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Ask Our Broker: What's up with the low rates?

Ask Our Broker: What's up with the low rates?

Question: In late August mortgage rates fell to not much more than 4 percent. If we’re in a recovery, then how come mortgage rates are not higher?

October 19, 2014 5:41 pm

Now is the time to prepare your garden for winter

Now is the time to prepare your garden for winter

Even though summer has just come to an end, now is the time to begin preparing your lawn and garden for the long winter months, local experts say.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The etiquette of the real estate transaction

The etiquette of the real estate transaction

In a tight economy, many American homes today are proving to be a haven where the extended family flocks together for comfort, convenience, and, increasingly, financial practicality.

October 18, 2014 5:43 pm

Buying and Selling: It's all about the escrow

Buying and Selling: It's all about the escrow

Escrow. It’s a confusing but important term that has many real estate implications. And it’s one you’ll want to fully understand as you get into the homebuying process.

October 18, 2014 5:33 pm

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

Built-in or portable? Choosing the right generator

As storms have become more severe in many parts of the country and power outages more frequent, home generators have gone from luxury items to mainstream ones.

October 18, 2014 1:23 pm Photos

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Cyclamen kin are dainty but hardy

Cyclamen kin are dainty but hardy

For the past few weeks, dainty pink or white butterflies have been hovering above the bare soil in some of my clay flowerpots. They're not really butterflies, actually: They are cyclamen blossoms held aloft on thin flower stalks.

October 18, 2014 1:16 pm

Light up Halloween night with homemade luminaries

Light up Halloween night with homemade luminaries

This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partiers or trick-or-treaters.

October 18, 2014 1:10 pm Photos

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Plants with benefits: Common garden elements show their naughty side

Plants with benefits: Common garden elements show their naughty side

Garden author Helen Yoest didn't set out to write a sexy book about plants that offered more than a sweet aroma or could be added to a salad. But the more she looked at plants, the more curious she became, wondering if they added a little some extra.

October 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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New Products for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Another taste sensation

October 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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One House, Multiple Generations: How to shop for a home that can accommodate extra family housemates

One House, Multiple Generations: How to shop for a home that can accommodate extra family housemates

In a tight economy, many American homes today are proving to be a haven where the extended family flocks together for comfort, convenience, and, increasingly, financial practicality.

October 11, 2014 5:43 pm

Ask Our Broker: Why the credit caution?

Ask Our Broker: Why the credit caution?

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October 11, 2014 5:41 pm

Bathroom upgrades to impress guests

Bathroom upgrades to impress guests

Game night, girls' night or family reunion - your home serves as the backdrop for many occasions. Preparing your space for friends and family can feel like a heavy undertaking, but with a few simple entertaining tips, hosts can wave goodbye t…

October 11, 2014 5:33 pm

St. John Garden Club Meeting

From 7-8 p.m. on Oct. 20, at the St. John branch of the Lake County Public Library, 9450 U.S. 41., the St. John Library and the St. John Garden Club will co-host master gardener Stacy Haskins. Stacy's presentation will be on Fairy Gardening. …

October 11, 2014 2:15 pm

Five good reasons to replace your old AC in fall

Five good reasons to replace your old AC in fall

Before you turn off your AC system for the season, consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it’s older or has been giving you problems, you might want to replace it. 

October 11, 2014 2:11 pm

Smart tips to make fall lawn care easier

Smart tips to make fall lawn care easier

A beautiful lawn is important for a lovely home, but when those autumn leaves begin to fall, some extra effort is required to keep things picture perfect.

October 11, 2014 2:08 pm

Five tips for haunting your house this Halloween

Five tips for haunting your house this Halloween

Halloween trails only behind Christmas when it comes to spending on decorations. Americans spent an estimated $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation.

October 11, 2014 2:04 pm

How to get everyone under one roof: 3 ways to prepare your home for a boomerang child or aging parent

How to get everyone under one roof: 3 ways to prepare your home for a boomerang child or aging parent

Dreaming of the day your kids finally move out and you can downsize to a smaller, low-maintenance home? Considering how expensive renting/owning is likely to be for your moved-out children and how costly dependent care facilities can be for a…

October 11, 2014 1:59 pm

Over-wintering your perennials in pots? Some tips

Over-wintering your perennials in pots? Some tips

In simpler times, container gardening was small-scale landscaping using flowering annuals. Enjoy their color for one season and go with something new the next.

October 11, 2014 1:54 pm

Ask a Designer: outdoor decorating for fall

Ask a Designer: outdoor decorating for fall

Nature does most of the work by turning the trees a vivid palette of reds, oranges and golds. Add a pumpkin or two on the doorstep and the look is complete.

October 11, 2014 1:39 pm Photos

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Right at Home: Quoth the raven, 'Happy Halloween'

Right at Home: Quoth the raven, 'Happy Halloween'

Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost.

October 11, 2014 1:31 pm Photos

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New Products for Saturday, Oct.11, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Oct.11, 2014

Dinner made easy

October 11, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Value: On the waterfront

Value: On the waterfront

A body of water adds some idyll to a home – and a lot of value. Here’s what a nearby lake or ocean does to home prices

October 04, 2014 4:25 pm

Ask Our Broker: What is a 'property valuation'?

Ask Our Broker: What is a 'property valuation'?

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October 04, 2014 4:20 pm

Why sell when you can keep? Rental properties create revenue streams

Why sell when you can keep? Rental properties create revenue streams

At first they were dubbed as "accidental landlords."

October 04, 2014 4:06 pm

New Wineskins: Coolman Communities brings fresh perspective to Bridgewater Estates

New Wineskins: Coolman Communities brings fresh perspective to Bridgewater Estates

Most of us are familiar with the Biblical Parable “Do not pour new wine into old wineskins.” When Coolman Communities and Forzst Properties joint-ventured to take over Bridgewater Estates, a small neighborhood of really nice homes whose origi…

October 04, 2014 1:27 pm Photos

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Decorate your home this season for under $100

Decorate your home this season for under $100

When it comes to filling your home with fall flair and warm festive cheer, you don't have to rely on generic decor purchased from the store, which can be pricy and forgettable. This holiday season make your home unique with a little DIY.

October 04, 2014 1:18 pm

Family-friendly carpet and tile works for any home

Family-friendly carpet and tile works for any home

Your home's flooring matters. Not only can it affect property value, but it's also a fundamental element of design and style. With so many choices available, it can be difficult choosing what's right for your family and home.

October 04, 2014 1:13 pm

Prevent your heating bills from going through the roof this winter

Prevent your heating bills from going through the roof this winter

Heating your home can be a costly endeavor. But you don’t have to make your family suffer in shivering silence to save some money. There are plenty of steps you can take to optimize your heating efforts, as well as prep your home for several …

October 04, 2014 1:05 pm

Flexible mummies for Halloween decor

Flexible mummies for Halloween decor

Count me among those who find the "Elf on the Shelf" just a bit creepy. That said, wouldn't it make more sense to have a slightly spooky creature keeping an eye on your kids around Halloween instead of Christmas?

October 04, 2014 12:56 pm

Additions that make the yard a winter hangout too

Additions that make the yard a winter hangout too

Refusing to become shut-ins during the winter, many homeowners are making their outdoor spaces warm and comfy for year-round use.

October 04, 2014 12:50 pm

Concord: America's foxy grape tastes good too

Concord: America's foxy grape tastes good too

The edges of woods in eastern North America are occasionally redolent with a sweet aroma reminiscent of jasmine. Wild grapes, dangling in ripe clusters from low-hanging vines, are what perfume the air.

October 04, 2014 12:44 pm

ReWatch: The best way to keep up with local real estate trends

ReWatch: The best way to keep up with local real estate trends

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch or a beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock?

October 04, 2014 8:00 am

New Products for Saturday, Oct.4, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Oct.4, 2014

Harvest wine

October 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Where to get the best tea blends? Your garden, of course

Where to get the best tea blends? Your garden, of course

When cozying up with a cup of tea and a good book seems the perfect alternative to braving the elements, why not plant an indoor tea garden and brew your own?

