The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 68
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 68

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 DailyHerald Home rejmir Home inspector SECTION 8 - 7.0 0 / -6.5 -6.0 -5.5 die Mac Quick read "Easy Container Gardening" (Color Garden Publishing, $19.95) Beautiful container gardens look easy, but they're not. For tips on how to do it, check out Pamela Crawford's easy-to-follow, photo-filled new book. Crawford is one of the best container gardeners in the country. So if she can't help you, no one can. CONTAINER GARDENS European flowers • Home & Garden, Section 4 Touring a gorgeous **$ Model Home is always fun Touring 16 could be positively exhilarating. Seven communities, Sixteen new models-what can be more superfabulous than that? On Friday, March 14th, Pulte Homes unveils a bevy of gorgeously decorated new model homes, just waiting for your inspection! Nobody in Chicagoland does model homes quite like Pulte-and every room is full of ideas that allow you to visualize the home of your dreams! For photos, a downloadable list and a map, go to V And start practicing your ooohs and aahhhs! GKORGK [,KCl.AIRK/glcchiiru(fi'c! how to change the furnace filter in her new Elgin home. i headaches I Yorkville Autumn Creek 888.513.2933 Meadow Wood 888.495.9142 , new^ > decorator \ : , models. ^& l\ p re scott MHI 888.513.3892 Oswego Jl Prescott Mill 888.513.2947 Zion Cypress Park 888.495.9155 Lindenhurst Grant's Grove Lockport „ Cedar Ridge •' 888.513.2942 888.495.9154 Superfabulous. Single Family Townhomes "$ioo7"s2oS TANITJAKUSAN/ljarusiiiHii daily lu'ralil.c om istruction manager for Bigelow Homes, explains to Janet mportant to clean the clothes dryer vent in her new house urora. ispenses water and heating season, k. Filters designed for drinking central air condi- water — whether on the refrigera- :er on your furnace tor or under the sink — should be iged once a month it just during the See CHORES on PAGE 3 $20(h $400-! t a real workout I Yorkville Best value 888.513.2934 in the Area Elgin Great Location 888.513.3895 off Randall Road I inHpnhurct Fantastic Close to the New I I "„'"",* Location. . 888.513.2943 I-355 Extension I 888.495.9145 Amazing Value I Building Homeowner Confidence Since 1951 C> & www.Pulte.umi/txliiUiutiiHj Sales Centers Open Daily 10AM to GHM Association, between 2000 and 2006 there was about a 30 percent increase in the number of people who exercised at home, primarily due to aging baby boomers concerned about their health. Packer converted a two- car garage into a hard-core strength-training gym when he moved to his Clovis, Calif., home a year-and-a-half ago. His $20,000 worth of equipment includes an eight-station machine with two weight stacks, 2,000 to 3,000 pounds af free weights, an assisted chin dip, bench press, squat rack and power cage. There also is carpet and a few wall mirrors. Packer trains in his gym with fellow power lifters. "I like it because there are no distractions," says Packer, who is co-owner of a fitness equipment shop in Fresno, Calif. According to Kevin Mulligan, a partner and president of Image Homes, which builds homes in central California, rooms designed specifically for fitness have become a trend in the last five years. Image Homes offers a 15-by-15-foot bonus room See GYMS on PAGE 5 On homes and real estate Fixtures with house have to stay put Q. We are selling our home. We have shelves on our wall in our children's rooms. Can we take them with us or are we required to keep them with the house? A. If you've already signed a sales agreement with buyers who saw the shelves up there, they stay. In general, something that is permanently attached becomes a fixture and goes with the real estate. But if you're just putting your house on the market, you can always state in die listing contract mat the seller reserves die right to remove the rosebushes, the dining room chandelier, whatever. (For some reason, it's almost always the dining room chandelier.) A much better idea is to replace the light fixture or take down the shelves before ever showing the property. What they don't see, they won't want. Q. Why does an agent advertise his property, which is for sale, as owner agent? A. Potential buyers are en- tided to know that the property is owned by a real estate agent. In the same way, die licensed broker who is buying property must let sellers know they're negotiating with a professional. License law, and Realtor etiiics, require disclosure of the fact diat a seller — or a buyer — holds a real estate license. Q. My wife and I are thinking about an RV lifestyle. How would we turn our primary residence into rental real estate? A. You investigate how much similar property in die neighborhood is renting for; talk with your lawyer about what form of lease agreement to use, and with your accountant about setting up bookkeeping. You put an ad in die paper, and read up in the library about how to judge a good tenant. But if you're going to take off and leave town, you'd better have someone close by who's willing to take on the job of "landlording." When the water heater goes in die middle of die night, who's going to take die phone call, arrange for delivery of a new one, make sure die house is open, get a plumber in right away and dispose of die old heater? Who's going to keep after the tenants if tiiey're late witii the rent? Get dial lawn mowed if it's neglected? Deal with the neighbors about loud parties? "RV-ing" is supposed to be carefree. Better tiiink twice about becoming absentee landlords. Q. My fadier-in-law heard that the ownership and use provisions regarding die sale of a primary home have re- cendy changed, that you now must live in a home as your principal residence for five years (rather dian two) in order to be able to exclude any capital gain on die sale. Is tiiis true? A. 'IWo years' ownership and occupancy are enough for die home sellers' tax exclusion, if See LANK on PAGE 5 4 * '

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