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In This Issue

Changes to South Duff

Monthy Maintenance Tips

Enjoy Fall - Pumpkin Pathches

Interpreting the Numbers

Market Numbers

Area Trick or Treat Dates
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  Ames - Monday, Oct. 31
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Ankeny - Sunday, Oct. 30
6pm - 8pm

Nevada - Monday, Oct. 31
5pm - 7pm

Bondurant - Sunday, Oct. 30
6pm - 8pm

Boone - Monday, Oct. 31
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Gilbert - Monday, Oct. 31
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Story City - Monday, Oct. 31
6pm - 8pm

Huxley - Monday, Oct. 31
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Maxwell - Monday, Oct. 31
6pm - 8pm

Colo - Monday, Oct. 31
5pm - 8pm

Johnston - Sunday, Oct. 30
6pm - 8pm

Polk City - Sunday, Oct. 30
6pm - 8pm

Altoona - Monday, Oct. 31
6pm - 8pm
Altoona Business Beggars Night
Thursday, Oct. 27
6pm - 8pm

Useful Websites
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  Ames Chamber Logo
The Ames Chamber of Commerce

City of Ames Logo
The City of Ames

Ames Main Street Cultural District
Ames Main Street Cultural District

Interest Rate Info
Interest Rate Information

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Changes to South Duff
What a Difference a Year Makes.

A little more than one year ago much of the business corridor of South Duff Avenue was lying under the floodwaters of Squaw Creek. The flood of August 2010 was devastating to many in Ames, including dozens of small and large businesses. Most of the affected businesses were able to reopen their doors, but others have chosen not to. While it is sad to say goodbye to long-time locally-owned and operated businesses such as O'Malley McGee's, Home Furniture, Ames Rental, Happy Joe's, 20th Century Bowling, and The Fox Lounge, it is also a time and opportunity to witness new and fresh changes to the South Duff. The void left behind will certainly be filled with new retail stores and restaurants. We have already witnessed the redevelopment of the former Home Furniture land as we welcome two new restaurants to our community, "Buffalo Wild Wings" and "Noodles", and rumors have already begun as to who will be next. In the coming months we are sure to hear official and unofficial announcements of the next restaurant or retailer choosing to take advantage of the ever increasing vehicle traffic on South Duff.


Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Cooler Weather

Alliant Energy Cash-Back Rewards
If it's time to install a new heating or cooling unit in your home, it makes sense to invest in an energy-saving system. It also makes sense to ask your dealer about Alliant Energy-Interstate Power & Light's Cash-Back Rewards on high-efficiency products. In many cases, we can help you buy a more efficient unit for about the same price as a less efficient one. You'll save money in lower operating costs for years to come!
Click Here to See a List of Eligible Equiptment and Reward Amounts.

How to Inspect Windows, Doors to Stop Air and Water Leaks
Inspect windows and doors regularly to stop air leaks and water seeps that create high energy and repair bills. We'll show you how. Read more

Seal Air Leaks Around Windows and Doors
Seal air leaks around your windows and doors to prevent wasting precious home heating and cooling energy that costs you money.Read more

Replace Old Windows with Energy-Efficient Models Adding new energy-efficient windows can pay off at resale, as well as boost your energy savings - $126-$465 annually - if you choose the right ones. Read more

Fall Fun at Area Pumpkin Patches

PumpkinPatch Enjoy the fruits of the fall season and great times with your family by visiting one of these pumpkin patches!

Berry Patch Farm, Nevada.
Pick your own apples or pumpkins!

Black's Heritage Farms, Ames.
Includes hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo.

Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge.
Features corn maze, hay maze, pedal tractors, apple sling shot, petting zoo, and hay rides.

Deal's Orchard, Jefferson.
Fall family fun with a corn maze, kid's play area, and hayrack rides to the pumpkin patch.

Geisler Farms, Bondurant.
The 2011 corn maze is a tribute to Ankeny based Casey's General Store. Also features children's play area, rubber duck races, patio maze, trikes for tykes, soybean mini maze, corn bin and hay rides.

Pumpkin Express, Boone.
Ride the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad train to a pumpkin patch, and pick your own perfect pumpkin!


Interpreting the Numbers

To know and understand real estate market information is absolutely critical in providing advice and recommendations to my clients. Only then, can my clients make an informed decision. The information below is a snapshot of the Ames area market. Here is some of what I can tell you comparing the same time frames for 2010 and 2011:

  • 17 more homes have sold this year compared to last year. People are buying and selling homes despite what the national trend is.
  • The average sale price is down 2.2 %. This means that the average price of the home that is being bought and sold this year is down only slightly from last year.
  • The average number of days a home is on the market is up 17 days which means, while homes are selling, it may take a few more days for an offer to get generated.
Should you desire a snapshot of a specific price range of the market or community relative to where you live, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2011 Ames 2010 Story County 2011 Story County 2010
Active listings as of 10/1 280 300   195 202
Homes SOLD Recent YTD 414 397   192 168
Average Sale Price $178,268 $182,259   $130,319 $136,914
Average Days on the Market 100 83   109 124
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.5% 95.3%   91.9% 92.4%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 10/1
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions
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