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Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®

In This Issue

Housing Market in Recovery

Celebrating 60 years

Reviving your Lawn

Business Spotlight

Links to Football Schedules

Hunziker Tailgate Recipes

Market Numbers
Sept. Area Events
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  IMCA Super Nationals
Sept. 3-8

Pufferbilly Days
Sept. 6-9

ISU Presidential Installation
Sept. 14
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Maximum Ames Music Festival
Sept. 20-23
Various Ames Locations

Octagon Art Festival
Sept. 23
Downtown Ames

Story! Festival
Sept. 20-23
Story City

All Breed Jeep Show
Sept. 22-23
Story County Fairgrounds, Nevada

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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Now is the Time to Sell

We are often asked the question, "Is spring the best time to list a home for sale?" The short answer to the question is, "It depends." If one is currently giving serious consideration to selling their home, the best time to do so may be during this late summer and early fall season. Why? Right now, inventories of homes for sale are the lowest they have been in a long time, and when coupled with continued brisk demand, this fall should be an excellent time for home sellers. This is especially true, given our very low mortgage interest rates, if the home seller is also a home buyer.

Area Average 2012 Sales Price % change in Avg Sales Price from 2011 2012 # of Homes Sold % change in # of Homes sold in 2011 # of Active Listing Sept 1, 2012 % change in Active listings in 2011
Ames Residential & Rural Subdivisions $188,777 +5.5% 448 +19.8% 177 - 44.3%
Story County, non-Ames $150,302 +17.3 % 170 +4.9% 174 - 12.5%
Boone County $108,991 - 1.6 % 242 +55.1% 178 - 28.8%
Ankeny $192,171 - 1.0% 803 +19.1% 494 - 20.9%
Urbandale $232,000 +1.5% 448 +16.3% 316 NA
West Des Moines $209,307 +7.8% 678 +19.8% 400 NA

Call your Hunziker & Associates agent should you have questions, or need more information about the local real estate market. Hunziker & Associates Realtors, "We know the market."
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Hunziker is Celebrating 60 years of Business!

Please Join us at our Anniversary Party.
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
from 4:30pm - 7:00pm
at the ISU Alumni Center
Drinks and Hors d'oeuvres provided

Reviving your Lawn

Grass turns brown when roots can no longer grab nutrients or water from soil, or when soil doesn't contain enough food or water. Some of the typical culprits are drought/heat, weeds, disease, cinch bugs, and grubs. Here are some prevention tips that will help your grass stay green, courtesy of Kevin Doerfler of Grass Seed USA.
  • Aerate and inter-seed (add seed to existing grass) in fall when weather has cooled and rain is likely.
  • Fertilize in spring and fall. Don't fertilize when your grass already is stressed or during drought.
  • Water in the early morning to combat fungal diseases. Water deeply to nourish roots.
  • In summer, raise mowing height to 3 inches or above. The taller grass will shade roots and reduce water loss from evaporation.
  • Perform a soil test to determine what amendments your lawn might need.


AmesPetResort Ames Pet Resort provides boarding for dogs and cats, daycare for dogs, and grooming for dogs and cats. On top of weekday grooming, they now offer grooming on some weekends. The mission of Ames Pet Resort is to enhance each pet owner's experience by offering an alternative to traditional kenneling, to make each dog's life more interactive, and to make dog ownership more enjoyable. They believe socialized play can improve the mental and physical well being of dogs, promote better behavior, and strengthen the bonds between owner and pet.

Ames Pet Resort will care for all pets with kindness and we place their welfare above all other considerations.

Click Here to visit the Ames Pet Resort website.

Links to Football Schedules

ISU Cyclones

Iowa Hawkeyes

UNI Panthers

Drake Bulldogs

Ames High Little Cyclones

Ankeny Hawks

Gilbert Tigers

Gilbert Community Schools

Nevada Cubs

Ballard Bombers

Roland-Story Norseman

Johnston Dragons

Urbandale J-Hawks

Waukee Warriors

WDM Valley Tigers

TailgateFood1 Hoagie Dip

Pickle Roll-ups

Flank Steak Sandwiches

Grilled Chicken Spiedies

Graham Nut

Sausage and Pepper Heros

Iowa Corn Chowder

Caramel Blonde Brownies

Southwest Frito Pie

Chicken-Tequila Tailgate Sandwiches

Cheese & Bacon Jalapeno Rellenos



Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2012 Ames 2011 Story County 2012 Story County 2011
Active listings as of 9/4/2012 177 318   174 199
Homes SOLD YTD 448 374   170 162
Average Sale Price $188,777 $178,851   $150,302 $128,036
Average Days on the Market 90 103   120 104
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.7% 94.6%   93.6% 91.9%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 8/31/2012
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.