Real Estate Focus
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 24 March 2009 13:53Homebuyers aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a home inspection. If you’re selling your home, having it inspected before you list it may help sell your home in less time and for more money.
You found your dream deal on a foreclosed home, but will that great price tag come with a different kind of higher cost?
Buying a repossessed property, short sale or a home offered at a bargain price—because of its condition—can mean you’re assuming much higher risks.
Repossessed and short sale homes are often abandoned and neglected, leaving them with much more potential for unforeseen structural defects, plumbing, electrical, heating systems, environmental issues and many other problems.
Written by Janae Rempel Tuesday, 24 February 2009 14:01Glenn Thiessen, managing broker at Fast Realty in Hillsboro, holds the the President’s Award he received from the Wichita Area Association of Realtors earlier this month for handling 42 home sale transactions in 2008. Thiessen said the real reward he receives is the satisfication of helping people through what can be a traumatic process.
A new plaque hangs on the wall at Fast Realty in Hillsboro. But for Glenn Thiessen, managing broker, the award he received represents more than a number of houses bought or sold. It represents the people he has helped and the relationships he has built, he said.
“My goal is more to help people buy a home or sell a home more so than the money that comes in,” Thiessen...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 February 2009 13:59The Hillsboro City Council listened to the concerns of a rural neighbor at its Feb. 17 meeting partly with the hope that the public exposure would help rectify those concerns more quickly.
Clark Wiebe, who lives a half mile east of Hillsboro on 190th Street, said he has been concerned that APAC-Kansas, the contractor for the city’s sewer-lagoon project, has not addressed several project-related issues involving the agricultural land he owns along the east side of Jade Road and the south side of 190th.
APAC-Kansas installed two pressure sewer lines in what it determined to be the county easement along that stretch of Jade
Specifically, the issues include essentially eliminating a ditch between Jade and his land, the placement of two...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:15Remodeling your basement can immediately enhance the enjoyment of a home by providing more usable space while helping to reduce whole-house energy costs.
Charmaine Gardner of West Hempstead, N.Y., spent three years looking for a house, but with the unstable housing market and rising taxes, she just wasn’t comfortable with the idea of buying.
“As a single mom, I didn’t want to live paycheck to paycheck, so I had the idea of remodeling my mom’s unfinished basement for us to all live together.”
From 1990 to 2001, multi-generational households increased about 60 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many of the pressures that drove that increase —lack of affordable housing and a high cost...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:13Glistening metal discretely mounted beneath acres of gleaming granite—clearly, this is not the utilitarian stainless steel sink your grandmother washed dishes in decades ago.
Briefly deemed too industrial-looking by some designers to be included in contemporary, upscale kitchens, stainless steel is back, better and more beautiful than ever.
“A well-made stainless steel sink is the little black dress for your kitchen,” says Ken Fey, vice president at stainless steel sink maker Houzer Inc.
“Stainless steel has transitioned from industrial applications like medical and food-service to residential use for very good reasons.
“Stainless steel offers exceptional hygienic and durability qualities, it ages gracefully and...
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