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Make a more secure home


hen it comes to the safety of your home and family, no detail is too small. This doesn’t mean you should convert your house into a fortified bunker. From simple precautionary family activities to affordable home surveillance, there are several modest steps to beef up your security and new ideas to integrate into familiar routines.

interrupter (GFCI) can prevent trouble by shutting down appliances whenever they come in contact with water, particularly in rooms where outlets are located near water sources, like the kitchen and bathroom. When it comes to electricity, there are precautionary measures to always follow. By keeping electrical circuits from getting overloaded and flammables out of the way, you could save yourself big trouble.

Be Prepared Set aside one day a month to discuss your family’s home emergency plan. Aside from discussing things like evacuation routes and checklists, assembling preparedness kits is key. Include items like bottled water, nonperishable foods, flashlight, radio, and a first-aid kit. For more information on being prepared, visit

See Home When Not Home What about when you’re not home? Yes, you can make sure windows are locked and draw the blinds. But many families are going further and installing home security cameras they can connect to the Internet and view from any computer or Web-enabled cell phone. Such devices let you know your home hasn’t been burglarized when you are on vacation, or that the kids have arrived safely after school and Fido isn’t chewing up the furniture. These days, installing home surveillance needn’t require expensive, bulky equipment. Making the process simpler, companies such as Panasonic are producing small

Electrical Safety Depending on the age and layout of your home, there could be several lurking electrical hazards. One of them is the potentially tragic combination of electricity and water. A special outlet called a ground fault circuit

high-quality Internet-enabled security cameras that are reliable and remarkably easy to use. For its part, Panasonic has released its one-wire BL-C210 and wireless BL-C230, two sleek cameras providing quick plug-and-play installation and integrated Internet connections. For more information visit panasonic. com/netcam. With built-in microphones and secure online connectivity, not only do these cameras allow you to watch your home from anywhere, but their special sensors can identify

body heat, sound, and motion and send an instant alert to your phone or computer with a photograph when any sensor is triggered. “It’s all about peace of mind, whether you’re away at work or during an extended absence,” stresses Bill Taylor, President of Panasonic System Networks Company of America. “Network cameras enable people to keep an eye on their kids, babysitters, and pets on a daily basis, or remotely monitor their property when traveling. The key is choosing high-quality equipment that is reliable.”


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aving grown up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other and enjoyed making small talk while the kids played in whichever yard was available, it’s hard to imagine that the times have changed so much. Some folks don’t even care to know who they’re living next to and a good number of neighbors don’t even like each other. Living on 10 acres, we don’t have to worry about neighbors although at times it would be nice to have a little chit-chat with someone across the fence. Because neighborhood drama has escalated over the years it’s become necessary to not only put in place laws and regulations, but to enforce them. Read more about being a good neighbor on page 8. While thinking about being neighborly, you might also check out the story on page 14 about making your home more inviting. If you don’t want visitors and are thinking of making a move, this story has some good tips to make your house shout “home, sweet home.”

They say that you actually spend more “awake time” with your co-workers than you do your own family. I imagine that’s true for a lot of us and often times those who listen to our ups and downs in life, while at work, do become faux family members. After being at The Examiner for 30 years, there are just a handful of us who are still around and the stories we could tell on one another would probably make for a good book. Bonnie Hutchcroft and Louane Holeyfield, Realtors at Re/Max Heritage in Blue Springs, teamed up nearly two years ago in helping people buy and sell real estate, although they have had a working relationship that began many years ago. It was fun interviewing them as I could tell that they both love their jobs and have a friendship that expands further than just being coworkers. Read more on page 7. Last year I convinced my boyfriend that if he would put a plastic baggie, half full of water, above the doorways to the house,

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it would cut down on the number of flies that would wander in. He put the bags up, mostly to get me to stop talking about it, and finally had to admit this year that it is working. I read about this method from the Farmer’s Almanac. Flies seem to be outnumbering us this year and even though there may not be as many inside they are running rampant outside. There are many ways to combat flies but there’s always something new on the market to get rid of these flying germs. Read about an interesting new gadget to trap flies on page 18. I love to read information on unique and successful ways to garden and the guy on page 5, who made a garden out of PVC pipe is onto something. I’ll try anything to cut down on the weeds. With all of the rain and hot weather, if nothing else grows like crazy, the weeds will. Thanks for stopping by,

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Gardener finds solution to weeds, critters and more

By Clare Howard

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canning a survival blog, Maj. Clark Davis found a treatise on gardening that piqued his interest - and his appetite. “I’m not a gardener, but I wanted a garden,” said the retired U.S. Army officer who lives in Dunlap, Ill. “I didn’t want to invest in a rototiller or put up a fence to keep out rabbits. I didn’t want to tear up my lawn, and I didn’t want to spend hours weeding.” Davis said he needed a concept that didn’t require a farmer to operate. That’s why the design of a PVC garden appealed to him. He found it on “This gives us the opportunity to raise a lot of our own food without needing a lot of land,” said Davis, who also is enrolled in a CSA (community supported agriculture) that supplies his family with fresh local produce from a nearby farm. This is the second year Davis is harvesting from his PVC garden. He built it with 10-foot long, 6-inch diameter PVC pipes mounted horizontally. He put screening on the ends of each pipe and mounted them on sturdy

