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March Madness, Real Estate Style

Home Improvement Apps for your Phone

Iowa's a Happy State, Well-Being Index

New Grayhawk Apartments

Market Numbers
March Coupon
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Congratulations to our Winner!
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  Thank you to everyone who "liked" us on Facebook in our Dinner for 2 promotion.

Our lucky winner was Joyce Hagley of Ames.

We hope Joyce enjoys her dinner at The Cafe.

Keep a look out for more ways to win in the future.
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

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New Launches!

In keeping with the company philosophy of providing the most up to date information to you, our customers, Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS launched a new website. The new provides multiple ways to search for a home including a map search and mobile site for smartphone users.

Multiple Ways to Search - Do you want to live in a particular neighborhood? Click our Map Search and zoom in to the neighborhood of your choice to what homes are for sale in that vacinity. You can also search by a variety of options from price to number of bedrooms or bathrooms.

Save your Searches - Set up your own Homefinder Account to keep track of homes you find and to be notified of new listings. Like a property and share with your friends via the facebook like button on every home detail page.

Meet Our Agents - View bios, testimonials, listings and more useful information with the personalized Agent websites.

Blog Posts - Find our most recent blog posts right on our homepage. Keep updated with the latest real estate news, local happenings, and entertaining housing information by following our blog.

Community Resources - We've compiled useful links for the communities of Ames, Boone, Nevada, and Ankeny for you in one convenient location.

March Madness, Real Estate Style

MarchMadness For many college basketball fans, March means one thing, "March Madness", the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament which declares a single, national champion. As Realtors we celebrate a similar March Madness in the form of Residential Real Estate Madness. March historically marks the beginning of a very busy four month period in real estate sales, and this year should be no different as we come off of a red-hot February. This residential real estate season, we will likely see greater parity between home sellers and home buyers, as there appears to be a rather healthy balance between the number of homes for sale and the number of buyers pursuing homes for sale. Unlike NCAA Basketball March Madness, we will not crown a Championship winner, but we will instead celebrate the successes of many home sellers and home buyers who successfully accomplish their real estate goals. If selling or buying a home is a goal of yours, we would like to assist you and celebrate in your success.

Your Digital Toolbox - Home Improvement Apps for your Smartphone

iHandyLevelFree.jpg Smartphones like Apple's iPhone and those based on Google's Android do more than make calls, thanks to hundreds of thousands of downloadable mini-software items called apps. There are many home improvement apps designed to help you save money or take care of projects. Here are some of the best:

Match that paint color
If you see a color at a friend's house that would look great in your home, use Benjamin Moore's Ben Color Capture or Sherwin-Williams' ColorSnap, free mobile apps for iPhone, to conjure up a matching paint color and code in a jiffy. Take a photo with your phone, and the app matches the paint as closely as possible, and will display secondary and complementary colors.

Get rid of stains
Good Housekeeping magazine has placed all their best stain-removal and cleaning advice into their free @Home app. It also includes decorating ideas and a searchable list of the 5,000-plus products that have earned a Good Housekeeping seal.

Carpenter's tools in one
For $1.99, the iHandy Carpenter app puts a ruler, protractor, bubble level, surface level, and plumb bob into your iPhone, allowing you to make measurements without lugging out the tool box. It's perfect for simple jobs like hanging frames and mirrors.
Need just a level? There's a free app for iPhone from iHandy and for Android from Johnson.

Know what and when to plant
Wonder why certain vegetation isn't growing in your yard? Landscaper's Companion provides a reference guide to more than 2,000 plants. You can search for a plant based on your garden's sun exposure and garden zone, helping to ensure you won't get any dead leaves after planting. The app costs $9.99.

Visit for more app ideas.

Iowa's a Happy State

A new map based on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index charts the levels of happiness across states. As you can see, the happiest states include Hawaii, North Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, Alaska, and Colorado. The least happy states include West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Delaware, and Ohio.

To determine which states rank where, Gallup analyzes factors like emotional health, work environment, physical health, life evaluation, healthy behaviors, and access to basic resources. well-being-map-gallop.jpg
Click Map to view larger.

This squares with a 2009 study I conducted with Cambridge University psychologist Jason Rentfrow and my colleague Charlotta Mellander. The research, published in the Journal of Personality Research, found that happier states were wealthier and more educated, with higher levels of the creative class and greater levels of tolerance and diversity. The connections between happiness, the creative class, and diversity hold up even when we control for income.

While the happiness of the nation as a whole has dipped somewhat since then, state-level happiness appears more stable, as Gallup notes:

Well-being across states remains essentially static, reflecting the continuing sluggish economy. While some states are standouts year after year, even those places have yet to see significant improvement in residents' overall well-being since the financial crisis of 2008.

Improving well-being poses a challenge for leaders as many states continue to face severe fiscal problems, reductions in public services, public-sector layoffs or salary cuts, and decreases in federal aid. High unemployment, static or declining salaries, and overwhelming debt burdens - all of which have the potential to affect different aspects of well-being - continue to challenge residents.

Grayhawk Apartments Now Renting

GrayhawkExt Grayhawk Apartments, a Hunziker community, are now leasing on the north side of Ames. These bright and edgy homes include many high-tech and "green" features. 1-3 bedroom units are available and include attached garages, 9' or vaulted ceilings, private terraces and balconies, stainless steel appliances, and full sized washers and dryers included in each unit.

Four decor packages are available, featuring insulated wood laminate floors, quartz counter tops, painted trim, and panel doors. Greyhawk residents will also enjoy access to the clubhouse, 24 hour fitness center, ramada with fireplace and grill, and even a storm shelter. Elevators (or technically "lifts") service each building. GrayhawkPics


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2012 Ames 2011 Story County 2012 Story County 2011
Active listings as of 3/1/2012 212 253   148 142
Homes SOLD YTD 42 44   24 26
Average Sale Price $180,152 $174,157   $132,316 $112,261
Average Days on the Market 141 134   69 102
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.3% 93.9%   95.2% 88.3%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 2/29/2012
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.