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Service Alley – Your Source for Home Service Providers

TribLocal is proud to introduce Service Alley, our new home services marketplace website. Service Alley is a place where you can find, evaluate, contact and … Read more ›

From the community

No Down Payment Mortgages Still Exist.

If you are in the market to purchase a home, this may be the best time in history to so. Home prices and interest rates … Read more ›

Picture courtesy of Step1 Stairworks, Inc., one of 300 exhibitors at The Old House New House Home Show this February.
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Dream It, Discuss It, Design It: Spring Into Home Improvement at Old House New House Home Show This February

ST. CHARLES, Ill. –– Freshen up home surroundings with ideas to renovate, remodel and revitalize at the Old House New House Home Show® on February … Read more ›

Foreclosure activity slips in much of Chicago area, nationwide

The number of homes in foreclosure dropped nationally and in most Chicago-area counties in November, but some areas saw more properties headed to court-ordered auctions. … Read more ›

Twist and Seal, a new product invented by an Orland Park, Ill. entrepreneur Bryan Nooner protects connected electrical cords from the elements to ensure that your seasonal décor remains powered.
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New Twist and Seal protects outdoor holiday lights from Mother Nature

ORLAND PARK-BASED INVENTOR CREATES FIRST-OF-ITS KIND PRODUCT If you’ve ever tried displaying holiday lights around your home’s exterior, you’ve undoubtedly encountered that “groan” moment. It … Read more ›

A "For Sale" sign stands in front of a house in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Local existing home sales up double-digits in October, but prices fall

Sales of existing homes in the Chicago area and within the city posted year-over-year double-digit gains in October, but prices continued to fall as distressed … Read more ›

A " For Sale" sign stands in front of a house in Chicago. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Nearly half of mortgages in Chicago area underwater

A little more than 46 percent of all single-family homes with a mortgage in the Chicago area were underwater in the year’s third quarter, far … Read more ›

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Your indoor plants won’t grow? Get some tips, and lunch, on us

Hasnija Hadzic, service operations manager for Ambius, the largest interior landscaping company in North America, will be the featured speaker during “Lunch with Landscapers” from … Read more ›

Air trace hole in attic
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Energy Audit Description

As we’ve become a more energy-conscious society, the term ‘energy audit’ is being heard more frequently, but has yet to be standardized. There are ‘do-it-yourself’ … Read more ›

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Preparing Your Lawn for the Fall

It’s a common sight across Plainfield—brown patches on lawns. Despite homeowners’ best attempts to keep lawns lush and green, the summer of 2011 was difficult … Read more ›