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Get your house relative-ready
Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

Get your house relative-ready

When the holidays arrive, you can prepare a scrumptious feast, present ideal gifts that are perfectly wrapped and decorate the house like something off a magazine cover.

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Dec 2, 2016 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.

Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

What's old is new again

Fall is a popular time for home improvement as people think about impressing their guests during the holidays. It is also a time for change, which makes the current trends in home decor so unique.

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Smart layout offers surprising amenities
Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

Smart layout offers surprising amenities

This modest, graceful design contains a surprising amount of livable space. A friendly front porch opens immediately to the great room, where your guests will be greeted by an impressive 11-foot ceiling for added volume and a warming fireplace.

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What is a smart toilet?
Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

What is a smart toilet?

Q: Dear Ed: My husband and I are looking to change our present toilet. Since this is not an emergency, we have been doing some research, and the term "intelligent toilet" keeps popping up.

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Why are mortgage rates increasing?
Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

Why are mortgage rates increasing?

According toFreddie Mac'slatestPrimary Mortgage Market Survey, the 30-year fixed rate mortgage interest rate jumped up to 3.94% last week. Interest rates had been hovering around 3.5 percent since June, and many are wondering why there has been such a significant increase so quickly.

Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

BUILDING PERMITS

These building permits were compiled from the issuing county and city authorities.

Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

Superior design, functionality

Incorporating style and sophistication is becoming a standard in today's modern homes. As the center of activity and entertaining, the kitchen is the room to truly "wow" guests with elevated design choices that don't compromise the space's necessary functionality.

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Tips to stop drafts, save money and improve your home
Dec 2, 2016 4:00 AM

Tips to stop drafts, save money and improve your home

Can you imagine keeping your windows open all winter long? The heat loss, cold drafts and all that money spent on wasted energy would be staggering.

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Nov 25, 2016 4:00 AM

Comfortable pace of activity for area real estate market

Quick Facts: One year change in closed sales: (-)16.7% One year change in median sales Price: (+) 3.4% One year change in homes for sale: (-) 31.4% As we enter the final quarter of 2016, not much has changed since the year began.

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10 hot trends in kitchens, baths
Nov 25, 2016 4:00 AM

10 hot trends in kitchens, baths

Kitchens and bathrooms remain two key selling features when it comes to real estate. And where experts still suggest a homeowner is wise to invest their renovation dollars. Even so, how does one stay on trend without being trendy?

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Nov 25, 2016 4:00 AM

The bottom line on vanity top choices

Q: Dear Ed, we are installing a new vanity and want to have a vanity top instead of a countertop and a sink. The choice is a little complicated due to all the new styles out there. Can you please give us some vanity top tips?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Contemporary style for a more modern nursery
Nov 25, 2016 4:00 AM

Contemporary style for a more modern nursery

Once upon a time, baby's room had a style all its own. But today's parents want the nursery to blend with other rooms, reflecting a modern aesthetic. Furniture designers and retailers have responded with lots of interesting options.

By Kim Cook Associated Press
Home is ready for holiday visitors
Nov 25, 2016 4:00 AM

Home is ready for holiday visitors

With a wide-open layout that puts most of the living spaces easy to reach on the main floor, this elegant Craftsman home delivers a contemporary floor plan and appealing rustic touches.

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Nov 25, 2016 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.

Merry adornment for your door
Nov 25, 2016 4:00 AM

Merry adornment for your door

As a kid growing up in Atchison, Kan., my playground was the campus of nearby Benedictine College. Talk about an awesome yard to play in! Especially on winter days when the snow-covered hills were crying out for sledding. We'd bundle up and sled until our fingers and toes were numb.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Nov 18, 2016 4:00 AM

Don't wait to sell your home

Sell your Home for the Holidays?

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Nov 18, 2016 4:00 AM

BUILDING PERMITS

These building permits were compiled from the issuing county and city authorities. PORTAGE COUNTY David L. Coe, 4091 Dawley Road, Ravenna Township,, addition to pole building, $3,000 Haasz Auto Mall, 1345 E. Main St., Ravenna Township.

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Nov 18, 2016 4:00 AM

Older home has too few outlets

Q: After purchasing a beautiful 1936 two-story home, I found there were too few outlets in the home. I hired a person to add outlets, but he wanted to cut out slots in the walls to run wires. Can outlets be added without damaging the walls?

By C. Dwight Barnett Tribune News Service
You're probably making these decorating mistakes
Nov 18, 2016 4:00 AM

You're probably making these decorating mistakes

Unless you're a seasoned interior designer with decades of experience, chances are you've made a decorating faux pas or two. Maybe you purchased a sofa without measuring it first or hung a pendant light too high (hello, unflattering under-eye bags).

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