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Thanksgiving Greetings

It's that time of year again! We all get time to spend with our families and loved ones, have festive dinners and slide into the holiday ambiance. Decorations light up neighborhoods and the shops see their busiest day of the year.

Above all, in November we give thanks to those who serve in uniform and the blessings we enjoy by living in a country that allows us freedom of speech, religion and the opportunities to build a meaningful life.

It is also our chance to say thanks to you. Thank you for your support, friendship and all the kind words. It is with warmth and sincere appreciation that we wish you all a festive Thanksgiving, and a blessed holiday season.
 
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Tips for Getting Holiday Ready

From entertaining and gift giving to welcoming out-of-town guests, the holidays come with a big to-do list. With everything you need to accomplish, it's not unusual to feel frazzled or overwhelmed. Fortunately, a little advanced preparation can help prevent much of the stress. If you're getting ready for the holidays, follow some of these holiday tips for a season that's both stress-free and enjoyable.
  • Create a Master Calendar- To prevent overscheduling and ease the burden of trying to remember all the parties, events, and to-do items, add all your important activities and events to a master calendar.

  • Focus on the Entryway- It's tempting to go overboard with holiday decor, but if you don't have the time or inclination to decorate the whole house, put your focus on the entryway instead. Add a nice seasonal wreath to the front door, and make sure the porch and its pathways are well lit for your guests.

  • Check Your Appliances- Inspect your major kitchen appliances to make sure they aren't on the brink of a malfunction. Get these appliances fixed early to reduce your stress.

  • Declutter Guest Spaces- You want to present a clean, welcoming space for overnight guests, so it's time to clear out the clutter that's accumulated in the spare bedroom. Go through what you no longer need, and bring unwanted items to your local donation center.

  • Shop Wisely- Don't wait until the last minute to do your shopping. Make a list of everyone you'll need to buy for, and keep your eyes peeled months in advance - you never know when you'll happen upon the perfect gift.

  • Bake Ahead of Time- To lessen the stress of having sweet treats for your guests, bake things like unfrosted cookies and nut breads ahead of time. Then wrap them well and pop them in the freezer.

  • Get Visitor Ready- Clean and spruce up common spaces like the living room and bathrooms by adding clean blankets and towels.


 

United Way: Live United Campaign 2018

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 will impact more than 90 core programs in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. United Way leads the fight in these areas for every person in our community. We believe these areas are 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.

The REALTORS® and staff at Hunziker & Associates are proud supporters of the local United Way chapter and volunteer time and donate to the LIVE UNITED campaign.

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

As cold weather approaches, it is important to take a few preventative measures to protect your home through the chilly months. Winterizing is generally a task that can be done relatively inexpensively, but will make a big difference in how comfortable your home is, and could end up saving you money on energy bills, too. In fact, many very effective home weatherproofing jobs are something that homeowners can complete without professional help.
  1. Clean gutters and downspouts in mid-fall and double-check them before winter.
  2. Replace the filter in your furnace.
  3. Close any vents in your home that may have been opened for the warm weather.
  4. Disconnect hoses from outside faucets and turn off the water.
  5. Buy a snow shovel and other winter supplies (including sidewalk salt) before the messy weather hits.
  6. Keep extra water and canned food in storage just in case.
  7. Test your heating system, so that you know it will work properly when you need it.
  8. Give your deck a fresh coat of sealer to protect it from the winter elements.
Read more about winterizing your home by visiting HomeAdvisor.
 

Thanksgiving Recipes

Are you hosting a Thanksgiving meal at your house or bringing a side to a family meal? We've compiled some recipes to make your Turkey Day the yummiest.


Sweet Potato Casserole



Bread Stuffing



Brussels Sprouts Gratin



Creamy Mashed Potatoes



Savory Corn Pudding

Parker House Rolls



Maple-Sage Brined Turkey



World's Best Cranberry Sauce



Peacan Pumpkin Crunch



Apple-Cranberry Walnut Pie
 

November 2018 Area Events

Leaf Collection Days
Thursday November 1 at all day thru Nov. 21
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Dr Ankeny

Des Moines Holiday Boutique
November 2-4 10:00 am
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Yard Waste Days
Saturday November 3
Saturday November 17 at includes brush
Saturday December 1
400 Freel Dr., Ames

Grandparents Day at the Pool
Sunday November 4 at 1:00-3:00 pm
Municipal Pool 1825 Ames High Drive

Movers & Shakers
Tuesday November 6 at 10:45-11:15 am
Thursday November 8
Tuesday November 13
Thursday November 15
Kirkendall Public Library, Ankeny