September 28, 2014 4:03 pm Photos

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Ten tips to save money inside your home

Ten tips to save money inside your home

Whether you're a homeowner or a renter, savvy approaches to running your home can save you money according to house smart experts.

September 27, 2014 3:02 pm

Earth-friendly ways to welcome babies and pets

Earth-friendly ways to welcome babies and pets

Tackling the to-dos that come along with these new additions is also a good time to adopt other green habits that will help preserve pretty places for them to explore and enjoy as they grow.

September 27, 2014 2:55 pm

Go wild: Plant species tulips for early color

Go wild: Plant species tulips for early color

Maybe it's time to rethink the way we landscape using tulips.

September 27, 2014 2:25 pm

ReWatch: Time to get your home cold-weather ready

ReWatch: Time to get your home cold-weather ready

Looking for cabinets, doors, sinks, trim, hardware, furniture or appliances? How about a three-piece bedroom set, matching love seat and couch or a beautiful Howard Miller Grandfather clock?

September 27, 2014 8:00 am

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

New Products for Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Beautiful blooms

September 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cast homework in the right light

Cast homework in the right light

If you can't imagine how your kids can possibly see well enough to do their homework as they sprawl out on the floor, their beds or the couch; fear not.

September 25, 2014 2:30 pm Photos

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Right at Home: critter comforts for older pets

Right at Home: critter comforts for older pets

Just as there are lots of products on the market to help ease the aches, pains and mobility issues of human old age, so there is a good selection of such products for senior dogs and cats, as well.

September 25, 2014 2:03 pm Photos

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Why emergency preparedness matters: Tips to prevent storm damage

Why emergency preparedness matters: Tips to prevent storm damage

Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outa…

September 25, 2014 12:21 pm Photos

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Fall cleaning tips to beat autumn allergies

Fall cleaning tips to beat autumn allergies

Many people think of allergies as a spring problem, but most sniffle sufferers know that fall can pose its own issues. Mold and ragweed are common fall allergy triggers, as well as dust mites, which are naturally more prevalent in the home du…

September 25, 2014 10:05 am

Go back in time: Revive the charm of mid-century modern design

Go back in time: Revive the charm of mid-century modern design

Mid-century modern inspiration draws from the 1940s through the 1960s, a twenty-year span when design was sleek, elegant and functional. Although the style originated more than 70 years ago, this trend has resurfaced with a fresh revival.

September 25, 2014 9:49 am Photos

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Shore Things

Shore Things

BUILD

September 23, 2014 12:00 am

Throwback on Michigan Avenue: LaPorte's Own Downton Abbey

Throwback on Michigan Avenue: LaPorte's Own Downton Abbey

The house on tree-lined Michigan Avenue in La Porte may not be Downton Abbey, but it exudes much of the same elegance and amenities of an earlier era.

September 22, 2014 11:06 am Photos

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South Shore Arts thinks "everykid" deserves a chance to be an artist

South Shore Arts thinks "everykid" deserves a chance to be an artist

South Shore Arts' everykid program served 7000 kids in early 2000. Today the program serves 30,000 kids in Lake and Porter counties.

September 21, 2014 11:06 am Photos

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Compost Happens: tips for making it happen right

Compost Happens: tips for making it happen right

As the bumper sticker on my truck reads, "Compost Happens." Sometimes, however, it doesn't happen fast enough.

September 20, 2014 2:15 pm

Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers

Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers

Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites is just plain gross, it's something most people can handle without worry.

September 20, 2014 2:04 pm Photos

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Extended warranties a big sell. Are they worth it?

Extended warranties a big sell. Are they worth it?

Offers of extended warranties or service contracts are becoming the norm, whether you buy a big-ticket item like a car or kitchen appliance or a less expensive one like a television or phone.

September 20, 2014 1:58 pm

Ask Our Broker: What's up with the low rates?

Ask Our Broker: What's up with the low rates?

Question: In late August mortgage rates fell to not much more than 4 percent. If we’re in a recovery, then how come mortgage rates are not higher?

October 19, 2014 5:41 pm

Now is the time to prepare your garden for winter

Now is the time to prepare your garden for winter

Even though summer has just come to an end, now is the time to begin preparing your lawn and garden for the long winter months, local experts say.

October 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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