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Year to date stats say: It's still a good time to sell!

Homes are still being listed for sale and just maybe one of them is the perfect home for you. Below is the year to date activity for Ames. The number of homes sold is down just over 4%, but the average sale price is up just over 4%. OctStatsGraphic.png

Based on information reported to the Central Iowa MLS 1/1/2016-9/30/16.

If you are thinking about making a move, contact a Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR, to see what your next move could be.

United Way: Live United

Giving back to our communities with our time and dollars.

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS believes in giving back to the communities in which we do business. From sponsorship of little league teams to the various high school After-Prom activities, the REALTORS and Staff believe in giving back in time and money.

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS is a proud supporter of United Way. Our REALTORS and staff contribute to the local United Way chapter by volunteering time and donating money.

United Way advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health - the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. You're invited to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED.

United Way's LIVE UNITED Campaign is a way for businesses and individuals to invest in our county by meeting the basic human service needs of people who live or work here. Money raised impacts programs in three areas of education, income and health.


To learn more about the United Way or to donate please visit United Way of Story County or United Way of Central Iowa.

Fall yard maintenance

  1. Keep Mowing: Continue to mow, as needed, to keep your grass at 2 1/2-3 inches in length. Letting grass get too long can promote fungi growth.
  2. Aerate the Soil: Aerate your lawn so that oxygen, water, and fertilizer can easily reach the grass's roots.
  3. Rake the Leaves: It's important to remove fallen leaves from your lawn as soon as possible to prevent matting that can suffocate the grass.
  4. Fertilize for Future Growth: A fall application of fertilizer delivers essential nutrients for the grass to grow deep roots now, and to keep nutrients on reserve for a healthy start next spring.
  5. Fill in Bald Spots: The quickest, easiest way to do this is with an all-in-one lawn repair mixture applied to prepared bald spots.
  6. Weed Control: Apply an herbicide now and the weeds won't return in the spring.
Read more about fall yard maintenance by visiting Fall Lawn Care: 6 Steps to take right now from Popular Mechanics.

Fall Bucket List

Fall is upon us! The trees become aflame with color and feel that gorgeous crisp air fill your lungs. The sound of leaves crunching underfoot and the taste of warm pumpkin pie and hot apple cider fills you with nostalgia and a deep happiness that no other season offers. Here are some fun ideas for you to make the most of this beautiful fall! How many can you do?

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September Area Events

pumpkin2.jpg Pumpkin Express Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad
Oct. 5, 15, & 22

West Side Story
Oct. 7-30
Des Moines Playhouse, 831 42nd St., Des Moines

47th Annual Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Oct. 8-9 from 9am-5pm

Paint Your Own Pottery: Cardinal and Gold
Oct. 14 from 4pm-8pm
Workspace at ISU, Ames

Scare Us Hill Cocktail Party
Oct. 14 from 5:30pm-8pm
Terrace Hill, Des Moines

Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches
Oct. 14 from 7:30pm-9:30pm
McFarland park, Ames

Hilton Madness
Oct. 14 from 8pm-9pm
Hilton Coliseum, ISU, Ames

Ar "boo ween" Halloween & Ar "boo" Scare
Oct. 15 from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Monster Dash 5K
Oct. 15 at 6pm
The Square in Polk City

Ar "boo" Scare
Oct. 15 from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Ghostly Macabre Scary Stories
Oct. 16
The Talent Factory, Nevada

Night Eyes
Oct. 20-23 & 27-30
Thursdays and Fridays: 5:30pm-8pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 1pm-8pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

The Aluminum Show
Oct. 20 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Hollywood Halloween The Premier Costume Party
Oct. 21 from 7pm-11pm
Scottish Rite Consistory, 519 Park St., Des Moines

Winter Weatherization Challenge
Oct. 22 at 8am or 9:30am
Collegiate Methodist Church, Ames

PumpkinRelay.JPG Pumpkin Relay
Oct. 22 at 8am
Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge

Haunted Hollow 5K
Oct. 22 at 9am
Walker Johnson Park, Urbandale

Great Iowa Pet Expo
Oct 22 from 10am-6pm
Oct. 23 from 10am-4pm
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Reggie's Sleepout
Oct. 22 at 3pm
Drake Stadium, Des Moines

Spirits in the Garden
Oct. 22-23 from 4pm-9pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Family Halloween - Fairytales & Superheroes
Oct. 22 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Pumpkin Walk Valley Junction
Oct. 23 from 2pm-5pm
Historic valley Junction, WDSM

Komen Race for the Cure
Oct. 29 at 9am
State of Iowa Capitol Grounds, Des Moines

Spooky Science
Oct. 29 at 10am-5pm
Science Center, Des Moines

Spooky Paws Parade
Oct. 30 at 2pm
Historic East Village, Des Moines

John Mellencamp
Oct. 30 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames


Market Numbers

Ames 2016 2015
10/2/2016 Active listings 157 132
Homes SOLD YTD 514 538
Average Sale Price $231,255 $222,032
Average Days on Market 43 42
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 97.0% 97.0%
Story County 2016 2015
10/2/2016 Active listings 99 124
Homes SOLD YTD 258 258
Average Sale Price $167,721 $158,712
Average Days on Market 59 67
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.3% 95.6%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 10/1/2016
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions