Category: Real Estate Focus

Sell or stay, home improvements like these pay off in the long run

Homeowners undertake home improvements for two basic reasons: to please themselves or to please others who may one day buy their home. Some types of improvements are for the sake of a speedier sale, such as planting a row of shrubs between your backyard and a busy street behind your home. Others are for your own enjoyment, like painting your […]

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Buying a home is only part of the investment

by Nathaniel Sillin Imagine the frustration that would follow if you spent hours planning and narrowing in on a dream home only to find out that you can’t afford it when push comes to shove. Starting with a price range can help you make the most of your search, but you’ll need to account for closing costs to create a […]

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Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Marion awarded $125,000 grant to build 5 homes

Pictured is one of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive in Marion. The Victory Plaza duplexes were built for senior citizens and were low-income tested. The city of Marion was awarded a $125,000 grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation last week to build five new homes on the east side of Coble Street, […]

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New appraiser outlines the valuation process

New appraiser outlines the valuation process

“I want people to feel com­­fortable (regarding transactions they have with the appraiser’s office). I also want people to have a positive thought when they see us,” says Lisa Reeder, the new Marion County appraiser. Most property owners in Marion County have either received, or will be receiving, their tax statement this month. Those who don’t agree with valuation can […]

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5 things to keep in mind to create safe space

Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids’ safety in mind during the redesign process. By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improvement project. Here are the top five things to keep in mind to […]

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House hunting and credit: What you should know

By now it is something of a cliche to call homeownership the American dream. But even if sitting on your own deck, looking over your picket fence and sipping lemonade doesn’t move you, homeownership is still one of the best ways to build wealth. For many, owning a home is cheaper than renting and, in the long run, the biggest […]

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Enhance your home’s safety with fire extinguishers

You check your alarms regularly and practice your family escape plan—but are you overlooking an essential component of home safety? Having fire extinguishers—and knowing how to use them—is an important part of maintaining a safe home for you and your family. “In America, a fire starts in a residential home every 86 seconds—and the rapid protection offered by fire extinguishers […]

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Repair or replace your worn-out cooling system?

Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system. To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including which option is […]

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Unruh helps transform campus into a natural work of art

Unruh helps transform campus into a natural work of art

Visitors to Tabor’s gymnasium and student center are greeted with a variety of plants. Yellow flowers, like the rudbeckias pictured, tend to be hardy and grow well in Kansas. The cooler blue colors are usually harder to grow, with the exception of indigo and sweet peas.<p> If Earth is a canvas, landscaping at Tabor College is Tim Unruh’s work of […]

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Youths add muscle, enthusiasm to cabin project

Youths add muscle, enthusiasm to cabin project

Zachary Stuchlik, Jack Schneider, Gerald Wiens and Corbin Wheeler secure a log around the joists for the cabin’s loft. The three Marion High School seniors are helping Wiens build a log cabin in western Chase County. Gerald Wiens is logging countless hours building a cabin in western Chase County. As someone who specializes in home remodeling and repair work, Wiens […]

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