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

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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.

 

Simple Winterizing Strategies Deliver Big Benefits

FurnaceFilter.png Often it's only with the first long snap of cold weather that we start thinking about doing some winterizing projects. Here are some simple things to do now that will save energy, money, and keep you warm all winter long.
  • Heating and cooling:
    • Have the HVAC system checked and tuned up by a professional. Many utility companies offer rebates for a HVAC Tune-Up program to offset the cost of increasing the efficiency of existing heating and cooling equipment and ductwork. Check with your provider about avaible rebates.
      MidAmerican Energy
      Alliant Energy
    • Change furnace filters. Dirty filters slow airflow and make the system work harder, leading to wasted energy and higher bills.
    • Install a programmable thermostat. Program the thermostat to turn down the heat at night and when you're away to save energy and money.
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  • Insulate:
    • Inspect duct work. Seal any leaks or holes with duct sealant. Learn more about sealing ducts by viewing this video.
    • Add insulation to attics, ceilings and crawl spaces in older homes. Owens Corning offers a quiz to help you identify trouble spots, and some how-to guides.
  • Seal:


To learn more about winterizing your home visit the Green Resource Council and our blog at HunzikerRealty.com.
 
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Get a Jump on 2017!

Looking to get organized for 2017? Our FREE 2017 Daily Calendars are available! Contact your Hunziker & Associates REALTOR to save one for you. Feel free to stop by any of our locations to pick one up as you're out and about this season.
 

Thanksgiving recipes to freshen up your menu

Create a new tradition this year with these guaranteed-to-please Thanksgiving recipes. Eat the dishes you love, each with a tiny twist that makes the holiday exciting again.


Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Country Ham



Crispy Butternut Squash Spinach Salad



Sweet Potato Spoon Bread



Butternut Squash Bisque



Fried Green Beans and Onions with creamy Mushroom Dip



Classic Sage and Sausage Stuffing



Ginger and Pear Cranberry Sauce



Pumpkin-Walnut Layered Pie



Maple Glazed Turkey with Gravy



Apple Cobbler
 

November Area Events

The Boxcar Children
Nov. 4 - 20
Des Moines Community Playhouse, Des Moines

Free Yard Waste Days for Ames & Huxley
Nov. 5 & 12 from 8am-4pm
Chamness Technology, 26107 530th Ave., Ames

Santa's North Pole Village Craft Sale
Nov. 5 from 9am-4pm
3 locations in Ankeny

Todd Oliver - Ventriloquist
Nov. 5
Iowa Talent Factory, Nevada

Nevada Masonic Lodge Breakfast Scholarship Fundraiser
Nov. 6 from 7am-1pm
Gates Memorial Hall, Nevada

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Nov. 11 from 5pm-8pm
Main Street, Ames

Iowa's Premier Beer, Wine, & Food Expo
Nov. 11 from 4pm-9pm
Nov. 12 from 1pm-8pm
Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

ABWA Arts & Craft Show
Nov. 12 from 9am-5pm
Nov. 13 from 10am-3pm
Nevada High School & Gates Hall, Nevada

Art on the Prairie
Nov. 12 from 10am-5pm
Nov. 13 from 10am-4pm
Various locations in Perry

The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 13th Annual Christmas Rocks!
Nov. 13 at 7pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Botanical Design Series: Holiday Wreaths
Nov. 15 from 6:30pm-8pm
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Jingle Bell Drop
Nov. 17 at 6pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines

With Love and Merlot: Create and Take Gift Night
Oct. 20 at 7:30pm
Octogon Center for the Arts, Ames

Des Moines Fall Arts & Crafts Show
Nov. 18 from 5pm-9pm
Nov. 19 from 9am-5pm
Nov. 20 from 10am-4pm
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Living History Farms Off-Road Races
Nov. 19 at 9am
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Downtown Winter Farmers' Market
Nov. 18 & 19 from 9am-1pm
Capital Square and Kaleidoscope at the Hub, Des Moines

Locally Grown Showcase VIP Night
Nov. 19 from 5pm-8pm
Snus Hill Vineyard, Madrid

TreesLights Jolly Holiday Lights
Nov. 22 - Jan. 1
Adventureland, Altoona

Festival of Trees and Lights
Nov. 23 - 27 Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure
Nov. 23 - 27 Times vary
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Des Moines Turkey Trot
Nov. 24 at 9am
Downtown, Des Moines

Main Street Small Business Saturday
Nov. 26
Main Street, Ames

Valley Junction Small Business Saturday
Nov. 26
Valley Junction, Des Moines

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Nov. 25 - Dec. 18, Times vary
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Mannheim Steanroller Christmas
Dec. 2 at 7:30pm
Dec. 3 at 2:00pm
Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Dec. 1 at 7:00pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

 

Market Numbers

Ames 2016 2015
11/2/2016 Active listings 138 130
Homes SOLD YTD 558 583
Average Sale Price $231,581 $221,567
Average Days on Market 43 41
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.9% 96.8%
Story County 2016 2015
11/2/2016 Active listings 89 111
Homes SOLD YTD 292 289
Average Sale Price $170,323 $159,233
Average Days on Market 57 67
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.2% 96.1%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 11/1/2016
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions