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HunzikerChristmas2018Enews.png All of us at Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS join in wishing you the joys of the season and every happiness throughout the coming year.
 
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6 Tips For Making It Through The Winter

Winter in Iowa can be a love/hate relationship. As beautiful as the falling snowflakes and glittering trees may be, the cold temperatures and slippery roads can make life difficult in the colder months. Following some of these tips can help you love winter more than hate it.
  • Prepare your home- Reduce drafts in your home by repairing/installing weather stripping around windows and doors. New door sweeps can also make a world of difference. Door snakes are an easy way to block the unwanted chill.

  • Programmable Thermostats- Installing a programmable thermostat helps to keep your home toasty when you need it. Consider lowering the temperature at night and switch to flannel sheets to stay cozy.

  • Fire Safety- Inspect your space heater to make sure it is in good condition. Only use space heaters that have safe guards such as tip over shut offs.

  • Protect the Extremities- Hats that cover the ears are vital because the head has little insulation against the cold. Mittens will keeps hands warmer than gloves. Wear waterproof boots to keep tose thoes warm and dry.

  • Dress in Layers- Layers of loosefitting clothing trap body heat. Try a soft, lightweight base layer or add sweaters and scarves.

  • Prep your vehicle for winter- Make sure your car battery is in good condition, keep tires properly inflated, check your windshield wipers, install no freeze washer fluid and antifreeze. Don't forget to have an ice scraper handy.

To read the full stories, visit the New York Times and SimpleMost.com.
 

10 Tips For Hanging Holiday Lights.

HolidayLights.png Tis the season for dazzling light displays around the city. Having the correct products, along with proper installation will make your display shine brighter than the rest. Below are tips from the professionals to help take the guesswork out of setting up holiday lights this year.
  • Wrap Shrubs. To evenly cover outdoor shrubs, pick up net lights, which have bulbs distributed over a square or rectangular lattice of cords. Read the packaging to be sure the netting is large enough to wrap all the way around your shrubs.
  • Deck out your front porch. Concentrating outdoor decorations in a single area, such as the entryway or a garden bed, can be a great way to go "all out" with holiday exuberance without turning your front yard into Disneyland. Try using festive garland and a welcoming sign or figurine.
  • Showcase trees. Highlight the branch structure of deciduous trees by wrapping the trunk and individual branches. Switching to LED mini lights allows for more lights per circuit and saves on power consumption.
  • Line a pathway with luminarias. This DIY is particularly welcoming. Simply fill paper bags with sand and insert a battery powered candle.
  • Trade in traditonal string lights. Hang pre-lit garland, hanging snowflakes, or icicles along the eaves of the house to stand out.
  • Illuminated potted branches. Set branches upright in containers filled with sand or gravel. Wrap the branches with lights of your choosing, and use conifer trimmings to hide the plugs and containers.
  • Add magic to snowy landscapes. To mimic stars overhead, wrap branches that overhang garden walkways or beds to create a softly lit canopy.
  • Don't forget the backyard. If your backyard faces a roadway or common area, light up a treehouse or back deck for others to enjoy.
  • Highlight a wreath. If you already have landscape lighting that washes a wall with light, use this as an opportunity to hang a holiday wreath or swag. Weave string lights into the wreath or simply leave it as is - either way looks classic and understated.
  • Outline the eaves of your home. Perhaps the most classic style, perimeter lighting along a home's eaves and roofline creates an inviting arrival. To get those perfectly straight lines, where every bulb seems exactly aligned with the next one, attach lights to your trim with commercial-grade clips.


For more information on decorating for the holidays visit Houzz.com.
 
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Toy Drive

Hunziker & Associates, Realtors is a drop off location for the Salvation Army Toy Drive. NEW, unwrapped toy donations help children (newborn-18yrs) in the Story County area. Toy donations accepted between 8am and 5pm Monday-Friday. Items for teenagers are in great need this year. Below is a list of items to help make the holiday a little happier for some local teenagers.
  • Sports equipment: soccer balls, basketballs, footballs, baseballs and gloves, items for tennis, skateboards, helmets.
  • Art supplies: colored pencils, paint, bruches, sketch pads.
  • Games: board games and card games.
  • Journals: a blank journal or one with daily prompts.
  • Electronics: handheld gaming devices, remote control cars/helicopters, drones, usb drives, DVDs.
  • Purses and Jewelry.
  • Make-up: lotion, perfume, bath sets, curling irons.
Learn more about the Toy Drive by visiting SalvationArmyUSA.org.
 

Hunziker's Favorite Holiday Movies

Curling up with a cup of hot chocolate and watching a good holiday movie is a tradition many people enjoy in December as the weather turns colder and the snow begins to fall. Check out some of the favorites of the Realtors and staff at Hunziker & Associates.

For even more holiday movie ideas, visit the 50 Best Christmas Movies of all Time by Rotten Tomatoes.

