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  • Change in quality of appraisers a cause of concern

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Many people have faced difficult moments during the housing crisis wondering whether the home they want to buy, sell or refinance would appraise out in value. We've answered a number of questions about appraisers and...
  • Cost vs. value of renovation: Are numbers reliable?

    Cost vs. value of renovation: Are numbers reliable?
    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: Today I read your response to a question about the cost (and value) of remodeling a bathroom. My husband was an art director for Remodeling Magazine for 10 years. It was a job and company he enjoyed greatly....
  • Removing caulk to re-do the job right

    Removing caulk to re-do the job right
    DEAR TIM: My son tried to do me a favor while I was out of town by caulking my kitchen backsplash. Although his intentions were wonderful, his skill level leaves much to be desired as he made a mess of things. How do I remove the dried caulk and how can...
  • What to do with inherited home? Preserve sibling relationship first

    Q: Our parents left their home to me and my two sisters. The home is in Oklahoma and was appraised at $49,000 three years ago. It has a mortgage with a balance of about $21,000 and the house needs some repairs. One of my sisters wants to buy out my sister...
  • Building a rudimentary tool collection

    Building a rudimentary tool collection
    DEAR TIM: I'm a single mom with a few young kids and need to do home repairs myself because I simply can't afford to hire professionals. I'm not lacking in energy or determination. My biggest challenge is tools. I don't have many, and I constantly...
  • For best results, lay stone walkway on reinforced concrete base

    For best results, lay stone walkway on reinforced concrete base
    DEAR TIM: I want to install some flat pieces of rock for a walkway. I'm also using the same stone to make a shortcut where two sidewalks meet at a 90-degree angle. Do you have suggestions on how to trim the stone to fit, how to set the stone in place, and...
  • Former Bear sells Highland Park home

    Former Bear sells Highland Park home
    Former Chicago Bears offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, who was traded in June to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has sold his renovated, five-bedroom, ranch-style house in Highland Park for $942,500. Carimi, 25, joined the Bears as their starting offensive tackle...
  • Rehab loan on underwater home is a dicey proposition

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: My home is like most in our neighborhood: I owe more than what it's worth. I would continue to live in my home until I'm ready to sell, maybe around fall or near the end of this year, which would give me time to pay...
  • A good appraisal is hard to find

    By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I am in the middle of selling my home. I got an offer at 97 percent of my asking price. The inspection and all went well. In addition, I did a prelisting appraisal, after which I added about $20,000 in upgrades....
  • Wood rot repair tips and tricks

    Wood rot repair tips and tricks
    DEAR TIM: It seems like we're constantly repairing things here at my home. The latest project involves numerous places on the inside and outside of our home where wood is rotting. My carpentry skills are better than my husband's, but that's not saying...
  • The big bang of older TV viewers

    The big bang of older TV viewers
    Prime-time TV is going gray. After decades chasing young viewers, the broadcast networks are starting to shift tactics — peppering their lineups with shows and actors who appeal to the growing audience of aging baby boomers. "The Millers" on CBS...