hooks on three 4-inch by 4-inch posts set in concrete. The lowest pipe is 18 inches above ground, too high for rabbits but high enough so he can mow grass underneath. Then he drilled 2-inch diameter holes spaced 1 foot apart. He filled the pipes with Miracle Grow soil and planted one seedling in each hole. He waters almost daily. Then he sits back and watches his vegetables grow. “Tomatoes, peppers, broccoli - anything that grows above ground. Not carrots or potatoes,” he said. “This works so well. There is no effort. All I do is put the sprinkler on it. Last year we got buckets of tomatoes.” His tomato plants started producing before others in the neighborhood and continued into the fall after other plants stopped producing. He doesn’t use any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. “Look around here,” he said standing in the backyard of his subdivision. “You see quite a few gardens, but they require weeding, and they are all fenced because of rabbits.” His wife, Maryann Davis, said, “The vegetables are incredible. They’re delicious and unlike store-bought that don’t have much flavor.”

Bob Streitmatter, manager of Luthy Botanical Garden, said this type of tube garden is popular with people who don’t have a lot of space and time. “They are pretty efficient, but like any hanging basket, they need to be watered often. Because they are up in the air, they dry out quickly,” Streitmatter said. “This is

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Properly venting new roofs


We are contemplating a new roof on our 35-year-old home (2,900 square feet), which currently has a hip roof. We have received two different opinions. One roofer recommends no ridge vent and wants to use power and drip vents. The other says to use ridge vents and drip vents. We can find nothing on the drip vents and are at a loss as to what to do. We have two vent fans, one large and one small. We prefer not to use any

electrical vents if possible. Any suggestions?


The purpose of roof venting is to move as much hot or humid air out of the attic as possible, replacing the vented air with fresh dry air. Years of research indicate that a ridge-vent system, incorporated with soffit or eve vents (drip vents), is the most efficient and effective choice. Electric fans, turbine vents, canned vents and gable vents

can be used, but the ridge vent is, in my opinion, superior to any of these vents. The ridge is the peak of a gabled or hip roof. On a gabled roof, it extends the length of the home. A hip roof has a ridge that is much shorter, owing to the four or more hip sections that intersect the ridge. Depending on the pitch of the roof, the length of the ridge of a hip roof can be as little as one-quarter the length of the home. A shorter ridge means you have less area to work with when trying to obtain optimum ventilation. With a minimum standard of 1 square foot of venting for every 300 square feet of attic floor space, trying to obtain half of that venting from the ridge the situation be-

comes complicated. A solution would be to vent the hip rafters wherever possible. Because the ridge and hip vents are open to the weather a low profile vent should be used. A hip vent and a drip edge vent can be seen on the Web at products/ridgeVents-hipridge.shtml. In place of the drip vent, “Cor-a-Vent” makes a low-profile intake vent, which can be installed, low, near the edge of the roof and shingled over to conceal the vent from view. The “In-Vent” system ( and a venting calculator ( can help you determine the amount and type of venting you need.


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t’s common knowledge that teamwork divides the tasks and doubles the success. Bonnie Hutchcroft and Louane Holeyfield, each having over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, not only understand this concept, but also embrace it. Louane and Bonnie, both Realtors at RE/ MAX Heritage in Blue Springs officially became a team almost two years ago although their friendship and partnership developed over many years. “We have worked alongside each other in many different capacities over the years, “Bonnie said, “and becoming a team to provide our experience and knowledge for clients who need and want to buy and sell property, has proven to be the best decision we’ve ever made.” Together, Bonnie and Louane have established a well-rounded and diversified service to clients throughout Eastern Jackson County.

“We primarily focus on Eastern Jackson County,” Louane said. “Mostly because we have both lived in Blue Springs for over 20 years and understand the market and the trends.” Being involved in the community they live, work and have raised families in, Bonnie and Louane contribute by being members of the Blue Springs Chamber, and are involved in Blue Springs School District sponsorships, Community Services League and Blue Springs Rotary. Bonnie has served as past president of the Blue Springs Chamber and is a member of the Economic Development Board as well as on the board of directors for Blue Ridge Bank and Centerpoint Medical Center. “Louane and I are fortunate that we have the support and encouragement of one another,” Bonnie said. “Not only can we service our clients efficiently but we also have time to serve in our communities as well as spend time with our families.” When Louane’s son, Steven, decided to begin his career in real estate, the women took the opportunity to show him the ropes

while they took advantage of seeing the ever-changing market from a pair of fresh eyes. “Honestly, we learn as much from Steven as he learns from us,” Louane said. “He’s been a great asset to our team and provides us the opportunity to stay abreast of the technological world of real estate.” Specializing in the buyer’s end of the real estate transactions, Louane explains that the key to getting a house sold is appropriate pricing for the market as well as showing a home that is clean and uncluttered. Bonnie, who works closely with sellers said, “Re/Max has a great service that is available to all of our clients who have listed their home, in which remarks are posted from those who have shown the house.This way the sellers know first-hand what changes need to be made to make the house more marketable.” Bonnie and Louane are focused on real estate, which is their chosen profession and continues to be a passion for both of them. “We love our jobs and what more can a person ask for — getting to work with

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Avoid potential lawsuit by being a good neighbor


reating your neighbor as you would like to be treated is wisdom that is thousands of years old. And it may be more important than ever in today’s litigious society where a growing number of Americans - nearly 80 percent - live side-by-side in urban and suburban areas, in many cases separated only by a wall. Here are some tips from, a leading online source of legal information, on how to avoid earning the scorn of your neighbors and being the subject of a lawsuit. 1. Get to know your neighbors. Make time to get to know your neighbors. Learning the basics of why they choose to live in your neighborhood, what they desire in a great neighborhood, what they do for a living, what they enjoy doing for fun, and even the names of their kids can pay dividends in avoiding conflicts down the road. 2. Start a neighborhood watch group. Join or form a neighborhood group to watch for unusual or illegal activity in your neighborhood, and to facilitate

common ground among your neighbors. To see if your neighborhood has a watch group, or to register a new group, visit 3. Courtesy call. Open communication is an important part of home ownership, and can help prevent future problems with your neighbors. They are more likely to be supportive with your projects if they know what’s going on ahead of time. If you’re going to have a party that could create some unexpected noise, don’t just tell your neighbors about it, invite them. 4. Maintain your property. Think about the way your property affects your neighbors and imagine the view from their side of the street or fence. Many neighborhood associations and cities maintain covenants or have regulations about property maintenance. 5. Respect property lines. Check all local community laws before landscaping, adding a fence or tree, or launching a remodeling project, such as adding onto your home. If you’re building or landscaping near the property line, make sure you’re in compliance with local codes.

6. Fences. Fences make for good neighbors, but make sure that before you build one, you follow local codes regulating the height, location, material used and appearance of a fence. A neighbor can only remove another’s fence if it poses a danger to those who interact with it. If it is a property-line fence, neighbors have equal share in the future of the fence and must agree in remodeling it. This also means that both neighbors are responsible for maintenance of the fence and need to split all costs for the preservation. 7. Trees. The tree owner is responsible

for the maintenance of the tree and any damage if the tree falls on a neighbor’s lawn or house. If a thunderstorm or other natural disaster forces a tree to cause damage, then the tree owner is no longer responsible. Neighbors are able to trim others’ tree branches; however, if they harm the tree, they could be sued for up to $2,500. 8. Keep pets in control. Pets are free to roam on their owner’s property if they have a fence set up, but if the animals escape and cause damage, it is the pet owner’s full responsibility.

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Jackson County’s largest homebuilder targets a recordbreaking year


ummit Custom Homes is a shining star in today’s housing market boasting year to date sales of 34 new single family homes in its communities throughout Eastern Jackson and Northern Cass Counties. Indeed, 2010 is shaping up to be a record year for the Lee’s Summit based home building company and a year that should place them in the top ten builders on the Kansas City list once again. “The secret to our success is simple,” says company founder Fred Delibero. “We put our customers first and deliver a better built home at a better value than the competition. We have created and built the most innovative and user friendly floor plans available today and we pack them full of standard features including stone and stucco exteriors, tiled bathroom floors, iron spindles and hardwood flooring to name a few. And, we back up every home we build with the best warranty in the industry including 10-years of structural coverage.” Every house built by Summit Custom Homes is also Energy Star certified to meet the most stringent energy efficiency standards. In fact, Summit Custom Homes is a pioneer in green building and is one of the only builders in Kansas City to build every home to meet the strict requirements of Energy Star certification resulting in lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. Summit Custom Homes Green Build Advantage program incorporates many elements of green building that deliver not only a more efficient home, but a home with healthier indoor air quality, all while using environmentally friendly building processes. Other builders may say that they build green or know how to build green, but Summit Custom Homes backs it up with independent third party verification and certifies every home green. No other builder in Kansas





City has built and certified more green homes than Summit. Another secret to success is the companies’ guaranteed buy program offering homebuyers the peace of mind of knowing that when their new home is ready to move into Summit will buy their current home at a pre-agreed upon price eliminating the risk of two mortgage payments. “We have been able to help dozens of families into new homes with this program while alleviating stress and allowing them to focus on the excitement of building a home”, said Delibero. “This program also allows homeowners that might otherwise be sitting on the sidelines to jump into the market and take advantage of the current historically low financing rates.” Summit Custom Homes works closely with area lenders to extend to qualified buyers special financing terms that include up to a six-month interest rate lock for people building with them and mortgages with as little as 5 percent down with no mortgage insurance. Conditions apply, so consult Summit Custom Homes for details. Summit Custom Homes builds throughout the Kansas City market with an emphasis on Eastern Jackson and Northern Cass Counties. They currently build in these fine communities: Lakeside at Chapman Farms, Eagles Ridge and Adam’s Pointe in Blue Springs; Woodland Shores, the Paddock at Richardson Ranch, Foxberry Estates, Mill Creek at Summit Mill, Park Ridge, Fritchie Bluff, Parkwood at Stoney Creek and Winterset Valley in Lee’s Summit; and Ramblewood at Jeter Farms and the Creekmoor resort lifestyle communities in Raymore. In addition, Summit Custom Homes builds in Wilshire Farms in Overland Park, Kansas. For more information on Summit Custom Homes visit one of the model homes, visit their or call their office at 816/246-6700.

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Improve your home’s beauty, function with these tips


n a tough housing market, homeowners want to improve their home’s beauty and functionality while adding resale value. Here are some tips for problem areas that could benefit from the latest home solutions: 1.Timeless decks with natural looks: If your deck has stains and is in an environment that breeds mold and mildew, maybe it’s time to look at some new options on the market. PVC technology is low-maintenance and resistant to stains and damage. 2. Lattice entertain you: Outdoor

planters and window boxes with detailed lattice work and scrolled designs are a great way to beautify the outside of your home. Beautifully crafted window boxes are charming accents to your home and bring color right outside your window. Adding architectural details also makes your home stand out in the neighborhood. 3. Stay pumped, go green: Following one of the wettest winters on record in many areas of the country, keeping your home safe from damaging floodwaters is

critical. A sump pump can offer maximum protection, save energy and is very easy to install. Pick one that features backup battery pumps and alarms for extra protection in case of power outages. Investment in a reliable sump pump and battery backup system is minor compared to the damage water can do to valuables, family heirlooms and your home’s resale value. 4. Repair cracks to prevent future damage: A small crack in your driveway or

cement steps can become a crater, due to harsh weather and temperature changes. Crumbling concrete or cracked driveways can detract from curb appeal and reduce resale value. If properly sealed with the right caulk product, your outdoor masonry or blacktop areas can be repaired without continuing to deteriorate. You can also seal off energy leaks and keep out damaging moisture, indoors and out, such as around windows, receptacles and under the door step.

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Make a more inviting home


hether you’re entertaining guests or trying to sell your house, nothing beats a great first impression. And when it comes to improving its exterior to appear more inviting, there’s no substitute for decorating the curbside view with a few key enhancements that beckon you inwards. That all-important first impression can be enhanced with a few simple cosmetic changes that include: • Slate: There are many natural materials that can be incorporated into outdoor landscaping projects, but one of the most popular is slate. Used patio design, roofing, entryways and more, slate provides a classic and natural outdoor element that works nicely against typical landscapes. Stain-resistant and non-absorbent, it’s also a very durable rock that helps warmly lead visitors into your home. • Landscape Lighting: Outdoor lighting elements not only provide decorative flair, but complement a home’s exterior facade and add that extra touch to the landscape. With a wide variety of creative designs, outdoor lighting also can accent other aspects of your property, including your porch, or the walkway to your patio.

• Energy Efficient Products: The buzz on energy efficient products continues to grow as homeowners remodel and expand outdoor settings.The key to reducing energy consumption in outdoor lighting is the reliance on LED lighting — an ultra energy-efficient light source that uses 75 percent less electricity than typical incandescent lighting. And, depending on the particular style you’re seeking, there are a variety of LED fixtures that can help welcome visitors to your home while accommodating your energy efficient needs. • Outdoor Fans: With an array of exterior cooling options, outdoor fan designs have certainly come a long way. Not only do they provide refreshing, cooler air, but design innovations have made them the perfect accent to any outdoor space. Outdoor ceiling fans are now moisture-resistant to withstand certain weather conditions, and some are even equipped with energy efficient DC motors to reduce energy consumption while being safe for the environment. Whatever styles you pursue, there are many ways to reconfigure your home’s exterior, to make it more inviting and welcoming.

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dOWnTOWn Lee’s sUMMiT Absolutely charming! Situated on a 1/2 acre & backs to city park. 2 car detached garage w/openers + additional 18x18 outbuilding. $199,900.

LakeWOOd ReVeRsed 1.5 STY-True pride of ownership. Villa features 3 bd plus office and boasts exceptional details throughout. Relax on your deck or screened-in porch. $290,000.

LakeWOOd LakeFROnT This elegant reversed 1.5 sty home has 4+ bedrooms, 4.1 baths. Beautiful decks & covered patio, built-in hot tub overlooking lake! Shows like a model home! $959,900.

3731 CHapeL - WOOd CHapeL aCRes Front/back split entry, 4 bdrms, 3bas. Great location, Lee’s Summit address, BS schools. Fin. walkout lower level w/stone frplc. Int. and ext. newly painted & newer carpet. $178,500

LakeWOOd Lake FROnT Patio home. Enjoy lake front living in this rev. 1.5 story, 3BR, 3BA, patio home situated on a great lot. Open flr plan with vaulted ceilings, 2 bdrms on main level. $300,000

seRene WOOded LOT Beautiful 1.5 story lake front w/ panoramic vies on cul-de-sac. Quality throughout! Large finished lower level w/built-ins, & fireplace. Side entry 3-car garage. $349,500.

RanCH Darling ranch home with lots of room to roam. Finished basement, fenced yard, deck off kitchen, f/p in living room, newer windows, paint and much more. $72,500.

Oaks Ridge COndO 3 Bdrm 2.1 bath. Move-in readyNeutral decor! Across the street from park and 2 blocks from Elementary school. $99,900.

