Category: Real Estate Focus

Planning a move? Six tips for a stress-free time

Does the prospect of moving have you buzzing with excitement? Or are you left with worries about packing and clutter? This moving season, an estimated 40 million Americans will move or relocate, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Whether you’re moving by yourself or uprooting your entire family, moving presents a number of stress-causing challenges. Staying organized and planning ahead […]

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Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Tiny living means normal living for this couple

Kyle and Danae Schmidt live in their customized tiny house located on a farmstead near Marion Reservoir. “One of the plusses for us is—and we’ve heard this before as we were building and we’ve found it to be true—that our house draws us outside and invites us inside,” Danae said. Kyle and Danae Schmidt have found that living in the […]

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Flint Hills project aims to draw people to the region

Flint Hills project aims to draw people to the region

Map of Flint Hills by Ron Wilson K-State Research & Extension “You are here.” Those three simple words are helpful when a person is trying to learn a location or is seeking direction. Today we will learn about an innovative project which is seeking to educate youth and others about the value of their location in the Flint Hills region […]

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Make it last: seven secrets to a longer life for exterior paint

When it comes to exterior paint, there’s no fountain of youth, but there are ways to add years of life to a new paint job, says Debbie Zimmer, paint and color expert at the Paint Quality Institute. Here are the secrets: 1. Carefully prepare the surface. Before starting to paint, it’s important to make sure surfaces are clean and sound, […]

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Four home improvements that pay you back

Homeowners are looking for value in every home improvement project they take on, whether they are upgrading for resale or their own pride of ownership. With new technologies and products on the market, it is easier than ever to add value to your home with projects that ultimately pay you back in numerous ways. • Luxurious looks that are affordable. […]

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Ensey family acquires Elgin Hotel

Ensey family acquires Elgin Hotel

Jeremy and Tammy Ensey pose with their children Abree, 7, Paige 9, and Peyton, 14, on the Elgin Hotel staircase. Jeremy and Tammy Ensey of Marion have reached an agreement with Jim and Nancy Coultier to purchase the Elgin Hotel early this summer. “We are really excited (about buying the hotel),” Tammy Ensey said. “We are getting far enough into […]

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Sell or stay, these home improvements make cents

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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5 things to discuss before buying your home

In a relationship, you count on your significant other to be there with you through the good and the bad. They are your best friend, your confident and your closest ally. And you count on being able to have important conversations with them as well. One of those important conversations every couple should have focuses on money and each person?s […]

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Affordable housing project begins in Hillsboro

Affordable housing project begins in Hillsboro

Vintage Construction LLC is the general contractor on the housing project in Hillsboro. Four buildings, which have twin homes in each structure are located on Third and Lincoln, Ash and Cedar streets. The photo shows early excavation for the four buildings at Third and Lincoln streets. Six new twin homes to accommodate 12 families will open by late summer in […]

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Marion roundabout projected to open Dec. 23

Marion roundabout projected to open Dec. 23

This aerial view of the enhanced roundabout outside Marion shows the shoofly design that will make it easier for ?super loads? to maneuver on the outside as smaller vehicles use the interior part of the roundabout. It?s the only roundabout of its kind in the United States, and Department of Transportation officials will be watching to see how well the […]

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