Category: Real Estate Focus

Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents

Victory Plaza a win-win for Marion residents

One of the 10 duplexes in the Victory Plaza housing project along Eisenhower Drive. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Two long-awaited housing projects in Marion crossed the finish line in 2014: the Victory Plaza duplexes (along Eisenhower Road), and the rehabilitation of the September I Atrium building at 1500 E. Main St. Tom Bishop, director of Homestead Affordable Housing Inc. […]

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Commissioners consider plans for courthouse

Commissioners consider plans for courthouse

Commissioners are considering additions/upgrades for the county?s historic courthouse. Preliminary plans from Treanor Architects in Topic would be a $7 million project. Free Press file photo The Marion County Com???mission Monday looked at plans for what could become an estimated $7 million project for additions and upgrades to the courthouse. The plans could include eliminating the current county extension office […]

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Affordable-housing project coming to Hillsboro

Affordable-housing project coming to Hillsboro

This large area of property at the corner of Third and Lincoln streets will become the location of four duplex units, following approval of a tax-credit proposal put forward by Mark Cox, of Vintage Construction, LLC. Cox will build six duplexes in all, the fifth along the 300 block of North Ash and the sixth on a lot in the […]

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What every homebuyer should know about termites

What every homebuyer should know about termites

More than half of Americans (52 percent) have never had their homes inspected for termites, according to an NPMA survey. Yet 38 percent worry about discovering termites in their homes and 33 percent have had termite damage or know someone who has, the survey found. It?s a cruel coincidence that the spring?s real-estate buying season corresponds with another far less […]

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How to secure the home loan that you need

How to secure the home loan that you need

Springtime represents new beginnings and is the prime time to get the house in order. Whether you?re looking to make a first-time purchase, refresh an existing home or simply leverage built-up equity for other reasons, it?s important to figure out which path is right for you and understand the lending options available. Fortunately, many financial institutions offer various free online […]

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Five upgrades under $5,000 that can sell your house

Five upgrades under $5,000 that can sell your house

Dress up and differentiate a kitchen while adding style and flair with fresh air skylights and designer blinds in colors and patterns. Powered by the sun and operated by remote control, Energy-Star-qualified solar powered skylights and blinds, plus installation costs, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. It?s a sobering truth of real estate that sellers often have […]

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Winter a good time to upgrade garage doors

Winter a good time to upgrade garage doors

At first thought, the dead of winter may not seem to be the optimum time to replace your garage door. In fact, quite the opposite is true: frigid temperatures and brisk winds readily prove the need to upgrade your garage door from an older non-insulated version to a modern, energy efficient garage door. The garage door is generally the largest […]

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Busting the myths for first-time home buyers

Busting the myths for first-time home buyers

Don?t assume that having a lot of student loan debt automatically disqualifies you from getting <p>a mortgage. The key factor is not necessarily the size of your loan obligation, but the amount of your total monthly debt payments compared to your monthly income. When buying a first home, most people are making one of the biggest purchases of their lives. […]

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Checklist can help buyers avoid costly repairs

Checklist can help buyers avoid costly repairs

Once you get inside the house and close the front door, see if any light is coming through between the edge of the door opening and the wall. This gap is an indicator that the door may need to be replaced since air can escape through it and cause higher energy bills. When you?re about to buy a house, it?s […]

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Tips for making a new house a ‘home’

You know that moving into a new home can be one of life?s biggest stressors?the packing, the paperwork, the unpacking and of course finding the nearest coffee shop. Making your new house feel like your home can help alleviate some of this stress and provide a safe-haven for some much needed relaxation. ?Everyone has a different sense of what home […]

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