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Vital Stats You Must Know

Winterize your Home

Preparing for Guests

Thanksgiving Tips

Local Holiday Events

Market Numbers

 

9 Vital Statistics You Must Know

HealthyStats Just as a physician can obtain important information about the relative health of a patient from obtaining several vital signs, we can examine and assess the relative health of the local real estate market by obtaining several key statistics. At Hunziker & Associates, Realtors® we know and understand that accurate real estate information is absolutely critical in providing advice and recommendations to our clients. It is only after receiving a clear and accurate picture of real estate market conditions that our clients can make informed decisions. Hunziker & Associates, Realtors® understand the fiduciary responsibilities in a client relationship. Good news or bad news, we are obligated to provide our clients with an accurate diagnosis of the market conditions. With this diagnosis, we can now begin planning and setting goals. From a good foundation of knowledge and understanding, we can then proceed to identify possible solutions and successful outcomes.

The 9 Vital Statistics You Must Know
10 months Ending Oct.31
  2010 2009
Total Active Residential Listings* 282 220
Number of Sales YTD 422 501
Average List Price $190,563 $194,542
Average Sales Price $181,706 $185,463
List Price vs. Sales Price Ratio 95.4% 95.3%
Average Market Time 84 96
Listings Cancelled, Withdrawn, or Expired 242 202
Price Change -2.0% 2.6%
Number of Months Supply* 9.7 7.3
*Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions, MLS


At Hunziker & Associates, we know the market like no one else. We believe that our clients make informed decisions in their best interest when they have all the relevant information. Should you desire more information about the conditions affecting our current real estate market, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

10 quick ways to winterize your home

Man Weather Stripping Door It's that time of year again to prepare ourselves for the cold winter that lies ahead of us. With the help of 10 quick ways to winterize your home, the cold may be a little more bearable. Whether you plan on sticking it through for the winter, or escaping on the next flight out of here, it's important to know how to keep your home prepared for the winter season.


  • Clean your gutters - Clogged gutters can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and can cause water to seep into the house.
  • Block those leaks - Buy door sweeps to close spaces under exterior doors, and caulk or apply tacky rope caulk to drafty spots. Install outlet gaskets in electrical outlets.
  • Insulate yourself - Add new insulation to the existing insulation in the attic, a minimum of 12 inches is recommended.
  • Check the furnace - It's a good idea to have furnaces cleaned and tuned annually to ensure proper performance and reduce the risk of fires.
  • Get your ducts in a row - Look in the basement, crawl spaces and attic for ducts and repair places where pipes are pinched or fix gaps with a metal-backed tape.
  • Face your windows - Put up storm windows or on particularly drafty windows install a window insulating kit.
  • Don't forget the chimney - Have your chimney or woodburning stove inspected and cleaned if necessary.
  • Reverse that fan - Ceiling fans should rotate clockwise to push warm air downward and force it to recirculate.
  • Wrap those pipes - Turn off the water to your hose connectors from shut off inside your house and wrap pipes passing through uninsulated spaces.
  • Check those alarms - Detectors should be replaced every 10 years, and invest in a carbon monoxide detector.

These 10 ways to winterize your home not only make for a safer and warmer winter, but also can provide a season's worth of savings. Click here to read the full article from MSN.com
  ISU Christmas

Local Events-
Fun for the whole family

Ames Main Street Cultural District - www.MainStreetCulturalDistrict.com
Nov. 19
Enjoy the Main Street holiday open houses, tree lighting, a visit from Santa, an enhanced Snow Ball Drop event and many more activities for the entire family.

Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames - www.octagonarts.org
Nov. 19 from 5-8pm, Nov. 20 & 21 from 1-5pm, Nov. 27 & 28 from 1-5pm and during regular weekday hours. The Festival of Trees is a great holiday event for families to enjoy together. The Octagon Center for the Arts will be hosting and organizing this special event in their Main Gallery.

Reiman Gardens, Ames - http://www.reimangardens.com/
Gift Shop Christmas Open House
November 13-14
Don't miss the Gift Shop decorated for the holidays, and celebrate with refreshments and specials.
Butterfly Blizzard
Begins November 27
The Butterfly Blizzard Saturday Series begins on Thanksgiving weekend and ends the Saturday before Christmas Day.
Holiday Photos with IMAGES by Ngaire
November 27-28

Boone Scenic Valley Railroad - Santa Express, www.bsvrr.com
Begins Sat. Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 11
Enjoy an enchanting one hour and fifteen minute ride aboard The Santa Express, complete with hot chocolate, cookies, christmas carols, and children receive a silver bell.

Story City - www.StoryCity.net
Nov 25 - Free Community Thanksgiving Meal
Nov. 26 - Tree lighting, carol singing, trolley rides, visits with Santa, chili supper, snowball drop for prizes.

American Business Women's Association (ABWA) Craft Fair, Nevada - www.nevadaiowa.org
November 13-14 One of the largest craft fairs around! Join us at Gates Hall/Nevada High School for hundreds of booths. Saturday 9:00-5:00 Sunday 9:00-4:00.

29th Santa's North Pole Village Craft Sale Ankeny - www.ankenyartcenter.com
November 6, 9am-4pm This is one of the most popular craft shows in Iowa and features hand-crafted items such as jewelry, furniture, clothing and holiday decor. Local organizations provide meals and drinks and the shuttle will take you from location to location all day for only 50 cents. This is the Art Center's premier fundraiser.
 
Thanksgiving Tips and Ideas We hope these links give you new ideas and helpful tips to make Thanksgiving 2010 one to remember.

Thanksgiving Kitchen Tip Sheet
Print this at-a-glance list of quick tips and post it on your refrigerator to help your Turkey Day go as smoothly as possible.
www.bhg.com

Thanksgiving recipes: Delicious options for healthy eating
Create a healthy Thanksgiving Day menu with these Thanksgiving recipes.
www.mayoclinic.com

Browse the recipies of the celebrity chefs from the Food Network to reinvent your Thankgiving menu.
www.foodnetwork.com

Five strategies and 17 mix-and-match dishes for a delicious, stress-free and beautifully organized holiday, with recipes from the Food and Wine Test Kitchen.
www.foodandwine.com

Festive times for giving and sharing should not include sharing foodborne illness. Here are some tips from the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline to help you have a SAFE holiday party.
www.usda.com

  15 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Settings from HGTV for you to browse for ideas and inspiration.
www.hgtv.com

Thanksgiving crafts offer kids an quick way to create a memorable holiday.
Projects use simple, common materials like pinecones, fabric, foam, and paper to make decorations and gifts.
www.kaboose.com

Creating a Gratitude Tree is a fun project to remind kids and adults to be grateful this time of year.
This project can be as simple or as elaborate as you desire. Create a Tree and have your guests and children attached cards describing things they are grateful for.
www.suite101.com

Don't forget your pets this Thanksgiving.
Keep these tips in mind so your pets stay safe and happy this holiday season.
www.arkanimals.com
 

Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2010 Ames 2009 Story County 2010 Story County 2009
Active listings as of 11/1 282 220   185 NA
Homes SOLD Recent YTD 422 501   189 257
Average Sale Price $181,706 $185,463   $137,415 $133,942
Average Days on the Market 84 96   129 108
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.4% 95.3%   92.1% 92.3%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Ames Multiple Listing Service as of 11/1
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.