Real Estate Focus
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 22 July 2008 14:37Home buyers and sellers—the relationship may seem like it should be more adversarial than ever, given the current market. Coming at the real estate equation from opposite sides, buyers and sellers may feel they have little in common. But the truth is both groups share a common path to real estate success—the Internet.
The Internet has been revolutionizing real estate for years now with more than 80 percent of buyers look at homes on the Internet, according to the National Association of Realtors.
“More homes than ever before are being marketed on the Internet,” says Kendra Todd, of HGTV’s “My House is Worth What?” and season three winner of “The Apprentice.” “Whether you’re buying or selling, it’s essential to...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 22 July 2008 14:36Finishing a basement is one of the most cost-effective remodeling projects, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2007 Cost vs. Value report.
The day you’ve dreaded has finally arrived—your household is bursting at the seams. You need more space, but you’re not keen on the idea of entering the real estate market right now. And eco-conscious consumer that you are, you don’t relish the idea of increasing your home’s environmental impact with a costly addition.
You’re not alone. The bigger is better mentality that defined the “moving up” trend of the past 20 years seems to be the latest casualty of the real estate downturn. As a result, many homeowners are opting to stay put and increase their living...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 22 July 2008 14:33Edge the driveway with pavers in colors complementary to the home and pavement. Use pavers in different shapes and sizes to create an interesting focal point.
Whether selling a home in today’s tough real estate market or simply trying to beautify and protect your home, curb appeal should be very important to you.
Home selling experts predict that as many as 40 percent of potential buyers reject a home based on their first impression of the front of the home. That makes curb appeal—the general appearance of the front yard—the single largest factor shaping impressions of your home.
After lawns, driveways often make up the largest area of the front yard, and can really affect opinions of your...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 24 June 2008 15:21Workers with Flory Roofing & Construction, based in Halstead, work Saturday on re-roofing the house in the 300 block of South Washington in Hillsboro. Through June 19, 51 building permits for roofing projects had been issued through city hall. Permits and follow-up inspections are required for each job, according to Hillsboro building code. Photo by Don Ratzlaff
Every cloud has a silver lining. For some homeowners, contractors and material suppliers, that includes a hail cloud.
In the aftermath of a couple of hail incidents over the past month and a half, Hillsboro is in the midst of a re-roofing boom.
From May 12 through June 19, 51 building permits had been issued through the city of Hillsboro...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Wednesday, 28 May 2008 07:04Traffic flow along U.S. Highway 56 has been key to the city of Hillsboro’s leadership in developing light commerical business parks along the city’s northern edge. The first one was Hillsboro Heights in 1999, currently home to eight businesses, and now the newly platted Hillsboro Business Park, the acreage shown here.
The recent platting of Hillsboro Business Park continues a model of real-estate development that has become increasing significant for the city over the past 15 years or so.
The city’s most progressive developer is the city itself.
“(The city of) Hillsboro really never intended to get into real-estate development, but that decision was made in order to give Hillsboro a chance to...
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