Category: Real Estate Focus

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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Historic building repurposed as events center

Historic building repurposed as events center

The 1887 Olde Towne Building is now available to rent for public private functions. The building?s owner, Gary Reimann of McPherson, is working in cooperation with local business woman Marie Kessler, who is overseeing scheduling and other arrangements. Don Ratzlaff / Free Press Olde Towne, one of the more historic buildings in Hillsboro downtown business district, is getting a new […]

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Upset property owner gets little solace from council

The owner of one of the four properties that prompted a Jan. 6 public hearing to address dilapidated or out-of-code structures appeared before the Hills?boro City Council during its Nov. 18 meeting. Kevin Tidwell, owner and resident at 206 W. B St., repeated a claim he made at the Aug. 5 meeting that he keeps ?getting harassment from the city? […]

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Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

Flood levees lead to costly project to redraw maps

The levee at Marion was built in the mid-1960s as a response in part to the flood of 1951.?It begins on the north side of Marion and ends up in the natural geographics of what Marion residents call ?the hill.? Without proper levee certification and accreditation by two federal agencies, the cities of Marion and Florence would have federal maps […]

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Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Couple finding that a ?tiny house? is a good fit

Kyle and Danae Schmidt pose in front of the tiny house dream home they have been building in Hillsboro. Once complete, the couple plan to live comfortable in the 200-square-foot structure that includes two lofts. (Zac Remboldt photo) Kyle and Danae Schmidt are building their dream home: a tiny house. Once it?s built, the Schmidts plan to live comfortably in […]

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Marion electric customers can expect increase

Residential and business customers in Marion will see higher electric rates when they get their bills May 1, based on action taken March 24 by the Marion City Council. City Administrator Roger Holter said the rate increase ties to consumer consumption. ?We track from March 15 to April 15 with the amount used during that period sent out on May […]

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Winterizing can increase value and efficiency of your house

Cold winds and temperatures might have snuck up on some people this year before they could take appropriate measures to winterize their homes. Making small adjustments in the home can lead to energy savings and lower utility bills through the winter months, according to Bruce Snead, director of Engineering Extension at Kansas State University. Finding a balance between being comfortable […]

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Property areas identified for reinspection effort

Property areas identified for reinspection effort

?Chances are pretty good the value of that house is going to be more than $50,000 in two years. Are you going to sell it for the same $50,000 you bought it for? More than likely, it will go up based on the market.? ?Ray Cook, Marion County appraiser The Marion County Appraiser?s office is required by state law to […]

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Mueller leaves a strong legacy for county board

Mueller leaves a strong legacy for county board

David Mueller has stepped down from the county?s Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission after 12 years. Commissioner Dan Holub says of Mueller: ?He epitomizes the statement, ?One person can make a difference." Some of the most important people in any community are those who volunteer to serve on boards for the best interest of the public. One such […]

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