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Hunziker Shred Day 2012

Beat the Heat - Air Conditioner Service

Local Events

Take Advantage of the New

National Volunteer Day

Market Numbers
April 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

Ames CVB
Ames Convention and Visiors Bureau

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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Community Shred Day 2012

Kick off your spring cleaning by clearing out all of those old tax documents, confidential papers and any other paperwork that should not be placed in the trash. Hunziker & Associates, Realtors invite all of our customers and friends to bring up to 3 boxes of items to be shredded to our office at 105 South 16th Street, Ames on Saturday, April 28 from 9am to Noon. A truck from Secure Shred Solutions will be on site to shred your documents.

With so much emphasis being put on security both in terms of our identity and our finances it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief's job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family.

We will have reusable grocery bags for the first 50 customers that bring in items to shred.

It's going to be HOT HOT HOT before we know it, so now is a great time to ensure your air conditioner will be ready for any amount of humidity. The first thing that should be checked out is the actual unit itself whether central air or a wall unit, be sure that the unit is clear from debris and nothing is sitting on top of it. Also, to make sure that air conditioner is running to best of its ability, change the filter on the unit. Lastly, be sure to switch the unit from heating to cooling, and test it out. If you test it before it gets extremely hot, you will have your unit ready to go when the temperatures rise quickly.

Without regular maintenance an air conditioner loses about 5% of it's original efficiency for each year of operation. This means that the 12 SEER unit that you bought just a few years ago may be functioning like a 9 SEER unit today! The good news is that you can recover most of that lost efficiency through regular maintenance. Studies show that with regular tune-ups a unit will maintain up to 95% of it's original efficiency. This means that the cost of an annual tune-up is recovered very quickly in savings on your monthly electric bill and reduced repair costs. A properly serviced air conditioner will also do a better job of dehumidifying your home.

Another great way to keep your house cool during the summer months is to think about an attic fan if you don't already have one. Beside the fact that it helps cool your home, it also helps to dry out your home and keep mold and mildew from forming. Be sure to do some research as to what kind of fan is the best for your home and which one will save you the most money.

Local Events in April

Ames Yard Waste Free Day
April 28th, 8am-4pm

Rent at Fisher Theater by ISU Theatre
April 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

ISU Fashion Show
April 14th

Opening Weekend of Nature Connects Sculptures Built with LEGO® Bricks
April 14th

Full Schedule Here

Boone County Cares Silent Auction
April 1st-9th

Family Fun Fest!
April 14th

Boone Area Humane Society Annual Rummage Sale
Apr 25, 2012 - Apr 28, 2012

Annual Adult Table Tennis Tourney
April 14th

Paperback book exchange and sale
Apr 9, 2012 - Apr 14, 2012

Celebrate Arbor Day
Apr 28, 2012 from 9am - 4pm
The Iowa Arboretum is giving away free tree seedlings and have fun family activities.

Let the NEW work for You!

Homefinder My Homefinder from helps you use your valuable time effectively. With My Homefinder you can save listings and searches from any computer and return to the same listings and searches at another time. You can also sign up for listings searches and be notified of new listings that match your specifications. My Homefinder emails keep you up to date on the newest listings on the market saving you time searching websites. You can also be notified of price changes and upcoming open houses. If you're selling your house sign up for My Homefinder to be notified of new listings at your price point to stay on top of the competition. Let us help you make your next real estate experience an enjoyable one.

Spring Clean - Green Clean

SpringClean April is a great time to get that spring cleaning done, before the kids are done with school and you're off to the lake or summer vacations. Below are some great tips for what to get done during your spring cleaning and healthier ways to do it without the endless amount of harmful and toxic cleaners that are sold in the superstores.
  • Make your own mixture of baking soda and acidic vinegar, no harmful chemicals to inhale and won't contaminate food
  • Use the vinegar/backing soda cleaner, but instead of mopping the floor, use a wet/dry van to get the grime out of the grout
  • Use a micro fiber cloth and some water, for all types of cleaning, from greasy messes to a quick dusting of electronics
  • Flip your mattress each spring- This can make your mattress last longer
  • Think about getting your carpets, mattresses, and furniture upholstery professionally cleaned


National Volunteer Week
April 15-21

National Volunteer Week embodies the energy and power volunteers evoke on a daily basis as they lead by example-not only encouraging the people they help, but motivating others to serve as well.

Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week has grown exponentially in scope each year, drawing the support and endorsement of all subsequent U.S. presidents, governors, mayors and other respected elected officials.

During this year's National Volunteer Week celebration, thousands of volunteers throughout the country will participate in a variety of innovative, grassroot community projects designed to engage volunteers and community members in building strong, vibrant neighborhoods. This nationwide undertaking will include revitalizing community centers, rehabilitating parks, improving low-income homes, creating community art projects, mentoring, serving meals, developing community gardens and much more.

We encourage you to get involved in your community and give back by volunteering. Check with your local shelters and food banks or see if help is needed at assisted living homes or simply help by cleaning up a neighborhood park.

Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2012 Ames 2011 Story County 2012 Story County 2011
Active listings as of 4/2/2012 233 294   151 142
Homes SOLD YTD 80 77   44 45
Average Sale Price $182,208 $169,770   $134,551 $104,865
Average Days on the Market 126 118   104 105
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.7% 93.8%   93.6% 88.3%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 3/31/2012
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.