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Highlights from the current crop of seed, plant catalogs By SANDI GENOVESE

Scripps Howard News Service n Celebrating its 135th year, Burpee is still the seed king. Its catalog-cover crop is the aptly named Kings of Color tomato collection, with red, pink, orange and yellow tomatoes all in the same pack. It’s a chef’s fantasy, the perfect variety for a mixed-tomato plate. And Burpee boasts that the tomatoes weigh in at a pound apiece. n Specializing in organic seeds and plants, Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (www. groworganic.com) boasts bushels of rainbowhued potatoes, 158 varieties of bare-root fruit trees and 14 kinds of blueberries. I wish I had room for an orchard. The Bella Gold Peaco-

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NEW PRICE IN LAKEWOOD SHORES

Amazing 4BR, 3.1BA, 1.5 st. + loft/5thBR or office. Tons of new. Granite in chef’s kitchen & all baths. All new ss appliances. Huge walk-in closets in all bedrooms. Luxurious master suite. Call for all the great details. $359,000 JULIE HENKE 816-716-7006

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3BR, 2BA all brick ranch, with no stairs. This is just one of the floor plans available. Homes range from $150-$200K. Great area and schools. For 24 hour information, call (888) 203-3708, code 0235

ries that taste like their blue cousins but look far different. It’s the kind of fruit bush that can slip into the front yard flowerbeds and make itself at home. (Its flowers are pink, too.) n Marking its 200th anniversary, Comstock Seeds (www.rareseeds.com) offers a dazzling array of heirloom vegetables and flowers with illustrations that stress each seed’s old-timey roots. Such names as Black Valentine, Lazy Wife and Contender (all green beans) stir nostalgia and curiosity. Among the melons are Pineapple (a favorite in Thomas Jefferson’s garden) and the outrageously small Queen Anne’s Pocket Melon, a orange-and- yellowstriped beauty that’s ripe at only 2 to 3 inches long. (Unfortunately, they don’t taste so great, but aren’t they pretty?)

NO SNOW AND NO MOW! $185,000 MUST SEE! This Independence maintenance provided ranch. Clean and move-in ready with screened patio and great neighborhood. Call! STEvE ADAMS 816-589-2687 SteveAdams@reeceandnichols.com

Wonderful space, great quality. Pride of ownership really shows. This builder trade is truly move-in ready. 3BR, 2.5BA, finished family room in lower level. Fresh paint and carpeting throughout. $169,000. THE MCGRAW TEAM 816-655-6526 mcgrawteam@reeceandnichols.com

THE NEEDLE IN THE HAySTACK

Once you see this home, you’ll look no further. Convenient to schools, shopping in Blue Springs. Cozy and warm with new tiltin windows and carpet. New kitchen and bath updates from tile to faucets! Come visit today! Go ahead, take advantage. Someone else has done the hard part, just move in! Call Pat Carlson...Let’s go see it! PAT & BRUCE CARLSON 816-665-1371

HONEy, STOP THE CAR! ALL BRICK 3BR, newly remodeled home with many extras! New paint, carpet, tile and vinyl. Sits on a nice treed lot. All this for $112,500. JANE ANN WILLIAMS 816-655-6574

WELCOME HOME TO OAK GROvE Really fresh, very clean 3BR, 1BA raised ranch. New int. & ext. paint. New french doors, front shutters & bannister. ’09 new roof. Come on by! LINDA STEvINSON 816-589-7039

BARGIN BUNGALOW IN INDEP. 2BR, 1BA. Living room, dining room. Laundry in kitchen, large fenced yard, only $35,000. Call for more details! KATHy ELLIS-MOONEy 816-582-0160 www.kathyellis@reeceandnichols.com


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ith Valentine’s Day approaching I want to tell you about one of my true loves. Besides my kids, dad and boyfriend, this newspaper has been courting me for the past 30 years. I’m not “breaking up” with the paper — although I have moved out on my own. Even though my last day at the paper was Friday, I’m fortunate our publisher has agreed to allow me to continue writing for WelcomeHome, as he understands the passion I have for this real estate magazine I helped launch five years ago. A big part of the reason we have held our ground, even through rocky real estate times, is because of our advertisers, who have believed in what this product has to offer, and have continued to be a part of our success. Even though I may be “officially” leaving the office of the newspaper, I’m happy I will still be interacting with these Realtors who have been the backbone of WelcomeHome. Along with advertisers, our success can

only happen because of those of you who turn to WelcomeHome for information on buying and selling homes. Thank you for making our job so much easier and for continuing to read our magazine. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, check out the 3-D card you can create on page 5. Homemade gifts of love aren’t exclusively for children to make, as adults appreciate the time and effort, probably even more so than just purchasing a pre-printed card. If you don’t have the resources to make a card, or don’t want to fight the cold weather to buy one, give your loved ones a call on Valentine’s Day, just to tell them how much they mean to you. That’s worth its weight in gold! Still on the theme of love, home interior expert Mary Garrity expresses her fondness for the color blue in her column this week on page 7. I can honestly say I have never had much blue in my décor but I can see where it can add a touch of softness in the midst of earth tone colors. This week’s feature story is on Meadow-

brook Estates in Independence. Hosting an open house on Saturday, Feb. 19, Realtor Michael Bailey is excited to introduce three homeowners who will open their homes for public viewing. This speaks volumes for the Builder and Realtor and the homeowners’ trust and belief in what they offer. Check it out on pages 8 and 9. It’s seed catalog time and what better time to dream about what to plant in the spring than when we’re staring at several feet of snow. Even if you’ve never planted a garden, take the time to check out the huge selection of seeds our soil in the Midwest can nurture into thriving plants for fresh produce. Gardening is one of those things in life that is like the old saying of “try it, you might like it,” as the dirt and sweat it takes to plant is always worth the harvest. Thanks for stopping by,

Sandy Turner

If you have a question that you would like a professional to answer, questions or comments in general, or if there is something that you would like to see covered in WelcomeHome, please e-mail Sandy Turner at sandy.turner@examiner.net or call her at 816-350-6314. Sandy looks forward to hearing from you.

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Going 3-D for Valentine’s Day homemade cards....... 5 Falling head over heels in love with blue.......................7 Meadowbrook Estates open house features current homeowners........... 8, 9 An easy way to understand oven calibration.................. 11 Tips to help indoor plants thrive this winter..........................12 Classifieds..................15

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This year, take your Valentine’s Day to 3-D

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his year there is no man in my life — and suddenly I am loving Valentine’s Day. I’m making valentine cards for each of my family members and a few close friends as well. Turns out, it’s great fun to have a special day to remind friends and family of how much I love them. My valentine is a card (consisting of three separate layers) that becomes three-dimensional when assembled. I call it a heart-y diorama because the first layer has a large window cut out that allows viewing the second and third layers, much like a diorama. The key is to stagger the length of each layer, making sure that the third (and longest) layer will fit into the envelope. The largest, standard-sized envelope that I can mail, without extra postage, is 6 by 9 inches, so my third layer is just a fraction smaller and is decorated with XX’s and OO’s. The middle layer is a 1-1/2 by 7-3/4-inch strip with hearts glued to the top edge. The front layer is 6 by 7 inches with a large window cut out of the middle, and is decorated with valentinethemed embellishments. All three layers have small, matching holes punched in the corners

17523 E R.D. MizE RD. inDEpEnDEncE $138,500 and the back of the last layer contains my heartfelt message. Assembly is easy: align all of the layers on the left side and fasten them together with small, colored brads. Attach two brads to the right side of the front cover so that the card remains flat for mailing. When your card arrives, your loved one need only open the prongs of the brads on the right side and poke them through the second and third layers to create

the arc that makes the card three-dimensional. Once I stopped worrying about how much love to share, I discovered that Valentine’s Day afforded the perfect opportunity to connect in a loving way with my family and friends. Who knew it would be so simple?

Contact Sandi Genovese and find free video demonstrations of more photo projects at www. scrapbookshowgram.com.

Very well maintained ranch home. Huge amount of space for the money. Great location. Owner is anxious to sell. This is a must see home! Brick front, maintenance free siding, 50 year roof.

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p until a few years ago, my heart belonged to green. And while green and I are still the best of friends, I am now head over heels in love with blue and celebrate this amazing color daily by using a liberal amount of blue in my decorating. If you would like to sing the blues with me this winter, here are some ideas for working this wonderful color into your decor. I adore blue walls, because blue typically looks terrific with just about anything. When I was developing my custom line of interior wall paint, I wanted to come up with a shade of blue that reminded me of my mother-in-law, Mimi, who was also a big fan of blue. Mimi brought a bolt of light blue fabric with her from Ireland that she used to make all sorts of things for her home. Dan and I dubbed the shade “Mimi Blue,” and it is very similar to Front Porch, a

