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Our REALTORS® understand real estate

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. - Albert Einstein

Any real estate agent can list your home for sale. Any real estate agent can sell you a new home because they "know" the process. A Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR will help you to "understand" the process and guide you to making the best decisions.
All Realtors are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years. Many Hunziker Realtors take their education farther and get designations such as ABR, GRI, CRS, SLS, CNE, green, e-pro and SRES.
How does this benefit you? This additional education, combined with continually studying the real estate market, gives them the knowledge and information to guide you through your real estate needs. This in turn, allows our agents to determine the best listing price for your home.
It does matter who lists your home. Let the REALTORS® at Hunziker & Associates guide you in the buying and selling of your next home.
 

It's that time again...Back to School!

It is that time of year again! You can almost taste the summer giving way to a new school year. All the kids are watching the days go by with disappointment and anticipation simultaneously. Every year we all get into our summer routines and when school rolls around, it can be a major shock to the system. Here are some ways to ease your family and yourself back into gear for the 2016-2017 school year!

Here are some tips we've compiled to help ease the transition back to school for you and your family.

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  • Start going to bed earlier the beginning of August.
  • Keeping the room cool (not cold) promotes sleep.
  • Black out curtains help create darkness, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Create a sleep routine. It supports your body's natural circadian rhythms.

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  • Make a list of needed back to school items. Stick to the list and avoid impulse purchases.
  • Check your home first. You may already have many items on your list, ie: scissors, post-it notes, tape.
  • Price search which stores have the best prices. Organize your list by stores.
  • Take advantage of Iowa's Tax Free Weekend on August 5th & 6th for clothes and shoes under $100.

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  • Organization will keep everything running smoothly. Find a spot to have a family command center featuring a family calendar, bins for homework or permission slips, and weekly chore lists.
  • Declutter closets and drawers to get ready for new items. A simple philosophy: If something new comes in, something old goes out.
  • Create a landing area for shoes, coats, backpacks, keys and other items. This can simply be hooks on the wall by the door, a basket for shoes, and a small side table with a bowl to catch keys. Consider allocating space for a mud room in the garage that can handle larger sporting equipment.
  • Remodel your pantry for easier access to lunch/snacks & dinner prep. Make it easy to grab snacks on the go with see-through containers. Using baskets to store bulky items can help keep your pantry in order.
Visit our blog at HunzikerRealty.com/blog for our 3 part series on Back to School tips. We at Hunziker hope that this back to school is a restful and peaceful transition for you and your family!
 

Area School Calendars and Start Dates

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Ames Community School District - August 24 for 1st-12th, August 26 for Kindergarten, September 1 for Northwood Preschool Center

Ames Christian School - August 24 for Kindergarten - 6th

Ames St. Cecilia School - August 24 for Kindergarten - 5th

Ankeny Community School District - August 24 all schools

Ankeny Christian Academy - August 24 for 1st-12th, August 25 for Kindergarten

Ballard Community School District - August 24 all grades

Boone Community School District - August 23 for 6th-12th, August 25 for Kindergarten-5th, August 29 for Preschool

Gilbert Community School District - August 25 for Kindergarten - 12th, September 1st for Preschool

Johnston Community School District - August 25 for Kindergarten - 12th

Nevada Community School District - August 23 for Kindergarten - 12th, August 30 for Preschool

North Polk Community School District - August 24 for 1st - 12th, August 26 for Preschool and Kindergarten

Roland Story Community School District - August 23 for 1st - 12th, September 6 for Preschool

Saydel Community School District - August 23 for 1st - 12th, September 6 for Preschool

Urbandale Community School District - August 23 for Kindergarten - 12th

Waukee Community School District - August 23 for Kindergarten - 12th

West Des Moines Community School District - August 24 for Kindergarten - 12th
 

August Area Events

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Wednesday's in August from 5:30pm-9pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Music in the Junction
Thursdays in August from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Valley Junction, WDSM

The Trouble with Cats - Show
August 5-21
Ankeny Community Theatre, Ankeny

Grain Harvest
August 6 11am-4pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Game Day at Hoggart School
August 7 from 2pm-4pm
18th & Burnett, Ames

Chicago
August 10 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Iowa State Fair Parade
August 10 at 6:15pm
Grand Ave., Downtown Des Moines

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August 11-21
State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Digs for Dogs 2016 to benefit the Pupppy Jake Foundation
August 12-21
Bass Pro Shops, Altoona

Kids' Day America
August 13 from 9am-Noon
HealthSource of West Des Moines, 3330 Westown Pkwy, WDSM

Star Party at Ashley Okland Playground
August 13 at 6pm
5300 Indianola Rd., Des Moines

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August 19-28
Various Des Moines Restaurants

Progressive Dinner
August 19 from 5pm-7pm
Various locations in Story City

Foodies & Brew
August 19 at 6:30pm
Main Street, Ames

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August 21 from Noon to 2pm
Bergstrom Football Complex, ISU, Ames

Senior Variety Show
August 19 and 21
City Auditorium, Ames

Lincoln Highway Days
August 25-27 Various location in Nevada

Nature Connects® Artist's Challenge
August 26-28
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Huxley Prairie Fest
August 26-28
Various locations in Huxley

7th Annual Altoona Palooza
August 27 from 8am-11pm
Sam Wise Sports Complex, Altoona

5th Annual Pedal for the House Bike Ride benefiting the DM Ronald McDonald House
August 27, registration opens at 3pm
Flat Tire Lounge, Madrid

Big Creek Bikes and Brews
August 27 from 10am-4pm
On the square, Polk City

Get Your Rear in Gear Des Moines 10K/5K Run/Walk
August 27, race at 7:30am
Raccoon River Park, Des Moines

Clay Play
August 27 from 2pm-3:30pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Country Legend Billy Dean & The Talent Factory
August 27 at 7pm
The Talent Factory, Nevada

Coaches vs. Cancer Charity Golf Classic
August 29 from 10am-7pm
Wakonda Club, Des Moines

Farm Progress Show
August 30-September 1
1827 217th St., Boone

O.A.R.
August 31 at 8pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Labor Day Celebration
September 2-5
Various location in Madrid

2015 Captain Midnight's Run for CF
September 4 at 7pm
North Grand Mall, Ames

 
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Interpreting the Numbers

Next to spring, fall is the busiest season for home buying and selling. Autumn offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving and a wide selection of homes for sale.

More Home Choices

While home demand is not as keen in fall as it is in spring, it's still high, so competition can be high, too. Fall buyers and sellers tend to be motivated to move, unlike the window-shoppers who sometimes come out in spring.

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Price of Home Number of homes availble
<$175,000 16
$175,000 - $325,000 41
$325,000 - $500,000 33
$500,000 18

As shown on the chart, there is a good supply of homes $175,000 and up. Maybe this is the time to move up to a larger home or even one of the new construction homes available AND take advantage of the low interest rates that are still available.

Listings are updated frequently throughout the day. Therefore, to make sure you don't miss out on your dream house, it's a good idea to regularly check listings and check in with a Realtor.
 

Market Numbers

Ames 2016 2015
8/1/2016 Active listings 122 128
Homes SOLD YTD 415 414
Average Sale Price $224,981 $224,289
Average Days on Market 44 44
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 97.2% 97.7%
Story County 2016 2015
8/1/2016 Active listings 97 112
Homes SOLD YTD 195 207
Average Sale Price $164,429 $159,384
Average Days on Market 63 72
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.4% 95.4%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 8/1/2016
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions