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In This Issue

Closing Costs Paid

Protecting Your Roof in the Winter

5 Reasons to Love a Small House

House Cleaning After the Holidays

Market Numbers
Jan. Coupon
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Useful Websites
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  Ames Chamber Logo
The Ames Chamber of Commerce

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The City of Ames

Ankeny Chamber Logo
The Ankeny Chamber of Commerce

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The City of Ankeny

Booone Chamber Logo
The Boone Chamber of Commerce

Nevada Chamber Logo
The Nevada Chamber of Commerce

Ames Main Street Cultural District
Ames Main Street Cultural District

Interest Rate Info
Interest Rate Information

spacer $1500 Closing Cost

We will rebate up to $1,500 in closing costs* when you purchase any home listed with a Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR and use a participating lender.

Ames: 1st Nationsl Bank, First American Bank, Bankers Trust, Valley Bank, Wells Fargo, US Bank

Ankeny: Northwest Bank, Wells Fargo, Bankers Trust

Boone: Boone Bank & Trust Nevada: State Bank & Trust Story City: Randall Story Bank

*Up to $1,500 minus Pre-paids (taxes & insurance). Offer expires January 31, 2012. Not valid in conjunction with any referral or rent buy-out agreement.


Protecting Your Roof in the Winter

From 1981 to 2010 the average yearly snowfall for Ames is 31.6 inches ( This means homeowners need to be prepared. There are many parts of the home that need to be checked after a snow or ice storm. One important part is the roof.

Two very hazardous things that could happen to the roof are ice dams and large amounts of snow buildup. The amount of snow isn't always the problem; it's what kind of snow. By picking up a shovel-full of snow a homeowner can determine if it is heavy or light, fluffy snow. If it is determined that it is heavy snow and the homeowner is worried there is too much snow build up on the roof, they should check around the house, by checking interior doors to see if they stick. Also examining around the frame of a sticky door for cracks can also tell the homeowner there is a problem. Ice dams are dams created on the roof from heat rising from the home and melting the accumulated snow on the roof. The melted snow trickles down the room, but then hits the gutter where it refreezes. The snow continues to melt and builds up behind the ice in the gutter, resulting in an ice dam. The best measure to take to ensure that ice dams do not happen is to insulate the attic floor. With ice dams and heavy snow build up, it is important for the homeowner to not attempt to clean the roof themselves. The better choice is to hire someone to make sure that everything is taken care of and everything is done safely.

5 Big Reasons to Love a Small Home

SmallHouse.jpg A small home packs plenty of perks, and generally means a lower asking price. But entry price is only one factor - they're easier on the pocketbook in a host of ways.
  1. Lower property taxes because the assessed value is generally lower.
  2. Lower property insurance however it matters where you live and how your house is constructed.
  3. Save in heating and cooling costs regardless of how energy efficient the house is.
  4. Save on major replacements- great example, vinyl siding is about $9 per square foot.
  5. Easier maintenance- less lawn to mow, fewer gutters to clean, not as many windows to wash.
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House Cleaning after the Holidays

CleaningOven.jpg After you finally calmed down from the hectic holidays take a moment to put your house back in order.
Try these tips for decorations:
  • Carefully remove the outside lights. Try wrapping each strand around cardboard to make it easier next year.
  • Take advantage of the post-holiday sales! Purchase great storage containers for ornaments and other festive decorations and remember to label so next year you can find what you're looking for.
After taking a big hit, these are great tips to get your kitchen looking like new:
  • Wash the holiday dishware and linens then store them properly.
  • Clean all leftovers from the refridgerator.
  • Clean the grime from the oven now that holiday baking is completed.
  • Find and treat any messes made on furniture or carpets.
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Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2012 Ames 2011 Story County 2012 Story County 2011
Active listings as of Jan. 2012 215 218   149 142
  Ames 2011 Ames 2010 Story County 2011 Story County 2010
Homes SOLD Recent Year 527 469   237 236
Average Sale Price $181,701 $180,306   $132,266 $137,691
Average Days on the Market 104 85   107 130
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.2% 95.2%   92.2% 92.2%

*Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/31/11
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.