wonderful light blue in my Mary Carol Artisan Paints line. If you don’t want to paint a room blue, why not just a ceiling? When Dan and I renovated our historic fixer-upper, I painted the kitchen Garrity Cream, a warm, buttery off-white. But I couldn’t stand to not have some color in the space, so I covered the ceiling in Front Porch. Similarly, I painted the ceiling of my screened porch Amelia Blue, a punchy shade that’s also in my paint line. Having blue ceilings makes me feel I’m under sunny skies all year long. If you are crafty, there is no end to what you can do with a can of blue paint. Why not give a dated piece of furniture a new lease on life by painting it a hip shade of blue? Scout around in your basement, at estate sales or at flea markets for great old pieces that need some TLC, like frames, bookcases or chairs, then zip

of the week! WOW! 1st tier w/dock in Lake Lotawana. BIG house w/new roof, wndws, electrical, 2 car gar, level walk to dock. 22x13 living rm! So much house for $225K.

$60K cutie pie! Never seen a bigger liv rm & bdrms in a 2 bdrm house! FULL basement w/bar, pool table. Indep. SUCH A NICE HOUSE! 23rd/Ralston.

Wow! 4BR, 3 full BA, California Split. $155K! Lone Jack, walk-out bsmnt w/wet bar, BR, full BA. SS appliances stay, granite counters...WHAT A PRICE!

Oh, the chef will KISS YOU! Amazing granite kit, big liv rm w/FP, fenced yard. $122,500 – You won’t find a better deal in Odessa. Lease option available.

FOR RENT: Lake Lotawana, 3BR, 2BA, 2nd tier. Gate 1. $1,100/mo. $1,000 deposit. Available immediately.

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them up with your favorite tone of turquoise, robin’s-egg or periwinkle. The girls who work with me in the fabric room at Nell Hill’s Briarcliff like to tease that every one of the blue fabrics we get in is my favorite. They’re right! But how can you choose just one, when you know that just a few yards of blue fabric, whether it’s a playful floral or a sophisticated damask, can do so much to elevate the design of a home? For instance, right now I’m upholstering lots of furniture in dark blue because this rich color is wonderfully dramatic yet versatile enough to act as a neutral. Meanwhile, we’re selling tons of accent pillows in a bold blue ikat pattern. This ancient pattern that’s super hot right now looks wonderful on contemporary sofas and chairs. Or, use blue toile, floral and paisley fabrics to give

your pieces a more romantic, classic feel. Or, do things the Nell Hill’s way — assemble a mix of modern and traditional fabrics in a range of blues. If you’re thinking about remaking your bedding ensemble this spring, consider going with a blue-and-white color palette. You can’t go wrong with this timeless combination, which looks great in all seasons. And then there are blue dishes. I use my blue-and-white transferware year-round, remaking its look every season by adding appropriate touches. For instance, in spring, I like to pair my transferware with apple-green accents. In the fall, I often mix it with orange. While only one room in my home is painted blue, you’ll find pops of blue throughout my entire house, thanks to a wide array of blue accents I like to mix in and around.


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THE RIVERTON II: Model Ranch - 2,228 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 car garage - $234,900 + Lot

Residents open their homes to the public

“With both of us working outside of the home and having to sell our current home, it was a relief to work with a highly By sandy turner knowledgeable and profes- WelcomeHome sional company that prides ith spring just around the corner, itself in removing the “home Meadowbrook Estates in Independence, is bustling with activity build burdens” from their as future homeowners begin the exciting procustomers. We made several cess of building their dream home. changes to our floor plan and Three current homeowners in Meadowthroughout the process McBee brook have agreed to open their homes to the listened and made suggestions public to showcase three different floor plans to ensure our satisfaction. The McBee Custom Homes offers in a special open house on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. home we have today is what to 4 p.m. we dreamed of and more! From “What better testimony to McBee’s custhe craftsmanship to the ser- tomer satisfaction in building their homes vice you provided we could not than to have three homeowners agree to open their homes for others to see,” Michael Bailey, be happier.” of Bailey Home Team from Reece and Nichols

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spect of McBee Custom Homes.” The McBee standard features put into every home built revolves around providing the homeowner with not only elegance and quality but also an energy saving environment. “The 5-star caulk and foam package lowers the air exchange rate inside the home, which essentially reduces the loss of heat or air conditioning by half,” Bailey said. “This isn’t an upgrade charge with McBee, this is their way of building.” Homes are also equipped with an electric 14 Seer Heat Pump and a 92 percent efficient Goodman gas furnace. The foundation walls are built a foot higher than the normal eight

feet to allow for easy access if homeowners decide to have a finished basement. “I believe so much in what McBee has to offer, my wife and I are in the process of having our home built here in Meadowbrook,” Bailey said. “The product, price and quality of McBee homes are unbeatable. The value in these homes can do nothing but go up.” All of the homes built by McBee earn a fivestar energy rating on the Home Energy Rating System. McBee, who was recognized in 2010 for building the first certified green home in Independence, has taken the leading edge in reducing carbon footprints in the environment.


