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How contractor estimates work

By Mct Information Services
How much should you expect to pay, if anything, for an estimate, inspection or other kind of contractor consultation? The answer depends on the nature of your project and the policies of the companies from which you solicit bids. Rules …

How to react if you smell gas in your home

By The Philadelphia Inquirer
Detection of gas leaks in your home is up to you, and the utilities have made it easier. Natural gas is a colorless, odorless hydrocarbon that’s nearly 100 percent combustible. It is primarily composed of methane, with small amounts of …

Decor store in Strip District mixes, matches eclectic pieces

By Rachel Weaver
A Strip District store is in the business of showing shoppers how home decor can be an art. Since 1992, Artistry owner Laura Kirich has …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Sept. 28

By Sam Spatter
DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania $3.05 million Property …

Real estate notes: Penn Twp. flooring company breaks ground on expansion

By Sam Spatter
• Following ground breaking Sept. 17, a July 2015 completion is scheduled for the expansion of Karndean Design Flooring in Penn Township, Westmoreland County, which will double the current 35,000-square-foot building and add 38 new jobs over three years to …

Handle open house like a party, real estate agents suggest

By Bob Karlovits
Open houses are built around open doors. Real estate professionals say open houses not only develop interest in the homes where they are taking place, …

Fall brings house tours to Deutschtown, Wilkinsburg

By Kellie B. Gormly
Eight sites in Deutschtown, a historic district with German roots on Pittsburgh’s North Side, will be on display for visitors Oct. 5 for the Historic …

Homework: Wegner chairs re-imagined

By Tribune-Review
Legendary furniture designer Hans. J. Wegner (1914-2007) designed upward of 500 chairs in his lifetime, more than 100 of which were mass-produced. A pioneer of …

Big apartment plan in Oakland gets Planning Commission OK

By Tom Fontaine
Pittsburgh Planning Commission approved plans on Tuesday for a 14-story development featuring 389 apartments on the site of the former Allegheny County Health Department building in Oakland. The anticipated $66.7 million project will include ground-level retail space on Fifth and …

‘Supernatural’ star’s Malibu retreat charms a buyer

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Jensen Ackles of “Supernatural” and his actress wife, Danneel Harris, put their gated home in Malibu up for sale for $6.995 million …

Ambitious few are turning lighthouses into living spaces

By Chris Togneri
MENTOR, Ohio — Sheila Consaul’s front yard is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio. Her walkway is a stone jetty that extends a half-mile …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Sept. 14

By Sam Spatter
A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania $4.9 million Property: 601 W. Pike St., …

Willis decides Beverly Hills mansion is expendable

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Bruce Willis has sold his walled and gated mansion in Beverly Hills for $16.5 million. The Spanish-style house, built in 1928, has …

Real estate notes: $20M renovation of Aleppo health center complete

By Sam Spatter
• The completion of a $20 million renovation of the Sturgeon Health Care Center at Masonic Village in Aleppo, which included a 66,000-square-foot addition, resulted in eight 16-bed units, called neighborhoods. Included are 88 private rooms, each with a bathroom, …

Earthen fort a centerpiece of Mt. Washington housing development

By Bob Karlovits
Jeff Paul’s company bought some land and ended up with a fort. Now the fort is playing a role in the 26-home Woods at Bradley …

City planners to hear about hotel planned for former Federal Reserve building

By Sam Spatter
The planned $30 million makeover of the former Federal Reserve building, Downtown, into a new Drury Inn & Suites hotel will include more parking and 190 guest rooms. A July 1, 2015, opening of the hotel on Grant Street is …

Firearms, seasonal items top agenda at local sales

By John Altdorfer
Big guns are the draw at a Greensburg auction as a North Hills estate provides a few tricks and treats for Halloween. In East Liberty, …

Getting pre-qualified, understanding market are key steps in home buying

By Bob Karlovits
Making a successful offer on a home seems as easy as striking up a friendship. But it can have the frustrations of a bad relationship …

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — Sept. 7

By Sam Spatter
DEALS OF THE WEEK A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania $1.525 million Property …

Real estate notes: Monroeville hospice purchase expands Concordia’s reach

By Sam Spatter
• When Concordia Lutheran Ministries recently added the Cedars of Monroeville to its list of elder care service providers, it became the third-largest provider of elder care services in the Pittsburgh region. Terms of the sale were not revealed. However, …