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Season of Caring

Winter is a time for real estate

Christmas Tree Farms

Local Holiday Events

Hunziker Cookie Exchange

Market Numbers

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A Season of Caring

Hunziker & Associates believes in giving back to the communities in which we do business. The Owners, Realtors® and Staff contribute their time, talent and financial support to help improve the communities in which we live and work. As we take time to reflect on 2010, there have been youth team sponsorships, donations to school carnivals and support of local healthcare facilities. We gave time as coaches and organizational leaders, and this fall took time away from work to help at a Krysilis home in Nevada during the United Way Day of Caring. As the Holidays approach we will continue that spirit through the sponsorship of a family through Youth and Shelter Services.

As we look forward to 2011, the Owners, Realtors® and Staff at Hunziker & Associates, Realtors wish everyone a wonderful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with possibilities.
Home For Sale For the Holidays
Do you think that winter is a bad time to sell a home? If you answered yes to this question you might want to rethink your answer.
  • Less Competition- Fewer houses on the market allows your house to stand out better.
  • Serious Buyers- Home buyers putting up with the cold and the snow are usually much more committed to finding a home.
  • Tastefully Decorated- For many, the Holidays bring positive thoughts and memories of gathering together at home with family and friends. Yes, it's okay to decorate for the Holidays, but don't overdo it.
  • Price it Right- This is true in any market and any season. The homes that get sold are priced appropriately for their location, condition, and amenities.
Homes are being sold in any market and in any season, and this winter is no exception. With the help of your Hunziker & Associates Realtor® you can position your home to be the next one sold.

Local Events

ISU Christmas Boone Merchants Tree Lighting & Caroling
Boone Business District, Boone, IA
December 2, 2010, 5-8 p.m.

Boone &Scenic Valley Railroad Santa Express
Boone &Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone, IA
December 1-10, 2010
Weeknights at 6pm still available

WinterFest: Carillion concert
ISU Campanile, Ames, Iowa
December 3, 2010, 5pm

Ames Children's Choir's Holiday Concert
First Evangelical Free Church, Ames
December 4, 2010, 3pm

Butterfly Blizzard Saturday
Reiman Gardens, Ames
December 4, 2010, All day

Holiday Tree Festival
Ankeny Fire Department
December 4, 2010, 4-6pm

Santa's Treasure Hunt
Hykes Furniture & Gallery
SW 3rd Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50021
December 4, 2010, 12-3pm

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides
Ankeny Area Historical Society
SW 3rd Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50021
December 4, 2010, 12-4pm

Santa at the Fire Station!
Nevada Fire Station, Nevada, Iowa
December 4, 2010, 5-7:30pm

Nevada's Annual Winterfestival
Breakfast with Santa, Cookie Parade, Festival of Trees, Polar Bear Walk, Junior Theatre Presentations, and more!
Gates Memorial Hall, Nevada, Iowa
December, 11, 2010, 8:30-11:00

Christmas Tree Farms

Christmas Tree Cutting The Christmas Tree Farm
33459 663rd Ave
Maxwell, IA 50161

Enchanted Valley Tree Farm
1323 Montana Rd.
Boone, IA 5003

Hill's Tree Farm
1989 Midland Trail
Minburn, IA 50167

Kidman Tree Farm
3665 NW 98th Ave
Polk City, IA 50226

Metcalf Christmas Tree Farm
5036 SW 56th St
Des Moines, IA 50321

Quilted Gardens & Nursery
1895 East Army Post Rd.
Des Moines, IA 50320

Rettig Tree Farm
7602 NE 114th Avenue
Bondurant, IA 50035

Reutter Tree Farm
2051 220 Street
Boone, IA 50036

Strautman Tree Farm
58976 290th Street
Cambridge, Iowa 50046

Timmerman Tree Farm
2270 NW 58th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50313

Cookie Exchange Recipes
Cookie1 Triple-Chocolate Mini Cups

Peanut Butter Bites

Cinnamon Pinwheels

Seven Layer Magic Bars

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Pistachio Cranberry Biscotti

No-Bake Spruce Cookies

Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies


Two Layer Fudge

Cracked Sugar Cookies


Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2010 Ames 2009 Story County 2010 Story County 2009
Active listings as of 12/1 261 219   161 NA
Homes SOLD Recent YTD 449 533   212 270
Average Sale Price $181,006 $187,108   $137,759 $133,237
Average Days on the Market 84 95   134 108
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.1% 95.2%   92.0% 92.3%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Ames Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1
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.