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Kitchen remodeling on front burner

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 05:00
The "trophy kitchen" is now not as crucial as the way a kitchen functions. Consumers Reports readers share their views on what they loved and regretted about their remodeling efforts.

The "trophy kitchen" is now not as crucial as the way a kitchen functions. Consumers Reports readers share their views on what they loved and regretted about their remodeling efforts.

Possible rescue plan for owner of underwater condo

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 05:00
Q: I wanted to ask your advice on a possible short sale. I own a one-bedroom condo as a second home that I am upside down by probably $50,000.

Can board fine unit owner without violation evidence?

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 05:00
Q. I live in a 12-unit condominium building. A month ago, someone taped a note in the common area that threatened the life of one of the resident's dogs. Since I have been one of the more vocal owners regarding dog waste in the yard, the management company's representative accused me of taping the note.

Clubhouses: Room to party

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 05:00
On-site gathering spots have evolved to well-appointed, multipurpose rooms packed with amenities.

On-site gathering spots have evolved from the rustic facility at the far end of a subdivision or an austere space in a high-rise to well-appointed, multipurpose rooms packed with amenities.

Urban living mixes with history at 13thirteen lofts

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 05:00
Floral motifs embellish the exterior of 13thirteen Randolph Street Lofts, but the art deco building's most distinctive features are the apartments inside.

Median price heat map

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 05:00
Where are home prices headed? View median home prices or property value changes over the past 1, 3 or 5 years.

Where are home prices headed? View median home prices or property value changes over the past 1, 3 or 5 years.

David Axelrod puts Lake Point Tower condo on market

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 05:00
Political strategist bought another home last year for $1.7M; Vince Vaughn again looking for River North town home renter

Longtime political strategist and NBC News political analyst David Axelrod, who has advised President Barack Obama in both of his successful presidential election campaigns, has listed his three-bedroom condominium unit in Lake Point Tower on Lake Shore Drive for $1.25 million.

Does rose still smell as sweet?

Thu, 07/04/2013 - 05:00
Dozens of varieties offer beauty in durable bushes. There's just one problem: The rose probably won't smell much like a rose.

Dozens of varieties offer beauty in durable bushes. There's just one problem: The rose probably won't smell much like a rose.

Itasca idyll: A hidden small town

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Residents can play golf, dine at down-home or upscale restaurants, or hike nature or jogging trails, all removed from the commercial district known to outsiders.

Residents can play golf, dine at down-home or upscale restaurants, or hike nature or jogging trails, all removed from the commercial district known to outsiders.

Big picture on home affordability

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Higher mortgage interest rates do mean a higher monthly loan payment, but economists aren't too concerned about that ¿ yet.

A low supply of homes for sale is pushing up home prices at the same time that mortgage rates are moving higher. Yes, homebuyers, how much house you can buy is on the decline.

Change in the air: Rental smoking bans

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
One of the nation's largest landlords will phase in a smoking ban in all of its apartments, including on private balconies and terraces.v

One of the nation's largest landlords will phase in a smoking ban in all of its apartments, including on private balconies and terraces.

Finding perks in living close to work

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Living with your parents after graduating from college has its pros and cons. But the biggest benefit for 26-year-old Randy Kwan was squirreling away money for the down payment of a row house at Millbrook Pointe in Wheeling.

Take care to keep coyotes at bay

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Whether your community association is a sprawling suburban complex or an urban high-rise, coyotes are nearby. You might not see or hear them, but they are there.

Exploring pros and cons of a living trust

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
Q: I keep hearing that it is beneficial to have your home in a trust versus owning it in your own name. What are the benefits or non-benefits?

Condo board pay: Super idea?

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 05:00
While extremely rare, board members for a condominium association may be compensated.

Freddie Mac: 30-year mortgage leaps to 4.46%, highest since 2011

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 15:07
A huge surge in mortgage rates, which according to Freddie Mac has lifted the the benchmark 30-year loan to 4.46%, is the biggest weekly increase since the financial crisis set in, rate watchers say.

Power up kitchen dead zones

Thu, 06/27/2013 - 05:00
Now there are attractive and innovative ways to free up counter space and make the most of every inch.

