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A special greeting at Christmas time to express our sincere appreciation for your confidence and loyalty. We are deeply thankful and extend our best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season.

 

Keep your house and kids safe this holiday season.

HolidaySafetyTips.png Keep your kids and house safe this holiday season by following these simple ideas to avoid these commonly overlooked household dangers.
    Tree and Plant Dangers
  • Make sure real trees are watered regularly and generously. Dried out trees are a fire hazard.
  • Hang ornaments that are delicate or choking hazards out of reach of children and fasten securely to the tree.
  • Move plants that may be poisonous to pets and children out of reach. Some of these dangerous plants include poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, & Jerusalem cherry.
    Fire & Electrical Safety
  • Keep extension cords away from pets and children.
  • Check your smoke detectors.
  • Check the lights you put around your home to make sure that they are in good condition and not fraying which can also be a fire hazard.
  • Unplug Christmas lights and other appliances when you go to sleep to prevent fires.
  • Keep open flames and candles far away from curtains and out of reach from curious little fingers.
To learn more about Holiday Safety visit Hunziker Realty Blog.

 
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Hunziker is Collecting Toys for the Salvation Army Toy Drive

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS is collecting toys in our front lobby for the Salvation Army toy drive. This toy drive benefits children in the Story County area. Hunziker is collecting new toys, games, and sporting equipment through Dec 15th. All donations help to brighten Christmas for local children in need.

Visit the Salvation Army for more information on helping families in need this holiday.
 

FREE Pocket Calendars!

Are you starting to get ready for the New Year? We have FREE pocket calendars available at our front desk. These little calendars can help you start 2018 on the right foot.

 

Looking for a unique gift? How about starting a First Time Home Buyers Savings Account

FirstTimeHomeBuyerMoneyStack.png Thanks to a new law that recently passed in Iowa, people can now save for their down payment with a First Time Home Buyer Savings account. This savings account is dedicated for the purchase of a home in Iowa. This new program, starting in January 2018, lets individuals or couples SAVE MONEY in a 10-year tax deductible savings account to go toward the purchase of a home in Iowa.

If you know someone that wants to own a home, opening a First Time Home Buyer Savings Account is an important first step in making your dream a reality. To learn more about the First Time home Buyer Savings Account visit IowaFirstHome.com or contact me for help.

 

December 2017 Area Events

Jolly Holiday Lights
Friday December 1 at 5:30 pm until the end of December
Adventureland, Altoona

Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family
Friday December 1 at All day throughout December
Science Center, Des Moines

Santa Express
Friday December 1 at Daily through December 17th
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad

Butterfly Blizzard
Saturday December 2 at 8:00-11:00 am
Saturday December 16 at 8:00-11:00 am
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Mingle on Main
Thursday December 7 at 5:00-7:00 pm
Thursday December 14 at 5:00-7:00 pm
Thursday December 21 at 5:00-7:00 pm
Main Street Cultural District, Ames

Homemade Papermaking
Thursday December 7 at 6:00-7:30 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Ladies Night
Thursday December 7 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge

CELEBRATE IOWA GALA
Friday December 8 at 7:00 pm
State Historical Museum, Des Moines

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 9 at 10:00 am seating
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Santa at the Zoo
Saturday December 9 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Saturday December 16 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Block Printing Holiday Cards
Saturday December 9 at 10:00 am-Noon
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

The Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday December 9 at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday December 10 at 1:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
December 9-10 2:00 pm
Drake University, Harmon Fien Arts Bld, Des Moines

Max Wellman's 8th Annual 'Home For The Holidays'
Sunday December 10 at 7:00 pm
NOCE 1326 Walnut St, Des Moines

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Tuesday December 12 at 6:30 pm
Civic Center, Des Moines

Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Show
December 15-16 7:30 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Downtown Winter Farmer's Market
Friday December 15 at 9:00 am
Capital Square/Kaleidoscope at The Hub, Des Moines

Family Survival Camp
Saturday December 16 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

COOKIE BAKING WITH KIDS ON A WOODSTOVE
Saturday December 16 at 1:00-3:00 pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 16 at 8:00 am
Sunday December 17 at 10:00 am
Science Center, Des Moines

Natalie Grant & Danny Gokey Celebrate Christmas Tour 2017
Sunday December 17 at 6:00 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Terrace Hill Holiday Tea
Monday December 18 at 10:30 am
Terrace Hill, Des Moines

Mannheim Steamroller
Wednesday December 20 at 7:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Introduction to Snowshoeing
Friday December 22 at 1:30-3:00 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

DM SYMPHONY - POPS: THE CLASSIC HITS OF MOTOWN
Sunday December 31 at 8:00 pm
Civic Center, Des Moines



 

Market Numbers

Ames 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 169 109
Homes SOLD YTD 603 602
Average Sale Price $251,795 $231,997
Average Days on Market 43 43
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 97.0% 96.7%
Story County 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 79 81
Homes SOLD YTD 339 324
Average Sale Price $173,059 $173,382
Average Days on Market 53 57
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.6% 96.1%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1/2017
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions

Market Numbers

Ankeny Single Family 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 408 332
Homes SOLD YTD 1282 1247
Average Sale Price $285,088 $274,267
Average Days on Market 109 97
Ankeny Condo/TH 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 115 87
Condo/TH SOLD YTD 457 448
Average Sale Price $156,289 $149,686
Average Days on Market 82 101
Based on Sales information as reported to the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors as of 12/1/2017

Market Numbers

Boone 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 59 74
Homes SOLD YTD 252 279
Average Sale Price $134,403 $136,014
Average Days on Market 56 62
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.2% 94.6%
Boone County 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 82 103
Homes SOLD YTD 353 364
Average Sale Price $143,768 $137,017
Average Days on Market 57 63
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.7% 94.7%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1/2017
City of Boone
Boone County - Residential

Market Numbers

Nevada 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 36 40
Homes SOLD YTD 174 143
Average Sale Price $160,061 $152,639
Average Days on Market 52 54
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.8% 95.6%
Story County 2017 2016
Dec. 1 Active listings 79 81
Homes SOLD YTD 339 324
Average Sale Price $173,059 $173,382
Average Days on Market 53 57
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.6% 96.1%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1/2017
Nevada - includes communities of Nevada, Maxwell, Colo, Cambridge, Collins, McCallsburg and Zearing.
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions