Real Estate Focus
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...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 26 July 2011 18:26It started with an impulse purchase and took three years to accomplish, but a Hillsboro family has brought new life to a house that is historically significant for both the family and the town.
And it happened just in time to mark the house’s 100th birthday.
The two-story Victorian-style house at 313 S. Birch, unique for the five-sided turret on the southeast corner of the structure, was on the auction block and headed for possible demolition in 2008 when Jon and Ellynne Wiebe decided to buy it.
The structure’s exterior was in disrepair and fading fast, but the couple could not pass up the house Jon’s great-grandfather had commissioned in 1911.
“I got caught up in the romance at the auction,” Jon admitted with a smile...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 28 June 2011 15:08Some misconceptions are merely inconvenient. And some—like the many myths that surround the use of fire sprinklers in homes—can be deadly.
The federal government and more than 400 local governments—not to mention the national model building code authority, the International Code Council—have all recommended that all new homes offer this life safety system.
In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a business that is not protected by fire sprinklers. Yet misconceptions persist about the cost, convenience and effectiveness of home fire sprinklers, where 80 percent of all fire deaths occur.
“As a volunteer firefighter, I regularly see the devastation to families and their property due to home fires,” said Eric Skare of...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:57Selling, buying or just putting a house on the market may raise many questions. Can I get a good price? Are there any problems I should fix prior to listing my house? If I buy this house, will I encounter problems that may make me regret my decision?
The sale price of a house depends on many factors, including the market, location, size of the property, age of the house, condition of the structure, what appliances might be included in the sale and even how nicely the property and building were landscaped and decorated—just to name a few.
Having a qualified professional inspect your house prior to putting it on the market—or for prospective buyers, before closing on a sale—can help guide your decision.
But many homeowners and...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:56For most law-abiding Americans, legal assistance may not be a service you think you could need at a moment’s notice. While you may think of legal assistance in connection with a criminal offense, most of the legal work done in America is for people facing much more ordinary circumstances.
You may not realize it, but most Americans will have a legal need at some point in their lives. In fact, seven out of 10 Americans said they experienced a legal event within the past year, according to a recent survey conducted by ARAG, a legal solutions provider.
If having a legal plan in place seems unnecessary, consider the following instances where you may need legal assistance:
• Wills and estate planning. Planning for your own death isn’t...
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