Real Estate Focus
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:19First impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home. Peeling paint, stained carpets and unpleasant odors can be an instant turn-off for buyers.
Fortunately, you can take simple and inexpensive steps to prep your home for a quick, top-dollar sale.
• Freshen up. Paint is an easy, cost-effective way to improve any interior, and a new coat can make all the difference in selling your home. Cracked or peeling paint will repel potential buyers, and faded or boring walls can create a...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:07For homeowners looking to improve the value of their homes—and cope with the needs of multiple generations living under one roof—basement and garage renovations make sense. Both can enhance home value and add much-needed living space for less than one might spend on building an addition.
Basement and garage projects recoup 66.8 percent and 57.2 percent of their original costs, respectively, at the time of resale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report.
Before you dive into one of these projects, you should consider an often-overlooked logistic of working in a basement or garage—the concrete floor beneath the structure. Often, converting a basement or garage into usable living space involves adding plumbing...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:19Delinquent taxes in Marion County for 2011 have increased to $428,000, according to information provided by Jeannine Bateman, county treasurer.
She said the total for Hillsboro is $74,000 and for Marion $99,000.
In 2008, Hillsboro homeowners and businesses were $50,000 delinquent and in 2009, that amount surpassed $103,000.
Marion in 2009 had a delinquent taxes totaling $85,000 compared to $65,000 in 2008.
Although the delinquent tax amount isn’t as high as Bateman initially thought it night be, she still believes the reason taxpayers fall behind is because of the tough economic times.
“It’s finally catching up with this area,” she said.
Bateman said each taxing entity decides how much it needs in ad valorem...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:03Not many people can say they own a straw-bale house and even fewer can say they built it from scratch by themselves. But for one Marion County man, that’s exactly the case.
Don Harmon, who lives east of Hillsboro, started about one year ago building his dream home, which when finished will be one of the most energy-efficient places in the area.
“This house should outlast any of us,” he said, “and if anyone is looking for a super high efficiency home, this is the way to go.”
Born in a small town about 65 northeast of Denver, Colo., Harmon said he learned to build things living on a farm.
“It’s one of the things you do when you live on a farm...it’s part of growing up there, you learn stuff,” he said.
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 27 September 2011 18:10The Canton Township Carnegie Library is celebrating its 90th anniversary Oct. 1 with the theme, “Reading Together for 90 Years.”
An open house is planned for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and organizers are inviting everyone to share in this event. Activities include story time for children, book signings by authors Todd Vogts and Jill Ewert, graduates of Canton-Galva High School, tours, refreshments and prize drawings.
“We will have two kinds of drawings for adults and children and will be giving away classic T-shirts,” said Doris Evans, librarian. “We will also have magnets with hours on them.”
A sign in front of the building boasts that the facility was the last Carnegie library built in Kansas in 1921. The library continues to...
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