It's A Wonderful Life



National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation



Elf



White Christmas



A Christmas Story

Home Alone



Love Actually



The Polar Express



A Christmas Carol



Holiday Inn
 

December 2018 Area Events

Jolly Holiday Lights
Friday November 23 at 5:30-10:00 pm through December 29th closed Dec 24 & 25
3300 Adventureland Drive, Altoona

You're A Good Man Charlie Brown
Friday December 7 at 7:30 pm
December 8-9 2:00 pm
December 13-14 7:30 pm
December 15-16 2:00 pm
1932 SW 3rd Street Ankeny

Santa at the Zoo
Saturday December 8 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Saturday December 15 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Geocache Elf Hunt
Saturday December 8 at 1:00-3:00 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Holiday Open House
December 8-9 1:00-4:00 pm & M-F through Dec 14
Farm House Museum 601 Farm House Lane, Ames

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday December 8 at 1:30 & 7:30 pm
Sunday December 9 at 1:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Free Community Movie Day "Home Alone"
Saturday December 8 at 2:00 pm
City Hall, Ames

PAJAMAS & STORIES WITH SANTA
Saturday December 8 at 4:30-7:00 pm
Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge

The Blenders
Sunday December 9 at 7:00 pm
Prairie Meadows, Altoona

Holiday Crafts and Cocoa
Tuesday December 11 at K-2 5:30-6:30 pm & Grades 5-8 at 7:00-8:00 pm
Lakeside Center, 400 NW Lakeshore Drive, Ankeny

Ladies Night
Thursday December 13 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge

$5 Family Night
Friday December 14 at 5:00-8:00 pm
Science Center, Des Moines

An Elvis & Johnny Christmas
Saturday December 15 at 7:00 pm
Talent Factory, Nevada

Butterfly Blizzard
Saturday December 15 at 8:00-9:30 am
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Home Free-A Country Christmas
Sunday December 16 at 3:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Holiday Tea
Monday December 17 at 10:30 am-12:00 pm & 2:00-3:30 pm
Terrace Hill, Des Moines

RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER THE MUSICAL
Monday December 17 at 6:30 pm
Des Moines Civic Center

Mosaic Planters
Tuesday December 18 at 5:30-8:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Luminary Hike
Tuesday December 18 at 6:00-7:30 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Mannheim Steamroller
December 18-19 7:30 pm
Des Moines Civic Center

Kyles Bikes Holiday Bike Ride
Wednesday December 19 at 7:15-9:00 pm
Kyle's Bikes Ankeny

For King & Country
Thursday December 20 at 7:00 pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Family Winter Solstice Pajama Party
Friday December 21 at 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Sunday December 23 at 3:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Holiday Sleigh Rides
Monday December 24 at 9:00 am
December 26-29 9:00 am
Jester Park, Granger

Snowshoe Hike
Thursday December 27 at 10:00-11:30 am
McFarland Park, Ames

Eagles Tribute by Heartache Tonight
Sunday December 30 at 5:00 pm
Talent Factory, Nevada

Bash on Another Planet
Monday December 31 at 8:00 pm
Des Moines Social Club, 900 Cherry Street

Des Moines Symphony's New Year's Eve Pops: From West Side Story to Wicked
Monday December 31 at 8:00-10:00 pm
Des Moines Civic Center

8th Annual Iowa Diecast Toy Show
Saturday January 5 at 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday January 6 at 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Elwell Family Food Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds



 

Market Numbers

Ames 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 203 165
Homes SOLD YTD 600 604
Average Sale Price $256,904 $251,977
Average Days on Market 61 43
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.5% 96.9%
Story County 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 98 79
Homes SOLD YTD 316 341
Average Sale Price $194,573 $172,783
Average Days on Market 51 53
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.2% 95.6%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1/2018
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions

Market Numbers

Ankeny Single Family 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 378 399
Homes SOLD YTD 1236 1290
Average Sale Price $288,824 $285,105
Average Days on Market 85 109
Ankeny Condo/TH 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 84 115
Condo/TH SOLD YTD 440 458
Average Sale Price $166,932 $156,536
Average Days on Market 88 82
Based on Sales information as reported to the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors as of 12/1/2018

Market Numbers

Boone 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 51 59
Homes SOLD YTD 252 253
Average Sale Price $137,109 $134,520
Average Days on Market 52 56
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.4% 94.2%
Boone County 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 74 82
Homes SOLD YTD 326 354
Average Sale Price $151,850 $143,824
Average Days on Market 52 57
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.6% 94.7%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1/2018
City of Boone
Boone County - Residential

Market Numbers

Nevada 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 47 36
Homes SOLD YTD 136 176
Average Sale Price $169,859 $159,674
Average Days on Market 54 52
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.8% 94.8%
Story County 2018 2017
Dec. 1 Active listings 98 79
Homes SOLD YTD 316 341
Average Sale Price $194,573 $172,783
Average Days on Market 51 53
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.2% 95.6%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1/2018
Nevada - includes communities of Nevada, Maxwell, Colo, Cambridge, Collins, McCallsburg and Zearing.
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions