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Western Pa. May markets, plant sellers ready to spring into action

By Candy Williams
Nowhere will spring receive a warmer welcome than at the many May markets and plant sales scheduled throughout the region. Horticultural enthusiasts have been waiting ...

Homework: Show and sale highlights plants, rock gardens

By Tribune-Review
The 46th annual Rock Garden Show and Plant Sale is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3 at Soergel’s Orchard and Garden Center, ...

Redfin extends online realty service to Pittsburgh

By Chris Fleisher
A real estate brokerage firm that bills itself as a next generation option for buyers and sellers is coming to Pittsburgh. Online-based Redfin officially starts in the greater Pittsburgh region on Wednesday, adding the area to a list of more than ...

Pittsburgh area home prices climb in first quarter

By Tribune-Review
Home prices in the greater Pittsburgh region climbed in the first three months of the year, data released Wednesday show. The average sale price for new and existing homes in the five-county area was $168,259 in the first quarter of 2015, ...

Carnegie Mellon University seeks developer for office, hotel and retail expansion

By Debra Erdley
Carnegie Mellon University’s proposal to put an office, hotel and retail center on one of the few vacant parcels in Oakland took some community leaders by surprise, but economic development experts say the plan is nearly a decade in the ...

What does hoarding really look like?

By Sandra Lane
According to the dictionary — and many people — to hoard is simply to save or accumulate stuff. In the organizing industry, the term takes on a deeper meaning. To clarify, someone with hoarding tendencies has unrealistic and irrational attachments ...

Planned Smallman Place condos in Strip District selling fast

By Tom Fontaine
Sales agreements are in place for about two-thirds of the 36 condominiums that a suburban Philadelphia developer is planning in the Strip District, months before ...

Auction watch: Upcoming sales include coins, china, even comics

By John Altdorfer
A short list of sales brightens the mid- to late-April calendar. Jerry Smith welcomes all to an old-fashioned, two-day, in-house auction near Leechburg. Meanwhile, BHD ...

Home closing 101: Realtors offer tips to sail through settlement process

By Angie's List
Buying a house is an emotional journey — from finding the perfect property to securing the ideal price. The last thing anyone wants to endure is a real estate closing that feels like a roller-coaster ride. “The goal of a good ...

‘Spider-Man’ actor reels in homebuyer

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Just as Tobey Maguire’s comic book character has “spidey senses” that kick in when danger is near, the “Spider-Man” actor might have ...

Top residential, commercial real estate deals of the week — April 19

By Tribune-Review
$2 million Property: Family Dollar, 3600 Walnut St., McKeesport Seller: HRES VERO LLC Buyer: CGI4 LP Details: New construction, 15-year lease. “We plan to hold ...

Pittsburgh organizes Earth Day activities

By Kellie B. Gormly
Pittsburgh is celebrating its green evolution April 22 with its first citywide Earth Day celebration. Several sites in Downtown and Oakland will be hosting special eco-theme activities for Earth Day, an international occasion that began in 1970 to recognize and promote ...

Homework: IKEA furniture features built-in wireless chargers

By Tribune-Review
Tired of charging wires hanging everywhere in your house or, worse, losing the charging cords? Ikea has created a line of furniture with wireless chargers ...

Wilkinsburg tour to highlight blight in hopes of spurring redevelopment

By Matthew Santoni
It’s a home tour visitors don’t typically take: overgrown gardens leading to homes with boarded-up windows, peeling paint and broken stairs. The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation ...

Designers’ advice for using spring pastels

By The Associated Press
After a long winter, the pastel colors of spring look pretty appealing right now. Cheerful pastel pinks, yellows, greens and blues can seriously brighten a room. Decorating with these potentially too-sweet shades can be tricky, but worth it. “Pastels get ...

How to spring cleaning with allergies

By Angie's List
Dust the baseboards. Check! Tackle the pantry. Check! And the bookshelves, and the — achoo! Spring cleaning stirring up allergens? It’s a double-edged sword. While tidy surfaces bring relief, cleaning them releases allergens into the air. How do you overcome ...

Crooner leaves Hollywood Hills on high note

By The Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — Singer-songwriter Robin Thicke has sold a house in Hollywood Hills for $4.9 million. The property went on the market last summer for ...

Real estate notes: Hillel Academy looks to add to school building

By Tribune-Review
• Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh will seek the approval of the Pittsburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on plans to add a second story to a school structure at 5685 Beacon St., Squirrel Hill South, and to utilize property at 5706 ...

Top commercial, residential real estate deals — April 12

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the Week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $1,500,000 ...

Cranberry home seems younger than its years

By Bob Karlovits
For the first nine years Joel Chrostowski was in his Cranberry house, he was perfectly content to have a simple, concrete basement. Now, the basement is ...