WinTeRseT Super sharp! Lots of room for any/all needs! All bdrms w/direct access to bath! Kit offers granite island, smooth cooktop, pullouts, walk-in pantry. $380,000.

bLUe spRings Open & spacious floor plan with updates throughout! Beautiful kitchen w/granite tile & backsplash, newer applcs & wd floors. Awesome 18x27 great room w/ vaulted ceilings. $167,000.

bLUe spRings RanCH Darling ranch on a cul-de-sac. Home has been very well maintained and shows great. Enjoy the large deck & lawn with beautiful trees. $140,000.

JUsT LisTed-gRain VaLLeY Darling 3 bdrm, 2 bath home. Situated on corner lot w/3 car garage. Open floor plan w/vaulted ceilings, large kitchen w/in pantry and island. Incredible finished lower level! $175,000.

LakeWOOd QUieT COVe Beautiful home situated on a treed lakefront lot. Updated kitchen with granite countertops. 5 bedroom 3.1 bath. $349,000.

appLe TRee ManOR COndO Luxury adult living, no maintenance cares here. One of the larger units with sunroom. Near Independence Center. $169,999.

LakeWOOd ReVeRse 1.5 Spectacular-custom, reversed 1.5 story with lake views. Huge main floor master bedroom. Lower level perfect for entertaining. 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath. $459,000.

eXQUisiTe MediTeRRanean esTaTe Situated on golf course. Private treed lot w/3 deck/patio areas & circle drive. Spacious flr plan w/soaring ceilings. Beautiful kit. w/slate, granite & SS appl. $600,000

ROYaL VieW MeadOWs New 2 bdrm ranch duplex w/2 car garage. Up to the moment decor, Friese carpet, gorgeous decorator colors, & fantastic cabinetry. Maintenance provided. Prices starting at $136,500.

LakeWOOd paTiO HOMe Nothing to do here but move in! Renovated kitchen, newer roof, windows, doors, paint, flooring and much, much more!!! $230,000.

WOOds CHapeL aCRes Great location - Lee’s Summit address, Blue Springs schools! Move in ready with brand new carpet. $138,900.

CUTe bUngaLOW! This 3 bdrm home is a must see! Lg deck great for BBQs. Finished w/o basement. Huge lot w/visiting wildlife. $99,500.



Princeton: Style, space set this ranch villa apart


he Princeton plan by Lee’s Summit based Summit Custom Homes, LLC offers the perfect blend of space, styling and convenience for empty nesters and families with older children still at home. The architecture, which blends Frank Lloyd Wright influences with a south western flair, is stunning to say the least with it’s low hip roof lines and use of both masonry stucco and stone veneer materials. Approach the front door from the drive and you’ll be welcomed by a small courtyard and front porch perfect for sitting and chatting with neighbors. The under side of the front soffits are adorned with brackets, while coach lamps on either side of the garage illuminate the evening. A three-car garage is big enough for both the cars and the toys. Enter the front door and you’ll be dazzled with voluminous twelve-foot ceilings in the foyer and great room. An abundance of tile and hardwood flooring coupled with extensive custom trim work, a corner fireplace, and a wall of windows across the rear of the home make this a cozy and comfortable space to be in. The kitchen boasts custom cabinetry complete with a large work island, over-sized walk-in pantry and a generously sized dining area. A master bedroom that’s rather large for a ranch villa style home connects to a spa bathroom designed for the most discriminating homeowners complete with a fully tiled shower with dual shower heads and seat; double vanities with plenty of counter space; a private water closet; and a corner whirlpool bath tub. Just off the master bathroom lies a spacious closet that is conveniently connected to the laundry room. A second bathroom and bedroom perfect for a guest suite or office round out the main level of this stunningly beautiful home. Finish out the optional lower level and take advantage of quite a bit of additional living space. A large recreation room has plenty of space for a home theatre area, pool or game table and a full bar. There are two additional bedrooms with a full bath in between on this level that are perfect for older children and guests, or use them as a gym, hobby room or office.


Width: 55 ft. 0 in. Depth: 62 ft. 0 in. Main Floor: 1,667sq. ft.

Lower Level: 1,062 sq. ft. Total: 2,729 sq. ft. Garage: 655 sq. ft.

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The Princeton truly is a beautiful home that many will find the perfect home for their lifestyle. The Princeton is built throughout the Kansas City market by Summit Custom Homes, LLC, one of the ten largest builders in Kansas City. For more information, contract Fred Delibero at 816/6791330, or visit their website at


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Grain Valley/Oak Grove MAIN FLOOR LIVING! 3bd, 2ba,seller replacing carpet PICK YOUR COLOR NOW! $125k MLS#1684508 Call Kelly 816-808-4000 NEW PRICE, $239,900 8.78 Acres, just 6 miles N of 50 Hwy. 5Bd, 4Ba, TWO kitchens! Finished walkout w/rec rm, full ba, bdrm down. Main level laundry. AWESOME PRICE FOR THE SPACE AND ACREAGE! 569 Lake Paradise Rd MLS#1643639 Call John 816-914-6880 Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000



