Housing

Housing

Real-estate agents unfazed by July dip in home sales

CHAMPAIGN — For the first time in eight months, the number of home sales in the Champaign County area has failed to exceed that of the same month a year ago.

But despite the outcome in July, the president of the Champaign County Association of Realtors said he believes the real-estate market will remain strong.

Collection planned for Dump & Run

CHAMPAIGN — The bicycle your child has outgrown. The sofa that never quite fit in your living room. The set of glasses you no longer use.

The University YMCA will soon start collecting them all — and other reusable items — for its annual Dump & Run sale.

Top of the Morning, Aug. 7, 2014

You would be hard-pressed to find a busier place than Jim and Carol Scott's basement in Gifford.

That's where their son Derin Scott, his wife and their and five kids — ages 2, 6 (twins), 14 and 17 — have been living since November's tornado. It resembles the scene in "Willy Wonka," where four grandparents snuggled in a single bed.

City providing drop-off site for unwanted items

CHAMPAIGN — The city will again offer a place where students and others can drop off unwanted items as the August lease turnover is underway, especially on the University of Illinois campus.

Building permits, Aug. 3, 2014

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, location and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Barley Contractors, addition/alteration for Black Dog Smoke & Ale House restaurant at 320 N. Chestnut St., $924,207.

Bob Swisher: Advertising is key to a successful sale

I made a living before I retired as a graphic artist. It extended my belief that the need for advertising should be the No. 1 consideration in selling anything. While most of my experience in production advertising was with direct mail, I worked in both newspaper and television art departments so the only area I am totally without knowledge is the Internet.

Hendrick House hopes food on the roof plants a seed

URBANA — The smooth, dark purple eggplants are ready to be picked and made into eggplant parmesan or baba ghanoush. Bunches of basil have been clipped for pesto, and Janet Knesek is thinking the salsa and jalapeno peppers would be good stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. She's got Sam Cooke turned up on the radio singing "Chain Gang."

Building permits, July 27, 2014

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000. Permits are listed by applicant, description, location and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Signature Homebuilders, new single-family home at 5012 Emmas Way, $200,000.

Champaign set to deliver offers for Bristol Place homes next month

CHAMPAIGN — Charles Campbell has lived in the Bristol Place neighborhood in the northeast part of the city for 28 years. He doesn't know where he'll go yet when the city buys and bulldozes his home.

"It's been so long," Campbell said. "We've been staying here so long."

Building permits, July 20, 2014

Listed are recent permits for all commercial and industrial work, all new single-family and multifamily residences and all residential remodeling over $50,000.

Permits are listed by applicant, description, location and cost.

CHAMPAIGN

Ironwood Builders, new single-family home at 5105 Emmas Way, $230,000.