Real Estate Focus

New business coming to Marion in February

Dorothy's Coffee House and Tea Room will be opening up at the beginning of February. It is located in a former house across the street from the Historic Elgin Hotel on Third Street in Marion. While the business is separate from the Elgin, it's still all in the family. Glenda and ...

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Hillsboro council has questions for CKC group

by Don Ratzlaff The Free Press The Hillsboro City Coun­cil met in a special session June 22 to approve several routine items. The meeting was moved from June 19 to June 22 to accommodate the schedules of the participants. The ...

Groves aiming for affordable family homes

Subdivision developer Russell Groves of Hillsboro goes over the plans for the stages of his 30-acre development for affordable homes to attract buyers wanting to start a family or retirees looking for an accessible house to call home.

About three years ago, Russell and Jane Groves began envisioning a project that could benefit their adopted hometown of Hills­boro. The project—a new affordable housing option for beginning families as well as retirees looking to move to town. It’s taken ...

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 ...

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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. ...

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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, north of Sherman Street. The presentation was made Dec. 19 by Fred Bentley, director of rental development with KHRC and Marion Mayor Todd Heit­schmidt. “The (grant) ...

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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 file a payment under protest. Lisa Reeder, who succeeded Ray Cook as appraiser in July, said there are two, possibly three times a year when taxpayers can appeal valuations. “The first ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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