Amazing Opportunity! Make an Offer!! Reduced to $900,000. This custom built log home with 10.81 acres is beautiful! The view is absolutely breathtaking, you have to see to appreciate! Be prepared to be wowed! Private drive Michelle Smith 816-215-6436 Reece and Nichols



Great Find On The River! This 3bdrm home is a jewel! Excellent piece of property too! Huge kitchen. Main floor master and big bathroom. Upstairs loft/office/fam. rm with a beautiful view of the river! An attached and detached 2 car garage with 54’x18’ Outdoor workshop! dream come true with pretty dreams and lots of room to play in the shaded yard. Excellent buy and only about 20 min from BS/Ind. Very desirable and popular Wellington School Dist!! Easy to set up a showing just call Pat today. Pat Carlson 816-665-1371 Reece and Nichols






PLEASANT HILL FARM! Beautiful 3 bedroom Victorian home sits on 73 acres. Wrap around deck, inground sports pool, 20x30 barn, large pond, great for livestock. SALLY GROVES 816-655-6515 Reece and Nichols

Huge Harrisonville Villa Maintenance provided, $135K. LOTS of extras, 3 pantries, main laundry, enclosed porch, high ceilings, enormous liv rm, formal dining, tiled bath, solar lights, plantation shutters, decorative security windows. Mom will love it! MLS#1662578. 3002 WONDERFUL HOME Eastern Hills Parkway. ON 10 ACRES! Home Sweet Home Honey, Stop The Car and Realty Check Out This Home! 4 816-808-4000 bdrm, 4 ba, Custom built w/walkout bsmt., hardwoods, 3 car + utility garage. Deal of 2010. $314,000! JANE ANN RAW 816-405-3399 Reece and Nichols


No Fly Zone

It’s Cow Appreciation Day (yes, really!) Today is when America’s farm schools and organizations pay homage to the bovine species. Today you’ll learn that a new product for cows and horses can make your life better too! Here’s how: If biting flies are keeping you and your family out of your yard and away from the pool, a new product just introduced for horses and cows just may be the way out you’re looking for! The Horse Pal fly trap uses no chemicals or bait to lure two types of biting flies (specifically horseflies and deerflies) in with methodical efficiency that is truly amazing. The result? This odorless, two-foot square trap of marine-grade canvas and fiberglass screen over a five-foot high steel frame with a “lure” on top and collection jar below effectively clears up to several acres! With a cost of just over $200, it’s a small price to pay if biting flies are ruining your summer days and nights.

Ovens that self-clean Part of the “good life” is having appliances that do the work for you, like self-cleaning ovens for instance. Sometimes we’re inclined to give them a little help with a commercial oven cleaner and a good hand-scrubbing to loosen cooked-on goo, but it’s not the right thing to do. Chemicals can pit and ruin the porcelain surface, and when the oven reaches 850 degrees or 900 degrees during the high-heat self-cleaning cycle, chunks of porcelain as big as six inches across can start popping off the oven walls. Put away the cleaner and rubber gloves and relax while your oven self-cleans. Once it’s done what it’s supposed to do, wipe up the carbon ash residue with a damp cloth. It’s less work, more fun and won’t damage your oven. Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” would surely say, “here’s to the good life, champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” (And machines that do dishes while your oven self-cleans.)

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BLUE SPRINGS 2nd tier, 3bd, 2ba, open floor plan, garage w/parking and newer covered dock. $1200 per month, $1000 dep. 113 P Lake Shore Drive. Call Sam at 816-507-6891







Lots of pluses w/this one. Master on main lvl, huge bedrooms, 18x36 ingrnd pool, 30x40 outbldg. w/elec for RV & attach garage!! CHRISTINA BROWN All sellers and buyers 816-896-8916 are provided concise Reece and Nichols history book for Subject property. Call me for further details. Audrey Elder 816-419-2710/503-4662 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND



Covered sun porch. HOMES FOR SALE Three bedrooms and 860 INDEP./SUGAR CRK two full and one half bath. First floor family room. First floor laundry. Great location.. Barbara Bridgforth 816-898-3043/503-4626 $95,000 - PRICED TO REECE & NICHOLS SELL! EASTLAND Remodeled three bedroom, 1.5 bath ranch. Great neighborhood and schools. Within Walking distance to Glendale Park. A must see! Dana Jolliffe 816-405-2298/373-9292 REECE & NICHOLS HOME SWEET HOME EASTLAND WITH LOTS OF


ADORABLE MOVE-IN READY HOME!!! Huge price reduction! Seller says get it SOLD! 2 bedroom, 1 bath with vinyl siding, thermal windows. New AC installed at closing!! JANICE CUNHA 816805-2207 Reece and Nichols

GREAT CASH FLOW OPPORTUNITY! All brick four-plex. Two bedroom units with basements, garages and decks! Rents for $1925 per month. Only $160,000! Rhonda Dykal 816-522-1124 Reece & Nichols Eastland

Large entry, formal living room and oversized dining room. Two fireplaces. Master bedroom with huge bath. Lots of closet space. See more at Dan O'Neill 816-786-0317/503-4668 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

SUPER BUY ON THIS REMODELED RAISED RANCH! Sits on three great lots. Three bedrooms and two full baths. Totally remodeled kitchen that will knock your socks off! Clean and move-in ready! $105,000 Robin Clark The Clemons Home Team 816-200-6513/503-4601 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND



