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Foreclosure rates in Toledo decrease PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:28
Foreclosure rates in Toledo decreased for the month of November over the same period last year, according to newly released data from CoreLogic.
The CoreLogic data reveals that the rate of Toledo area foreclosures among outstanding mortgage loans was 2.00 percent for the month of November 2013, a decrease of 0.87 percentage points compared to November of 2012 when the rate was 2.87 percent.
Foreclosure activity in Toledo was lower than the national foreclosure rate, which was 2.18 percent for November 2013.
Also in Toledo, the mortgage delinquency rate decreased.
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Keep heating bills in check with these tips PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:26
One of the coldest winters on record is here, which means heating bills could skyrocket.
The Family Handyman has tips to keep safe and warm without breaking the bank.
Here are a few ways to keep warm and still conserve energy this winter:
• Stop fireplace heat loss: Wood-burning fireplaces can warm up a room, but more often, they rob a house of heat by letting it escape up the chimney. If you have a modern fireplace with a cold air intake from outside, make sure you equip it with an airtight door. If you have an older fireplace that uses room air for combustion, equip it with a door that has operable vents. Only keep those vents open when there is a fire in the fireplace. Otherwise, heat will constantly be sucked out of the house.
• Install quilted curtains to block draft: If you're turning up the heat in the house to compensate for drafty windows, consider quilted curtains, which can increase comfort and let you keep the temp down. The curtains are available in various colors, patterns and sizes.
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Remeis selected Realtor of the Year PDF Print E-mail
Written by TARA KELLER Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:39
A.A. Green Realtor Mary Marten and A.A. Green broker Mark Remeis didn't know how Saturday night would end up.
Once they found out, the two were shocked - and much honored.
The Wood County Board of Realtors surprised and recognized both Marten and Remeis at the Board's 50th Annual Installation Event Saturday evening.
Marten was inducted into the Wood County Board of Realtors Hall of Fame and Remeis earned the 2013 Realtor of the Year.
"It was a lot of fun," said A.A. Green Realtor and 2012 Realtor of the Year Sondra King. "It was so hard to pick. We had a lot of worthy candidates."
Each of Bowling Green's eight real estate offices submitted nominations in November.
King and a group of anonymous committee members reviewed the applications for the Realtor of the Year nominees, and the family and friend testimonials for the Hall of Fame nominees.
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Trace your home's history at Hayes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 10:22
FREMONT - You probably have heard the expression, "If these walls could only talk."
The Hayes Presidential Center can help you give voice to your home's walls with its Tracing Your House's History class.
Head Librarian Becky Hill is instructor for the 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday session in the Hayes Museum.
Pre-registration is required. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students through high school.
Call 419-332-2081, ext. 231, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Hill explains how to use printed resources and online sources to get to the root of your home's past.
She guides attendees in identifying prior owners of structures, as well as the history of the properties.
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Stuck indoors? Get those household projects done PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:21
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Home Depot employee Scott Staunton shows a popular mosaic tile from the local inventory in Bowling Green. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
With winter already rearing its snowy head, one's mind naturally turns to cold-weather pursuits.
Cocoa by the fireside. Building snowmen. Ice skating. And, of course, household projects.
With people likely to spend less time indoors as the snow flies and the wind whips around, wintertime can prove a valuable opportunity for homeowners to undertake projects that can add value to their residences.
The projects can be anything from improving the look of your home to cutting down on utility bills.
"They update some of their painting and that's when they clean their cabinets," and make other plans, said Carol Tolles, manager of Ace Hardware in Bowling Green.
Kim Beach, an interior designer with Homeworks Decorating Center, also noted that interior painting can be done in the winter, including "just getting things up to date and refresh some things."
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 December 2013 12:28
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