreshing solution that is also budget-friendly. The key is to essentially shop your house.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Composite materials offer alternative kitchen sink options
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Composite materials offer alternative kitchen sink options

Q: Dear Ed: I am looking to install a new kitchen sink, and I have seen products called composite sinks. What is a composite kitchen sink, and have you worked with them in the past? A: I have worked with composite products.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each property transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

A guide to finding the perfect sofa
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

A guide to finding the perfect sofa

A lot of your life happens on your sofa. It's the place you perch as you catch up with friends over a glass of wine. Where you nestle in to read that best-seller you've been dying to get your hands on. And, where you fall asleep waiting for your teen to get home safely from that first date.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Habits to start to buy a home in 2017
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Habits to start to buy a home in 2017

It's the end of another year (thanks for nothing, 2016), which means it's also time for our end-of-year new resolutions series for homebuyers. This installment: good habits to start! Have you vowed to buy a home this year? It's time to get moving!

Portage County Association Of Realtors
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Art arrangements finish a room
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Art arrangements finish a room

You can fill your room with beautiful furniture and accents, but it won't look finished until the walls come alive with artwork. If you have blank walls or beautiful pieces of art stored away that you've never hung, make that your new year's resolution.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Building Permits

These building permits were compiled from the issuing county and city authorities. PORTAGE COUNTY John Rayle, 2899 E.

Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each property transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

Do student loans equal high credit scores?
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Do student loans equal high credit scores?

According to arecent analysisbyCoreLogic, Millennial renters (aged 20-34) who have student loan debt also have higher credit scores than those who do not have student loans.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Mortgage rates seen rising in '17
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Mortgage rates seen rising in '17

Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year. His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher prices.

By Alex Veiga Associated Press
Go gold for new year glam
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Go gold for new year glam

Every now and then, every home can benefit from a bit of glam. Enter gold. Once the finish of choice in the '80s, it fell out of favor in the '90s, often considered to be gaudy.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Accent and area rugs can make a room come alive
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Accent and area rugs can make a room come alive

If you're looking for a relatively easy way to spruce up a room, consider laying a solid foundation -- not concrete or wood, mind you, but a rug. Floor coverings can be a solution to anyone's decorating dilemma or simply a means of adding a little pizazz to a room.

By Suzanne Sproul The Orange County Register (tns)
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Intelligent question about smart fixtures

Q: Dear Ed, I recently read about the growing interest in smart plumbing fixtures like electronic toilets and kitchen faucets. While I like the concept of these plumbing fixtures for the future, since most run on electric power aren't they non-functional during a power outage?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
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Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Property tranfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each propery transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

Treasures: Desk is a mid-range Horner piece
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Treasures: Desk is a mid-range Horner piece

Dear Helaine and Joe: Enclosed are photos of a Horner desk we purchased about 20 years ago. We understand that at 36 inches wide it is a lady's desk. We are aware that prices of most antiques have dipped in recent years but we would appreciate you take in its current value.

By Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson Tribune News Service