welcomehome “My wife and I had Steve McBee build our home in 2004. We had quite a few special requests that Steve accommodated for us and we were absolutely impressed with the final product. However, it was how he took care of us after we moved in that was really extraordinary. He was always on top of any issue that came up and had a contractor out to fix it right away, many times within the same day. We were very pleased and we wouldn’t even think of having any other company build a home for our family. Thank you very much Steve!” – Jim Bedsworth, Jr. “The homes built in Meadowbrook are all made with energy efficiency at the forefront,” Bailey said. “Although to be a certified green build, it does tack on an additional cost to the homeowner.” The floor plans all include hardwood flooring, granite countertops, Knotty Alder custom cabinets, wood and stone accented fireplace, stamped driveway border, sidewalk and front porch with stucco and stone curb appeal on the exterior. Meadowbrook, located east of Little Blue Parkway on R.D. Mize, provides easy access to the Independence Commons Area, I-70 for a quick commute, Centerpoint Medical Center and plenty of opportunities for recreation and entertainment. “We are within walking distance of the Little Blue Walking Trail,” Bailey said. “And minutes from Blue Springs Lake, shopping, golf courses and schools.” Although located within the Independence city limits, Meadowbrook is in the Blue Springs School district. The three floor plans being showcased, in addition to the model, on Feb. 19 will include the Wentworth, a California Split, the Cambridge, a two-story, and the Gallatin, which is a story-and-a-half. “The tour begins with our model home at 21513 E 32nd Terrace,” a duplicate of the 2010 Grand Award Winner, “where we will provide refreshments as well as detailed information about the McBee standard way of building.”

For more information, call Michael Bailey at 503-4685 or visit McBeeCustomHomes.com

9 The Cambridge: Two story, 2295 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 and a ½ baths, $209,900 + Lot

The WENTWORTH: California Split, 2600 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, $219,900 + Lot

The GALLITIN: 1 and ½ story, 2,515 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths, $234,900 + Lot


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Lakewood

Discover Eastern Jackson County’s best kept secret!

Enjoy all the amenities that Lakewood has to offer such as a private golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, clubhouse, security, special interest clubs and so much more!!

805 Fairway Homes Court $175,000

120 NW Lakewood Blvd $200,000

Completely updated patio home! Renovated kit, new paint, carpet, roof, windows, HVAC and so much more!

Pride of ownership! Beautiful deck overlooking treed, serene backyard.

609 NE Dick Howser $300,000

402 Point Drive - $300,000

Priced to sell! 1.5 sty, 3 car garage, 5 bdrm, 4.1 bath on a quiet cul-de-sac lot-Large kit/ hearth room w/ woodfloors.

Rare find! Lakefront town home in maintenance provided parcel of Lakewood. 3 bedrooms & 3 full bathrooms.

604 NE Pinehurst $220,000

Beautiful ranch reverse, tranquil setting on scenic Lakewood Oaks Golf Course #6 hole. Nestled on quiet, low traffic cul-de-sac.

4600 Dick Howser Circle $650,000

This lakefront villa has upgrades galore. Open fl plan, soaring ceilings, 4 FPs, 3 car gar, fin w/o LL. Beautiful veranda overlooks lake.

5337 Northgate Crossing $600,000

Exquisite Mediterranean estate situated on Lakewood Oaks golf course. Private treed lot w/3 deck/patio areas & circle drive.

3902 Woodridge Drive $225,000

Great 2 story floor plan on a cul-de-sac. 4BR, master ste w/sitting room, tub, double vanities, & large w/i closet.

4212 NE Courtney Drive $475,000

Gorgeous lakefront-original owners - pride of ownership shows! Updated kitchen with island, granite counters, hrdwd flrs in kit/great rm.

609 LaCosta -$300,000

Enjoy lakefront living in this reverse 1.5 story, 3BR, 3BA, patio home. Neutral decor, 2 fireplaces, finished w/o lower level .

312 NE Landings - $550,000 Stunning waterfront home with one of the best views in Lakewood! Completely renovated interior 2010. Screened in porch and finished walkout lower level.

