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Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®

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Home Buyer Tax Credits End

New Home Sales

Leading RE Award

Home Improvement

Spring Lawn Care

Home Buyers Then and Now

Market Numbers


Home Buyer Tax Credits
End April 30, 2010!

If you are thinking about purchasing a home, BUY NOW! (Or lose out on a lot of money).

The $8,000 new homebuyer tax credit and the $6,500 repeat homebuyer tax credit ends soon! To take advantage of the credits, a binding contract must be reached by April 30, 2010.

For more information on the Home Buyer Tax Credits, visit

Let us know what we can do to help you find the home of your dreams
(and save you lots of money!).
New Home Sales
According to Matt Phillips, Building Designer/Partner of HCS Builders, Inc., HCS is off to a great start this 2010 calendar year with 15 new construction homes already sold. The demand for new constructions has dramatically increased over the past 4-5 weeks as home buyers are hurrying to take advantage of the $6,500 and $8,000 Federal Tax Credits. Phillips noted, "The tax credits were a motivating factor for many new construction buyers. We've had the opportunity to build homes at every possible price point, from $180,000 to over $1,000,000."

Given the deadlines of the Tax Credit, it is no longer possible to start a new custom home and still qualify for the Tax Credit, but there is still time to purchase one of the many homes that are already under construction. According to Phillips, "We have homes that are in various stages of construction, and both the First Time Home Buyer and the Repeat Home Buyer could make many customizable selections- Closing well in advance of the Tax Credit's June 30th deadline."

"Customers are pleasantly surprised by how easy the home building process is for them. We continually strive to perfect our processes. We have been building homes for more than 57 years, and we have full-time building designers, project coordinators, and an estimator that guide the new-construction home buyer through the entire process. We have fine-tuned the selection process with an accurate construction schedule and a comprehensive, step-by step homeowner's construction manual. We truly make it as easy as possible." -Matt Phillips, Building Designer/Partner , HCS Builders, Inc.

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® Earns Achievement Award at Global Real Estate Conference in Las Vegas

Leading RE Award Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® is proud to announce it is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Excellence for Outgoing Sales Production. The award was presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® on March 10, 2010 to the member firm with the most outgoing closed referrals per sales associate. The event, which took place at the 2010 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference in Las Vegas, NV, attracted 850 real estate brokers, managers, relocation professionals, sponsors and guests from across the U.S. and eight countries worldwide.

"It is very rewarding for our company to be recognized at the national level. I see our agents providing outstanding service daily, and this honor demonstrates how exceptional they truly are," said Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director.

Hunziker and Associates, REALTORS® has been dedicated to excellent customer service and superior business practices for well over 50 years. Hunziker has offices in Ames, Ankeny, Boone, and Nevada.

"Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is comprised of the finest real estate firms from around the globe, so earning a Member Achievement Award is a great distinction," said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O'Connor. "We are proud to recognize these firms for being true leaders in the markets they serve and for their active involvement in our Network."

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® is the local representative of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest network of over 600 premier locally-branded firms producing almost $300 billion in annual home sales. LeadingRE provides a broad range of brokerage services to its affiliates, including lead generation, branding support, luxury marketing, Web exposure and technology systems, and state of the art learning and credentialing.

For more information on Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, visit or call (515) 233-4450.

Pictured from left to right: Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director, Dean Hunziker, Broker/Owner & Harold Crye, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Chairman of the Board.)
  Home Improvement

Easy Ways to Invest in Your Home

It's April, and you've finally gotten your tax return. Sure, you could go on vacation. But what if there was a way you could make money and better enjoy your life year-round? Here are three reasons why investing money back into your house is a good idea:
  • It improves the value of your home. The better maintained and updated your home, the more money your home is worth, and the easier it is to sell your home if you decide to move. Despite recent fluctuations in the market in the price of homes, real estate is still one of the most solid investments a person can make.
  • Renovation and improvements are the gifts that keep on giving... you get to enjoy the improvements indefinitely! Whether the improvements are structural, cosmetic, provide greater efficiency, or help you enjoy the great outdoors, improvements make your home more comfortable, economical, stress free, and beautiful.
  • Right now, there are tax credits available for next year on select home improvements. The government is refunding 30 percent of expenditures, up to $1,500, for energy-saving improvements including high-efficiency heating and air conditioning systems, water heaters, energy- efficient doors, qualifying insulation, and certain roofs. Not only will these improvements give you money back next tax season, the energy savings will put money in your pocket year round!

For details and additional ways to get money back on your tax return, visit:

For the top 20 recommended renovation ideas, both large and small, visit:

For the top 4 home improvement myths, visit:


Spring is in the Air

Spring is finally in the air, and it's time to start thinking about gardens and landscaping. Gardens and landscaping are a great way to add beauty to your home and enjoy the great outdoors!

Landscaping links:

Green gardening tips and solutions:

Easy-to-grow plants that come back year after year:

Planning your garden- Low maintenance garden plans from BHG:

Plant encyclopedia:

Spring care for a pristine lawn:

Low on space? Grow a container garden! Details at:
  NAR Then and Now

Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2010 Ames 2009 Story County 2010 Story County 2009
Active listings as of 4/1 291 279   180 NA
Homes SOLD Recent 12 mo. 556 571   265 241
Average Sale Price $186,214 $181,572   $133,646 $143,842
Average Days on the Market 96 92   108 134
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.2% 95.1%   92.9% 92.4%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Ames Multiple Listing Service as of 4/1
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions
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Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® has been helping people buy and sell homes in Central, Iowa for over 50 years. With offices in Ames, Ankeny, Boone and Nevada, our real estate agents can help you find the "right" place to call home. Our agents have access to hundreds of homes for sale in the Ames, Ankeny, Boone and Nevada areas through the various Multiple Listing Services (MLS). Corporate office location 105 S. 16th St. Ames, Iowa 50010, phone number 515-233-4450. Agents and Brokers are licensed in the state of Iowa.