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We Need Listings

Repeat Buyer Tax Credit

Put Your House on a Diet

New Years Resolutions

Ames Market Numbers
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First Time and Repeat home buyers can get the right size home for their lifestyle and receive a tax credit. Increased income limits include many existing homeowners. For more information about the new housing tax credit go to

There has never been a better time to purchase a home. The combination of good home prices, historically low interest rates, and the extension and expansion of the Federal Home Buyer Tax Credit has created a near perfect trifecta for would-be home buyers.

Don't wait! Contracts must be signed by April 30, 2010.

Click here for an FAQ about the Tax Credit.

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We Need Listings

Fortunately, Ames and Central Iowa has been spared much of the housing crisis that has plagued many parts of this country. With few exceptions, we have not witnessed a high number of foreclosures or "short sales"; housing prices have remained relatively stable; and the supply of homes actively available for sale on the Ames Multiple Listing Service is at the lowest since March of 2005.* In large part due to the First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit, we had a very robust summer and fall real estate market. As we plunge ahead into winter with the extension and expansion of the Tax Credit to include many Repeat Home Buyers**, we are again poised for an increasing demand of home purchases.

While we have every reason to believe that demand for houses will continue to be very strong in Central Iowa, we simultaneously are at a very low number of homes available for sale, see chart at If claiming the Repeat Buyer Tax Credit is an important consideration to your decision as to whether or not to purchase another home, we recommend that you should list your house sooner rather than later in order to take advantage of this Tax Credit of up to $6500, which will expire on April 30, 2010.

With information comes power. We truly believe that when our clients are fully informed with accurate, up to date information, the client is in a better position to make informed decisions consistent with their best interest. Should you desire to learn more about the real estate market, and how it may impact your decision as to whether you buy and/or sell a home, please contact one of our Associates. Hunziker & Associates Realtors®, "We know the market."

* As reported by the Ames MLS for Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions.
** For qualifying Repeat Home Buyers, Tax Credit of 10% of the purchase price of the home or $6500, whichever is less.

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House Diet

Put Your House on a Diet

Maintaining an organized and clutter-free environment is an essential aspect of creating a peaceful household. Your surroundings have a strong influence on your ability to function properly on a daily basis. For most people, living in a disorganized space only leads to more clutter and chaos. If you're always losing things or are constantly searching for important papers, it's time to declutter your home.

10 Ways to declutter your home

A nice slide show with simple ways to reduce clutter

Ideas for decluttering different rooms in your house

Make your house healthy by following these tips from the American Lung Association


Helpful Links

Most Popular New Year's Resolutions
The most popular resolutions Americans make according to

Get healthy with other Iowans
Aspiring to get healthy in 2010? Start your own team or join other Iowans in this 100 day wellness plan.

Simple ways to eat healthy
Discover wonderful recipes that will help you get healthy and stick with your New Year's resolution.

Financial Resolutions Worth Keeping in 2010 brings a step by step guide to improving your finances.

Make a family New Year's resolution
A variety of resolutions you can make as a family to ensure 2010 is a year full of family fun.


Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2010 Ames 2009 Story County 2010 Story County 2009
Active listings as of 1/4 184 242   163 165
Homes SOLD Recent 12 mo. 546 578   278 247
Average Sale Price $186,721 $180,414   $134,402 $142,861
Average Days on the Market 98 94   108 132
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.1% 95.2%   92.8% 93.1%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Ames Multiple Listings Service thru 12/31.
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).