THE MARCIA WALLACE TEAM | 816.251.1745 Visit our website to take a virtual tour: Marciaw.reeceandnichols.com


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Calibrating your oven’s heat

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hone rings: “Jim, can you suggest a good stove?” I’ve heard this so often. I can take a good guess at why: The caller’s oven over the years has changed. It has a much lower or higher real temperature than

what its dial reads. For less than $20, buy a digital oven thermometer. Your oven should be within 5 degrees of the temperature on the dial. Aother way is to buy brown-and-serve rolls

and bake them at exactly the time and temp on the package. If they are over or under done, then adjust the time, and make note of it so you can account for the time difference later. Once you know how far off your oven is, you can recalibrate it. Many ovens have a calibration gauge under the temperature knob. Pry it off. This will make your oven warmer or cooler

at the stated temperature. Moving the arrow one notch usually is 10 degrees. If your oven has an electronic control, check your manual for how to adjust it. If all else fails, call an appliance repair person. Also, remember that electric ovens generally are more accurate than gas ones.

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3513 S. ATHERTON Blue Springs Schools near Independence Center. Three bedrooms and two full baths. New carpet and roof. Fence. Move-in ready! Call for private showing. LARRY LAGRECE 816-665-3135

CUTE STARTER HOME Located in the Rockwood Heights area. Corner, fenced lot. Full basement. Wood floors. Appliances stay. Updated kitchen. Call or text Jennifer at 699-0619 or KATHY LIGGETT 816-616-4273

Three car garage. Unique home with gourmet kitchen, three bedrooms and two full and one half baths. Great room with 9’ ceilings. Beautiful crown molding. Screened porch. BARBARA BRIDGFORTH 816-898-3043

REDUCED! BRICK RANCH! MUCH NEW HERE!!! First floor laundry and two full baths in this remodeled 1.5 story home. Great neighborhood. GLENNA LUNCEFORD 816-517-9988

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Located in desirable, established neighborhood. Three bedrooms and two full and one half baths. Fenced yard. Screened porch. Full basement. Utilities on first floor. BARBARA BRIDGFORTH 816-898-3043

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GLENDALE GARDENS! Move-in ready! This home has been updated! Spacious three bedrooms, two baths, double garage, fireplace, finished rec room and large, privacy fenced yard! $120’s. RHONDA DYKAL 816-522-1124

Three bedrooms and one full and one half baths. Sits on a corner lot in a quiet cul-de-sac just waiting for you and your family. DAVID “SKIPPY” BLAIR 816-519-6464

13304 E. 50TH TERRACE Drive by and check out this beautiful brick home. Two front doors, great in-home office. Three fireplaces. Two full and one half baths. Walkout basement. FRANKIE LIEBI 816-804-5156

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Keeping your indoor plants healthy and alive takes care By DEBBIE ARRINGTON

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njoying the beauty and soothing vibe of a houseplant is easy. Keeping it from drooping and dying takes a little more work. Many people kill their houseplants with kindness — the greenery succumbs to oversaturated roots. Such species as sansevierias need water only every two to three weeks. Others get by with weekly watering. The key is to feel the soil; water when it starts to feel dry. Ideally, put water in a

saucer under the pot and let it wick upward. • The ideal “soil” is actually soil-less potting medium, a mix that stays moist but drains quickly. Don’t use garden soil — dirt won’t work. Instead, use a mix of perlite, peat moss, sphagnum moss, orchid bark and charcoal. Also, don’t put rocks or gravel at the bottom of the pot to improve drainage; that keeps the planting medium from drawing water up from the saucer. • Choose the right size pot for the plant. When repotting, choose a container an inch or two larger in diameter than the previous container.

• Keep the plant clean. Dust it regularly and occasionally give it a shower. Place the plant in the bathtub and gently rinse off its leaves with tepid water. That allows the leaves to work and stay healthy. • Plants need light to grow. Most houseplants thrive in bright indirect light, the kind found near an east-facing window. Under fluorescent light, plants do well with eight hours a day, such as in a typical office. • Fertilize your houseplant once or twice a month. • Some houseplants, particularly ferns and orchids, appreciate higher-than-normal humidity. Mist them occasionally with fresh water. Or make a humidity tray: Put gravel in a shallow dish. Fill the dish with water, keeping

the water level just below the top of the stones. Place the houseplant (saucer and all) on top of the gravel. • Use an indoor fungicide to fight mildew. Pick off damaged leaves. For mealybugs (which look like white scales), tab them with alcohol on a cotton swab or treat with a systemic spray recommended for indoor use. Gnats, another problem, may be a sign of too much moisture in the soil. • According to research, two to three large houseplants (in 10- to 12-inch containers) can clean the air in a 100- to 150-square-foot room, a typical bedroom or den. For maximum effect, place plants in your “breathing zone,” within 6 to 8 square feet of where you normally sit or lie. But remember: They need light to survive.