Independence Area

$129K Fabulous all brick ranch with a huge fenced yard and great location, 3 bdrm, 2 ba, kitch has tons of cabinets/2 pantries, gorgeous hardwoods in liv rm, lrge fin walk out MLS#1677229 bsmnt. Call Kelly 816-808-4000 Noland/47th Well maintained Ranch 3bd, 1ba, new roof, HUGE mstr suite, HUGE yard and LOTS of storage. $117,500 MLS#1680214 Cutest little bungalow w/full basement and good bones. 3bd, 2ba, $82,500 MLS#1684612 Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000

NEW! $104,900! Split entry. Three bedrooms and one full and one half bath. Two car garage. Seller will help with closing costs. 15105 E. Truman Road Larry LaGrece 816-665-3135/503-4609 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND


Raised ranch with 3 bedrooms and two baths. Large living room with fireplace. Hardwood floors. Two car garage. New roof in 2009. Shirley Stanley 816-252-1207/503-4608 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

TIRED OF MOWING, PAINTING...?! Lovely, no maintenance, 2BR, 2BA ranch style condo. Fireplace, storage room, carport. All appliances stay. Beautiful pool and community room. Must see. $87,000 MARY JO WILSON 816-655-6587 Reece and Nichols



So Nice For The Price! 291/Hidden Valley. Immaculate 3bd, 2 ba, on Cul-de-Sac with so many upgrades. Fresh paint, Italian tile, granite, Jacuzzi & pool with beautiful landscaping. Fin bsmnt and all appliances stay. $154,900 MLS#1680600 Home Sweet Home Realty, Kelly 816-808-4000




All windows are tinted in front. 4bdrms, 3bas, fin. walk-out bsmt, form. din. rm. Beautiful yard, very, very well kept. ext. Great neighborhood! Priv. fence, 2 car gar. $165,000 MICHELLE SMITH 816-215-6436 Reece and Nichols

Blue Springs, Reverse

What a gem for $105k Sold in few short days for reason, flipped no fault of seller & back on market! All brick 3 bd, 1.5 ba ranch in excl shape. New crpt/paint, thermal windows, Lrge room sizes and so may updates. Phelps/40th MLS#1678603 Home Sweet Home Realty, Kelly 816-808-4000

1.5 Story, 3 bedrooms w/possible 4th, 2.5 baths, 2 storage rooms, 3 car, huge fenced lot, backs to fishing pond. 9 years young, $259K. Julie Dumsky R&N, 816405-9331. www.juliedumsky.







HOMES FOR SALE inside/out. Large living

BLUE SPRINGS room walks out to a large yard and deck, great for entertaining. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath w/double vanities. JANE McCLAIN 816-289-0293 Reece and Nichols

Affordable lake side living.

This Vintage Lotawanna Home on Great Water is listed at a price to sell! 3bd, 2 baths, Pontoon size boat well dock with a swim arm. 2 separate living quarters with a screened in porch outside the lower level kitchen. 66-S Lake Shore Drive. Contact me today for a showing. Belinda Olson belinda@reeceand 816-401-8190 Reece and Nichols


Lake Tapawingo Homes 24 Emerald Drive. Price Reduced! So much room for $299K. Awesome dock/ water location. Vaulted, +40 kitch cabnts, fireplace, two kitchens, humongous walkout bsmnt, garage, extra drive, tons of storage, enclosed porch, new roof, siding, gutter, hvac, thermal windows. MLS#1661101 - 78 Anchor, 240 ft of shoreline, one of the most beautiful lots on entire lake w/ highly sought after boat house, $385K. WOW, WOW, WOW! MLS#1670631. Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000.





Lotawana Homes 7 Hwy/Gate 5, just 1/2 mile south of Colbern, THE ROCK HOUSE. Very nice, clean, open floor plan. Take your boat UNDER 7 hwy to lake's cool! $129K. so MLS#1670978 Clint's cell 816-519-4489. 113 L Lake Shore, 1st tier, all new, covered dock, amazing kitch w/ stainless appliances,$399K #MLS#1661492. 49 W Lake Shore $145K!! Great weekend getaway! 2 bdrm, 1 ba, EVERYTHING inside/out! NEW, Appliances stay. Gleaming hdwds. 24 X 12 Deck. Flat level walk to private swim dock in good water! MLS#1637985. - 202-204 L Lake Shore $219k! Everything you'd want at the lake, space, parking, 2 docks on calm water. 3bdrm, 2ba with lots of upgrades! Lease option purchase. MLS#1674344 Call Kelly at 816-808-4000 Home Sweet Home Reality

This One Won't Last! New On Market in Moreland Manor Sunny & Bright home on quiet cul de sac Exceptionally well cared for 3 bedroom, 2 _ bath Finished family room opens to covered patio & beautiful in-ground pool. $137,500 Peggy Rutherford The McGraw Team 816.655.6525 Reece & Nichols Realtors



$135,000 - SIDE TO SIDE SPLIT Four bedrooms and two baths. Large living room with fireplace. Eat-in kitchen. See more at Dan O'Neill 816-478-0317/503-4667 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND



