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Community Columnists

Buying and storing firewood for the season

It’s important to have a good storage system for firewood; otherwise, it will rot before you can use it. Whether you burn fires as a supplemental heat source for your home or strictly for ambiance and pleasure, it’s important to know how to properly buy and store firewood. For homeowners ...

We must take charge of our future

I have had the honor to experience both the thrill of the process to bring national football championships to YSU and Ohio State and now participating in the academic and economic development of our Valley. These truly are magical times. However, it concerns me that the conversation of the ...

How to ensure a fireplace is safe, inside and out

In one of our last columns, we talked about the proper way to clean your fireplace. In this article, we will deal with how to make sure your fireplace is safe. So, how do you keep your fireplace safe? The best tools you have are your eyes. With regular visual inspections both inside your ...

Making some progress on opioid crisis

Since President Donald Trump’s first day in office, and from my first day as his health secretary, our country’s opioid crisis has been one of our most challenging missions. But there were always sources of inspiration: We heard from the Americans on the frontlines of the fight against ...

Realtors offer tips on cleaning your fireplace

Wood- and gas-burning fireplaces need regular cleaning for safety and efficiency. Although some tasks are do-it-yourself-friendly, others are best left to the pros. The appeal of a wood- or gas-burning fireplace is undeniable — especially for Ohioans. But both appliances require regular ...

Valley should embrace GM battery factory

The automotive world is on the cusp of sweeping changes in technology not seen in more than a century. Gas and diesel engines are going by the wayside, and decisions are being made right now on where the factories of the future will be located. Currently we have several companies considering ...

Commercial and residential real estate sales are different

Ohio law does not differentiate between commercial and residential Realtors. They carry the exact same license, but that is where the similarities end. Like Venus and Mars, black and white, fast and slow, there are stark differences in the skill sets needed to successfully represent clients ...

Despite hope, GM Lordstown not reopening

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said during a recent stop in Youngstown he’s “still holding out” hope General Motors will place its own electric vehicle at the idled Lordstown facility. State Rep. Gil Blair, D-Weathersfield, said, “My preference is to bring back a GM product. The possibility ...

Price only one factor to consider in real estate sales

Special to the Tribune Chronicle Buying and selling a home is a transaction that may easily take money, but the results of that purchase will have a lasting effect for many years. The problem with most negotiations comes from focusing on the obvious the price. There are so many facets to ...

Seven repairs to make before selling a house

As a smart seller, you’ll want your home in tip-top shape, but you don’t want to eat into your profits by overspending on home improvements. You won’t be around to enjoy them anyway. The key is to focus on the most important repairs to make before selling a house to ensure every dollar ...

The best time of year to buy items for homes

Just bought a new home and looking for some new furnishings? Want to know when to look for sales on mattresses, appliances, tools and other items? Then read on. According to House-Logic, the National Association of Realtors consumer website, buying can be stressful. Cheap out, and you could ...

How the free press helped free America

Editor’s Note: Brenda J. Linert’s column, “From the editor’s desk,” will return July 28. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American ...

Projects with the highest return on investment

Are you looking to remodel your home? Remodelers across the country took a hit last summer as the cost of building materials spiked dramatically, and the picture for 2019 isn’t much rosier, according to RIS Media. The percentage of return on investment (ROI) is projected to trend downward ...

We are now in the land of opportunity zones

Special to the Tribune Chronicle We start this column out by saying that everything written here needs to be discussed with your accountant or financial adviser before you talk to your Realtor. Thousands of people build wealth through ownership of real estate and defer or avoid paying ...

Education is the ticket up

As a former human resources professional, I have read a lot of resumes and job applications and helped make a myriad of decisions about whom to hire. Many times the decision was difficult because there were plenty of qualified prospects and any one of the finalists could do the job well. But, ...

It’s not too late to go back to class

According to current research, up to 65 percent of the jobs that children entering elementary school today will end up doing havenát even been invented yet. That's an exciting thought but also a disquieting one. The statistic has tremendous implications for what we need to be teaching ...

County needs Rockwell, Butler

SMH. I’m not a fan of social media abbreviations. But lately even I have been using “SMH” — shaking my head — to the point I feel like a living bobblehead doll. The latest SMH took place when I learned that Foundation Medici intends to sever its operating agreement with the Butler ...

Don’t let web scammers ruin your home sale

In June 2017, it was widely reported that more than $1 million was stolen from a New York Supreme Court judge by internet hackers / thieves pretending to be a party in her real estate transaction. The simple facts of the case are so startling it has alarmed Realtors and should wake up every ...

Home inspectors soon must have a license

Forty-plus years ago, professional home inspections didn’t exist. Real estate sales contracts had no references to inspecting the house or what to do if the buyer found something wrong. Today, all that has changed — for the better. Home inspectors have become central to the real estate ...

WABOR offers tips for vacationing residents

It’s vacation season and the Warren Area Board of Realtors reminds residents that planning a trip or vacating your home means more than just pulling out a map and taking off. It also should include a checklist of things to do to protect your home and valuables while you are away. Regardless ...