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Quirky trends in real estate

Published: Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 11:25 a.m. CDT

RINGWOOD – A hands-on workshop will give teachers the background to build a native garden with their students back at their own school.

The program will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 28 to Aug. 1 at Glacial Park's Lost Valley Visitor Center in Ringwood.

Participants will learn about the native plants and local Great Lakes habitats as a basis for interdisciplinary kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum activities, teacher professional development and citizen science. 

The program is collaboration with the Arboretum at University of Wisconsin, Lake County Forest Preserve and Earth Partnership for Schools. It's funded in part by the U.S. EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

The Great Lakes Earth Partnership Institutes will provide participants with the Great Lakes-EPS K–12 Curriculum Guide and Resource Binder, continental breakfast, snacks and supplies for the week

The cost is $100 per teacher, and each school will receive $150 for their school grounds project. Teachers can receive graduate credit from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; all fees have been waived. The program also translates to 45 continuing professional development units.

For more information, contact Education Outreach Coordinator Mary Kozub at the McHenry County Conservation District at 815-678-4532, extension 8117.

The deadline to register is July 20.

- Northwest Herald

As the housing market continues to recover, a bevy of interesting trends have been emerging in the sector, affecting everything from buyer and seller behavior to design and everything in between.

Try before you buy

Want to spend quality time in the home you’re interested in buying? Perhaps spend the night and check things out before putting a single penny down? Real estate agents are now letting some qualified, serious buyers do just that! And this unusual strategy, which can ultimately help buyers make an informed decision, is catching on in markets across the country.

Builders aren’t just turning to upgrades and financial carrots to help offset rising buying costs. They’re also getting more creative with the “extras” by taking pet friendly to a new level. In fact, some high-end apartment buildings offer pet food-centered room service menus, and in New York City, MiMA development’s Dog City will even walk, groom and arrange play dates for residents’ dogs.

Make Me Move

In a market that’s as tight as this one, sellers know they have the upper hand. And they’re capitalizing on the momentum by listing their “fantasy” price — the price it would take to persuade them to sell — using Zillow’s Make Me Move® feature.

Boutique-style closets

While you likely know that screened porches and outdoor living rooms continue to interest homeowners, you may not realize that master bedroom closets designed with a coveted, boutique-like feel — think illuminated rods, compartmentalized storage, shoe walls, vanity areas and other focal points — are also becoming a virtual must-have, according to architects and high-end home builders. For inspiration, go to Zillow Digs.

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Vera Gibbons is a financial journalist based in New York City and is a contributor to Zillow Blog. Connect with her at http://veragibbons.com/.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.

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