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2011 Year in Review

2012 Real Estate Futurecast

Valentine's Day Events

Creative Valnetine's Day Ideas

Ames First Pet Hotel

Market Numbers
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2011 Year in Review

As 2011 is now clearly in our rear view mirror, and we are now more than one month into a new year, how do I answer the question, "How's the market?"

I believe 2011 will be marked as the year in which our local real estate market turned the corner. With interest rates below 4% on a 30-year fixed mortgage, and more confidence in the economy, it is no wonder why more people chose to buy a home in 2011 than in 2010. Not only have the number of sales increased, but so have average sale prices in many of our communities. Many communities in central Iowa are demonstrating fewer houses for sale (lower supply) and more sales (higher demand). While I am not ready to proclaim this as a Seller's market, the market is certainly trending toward more balance. What are some possible year-end headlines?
  • 12.5% Leap in Ames home Sales*
  • Average Home Prices in Ames on the Increase*
  • Nevada (Iowa) Reports a 3.5% Increase in Average Home Prices*


2012 Futurecast

Looking ahead, I am increasingly confident that 2012 will continue to build on the positive momentum established in the last half of 2011. I believe that this year we will see a local real estate market that has a healthier balance between home buyers and home sellers. I believe that homes that are competitively priced against their competition will continue to sell within a few weeks, not months. I believe that 2012 will be a great year to buy a home, as interest rates are likely to remain at or near historic lows. I believe in the practice of empowering my clients with the best and most current real estate market information, and trusting them to make informed decisions in their best interest.

National headlines, which not too long ago were highlighting the numerous problems in our residential real estate and home-building markets, are now much more positive in nature.

"Housing Market and Economy Showing Encouraging Signs." - The Washington Post

"From Bottom Up, Signs of Housing Recovery" - The Wall Street Journal

"Housing Outlook is More Upbeat" - USA Today

"The housing sector will likely take incremental steps forward in 2012...according to economists at Fannie Mae." - Fannie Mae

Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about our local real estate market.

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ValentinesEvents Looking for some fun ways to to spend Valentine's Day? The list below are some ideas for you to explore to create the perfect day for you and your loved ones.

Wine and Chocolate Weekend Bring your Valentine to Tassel Ridge Winery for a wine and chocolate pairing experience featuring award-winning Tassel Ridge wines paired with fine European chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam.

Valentine's Day Jump The fun starts at 5:00 lasting until 9:00 p.m. We will do a special craft and play fun games! Of course there will be lots of jumping, bouncing and sliding on our awesome inflatables! To keep their energy up, we will fill them with pizza and a sweet treat!

Snus Hill Winery Valentine's Day Party Share a romantic evening with your sweetheart at the winery with hor d'oeuvres, wine, dinner, music and dancing with The Bill Martin Group. If you would like to make this Valentine's Day evening even more special, include a night at Two Bears Bed and Breakfast just west of Madrid.

Valentine Dinner Train Experience elegant railroad dining as it was in the 1950's.

Teen Valentine's Day Special: Love Stinks! Join us for an Anti-Valentine's Day Party. Decorate broken heart cookies, make crafts, and play cheesy games as we celebrate our independence from Cupid. South Side Library, Des Moines, IA.

Creative Valentine's Ideas Captive Heart Show Grandma you care with this keepsake. The red wire is very flexible, so she can extract the note and treat while keeping the ornament to remind her of her sweetheart.

Ginormous Lollipop This bit of treat trickery starts with a photo shoot.

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins These wonderfully moist muffins, loaded with juicy raspberries and chunks of white chocolate, are perfect for breakfast, brunch, afternoon coffee, or a terrific dessert.

15 Cheap Valentine's Day Dates The prudent thing to do is to remember that Valentine's Day isn't about spending money on your loved one, it's about spending time with your loved one.

Top 10 Gifts for Men on Valentine's Day Every man is different, but there are some interests that many men are likely to share. Finding the perfect gift for your special someone can make him feel truly valued and can boost the quality of your relationship.

Top 10 Gifts for Women on Valentine's Day If you are looking for an ideal gift for the lady in your life, check out these fabulous Valentine's Day gifts for women.

Valentine's Day Fortune Cookie Craft These little felt fortune cookies would are a great way to hold Valentine's Day goodies or as favors for birthday parties, baby showers, or even wedding and bridal showers!


Pet Resort Under Construction

Ames Pet Resort is now under construction and anticipates a grand opening by late May 2012. The state of the art facility will provide a clean, upscale, odor free, enjoyable environment for both pets and their owners. The mission of Ames Pet Resort is to provide outstanding dog daycare, dog and cat boarding, and grooming services, by certified professionals, ensuring all pets receive the highest quality care in a safe and enriching environment.

The Ames Pet Resort facility, designed and constructed by HCS, is 7,000 square feet with capacity for up to 57 dogs. Boarding suites are as spacious as 60 square feet and building plans feature indoor and outdoor play areas in excess of 3,000 square feet.


Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2012 Ames 2011 Story County 2012 Story County 2011
Active listings as of 2/1/2012 234 242   151 143
  Ames 2011 Ames 2010 Story County 2011 Story County 2010
Homes SOLD Recent Year 527 469   237 236
Average Sale Price $181,701 $181,579   $132,266 $137,691
Average Days on the Market 104 85   107 130
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.1% 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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