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This amazing rach style home features an open floor plan, graite throughout, hardwood floors, walk-in pantry, wood mantel with stone accented fireplace, huge master suite with jacuzzi and walk-in closet, and plenty of room for fentertaining. This is a model home that can be customized for your needs or choose one of our other floor plans. Conveniently loCated 2 blocks north of Pink Hill Road on R.D. Mize Road.

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Solid 3BR, 2BA tri-level with LR, FR, frplc, 2 car gar, level fenced lot, patio. This home has a new concrete driveway and steps, newer roof and dishwasher. Family room on garage level walks out to patio. MBR has bath and 2 closets. Located on a short, quite street with little traffic. $104,900

9001 Sw 10th Street

1316 S 6th Street

Adorable 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch in Atchison, KS! Almost new too! Nice and open kitchen/dining and great room. Nice corner fireplace. Fabulous master bedroom with large master bath and walk-in closet. Great lot with lots of trees and no neighbors! Newer barn/shed right next to your new garden. $127,000

roBin clark 816-200-6513

313 pecan tree ave.

Extra large rooms in this four bedroom, 2.5 bath home located in Lone Jack. New interior paint, carpeting and vinyl throughout. Central Vac, Alarm System, 3 car garage with third door larger than most. Home sits on nice level lot. Office on main floor off the kitchen. Tons of cabinets and pantry. $195,000

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Custom built home. Open and spacious floor plan with plenty of room for your family to grow. Wood floors, built-in pantry, walk-in closets, whirlpool tub and more. 3 car garage, full walk-out basement, 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, A MUST SEE! $191,900

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Well maintained raised ranch that is the vest value in the subdivision. This BUILDER TRADE is priced to sell. The 3 bedroom, bath home features a finished basement and lots of upgrades. Come see your new home. $114,900

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You will LOVE the remodel on this 3 bedroom 2½ bath home! BRAND NEW KITCHEN! Newer roof, windows, carpet, wood floors, heating and cooling and siding. Stainless Steel appliances, finished basement, great backyard. All the big ticket items are done! A must see to believe! $155,000

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BUILDING MATERIAL AUCTION

Saturday, February 19

Metropolitan Community College Exhibit Hall, 1775 Universal Ave. (435 & Front St.), KCMO REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 7:30 A.M. AUCTION STARTS AT 9:00 A.M. Preview, Friday, February 18, Noon-6 pm

INTERIOR DOORS: Bi-fold Units; French Doors; Poplar & Pine 6 Panel ENTRY DOORS: Entry Doors; Cherry, Mahogany, Oak w/Leaded Glass & Sidelights KITCHEN & BATH: Complete Kitchens by Peak Cabinet Co.; Kitchen & Bath Cabinets & Fixtures;Vanities; Toilets; Jetted Tubs; Spas; Steam Showers; Sinks; Faucets; Granite Countertops; Large Selection High End Appliances FLOORING: Unfinished 2 1/4” to 5” in Oak, Maple, Cherry, Walnut and Other Exotic Woods; Pre-finished Flooring; Laminate Flooring; Marble, Travertine & Ceramic Tiles MISCELLANEOUS: Tools, Outdoor Lighting; Ceiling Fans; and Much More Terms: 13% Buyer’s Premium on Checks, Credit Cards or Split Payments of Any Kind. Buyer’s Premium Discounted 3% (10% Premium) on Invoices Paid in Full with Cash, debit card or other guaranteed funds. Sale day selections and statements take precedence over all written material. Full settlement required day of the sale. All material must be removed no later than Sundown, Sunday, February 20, 2011. The auction is not a safe place for children.

Pre-register at www.peakauction.com Phone: 816-474-1982 Auctioneers: Richard Peak Phil Graybill, Will Crews, Chuck Duckworth

FEATURE HOME OF THE WEEK 3112 S. BLACK FOREST AVE. BLUE SPRINGS

• 4 bedroom • 1.5 stories • Fireplace • Whirlpool tub

• 4 bath • Formal dining • Vaulted ceiling • Walk-in closet

$220,500 This home marketed by

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Lotawana 1st tier BARGIN BUNGALOW IN INDEP. 2BR, 1BA. Living room, dining room. Laundry in kitchen, large fenced yard, only $35,000. Call for more details! KATHY ELLIS-MOONEY 816-582-0160 www.kathyellis@ reeceandnichols.com Reece and Nichols

