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In This Issue

Homes Wanted

Beat the Heat

4th of July Celebrations

Iowa Games

Market Numbers
July Area Events
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  Iowa Masters Golf tournament
July 5-July 8, 2012
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames

2012 Summer Iowa Games
July 7-8 2012, July 13-15 & July 20-22

Ankeny Summer Fest
July 12-15

Story County Youth Fair
July 20-25
Story County Fairgrounds in Nevada

Boone County Fair
July 12-15
Boone County Fairgrounds

Four Seasons Festival
July 20-21
Polk City

July 22-28
Starts in Sioux Center and ends in Clinton
Travels through Story City on July 25 as they go from Webster City to Marshalltown

National Balloon Classic
July 27-August 4

Useful Websites
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  Ames Chamber Logo
The Ames Chamber of Commerce

City of Ames Logo
The City of Ames

Ames CVB
Ames Convention and Visiors Bureau

Ankeny Chamber Logo
The Ankeny Chamber of Commerce

City of Ankeny Logo
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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Houses Wanted

With the inventory at some of the lowest levels in 10 years, some Buyers are having trouble finding the "right" home. Maybe you have been thinking about selling your home. Maybe it is time to move up to a larger home or down-size to a townhome. Whatever the reason, maybe we have a buyer for your current home.

Click here to view a current list of some of the buyers that our agents are currently working with.


Beat the Heat

As the temperatures rise into the 90 degree range this summer try some of the following tips to beat the heat and save energy costs.
  • Fans: The average fan runs for just pennies a day and makes you feel 3 or 4 degrees cooler. Use ceiling fans to help circulate air throughout the house. A ceiling fan should run clockwise during the summer and counter-clockwise during the winter. Attic fans draw warm and stale air from your home.
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  • Thermostats: Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to only cool your home when you need it. Raise the thermostat to about 78 to 80 degrees whenever you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Shade: It's also a good idea to shade south and west facing windows during the hottest part of the day.
  • Peak Power Programs: Iowa's high summer temperatures and high humidity levels create a huge demand for electricity and puts a big strain on power plants. Many utility companies offer Peak Demand programs to help manage power. You can help meet electricity needs during peak demand times - and get compensated for participating! When you sign up for these programs a contractor installs a small, radio-activated control switch on or near your outdoor central air conditioner at no cost to you. If the demand for electricity escalates to a critical point, a "system emergency" or "peak alert" is announced, and a signal is sent to your device turning off the air conditioner ApplianceCycling.jpg at certain intervals. The switch will cycle your air conditioner, while the furnace fan continues to circulate the cooler, drier air already in your home. You'll stay cool and comfortable, your electric bill stays low and the environment can breathe a little easier. For more information on programs in your area click on the links below or contact your own electricity provider.
    Alliant Energy
    Appliance Cycling Program

    MidAmerican Energy
    Summer Saver Program

    City of Ames
    Prime Time Power


4th of July Events

Here are some of the fun events for the 4th of July Holiday.

Yankee Doodle Pops - 8:30pm on July 3, 2012 at the Iowa State Capital West Terrace in Des Moines. Fireworks follow.

Ames Jaycees Fireworks -NOW Tuesday, July 3rd on the ISU campus just east of Jack Trice Stadium at dusk.

Ames 4th of July Community Pancake Breakfast -July 4th from 8:30am-10:30am at the front entrance of City Hall.

Ames 4th of July Parade & Festival -Bill Riley Talent Show from 9am-11am & Parade at 11am in downtown Ames followed by the Festival on Burnett Ave.

Boone Speedway 10th Annual Eve of Destruction -July 4th at 7:30pm. Events include the Leap of Death, Rollover Contest, Trailer Race, 4x4 Truck Tug-of-War, Monster Truck Freestyle and racing action from the IMCA SportMods. Huge Fireworks Show!

Nevada 4th of July Events
Breakfast at the Fire Station - 7am-9am
Annual Parade on Main Street - 10am
Chicken Noodle Dinner at the American Legion - Noon-2pm
Kid's Activities & Free Cookout at SCORE Pavilion - 5:30pm
Fireworks Show at SCORE Park - Dusk

Slater Daze 4th of July Celebration - Carnival All Day July 3 & 4
July 3rd -
Kiddie Parade & Puppet Show - 6pm
Community Band & Choir, Nelson Park Stage - 6:30pm
Fireworks Show, Grimm Park - 10:00pm
July 4th -
Craft Vendors & Food Booths - All Day
Parade - 10am
Opening Ceremonies & Festivities - Noon
(Mud Volleyball & horseshoe tournaments, Slater's Got Talent, Hypnotist, Beer Tent, Raffle)

Roland Fireworks - Tuesday, July 3rd at dusk.


It's Time for the Iowa Games!

It's that time of year again; the Iowa Games are coming to Ames! The Iowa Games have been operating for 26 years. This year the Iowa Games will have 14 team sports and 44 individual sports. The opening ceremony has a NEW location this year in Lot S7 directly east of Jack Trice Stadium. OpeningCeremony The opening ceremony consists of a Parade of Athletes, singing of the National Anthem, the Arrival of the Torch, Oath of Athletes, Lighting of the Cauldron, and Fireworks. The evening concludes with and Country Concert featuring The Lost Trailers and Sunny Sweeney at approximately 7:40pm. This year the Iowa Games has events taking place on all four weekends in July. Visit for exact locations and start times for each event.

Fun Facts about the Iowa Games:
  • Last year, 14,752 people participated.
  • In 2011 the three events with the most participants were bowling, road race, and soccer being the event with the most participants.
  • This year the weekend with the most events is July 14th and 15th, with 41 different events between those two days.

Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2012 Ames 2011 Story County 2012 Story County 2011
Active listings as of 7/2/2012 194 328   185 203
Homes SOLD YTD 294 252   113 105
Average Sale Price $191,995 $179,110   $147,949 $124,851
Average Days on the Market 98 105   109 114
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.8% 94.7%   93.7% 90.9%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 6/30/2012
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions
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