Iowa's Premier Beer, Wind & Food Expo
Friday November 9 at 4:00 pm
Saturday November 10 at 1:00 pm
HyVee Hall, Des Moines

$5 Family Night
Friday November 9 at 5:00-8:00 pm
Science Center, Des Moines

Snow Magic
Friday November 9 at 6:00 pm Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday November 24 at Small Business Saturday
Thursday November 29 at 5-7 Mingle on Main Dec 6,13 & 20
Downtown Ames

Red Panda Day & Harvest Day
Saturday November 10 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

RACE: The Power of an Illusion
Saturday November 10 at 9:00 am-3:45 pm
Ames Public Library

Gary Allan
Sunday November 11 at 7:30 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Veteran's Day
Sunday November 11 at 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Family Workshop: Homemade Pumpkin Pie
Tuesday November 13 at 5:30-6:45 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Cinderella
Tuesday November 13 at 7:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Champagne & Chocolate
Friday November 16 at 6:00-9:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

A Celebration of Magic
Saturday November 17 at 7:00 pm
Talent Factory, Nevada

ROAD-O-CROSS OFF-ROAD RACE
Saturday November 17 at 9:00 am
Living History Farms, Urbandale

RG Express Holiday Railroad
November 17-18 9:00 am-4:30 pm Opening weekend
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Festival of Trees and Lights
November 21-25 11:00 am
COMMUNITY CHOICE CREDIT UNION CONVENTION CENTER, Des Moines

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 years of Magic
Wednesday November 21 at thru Sunday Nov. 25
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Black Friday Family Tour
Friday November 23 at 10:00-11:00 am
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Santa Express Train
Friday November 23 at Multiple times thru Dec 16th
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Winter Princess Gala
Monday November 26 at Registration due for Dec 1
Pinnacle Club at Otter Creek, Ankeny

Bob Seger & The Silver bullet Band
Tuesday November 27 at 7:30 pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA

Yoga at the Garden
Wednesday November 28 at 5:30-7:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Aaron Lewis: Songs and Stories Tour
Wednesday November 28 at 8:00 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Jingle in the Junction
Thursday November 29 at 5:00-9:00 pm
Thursday December 6 at 5:00-9:00 pm
Thursday December 13 at 5:00-9:00 pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines

Hips and Huckleberry Holiday Wreaths
Thursday November 29 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Lorie Line & Her Pop Chamber Orchestra: Lord of Lords
Thursday November 29 at 7:30 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

It's a Wonderful Life--A Live Radio Play
Friday November 30 at 10:00 am & 7:30 pm
Saturday December 1 at 7:30 pm
Sunday December 2 at 1:00 pm
December 7-8 7:30 pm
Sunday December 9 at 2:00 pm
Fisher Theater, Ames

Elf
Friday November 30 at thru Sunday Dec. 2nd
Des Moines Community Playhouse

Holiday Open House
Saturday December 1 at 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Terrace Hill, Des Moines

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 8 at 8:00 & 10:00 am seating
Reiman Gardens, Ames



 

Market Numbers

Ames 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 226 168
Homes SOLD YTD 557 563
Average Sale Price $257,644 $253,082
Average Days on Market 60 43
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.5% 96.9%
Story County 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 97 85
Homes SOLD YTD 274 308
Average Sale Price $192,122 $171,724
Average Days on Market 54 52
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.2% 95.7%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 11/1/2018
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions

Market Numbers

Ankeny Single Family 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 402 439
Homes SOLD YTD 1140 1176
Average Sale Price $287,324 $285,720
Average Days on Market 87 110
Ankeny Condo/TH 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 89 125
Condo/TH SOLD YTD 409 417
Average Sale Price $166,390 $156,302
Average Days on Market 89 82
Based on Sales information as reported to the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors as of 11/1/2018

Market Numbers

Boone 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 57 68
Homes SOLD YTD 223 231
Average Sale Price $137,835 $135,644
Average Days on Market 55 57
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.5% 94.4%
Boone County 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 85 95
Homes SOLD YTD 290 321
Average Sale Price $152,396 $144,724
Average Days on Market 55 58
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.8% 94.8%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 11/1/2018
City of Boone
Boone County - Residential

Market Numbers

Nevada 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 45 41
Homes SOLD YTD 123 159
Average Sale Price $169,373 $159,312
Average Days on Market 57 52
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.0% 95.8%
Story County 2018 2017
Nov. 1 Active listings 97 85
Homes SOLD YTD 274 308
Average Sale Price $192,122 $171,724
Average Days on Market 54 52
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.2% 95.7%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 11/1/2018
Nevada - includes communities of Nevada, Maxwell, Colo, Cambridge, Collins, McCallsburg and Zearing.
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions