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Price Your Home Right

Thinking about Buying or Selling? Now's the Time!

Tax Time, Credits and Opportunities

Spring Break 2011

Market Numbers


Price Your Home Right

Time on Market and Sale Price What is your home worth? The real answer is what the market will pay on any given day. Yes, it means supply and demand. Often, what you think it is worth and what the market will pay are different, sometimes very different.

Don't waste your time trying to sell your home when it is priced too high. Nothing good will come of it. You will have to deal with keeping your home spotless, strangers coming through for showings, curious neighbors coming through, and in the meantime, your listing gets old.

Your Hunziker & Associates Realtor can provide you with a "Right Price Analysis" so you will be able to see how your home will stack up to the competition.

A "Right Price Analysis" provides:
  • A comparison of homes currently listed in your price range.
    These are the homes prospective buyers will choose from.
  • A comparison of homes sold in the last 6 months.
    These demonstrate what buyers were wiling to pay for a house similar to yours.
  • The condition, features, location and updates of your home contribute to overall value and marketability.

At Hunziker & Associates, Realtors®, we know the market. We don't just list your home, we sell it.

Thinking about Buying or Selling? Now's the Time!

Officially, the first day of spring is the 20th of March, but the spring real estate season is already underway. Traditionally the spring is the busiest time of year for residential real estate sales in Central Iowa. As the graph clearly highlights, the three months of March, April and May are historically the months with the most new listings, and the four months of March, April, May, and June are generally the busiest months to sell a home. The spring marketplace is a fantastic time to transact real estate, as it generally features both an abundance of buyers and available properties.

7 year trend However if you are a home seller, be aware that you will also have more competition from other sellers so you will need to ensure that your property is presented in its optimum light. Before your home is available for show, take some time to tidy up the landscaping and yard. Presenting the exterior of your home in a neat and tidy manner can be done for a modest cost and your hard work will help the property look good in the spring sunshine and bloom. Additionally, give your property a spring clean. De-clutter the house and garage to maximize the space you have, and it will also save you hours when you actually come to move.

For buyers, the spring season means you will have more properties on the market to choose from. But be prepared to act quickly should you find the right house, because there is increased competition from many other home buyers, and quality properties do not stay on the market for long.

If you are considering buying or selling a home, you deserve a real estate professional who is sincerely interested in understanding your real estate goals. Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions at all.

Tax Time, Credits and Opportunities

Taxes 2011 If you think you may have missed out on energy tax credits because you didn't get to those energy-saving improvements on your 2010 to-do list, think again.

The levels and limits on these energy tax credits are lower than before. But, if the energy saving improvements covered are needed anytime soon, taking advantage of them is still very much worth your while, with the best deals in the bunch offered for components and systems that help you bring renewable energy into your life.

To receive the energy tax credits you deserve at tax time next year, hold on to receipts and Manufacturer's Certification Statements for the items you install, and plan to file 2011 IRS Form 5695. For more information on qualifying products, check the product eligibility details posted via the Alliance to Save Energy and Energy Star.

Click here to see Energy Tax Credits for 2011


Midwest Spring Break Ideas

Escape to a Water Park
Spring Break
Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City and Wisconson Dells

Kalahari Resort Wisconson Dells

Buccaneer Bay at Honey Creek Resort on Rathbun Lake in Iowa

Water Park of America by the Mall of America in Minnesota

CoCo Key Water Resort with nearby locations in Omaha, NE; Rockford, IL; and Kansas City, MO

WaTiki Water Park in Rapid City, SD

Central Iowa Attractions

Visit the Science Center of Iowa

Des Moines Botanical Gardens Tours

Enjoy and relax at the Amana Colonies

Madagascar Live plays at the Civic Center


Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2011 Ames 2010 Story County 2011 Story County 2010
Active listings as of 3/1 253 242   142 NA
Homes SOLD Recent 3 mo. 63 65   50 24
Average Sale Price $170,281 $172,203   $124,176 $138,354
Average Days on the Market 129 126   116 103
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.3% 94.0%   91.1% 92.3%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 3/1
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions
Homebuyer Tax Credit in place in 2010.
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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.