HEY…LOOK AT ME $85,000. All brick ranch. Brand new roof. Driveway fixed. Maintenance-free exterior and Thermo windows. Call for showing at 816-786-0317. Dan O'Neill 816-786-0317/503-4668 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

WHAT A BUY! 4 BEDROOMS! Like new! Two story with a three car garage! Original owner…built in 2003. Great area. Only $190,000 Rhonda Dykal 816-522-1124/503-4615 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

NEW PRICE! $225K. 3 bdrm, 3 full bath, big living rm w/ gleaming hardwoods, HUGE walk out bsmnt, 2car garage, level yard, private dock, new roof, windows, electrical, Everything you want at lake at such a great price! MLS #1707115. Not ready to buy? Rent 2nd tier 3 bdrm, 2 full ba, dock, $1,100/mo. w/ $1,000 deposit. Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000

NEW ON MARKET IN Dollhouse! 3 bdrm, huge LEE'S SUMMIT Wonderful space, great quality. Pride of ownership really shows. This builder trade is truly move-in ready. 3BR, 2.5BA, finished family room in lower level. Fresh paint and carpeting throughout. $169,000. THE MCGRAW TEAM 816-655-6526 mcgrawteam@ reeceandnichols.com Reece and Nichols

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Wow! New $69K price!!! BRICK RANCH Needs updating. Three bedrooms and two full and one half baths. Two car attached garage. Great buy for your dollar. Drive by 2827 Collin Street and call for a private showing. Larry LaGrece 816-665-3135/503-4609 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

NO SNOW AND NO MOW! $185,000 MUST SEE! This Independence maintenance provided ranch. Clean and move-in ready with screened patio and great neighborhood. Call! STEVE ADAMS 816-589-2687 SteveAdams@ reeceandnichols.com Reece and Nichols

Few blocks North of 23rd & 291 Hwy off Sunset. Over half acre, darling 2 bdrm w/ 2 liv rooms, one w/ FP. Home in great shape, new roof, hardwoods, fenced portion of back yrd perfect for dogs. No neighbors on one side and in back. Really cute, great, private location. MLS #1692838.

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CUSTOM BUILT STRAIGHT RANCH On 2+ wooded acres. Formal dining + eat-in kitchen. Living room with fireplace. Dreamy master suite with jetted tub. Walk-out basement. WOW!

SALLY GROVES 816-655-6515 Reece and Nichols

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Move In Ready Townhome! Tile entry opens to living room with corner fireplace. Eat-in kitchen with all appliances. 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths. HOA takes care of snow!

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Four bedrooms and BLUE SPRINGS three full baths. Large eat-in kitchen and formal dining! All this and much More for under $150K in Blue Springs. David “Skippy” Blair 816-519-6464/503-4653 HONEY, STOP THE REECE & NICHOLS CAR! ALL BRICK EASTLAND 3BR, newly remodeled home with many extras! New paint, carpet, tile and vinyl. Sits on a nice treed lot. All this for $112,500. JANE ANN WILLIAMS 816-655-6574 THE NEEDLE IN THE Reece and Nichols

GREAT SQUARE COTTAGE 1601 square feet with three bedrooms and two full baths. Huge kitchen, dining and family Room. Three car garage. All this for only $110,000. Dan O'Neill 816-786-0317/503-4668 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

WANT CHARACTER??? Corner lot wiuth two family set-up including two kitchens and two fireplaces. New roof in October of 2010. Price reduced to $94,000. Bond money available. Barbara Bridgforth 816-898-3043/503-4626 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

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NEW PRICE IN LAKEWOOD SHORES ALL BRICK RANCH

Amazing 4BR, 3.1BA, 1.5 st. + loft/5thBR or office. Tons of new. Granite in chef's kitchen & all baths. All new ss appliances. Huge walk-in closets in all bedrooms. Luxurious master suite. Call for all the great details. $359,000

JULIE HENKE 816-716-7006 Reece and Nichols

HAYSTACK

Independence BARGAIN!! Darling 2 bedroom with huge full basement, wet bar, & pool table. 23rd/ralston, behind Church's Chicken. Big bedrooms and big liv rm...much nicer than what you're used to seeing in a 2 bdrm! Really good buy! $60K

ROOM TO ROAM! In this 1.5 story raised ranch. Three full and one half baths plus four bedrooms. Finished Basement. So much to see. Check it out!. Glenna Lunceford 816-517-9988/503-4639 REECE AND NICHOLS EASTLAND

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Open Sunday! Look inside…all new!! Beautiful kitchen. Hardwood floors. First floor Utilities. Fireplace. Two full baths. $124,900. Frankie Liebi 816-804-5156/503-4616 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

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3846 BLUE RIDGE BOULEVARD

din/liv rm w/ gleaming hardwoods. Covered deck, fenced yard, shed. Big master. full bsmnt great shape, no piers, dry...a keeper! Best part, TWO CAR GARAGE for $72,500K! Won't last, MLS #1700546.

