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Community Columnists

Yes Trumbull County, there is a Santa Claus

With editorial license taken upon the 130-year-old letter to the editor from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon who said “my friends say there is no Santa Claus” We say… Trumbull County, your friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. Many lifetimes ...

Mahoning Valley must shape its future together

For more than 50 years, GM-Lordstown was a pillar of our local economy. Generations of northeast Ohioans devoted their lives to produce award-winning cars and vans, while building GM into the company it is today. For these reasons and so many more, the plant closure shook our community to ...

Cost of utilities deciding factor in buying

As a buyer looks at a home a second or third time, they will invariably ask: “What are the utility costs?” More times than you might think, the cost of heating and lighting a home are an important deciding factor in a purchase. This is especially true when first-time buyers are shopping ...

Tax abatements work when used properly

Debate rages on all sides as to the value and effectiveness of offering companies tax abatements to lure them to build or expand at a given location. From those who claim it is corporate welfare that ultimately cheats the poor and middle class to others touting the benefits of jobs and ...

How deed restrictions and zoning affect homes

One of the most invisible items in a real estate transaction are the rules governing the use of the home itself. There are “rules” that may be present that can dramatically affect your ability to use it. Those sets of rules may be the zoning, deed restrictions, or if you are looking at a ...

Beware of accident hazards in the home

Home sweet home is where we spend more than 50 percent of our time. For most people it is a place of security, but statistics can tell a different story. Most accidents and injuries occur at home, so I want to offer some tips to make your home just a little safer and more secure. As Realtors ...

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 ...