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OSWEGO — Five foreclosed property parcels scattered throughout the city of Oswego have officially been sold to a local developer with the confidence he’ll turn them around in the next year and put them back on the real estate or rental market and municipal tax rolls.

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(Family Features) From dark and moody to vibrant and bold, colorful design is gaining favor among homeowners ditching safe, neutral palettes to create more daring, dramatic spaces.

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(Family Features) Remodeling your home can be one of the most exciting projects to undertake. Whether you’re thinking about a bathroom update, kitchen overhaul, or a new room addition, planning and setting realistic expectations are critical in ensuring your project goes as smoothly as possible.

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SCRIBA — Nearly seven months after breaking ground, property managers are reviewing tenant applications for a $13.5 million, 56-unit supportive rental housing complex — Champlain Commons — located on City Line Road in Scriba.

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OSWEGO — Found in public parks and homeowners’ front yards all over the city of Oswego, and with an estimated population of 300, according to city officials, ash trees have steadily become an emblematic part of the flora in the city.

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OSWEGO COUNTY — Major changes are coming to Oswego County residents who benefit from the state’s popular School Tax Relief (STAR) program in the 2019-2020 school year.

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In efforts to help mitigate fire damage and casualties because of faulty or poorly maintained smoke detectors, New York lawmakers have passed a bill that will require going forward that new residents and homeowners buy a long-lasting smoke alarm with an extended battery.

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(Family Features) While spring naturally means it’s time for a refresh for many homeowners, it doesn’t mean you’re limited only to a cleaning party. Take advantage of the season by using it as an opportunity to upgrade different areas of your home for reasons ranging from energy efficiency a…

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Last week, we featured a list of federal housing loan programs offering relief from the high cost of mortgage payments — Veterans Administration Loans, Federal Housing Loan Programs, and loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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OSWEGO — Steve Phillips, co-founder of the Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA), hosted an informational meeting recently at the Church of the Resurrection on West Fifth Street in Oswego.

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OSWEGO — The Oswego Common Council recently voted to expand several tax exemptions for seniors, Cold War veterans, and Gold Star parents who lost sons or daughters in the U.S. armed forces.

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Homeowners at risk of losing winter heating have another chance to receive benefits through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement this week.

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(Family Features) The influence of global cultures is increasingly visible in home decor as technology expands homeowners’ world views. Acting on the inspiration of global trends can be as simple as shifting your outlook to bringing eye-catching features and everyday functions into your home.

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OSWEGO COUNTY — The latest industry research by the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) indicates the real estate market is tipping the scales in favor of home sellers rather than buyers in New York, a trend amplified in Oswego County.

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As the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its third weekend, Oswego County homeowners will still have access to flood insurance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through May 31.

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OSWEGO — A basement fire in Oswego this month also lit a nearby pickup truck on fire — a perfect example of what authorities warn are the dangers of winter fires.

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OSWEGO — Paul Stewart, professor in the department of psychology at SUNY Oswego, said there was a time when Oswego homeowners of medium-sized houses were hesitant to put an asking price of more than $100,000 on their homes.

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Since 1997, the New York state Department of Taxation and Finance has provided thousands of dollars in tax relief through the School Tax Assessment Relief (STAR) program for income-eligible property owners of two categories: basic and enhanced.

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OSWEGO — The city’s Downtown Improvement Fund makes available a total of $525,000 in grant funds available to downtown Oswego development projects. Supporting small business and apartment renovation, grants range from $3,000 for new signage and programming to $80,000 for renovation and expan…

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The calendar may say that Dec. 21 is the first day of winter, but Oswego County residents know to expect snowfall, heavy winds, and freezing temperatures as early as Halloween.

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(Family Features) As more homeowners opt to remodel their current homes for accessibility and safety, those concerns are taken into consideration especially for kitchens or bathrooms.

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It’s easy to be cynical about redevelopment projects with words like “revitalize” or “initiative” that, despite best intentions, pour millions of tax dollars without any specific strategy to use them. But Paul Stewart might be onto something with the Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA) and …

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The idea that the 190-year-old Cahill Building on West Seneca Street would appear in a Craigslist advertisement for renters seems almost like a bad joke.

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(Family Features) Bathroom and kitchen upgrades are among the most popular home renovations, but not just because the improvements are likely to increase the home’s value. Renovations to these high-use areas can enhance the practical enjoyment of your home while adding aesthetic appeal and style.

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FULTON — A nearly $200,000 state grant recently awarded to the city of Fulton could help more than a dozen homeowners make much-needed repairs to their properties.

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(Family Features) For many people, inclement weather can be frightening. When the wind is blowing, the rain is pouring and the trees are rustling, it can be hard to remain calm. However, it’s important to remember certain safety tips and how to use tools properly in case of emergency.

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(Family Features) When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic existence.

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The Greek Revival style home that proudly stands at 74 W. Fifth St., Oswego, currently serves as an example of the renaissance movement sweeping the historic streets, but 20 years ago the property would have stood out for very different reasons.

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Many people associate the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) with the annual one-time benefit available to help low-income households pay for heating their homes through the winter, but the program also looks to assist families during the steamy summer months.

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The 2,300-square-foot house standing at 70 W. Third St. in Oswego offers a picturesque view of other historic homes lining the roadway, but nearly 100 years ago the house would have been more than double the size and overlooking West Seneca Street.

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Front steps come in many sizes and materials, such as brick, concrete, or wood, but even one step into the entrance of a home can serve as a serious barrier to a person with limited mobility.

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The warm days of summer are a prime time for entertaining guests and hosting cookouts, but homeowners should remain vigilant during these festivities in order to prevent the possibility of a house fire.

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New front doors, fresh coats of paint, and vibrant landscaping have been popping up around Fulton neighborhoods thanks to the second year of home improvement grants offered through Fulton Block Builders (FBB).