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Entryway ideas for a stunning first impression
May 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Entryway ideas for a stunning first impression

If you only need one reason to invest in decorating your entryway, let it be this: Everybody needs a good spot to make an entrance. But even for those among us who prefer to come and go with less of a to-do, an entryway space serves a functional purpose.

By Jonathan Steinitz Domaine (tns)
May 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Homeownership in crosshairs of latest tax plan, Realtors say

WASHINGTON -- Major reforms are needed to lower tax rates and simplify the tax code, but that shouldn't come at the expense of current and prospective homeowners. That's according to National Association of Realtors President William E.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
May 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Discuss concerns and stick with routine

Whether or not to relocate can be a difficult decision. Sometimes such decisions are borne out of necessity when a parent is relocated by his or her company. Other times it is a personal reason to try out a new neighborhood or upgrade to a larger home. Datafrom the U.S.

Metro Creative Connection
May 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Looking for an efficient toilet

Q: Hi Ed: I follow your column and hope you can help. We just purchased a small lake cabin and we want to replace the old toilet with a new toilet to help save water. I have tried research, but frankly I'm confused. What suggestions do you have to assist us in finding a very efficient toilet?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service (tns)
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Design offers modern style for a modest lot
May 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Design offers modern style for a modest lot

Clean lines, open vistas and a modest footprint give this home tons of appeal. Step inside and the open family center offers spacious accommodations and a sense of welcome.

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May 5, 2017 4:00 AM

Landscaping needs will vary by the season

Judging a home by its appearance is often par for the home-buying course. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, 49 percent of buying decisions are made from the street.

Metro Creative Connection
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Having a new roof installed

Q: We are having a new roof installed and they said they would put on a vent at the top of the roof. The vent would be the full length of the roof and they said it was part of the price we are paying for the roof replacement.

By C. Dwight Barnett Tribune News Service
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

AURORA Fredric S. and Kristin E. Stapleton, to Ronald J. Leonhardt, 349 Aberdeen Lane, $555,000 Pulte Homes Homes of LLC, to Alfred E. and Susan L. Thal, 76 Brighton Drive, $450,900 Rudolph Zimmerman, to Michael S. Pavis, 225 Chatham Drive, $175,000 Roger B.

Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Tax returns depressing?

Many Americans got some depressing news last week; either their tax return was not as large as they had hoped or, in some cases, they were told they owed additional money to either the federal or state government or both. One way to save on taxes is to own your own home.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Do the job with a utility faucet

Q: Dear Ed: We're making plans to finally have a sink installed in our laundry room and I have a faucet question. Should we look at kitchen or bathroom faucets to supply water to the sink? Thanks in advance. A: Laundry sink faucets usually depend on the size and style of the room.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
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Tips on using mirrors for design
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Tips on using mirrors for design

Mirrors are often considered to be the hidden secret of design. Often just as powerful as artwork and in some cases a more appealing design option, decorating with mirrors for many homeowners may feel overwhelming. If you are considering using mirrors, here are some useful tips. 1.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Home plan offers pet-friendly features
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Home plan offers pet-friendly features

With pet-friendly features and many ways to customize the layout, this one-story home flexes to suit your lifestyle. On the way in from the garage, the drop zone and pet center (complete with a shower to rinse doggies or muddy boots!) keep everything organized.

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Declutter with zero effort
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Declutter with zero effort

We're all for styling your home with items that are sentimental or simply make you happy, but it's clear that our relationship with shopping has spiraled out of control. According to professional organizer Regina Lark, clutter has become the new norm. The average U.S.

By Sophie Miura Domaine
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Pros of hiring a contractor

The DIY movement has inspired many homeowners to tackle home repair and remodeling projects on their own. DIY projects can be rewarding, and many homeowners who have embraced the DIY movement have discovered talents they never before knew they had.

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Where to splurge and save in kitchen remodel
Apr 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Where to splurge and save in kitchen remodel

Remodeling or completely renovating a kitchen can be a big task, but it also has the best return on investment of any home improvement. But these improvements don't come cheap. A 2013 U.S.

By Debbie Carlson Chicago Tribune
Apr 21, 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.

Apr 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Home sales off to good start

As we say in the Real Estate Industry, "location, location, location." It is helpful to know how our little area of the world is comparing with the national news that we might be reading or hearing. Let's take a look at some numbers.

Refresh the outside of your home
Apr 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Refresh the outside of your home

Spring provides the opportunity to improve or even remake the outside of your house, and perhaps knock out some tasks you've put off for far too long.

By Brent Glasgow Angie's List (tns)
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Farmhouse for today embodies luxury
Apr 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Farmhouse for today embodies luxury

This modern farmhouse by Visbeen Architects embodies contemporary luxury, beginning with the light-filled living spaces on the first floor and continuing into the spacious sleeping zones.

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Looking for a versatile faucet for the kitchen
Apr 21, 2017 4:00 AM

Looking for a versatile faucet for the kitchen

Q: Dear Ed: We're planning to remodel our tiny kitchen. We can only fit a smaller size one-bowl kitchen sink, but I'd like to have some extra features. I remember reading your past articles where you mentioned adding a filtered beverage faucet to your kitchen sink.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service (tns)