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10 Landscaping Improvements to Increase Value


Are you ready for the
Next Housing Boom?

14,000 Houses Sold Yesterday

Community Shred Day Success

Market Numbers

May Coupon
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  Holubs Coupon
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Landscaping Tips & Ideas
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  Ideas to Help You Create a Beautiful Backyard

14 Simple Gardening Tips and Tricks

Landscaping with Native Plants

Ideal Plants for Landscaping

10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Home Landscape Design

12 Money-Saving Landscaping Tips
Useful Websites
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The Ames Chamber of Commerce

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The City of Ames

Ames Main Street Cultural District
Ames Main Street Cultural District

Interest Rate Info
Interest Rate Information


10 Ways to Increase the Real Estate Market Value of Your Home Landscape Improvements

Increase Curb Appeal When it comes to increasing the market value of your home and attracting potential buyers, the landscape around the house is the icing on the cake; every bit as important as location. An irresistible welcome mat that makes people want to jump out of the car, to see the rest of the house.

Landscaping efforts often represent the second best return on investment (ROI)- with an average recoup of 100% or better. Not only can the landscape increase the real estate value of your home, but putting focus on curb appeal can help your home sell faster.
  1. Remove any foliage and cut back shrubbery that hides the house
  2. Edge your lawn
  3. Add Color
  4. Get rid of unsightly weeds
  5. Keep lawn well mowed
  6. Add interest and color to your backyard landscape
  7. Add an arbor garden or potted shrubs
  8. Weed garden landscape
  9. Keep trees and shrubs neatly pruned
Click here to read more about these landscape improvements.

United Way Wish List

Third Annual LIVE UNITED
Food Drive

United Way Logo Area businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, are working with the United Way this month to help families in need put food on their table. You can be a part of it too! Simply bring your food or cash donation to any collection site May 16-26. You donation will be distributed to the one of the 14 food pantries in the county. The United Way is hoping for a large food donation this year. See the list at the right for some ideas for donations. Cash donation may be used to purchase perishable items or other items in bulk.

FoodDonation This year, Monsanto has generously offered to match $1 per pound of food up to $10,000!

Questions about the LIVE UNITED Food Drive?
Shannon Bardole, 268-5142,
Sara Lehman, 663-3089,

Are You Ready For The Next Housing Boom?

housingboom More wealth is created when you buy at the bottom of the real estate cycle instead of at the top.

The market has shifted from its peak a few years back, and there is strong evidence that we are now at the bottom of the cycle. In looking toward the future and at certain economic indicators, you can see that now is the time to get ready for the next housing boom.
  • According to conservative estimates, the number of households is expected to increase by 1.25 million annually over the next decade.
  • Echo Boomers are the offspring of the nation's largest generation, the baby boomers...and there are a lot of them. The echo boomers are entering their peak household formation years with close to 6 million more people than the baby boomers had during the 1970's.
  • Builders have cut back on building homes to record lows. Based upon annual household formations and approximately 300,000 home demolitions, we need 1.3-1.7 million new homes built every year. At present, it is estimated that we are building only 550,000 homes this year.
home sales and recessions chart
Over the past decade, the population has grown by 30 million, but the number of homes sold in 2010 was not much different than the number of sales in 2000. The demand is pent up. Many are still waiting to be sure the market is at the bottom; however, with inflation possibly looming and the chance for interest rates to increase, now is the best time to reap the rewards that will come from the next housing boom!

Almost 14,000 Houses Sold Yesterday

Sold House One of the biggest misconceptions in today's housing market is that homes are not selling. That is simply not true. Last month's Existing Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that homes were selling at an "annual rate of 5.10 million". That's an average of 13,973 every day - 365 days a year!

And the monthly Pending Sales Report, which measures the number of houses going into contract each month, has showed increases in six of the last nine months prompting Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist to say:

"Since reaching a cyclical bottom last June, pending home sales have posted an overall gain of 24 percent and demonstrate the market is recovering on its own. The index means modest near-term gains in existing-home sales are likely."

Bottom Line
Homes are selling. You probably will need to offer a compelling price if you put your house on the market. But if you do, it will sell.

Click here to read the complete article from the KCM Blog

We Shredded 6,500 lbs of Paper!

Shred Day A steady stream of people arrived to shred their old documents on Saturday, April 23 during our Community Shred Day event.

By noon the truck was full with over 6,500 pounds of shredded paper! It was our pleasure to help many in the community protect their identity and rid their basements and closets of old documents with confidential information.

We would like to thank Bankers Trust and all of those who participated in our Community Shred Day.


Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2011 Ames 2010 Story County 2011 Story County 2010
Active listings as of 5/1 313 286   181 NA
Homes SOLD Recent YTD 117 137   65 53
Average Sale Price $166,997 $172,669   $110,765 $120,955
Average Days on the Market 112 88   121 144
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.7% 95.5%   89.3% 91.6%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 5/1
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions
Homebuyer Tax Credit in place in 2010 expired 4/30/2010.
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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.