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In This Issue

Hunziker Technology Launches

New Blog

Weekly Video

Hunziker Search App

Top Ten Ways to Unplug

Des Moines & Ames make Forbes List

Market Numbers


 

Hunziker Launches Technology Advances
New Tools Enhance Your Experience

WebsiteChanges All of these new technological tools mean that our website will be changing significantly. We will still have all of the great old information- like our home search tools and agents' biographies- with great new informative additions! So if you notice things look a little bit different, it's not a fluke. Rather, it is our continued commitment to serving you in whichever media best fits your life.

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Blog

Our blog is now live! We have enjoyed connecting to our customers & neighbors on social media sites over the last year. With the addition of a blog, the information we release will be organized into an easily searchable reference (opt- for buyers, sellers, homeowners and community members). We focus on topics related to the real estate market, home improvement & maintenance, and news & events of interest in the communities we serve. You are invited to connect with us through Facebook, Twitter, or now on our blog.

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We have been posting content on the blog for several weeks in preparation for the launch of the live site, so check it out. If you wish to receive our updates by email, simply subscribe using the RSS link. We look forward to connecting with you online!

Visit our blog regularly at:
www.hunzikerrealtynews.com /blog or, if you are our friend on Facebook, link directly from our Facebook page.
 

Weekly Video

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This month we are kicking off a new effort to keep you in the know. We firmly believe video is the way of the future, and we are embracing this technological tool to give you weekly updates on market information, helpful home buying tips, ideas to help you sell your home, and other relevant real estate information. For great information, check out our video- located on our home page and on our blog- weekly!
 

Hunziker Search App

Hunziker Search App
We are very excited to launch this new high-tech tool! Hunziker Search App is an application that can be downloaded to your mobile phone, allowing you to browse all of the homes for sale in the area (if they are listed by a professional REALTOR®). It will show you pictures of the home and the home's basic information, such as price, square footage, tax information, beds/baths, and interior and exterior features. If your phone has GPS, it will even automatically bring up the homes for sale near to you! Otherwise, you can do a simple home search right on your phone to find the home you are looking for. This is truly information at your fingertips.

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The application works on 95 percent of all cell phones across all carriers, and is free to most users.


To try the Hunziker Search App simply

text: Hunziker
to: 87778
 
Unplugged Even though we think technology is very exciting, we also believe occasionally "unplugging" ourselves is really important. Check out these links for some great ways to "unplug"!

Go Biking www.bikeiowa.com

Visit the Des Moines Art Center www.desmoinesartcenter.org/

Walk through Reiman Gardens www.reimangardens.iastate.edu/

Go to the Botanical Center
www.BotanicalCenter.com

Hiking at the Ledges www.iowadnr.gov/parks/state_park_list/ledges.html

Ride the Story City Carousel www.storycity.net/visiting/carousel

Enjoy Tulip Time
Pella: http://pellatuliptime.com/
Orange City: www.octulipfestival.com/tulips.htm

Experience the Blank Park Zoo
www.blankparkzoo.com

Read a book! www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/

Farmer's Markets
Ames: http://www.amesfarmersmarket.com/
Des Moines: www.desmoinesfarmersmarket.com/
Ankeny: www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M1813

 

Des Moines & Ames Make Forbes List for Best Places for Business and Careers

Des Moines Best Business


We all know Iowa is a great place to live. We love the friendliness of the people, the low-traffic roads, the great opportunities available here. Sometimes, though, after a long winter like the last one, our enthusiasm gets buried under the snow just like everything else.

Well, a recent article in Forbes magazine might just reinvigorate your appreciation for our state and all it offers.

Des Moines was just ranked first in the nation as "The Best Places For Business and Careers." Because of Iowa's low business costs (a substantial 15 percent below the national average), many high-profile companies call Des Moines home, such as Wells Fargo, Nationwide Insurance, and Principal Financial. Additionally, Des Moines has a favorable regulatory environment, making it easier for businesses to do their business.

When combined with other factors such as an expected 2.7 percent growth in employment, rising household income levels, and living costs being 10 percent below average, Des Moines has an abundance to offer job seekers.

Ames was featured in the rankings as well, coming in at number 17 in the "Best Small Places for Business and Careers" category for the city's high levels of education, job growth rate, and low cost of living.

To read the complete Forbes article click here.
 

Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2010 Ames 2009 Story County 2010 Story County 2009
Active listings as of 5/3 286 257   203 NA
Homes SOLD Recent 12 mo. 586 565   281 230
Average Sale Price $183,520 $183,857   $133,598 $140,413
Average Days on the Market 92 94   111 129
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.2% 95.1%   93.0% 91.9%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Ames Multiple Listing Service as of 5/3
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, 515-233-4450. Agents and Brokers are licensed in the state of Iowa.