NEW PRICE ON A MOVE-IN READY BRICK RANCH! Screened patio. Large family room. Three bedrooms. glenna@glennalunce Glenna Lunceford 816-517-9988/503-4639 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND



Nice Sibley Home on 4 Acres! Behind scenic Sibley Orchards. Beautiful country setting home with 3 bdrm, 1 bath, 1 det. garage, above ground pool, remod kit and more! Must see! Christina Brown 816-896-8916 Reece and Nichols



HOMES FOR SALE 3.92 acres w/ 4 bdrm. 2

LEE’S SUMMIT story home, Adjoins another property of 4 acres also for sale w/ another company (for 2.3 Million) $249K for the acreage AND the home! MLS #1488956 Clint's cell LEE'S SUMMIT. 816-519-4489. Home Sweet Home Super Sharp Ranch. Realty Seller's took 3 bdrm, 816-808-4000 coverted to oversized 2

bdrm w/ bigger master, living room. Extra big driveway for RV. Main floor laundry. Park-like fenced back yrd w/ covered patio. New roof, windows. Vaulted kitchen. $113K. UH HUGH! MLS#1682014 Priced Aggressively Home Sweet Home Realty, Kelly 2 Story 816-808-4000 5bdrm, 3.5ba, corner lot on cul-de-sac. Amazing square footage, perfect for a family that likes to entertain. Finished basement walks out to a gorgeous in-ground swimming pool surrounded by great landscaping. Just ROMANTIC Listed $220,000.00 CHARM Tracey Designed with beautiful White-Baldridge wooded grounds leads 816-229-6391 you to this lovely 1.5 Reece and Nichols story, 5 year new, custom built home. Secluded off Woods Chapel in Lee’s Summit, next to Lakewood. 4 bdrm, 3.5 ba, unbelievable, breathtaking!!! $450K WONDERFUL TRACEY WHITE-BALDRIDGE LOCATION 816-803-9902 WONDERFUL HOME Reece and Nichols Quail Walk Raised Ranch. REDUCED $5,000. New ext. paint & new roof. 3bdrms, 2 1/2 BA. Grt rm w/frplc. Quality fin. fam. rm in lower level. Abundant storage, fenced yd. $140,000 THE McGRAW TEAM 816-655-6525 Reece and Nichols


ONE OWNER RANCH Quality built three bedroom and three bath. Full walkout basement. First floor family room and first floor laundry. Barbara Bridgforth 816-898-3043/503-4626 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

5 BED, 4 BATH ON 8 ACRES $240K. Perfect for home based business or separate living. Acreage w/stocked pond and 24x40 building that is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. STEVE ADAMS 816-589-2687 Reece and Nichols

Price Reduced! Great Ranch in Raytown! 3BRS, 3 baths, liv rm & family room with fireplace. Private master bedrm and bath. Lovely kitchen with newer floor. Covered deck, fenced yard, siding. Sally Groves 816-655-6515 Reece and Nichols

HOLY COW what a makeover! New windows, crpt, paint, granite counter tops and MORE!! All it needs is you to call it Home Sweet Home! $75k MLS#1683452 Clint's cell 816-519-4489 Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000

Red Bridge/Elmwood. International House of Prayer area. Pristine 3 bdrm, full bsmnt, huge fenced yd, many extras, appliances stay, SWEEET! Massive bsment. $109K. MLS#1675009 Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000


Move-in ready. Warm and inviting. Recently updated with granite kit. countertops. Huge mstr and fin bsmt. Awesome backyd, 2 tier deck & RANCH ON CUL- patio. Corner lot. PAT & BRUCE DE-SAC CARLSON OVER 1900 SQ. FT. ON 816-665-1371 MAIN LEVEL. Two Reece and Nichols woodburning fireplaces. Tile entry way, main Floor laundry. Large fenced backyard. Call or text Jennifer at 816699-0619 or Kathy Liggett 816-616-4273/503-4637 REECE & NICHOLS STYLISH LIVING! EASTLAND From the beautifully landscaped yard to the bamboo kitchen floor. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is a creative masterpiece waiting for you! BELINDA OLSON 816401-8190 belinda@reeceand Reece and Nichols




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BEAUTIfUL HOME ON ONE ACRE Cute and neat 3 bedroom ranch on manicured one acre lot. Move-in ready. Quiet, nice neighborhood. Call for showing today. BILL VINYARD (816) 200-6785

26 ACRES This home sits on a treed lot with lots of privacy. Front gate needs code to enter. Home has great view and is in good shape. All electric. Roof 2 years old. DAVID SANDERSON (816) 373-8484, EXT. 367

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RENT TO OWN – $650/MO. 11312 E. 39TH TERR Darling ranch, garage, C/A, 2 large decks, new carpet, FHA appraised. Ready to go. $54,000 JUDY ENgLE 816-589-8933 JUDYENgLE.COM JUDYENgLE@REMAX.NET

BELLEVISTA CONDO $99,000! New low price, 1st floor, 1,600 sq ft! 2 bdrms + 2 full baths + 2 liv rooms + office. Wheelchair access from garage! LINDA PRINgLE 816-807-2428

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