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Jun 23, 2017 4:00 AM

Freestanding baths need special tub fillers

Q: Dear Ed: I've learned a lot about plumbing fixtures from your column and really like the concept of having a freestanding bathtub in my new bathroom.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
What to do before selling your house?
Jun 23, 2017 4:00 AM

What to do before selling your house?

Prepping your house for sale is necessary to get top dollar, but don't sink too much into a property that'll soon not be yours. Recouping some of those funds at closing is ideal.

By Staci Giodullo Angie's List
Jun 23, 2017 4:00 AM

10 biggest threats facing real estate

Global uncertainty and political polarization are the top issues facing the housing industry in 2017 and 2018, according to The Counselors of Real Estate's annual list of the Top 10 Issues Affecting Real Estate.

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10 ways to dress up your kitchen
Jun 23, 2017 4:00 AM

10 ways to dress up your kitchen

When it comes to entertaining, it's common to dress up a dining table to enhance food pairing or to create a decorative table scape. But why not dress up your kitchen and casual dining areas year-round? Many homeowners embrace the opportunity to showcase decorative elements in a creative way.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
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Wingback chairs warm up every room
Jun 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Wingback chairs warm up every room

If you have ever lived in an old, drafty house like I have, you totally get why the world needs wingback chairs. Not only do they wrap their arms around you and keep you snuggly warm, they are so stunning that they elevate the style of any room they grace.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Jun 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

AURORA Craig A. and Patricia J. Smith, to James R. and Courtney M. Janko, 96 Eldridge Road, $279,000 Lakes of Aurora, to James E. and Kathy S. Finn, 18 Ron Lane, $380,100 BRIMFIELD NVR Inc., to Brandyn L.

Jun 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Causes for depressed homeownership

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Despite steadily improving local job markets and historically low mortgage rates, the U.S. homeownership rate is stuck near a 50-year low because of a perverse mix of affordability challenges, student loan debt, tight credit conditions and housing supply shortages.

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How can you refresh your furniture?
Jun 16, 2017 4:00 AM

How can you refresh your furniture?

Whether your furniture is outdated or you like changing your dcor regularly, refreshing your current furniture or a garage sale find is a great way to get an updated look. PAINTING FURNITURE One of the easiest ways to update a piece is to paint it.

By Emily Simpson Angie's List
Fix these mistakes in 15 minutes or less
Jun 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Fix these mistakes in 15 minutes or less

Decorating mistakes are so easily made: You buy a sofa without measuring your door clearance, you hang a light too low and bump your head on it, or you paint an entire room in the wrong color without testing it first.

By Gabrielle Savoie Domaine
Replacing shower stall tile
Jun 16, 2017 4:00 AM

Replacing shower stall tile

Q: Dear Ed: We have an older shower stall and the mixing valve has to be replaced. The valve is installed in an area hard to access and we need to open up the tile. The present tile can't be matched. Any ideas on how we may avoid extensive remodeling work and best deal with this big problem?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
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Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Embracing digital organizational tools

When internet usage switched from mere fad to fully functional, few people may have imagined just how profound -- and mobile -- it would become. While electronic use was largely stationary as recently as a few years ago, it's now second nature for users to send and receive information on the go.

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'Little' but important upgrades
Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

'Little' but important upgrades

Anyone who's ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is "just right.

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Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

ATWATER Claudia J. and Ronald W. Knapp, to Jennifer Garey, 1398 Fairview Ave., $41,700 AURORA LCG Properties Ltd., to Ashley M. Howell, 1045 Bryce Ave., $163,750 Micheal Gervace, to Leah K. and Ian M. Howell, 1131 East Blvd., $158,000 Michelle M.

Tile-in vs. undermount kitchen sinks reviewed
Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Tile-in vs. undermount kitchen sinks reviewed

Q: Dear Ed: In my kitchen, I have very old tile countertops with an undermount cast-iron kitchen sink that is leaking. It looks like the best option is to replace the sink and tiles and start new.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
These centerpieces are quick and elegant
Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

These centerpieces are quick and elegant

When it comes time to create the perfect table for your family and friends, an inviting centerpiece is often the icing on the cake. But beyond cut flowers in a vase, a number of items can make a centerpiece pop.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Tips for effectively making an offer

With the current Real Estate Market moving at a record pace, it is imperative that today's buyers are prepared to compete in order to succeed in their goal of homeownership. In that vein, this article form 'Keeping Current Matters" may help with the preparation.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Do essential oils work for pest control?
Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Do essential oils work for pest control?

Sometimes the most natural methods work best. You can get rid of mice using a reliable old snap-trap, and nothing takes out spiders like a rolled-up newspaper. But if you want to get rid of spiders and mice with minimal force, essential oils may be the solution for you.

By Paul Pogue Angie's List
Family-friendly farmhouse
Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Family-friendly farmhouse

Filled with family-friendly amenities, this farmhouse captures attention with Craftsman details like tapered columns. Inside, the flex room can become a study, hobby space, or just about anything else. Generous storage includes the walk-in pantry and the spacious "family studio" by the mudroom.

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Natural materials can make a home inviting
Jun 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Natural materials can make a home inviting

Interior spaces that are too fussy make me uncomfortable. I think when you really live in a home, there needs to be a bit of disorder. A messy stack of books next to your reading chair in the living room floor. A cat asleep on the duvet at the bottom of your bed.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Jun 2, 2017 4:00 AM

How to establish a household budget

Household budgets can help families thrive and survive should unforeseen financial issues arise. Establishing a household budget is no small task, as numerous factors must be considered to come up with a budget that secures families' futures without sacrificing their everyday quality of life.

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