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In This Issue

Parade of Homes


Land Development

United Way Food Drive

Curb Appeal

Market Numbers

  Parade of Homes If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, we invite you to join us for the 2010 Parade of Homes. The tour, which is put on by the Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA) will be held from Wednesday, June 9 to Sunday, June 13, and will feature eight new construction homes in a variety of price points and neighborhoods. Two of the featured homes were built by HCS Builders, a sister company of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®.

5321 Tabor Drive (HCS)
4304 Hastings Avenue (HCS)
4133 Cochrane Parkway (Pinnacle Properties)
The Parade of Homes schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 9: 5pm to 8pm
Thursday, June 10: 5pm to 8pm
Friday, June 11: 5pm to 9pm
Saturday, June 12: 1pm to 8pm
Sunday, June 13: 1pm to 5pm
GiveAwayBag Not only will you enjoy the homes and decor on display, but you will also have a chance to win prizes! Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® will be giving away 5 themed prize bags, valued at a minimum of $25 each, which you can enter to win by putting your name into a drawing. The bags will be featured at the HCS Builders homes. Additionally, if you visit all eight homes, you will be in the running for a raffle prize.

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each, and are good for all eight homes on all five days. Tickets will be available on or before the days of the Parade of Homes at the Greater Iowa Credit Union (Somerset location) as well as the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® office at 105 South 16th Street. On the days of the Parade of Homes, tickets will also be available at a ticket tent located on the corner of Stange Road and Northridge Parkway in Somerset Village. Hours of the ticket tent are 4-8pm Wednesday through Friday, 12-7pm on Saturday, and 12-3pm on Sunday. All proceeds go to community projects and the AHBA scholarship fund.
HCS Logo HCS Builders are building experts. Whether you are looking for a completed new construction, wanting to build a home from our catalog of plans, or would like to build a completely custom home, HCS Builders strive to make the building process as easy and stress-free as possible.

HCS offers:
  • Over 150 years of combined experience
  • Guaranteed completion schedules
  • No construction loans necessary
  • Warranties that are actually followed through on in a timely manner

The Parade of Homes will be showcasing the beauty and quality of HCS constructions in two properties, 4304 Hastings Avenue and 5321 Tabor Drive.

4304Hastings4304 Hastings Avenue features a beautiful custom fireplace, unique woodwork, granite countertops, a walk-in master shower, and custom detailing in the master bedroom.

5321Tabor 5321 Tabor Drive is a beautiful 1 story walkout with wrought iron stair railings, unique ceiling details in the master bedroom, a gas fireplace, a wet bar, crown moldings, granite countertops, and a walk-in pantry. Check out these gorgeous properties, and consider the unique features offered by HCS Builders!

Where Do You Want to Live?
We have home lots for your dream house!

Hunziker Subdivisions is a great resource if you are looking to find a lot to build your perfect home. Hunziker Land Development specializes in developing land for both commercial and residential use. They have several residential subdivisions in Ames and also in Story City, Nevada and Ankeny. Please contact any Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR® and they can guide you through all of the details regarding restrictive covenants, pricing, availability, and finding the perfect combination of factors that best suits your lifestyle and financial situation.

LandDevWeb Available lots: Ames
Taylor Glenn
Northridge Heights
Estates West
Sunset Ridge
Walnut Ridge
Nature's Crossing

Available lots: Other Communities
Indian Ridge, Nevada
Jacobson Park, Story City
Northview Heights, Huxley
Hidden Creek, Ankeny

To learn more about Hunziker Land Development visit us at

United Way Food Drive

Every day many families in Story County struggle to put food on the table. Area businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, are working together this month to address the problem, and you can be a part of it too! From June 1 to June 10, bring in non-perishable food or hygiene items to a participating business, and the items will be distributed to the one of the 14 food pantries in the county. Another option is to bring in cash donations, which will be used by the pantries to purchase items not received during the drive.

"I am thrilled Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® is participating in this year's Live United Food Drive," noted Michelle Benton, REALTOR®. "It's such an easy way to give back to our community - and our local food pantries especially need donations during the summer months when kids are out of school."


A list of most needed items and more details are available at the United Way of Story County's web site.

Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal Whether you want to make your home more appealing and inviting to potential homebuyers or just make your home welcoming to your guests, curb appeal is important to make your home seem well-maintained and enjoyable. Without good curb appeal, potential buyers may not even step foot in your home. Additionally, having good curb appeal makes your home seem more luxurious. Check out these links to see what you can do to make your home shine!

20 Ways to Add Curb Appeal: A slideshow from BHG

Straightforward advice about Curb Appeal

Great advice on choosing and installing the best fencing for your needs

Before and after: Curb appeal photo

25 biggest landscaping mistakes to avoid

Video from a Lowes interior designer on budget curb appeal fixes

Easy ways to add curb appeal from Good Housekeeping

10 "Must Dos" for Instant Curb Appeal

A great list of easy-to-grow flowers that even seed themselves for the next year!


Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2010 Ames 2009 Story County 2010 Story County 2009
Active listings as of 6/1 296 264   205 NA
Homes SOLD Recent 12 mo. 588 552   279 234
Average Sale Price $183,186 $185,781   $134,096 $136,720
Average Days on the Market 84 97   109 132
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.4% 95.0%   93.9% 91.7%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Ames Multiple Listing Service as of 6/1
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.