Now there are attractive and innovative ways to free up counter space and make the most of every inch.

Index: Chicago home prices rise 3% in April

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 16:32
Average home prices in the Chicago area rose almost 3 percent in April, the first real monthly improvement for the local housing market in eight months, according to a widely watched housing barometer released Tuesday.

Tired of tending perennials? Give shrubs a second look

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 23:30
A few years ago, in an effort to reduce the amount of time I was spending maintaining my garden, I decided to replace my 75-foot long perennial border with a shrub border.

Build your driveway as the Romans built their roads -- on a solid basis

Fri, 06/21/2013 - 09:30
DEAR TIM: I had a contractor come out to increase the size of a parking area next to my driveway. He just dumped smaller gravel, the size of golf balls, onto the grass. This gravel did have some smaller crushed stone and sand mixed in. Then he rolled over it with his backhoe saying all would be fine. Is this the right way to add gravel to make a driveway extension? I ask because my existing driveway has larger stones the size of softballs as the base. --John O., Southern Ontario, Canada
Home Inspections Performed in Lake County Illinois

Antioch - Aptakisic - Bannockburn - Beach Park - Channel Lake - Cuba - Deer Park - Deerfield - Deerpath - Del Mar Woods - Diamond Lake - Forest Lake - Fox Lake - Fremont Center - Gages Lake - Gilmer - Grayslake - Great Lakes - Green Oaks - Gurnee - Hainesville - Half Day - Hawthorn Woods - Hickory Corners - Highland Park - Highmoor - Highwood - Idlewild - Indian Creek - Ingleside - Island Lake - Ivanhoe - Kildeer - Knollwood - Lake Barrington - Lake Bluff - Lake Forest - Lake Villa - Lake Zurich - Libertyville - Lincolnshire - Lindenhurst - Long Grove - Long Lake - Loon Lake - Mettawa - Millburn - Mundelein - North Chicago - Oak Grove - Old Mill Creek - Park City - Prairie View - Ravinia - Riverwoods - Rondout - Rosecrans - Round Lake - Round Lake Beach - Round Lake Heights - Round Lake Park - Skokie Junction - Sylvan Lake - Third Lake - Tower Lake - Vernon Hills - Volo - Wadsworth - Wauconda - Waukegan - Wildwood - Winthrop Harbor - Woodridge  Zion 

 

Home Inspections Performed in Cook County Illinois

Alsip - Arlington Heights - Barrington - Barrington Hills - Bartlett - Bedford Park - Bellwood - Bensenville - Berkeley - Bolingbrook - Bridgeview -Broadview - Brookfield - Buffalo Grove - Burnham - Burr Ridge - Calumet Park - Chicago - Chicago Ridge - Crestwood - Deer Park - Deerfield - Dixmoor - Dolton - East Dundee - East Hazel Crest - Elk Grove Village - Elmwood Park - Evergreen Park - Flossmoor - Ford Heights - Forest Park -    Forest View - Frankfort - Franklin Park - Glencoe - Glenview - Glenwood - Golf - Hanover Park - Harwood Heights - Hazel Crest - Hillside - Hinsdale - Hodgkins - Hoffman Estates - Hometown - Homewood - Indian Head Park - Inverness - Justice - Kenilworth - La Grange - La Grange Park - Lansing - Lemont - Lincolnwood - Lynwood - Lyons - Matteson - Maywood - McCook - Melrose Park - Merrionette Park - Midlothian - Morton Grove - Mount Prospect -  Niles - Norridge - North Riverside - Northbrook - Northfield - Oak Park - Olympia Fields - Orland Hills - Orland Park - Palatine - Palos Park - Park Forest - Phoenix - Posen - Prospect Heights - Richton Park
River Forest - River Grove - Riverdale - Riverside - Robbins - Roselle - Rosemont - Sauk Village - Schaumburg - Schiller Park - Skokie - South Barrington - South Chicago Heights - South Holland - Steger - Stickney - Stone Park - Streamwood
Summit - Thornton - Tinley Park - University Park - Westchester - Western Springs - Wheeling - Willow Springs - Wilmette
Winnetka - Woodridge - Worth