Once you see this home, you'll look no further. Convenient to schools, shopping in Blue Springs. Cozy and warm with new tiltin windows and carpet. New kitchen and bath updates from tile to faucets! Come visit today! Go ahead, take advantage. Someone else has done the hard part, just move in! Call Pat Carlson...Let's go see it! PAT & BRUCE CARLSON 816-665-1371 Reece and Nichols

3BR, 2BA all brick ranch, with no stairs. This is just one of the floor plans available. Homes range from $150-$200K. Great area and schools. For 24 hour information, call (888) 203-3708, code 0235. TRAVIS HAGEWOOD 816-719-7933 www.THagewood. ReeceandNichols.com Reece and Nichols

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Grain Valley BARGAIN! FIXER UPPER HOME! Original woodwork, wood floors, stone foundation and vinyl siding. Good structure but needs some TLC. Furnace, central air and hot water heater are new. Call or text Jennifer at 699-0619 or… Kathy Liggett 816-616-4273/503-4637 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND

Newer duplex, both sides occupied at $790/mo. so it definitely cash flows at $169K! That's only $85,000 a side! Updated 2 story w/ garages, easy to rent OR live in one, rent other side! Perrrrfect for low interest rate, lower amount down and fabulous future opportunities. Check it out! MLS 1704116. Clint's cell 816519-4489.

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Custom built. Immaculate four bedroom home. Lots of upgrades. 42x70' barn can hold 8 plus cars, workshop, tons of storage, two offices, steel doors, bathroom. Could be extra Quarters. Please call for more information. Robin Clark HOMES FOR SALE OTHER AREAS 816-200-6513/503-4601 REECE & NICHOLS Country living, EASTLAND

Really fresh, very clean 3BR, 1BA raised ranch. New int. & ext. paint. New french doors, front shutters & bannister. '09 new roof. Come on by! LINDA STEVINSON 816-589-7039 Reece and Nichols

Richmond.

Great big house on +/-7 acres, vaulted ceilings, exquisite kitchen, massive walk-out bsmnt. 4 other 3 acre tracts available to build and another 27 acre tract for endless possibilities. Build your own subdivision or just skip the headaches and buy the house w/ the coolest wrap around porch! Beautiful scenery. Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000

WOW! Lone Jack, California Split, $155K! 4 bdrm, 3 full bath w/ finished walk out bsmnt! Main floor laundry, fridge stays. Terrific price! Massive master! Clint's cell 816-519-4489.

Oh, Oh, O, Odessa, The cook will kiss you! Lease available $1,100/month w/ $1,000 deposit. Granite kitchen, tons cabinets, nice appliances, tile floor, travertine backsplash, big mster w/full bath, vaulted ceilings, privacy fenced level yard, lots of square footage! NEW PRICE, $122,500K! MLS#1690626

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NO WAY! $220K for 8.72 partially timbered acres, 5 bdrm, 4 ba, 2 kitchens and a finished walk out basement! Only minutes North of 50 Hwy, Oak Grove Schools. Lots of work has already been done, new roof. Huge potential to capitalize in this market! This is one SWEET deal! MLS # 1643639.

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lakEwooD 4Br, 4.5Ba – $300k Seller to pay toward closing costs, + $5K in decor allowance. Awesome, clean, 2 masters. Pictures at ronvanfleet.com/KS1639594. 700 N.E. Silverleaf. ron Van FlEEt 816-721-4048 ronvanfleet@remax.net

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Beautiful brick front, 3 bedrooms, 2-car side entry garage, great room with fireplace, main floor utilities, walkout basement. recorded info – 24 hours 1-800-808-5509, iD #1956 anita coVErt 816-478-9555

New cabinets, carpet, paint electrical, new appliances, stone home. Seller paid closing costs. Total payment less than $500. Down payment less than $2,500. juDy EnglE 816-589-8933 juDyEnglE.coM

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Each side is approx. 1700 sqft and rents for $750/mo. 2BR, 1.5BA, 1 car garage and 2 living areas. (2nd living area could be 3rd BR) tEri cartwright 816-285-8828 tericartwright.com/ ks1696337

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