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Happy Thanksgiving vs.

Winterizing your Home

Hunziker Thanksgiving Recipes

Ames Community Pass Along

Market Numbers
Nov. Area Events
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  Blacklight Butterfly Roosting
Nov. 8 at 4:50pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Boone Area Humane Society Paws & Claus
Nov. 10 at 10am - 2pm
228 W. 16th St., Boone

Beer, Wine & Food Expo
Nov. 9 & 10
Iowa Events Center, DSM

ABWA Craft Fair
Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10am
Gates Hall/High School, 825 15th Street, Nevada

Snus Hill Winery Holiday Vendor Fair
Sunday, Nov. 11 at Noon - 5pm
Snus Hill Winery, 2183 320th St., Madrid

Festival of Trees
Nov. 16 - Dec. 2
Octagon, Ames

34th Living History Farms Off-Road Race
Nov. 17 at 9am
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Snow Magic Kickoff
Nov. 16 at 5pm-8pm
Main Street, Ames

Festival of Trees and Lights
Nov. 21 - 25
Veteran's Memorial Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, DSM

Yulefest - Story City's Holiday Celebration
Free Community Thanksgiving Meal
Various Events in November and December
Story City

Santa Express
Nov. 23 - Dec. 14, various times.
Tickets on sale NOW!
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Altrusa Holiday Home Tour
Dec.1 & 2 from 1pm-5pm
Ames Area Homes

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

spacer HappyThanksgiving.jpg In this time of gratitude, we give thanks to you for being our valued customers. We are grateful for the pleasure of serving you and meeting your real estate needs. We appreciate your confidence in us and your friendship.

On behalf of all of us at Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

HunzikerVSZillow.jpg vs. Zillow

Who do you trust for local real estate information?

  • The local leader of real estate information or a national website?
  • Realtors that have been in the homes and have used local market research to price the home or a website that throws out a WIDE range of prices?
  • A website that has information updated 3 times a day from the main source or a website that gets its information 3rd hand.

For months now we have listened to and read about the pros and cons of all of the candidates. In the same way, when you begin looking for a home, where should you go for the most up to date information. When you log in to, you are getting information on homes CURRENTLY for sale. Our website is updated 3 times a day from information that is provided to the Central Iowa MLS and to DMAAR. Zillow, on the other hand, gets their information 3rd hand.

FACT Check - here is the an example of 3 homes for sale in Ames

544 Rookwood - - For Sale $172,000 - For sale $172,000 Zestimate $184,721 - For Sale $172,000 Zestimate $165,630
So not only does the Zillow website have the same house listed for sale twice, they give it 2 different estimates on what they think the price should be.

1324 Nixon - - Does not appear because it is sold. Property closed 8/6/2012. - For Sale - $159,900. Unfortunately this listing was Cancelled on 4/13/2012 and relisted with another company, who later got is sold on 8/6/2012.

3472 Southdale Dr. - - does not appear as it is not currently listed for sale. - For Sale $119,900 - this listing was cancelled on 8/15/2012.

Based on information as reviewed on both websites on October 25, 2012.

Winterizing Your Home


You'll get a season's worth of savings and peace of mind by taking a few steps in the fall to get your home ready for cold weather.
  • Gutters & Roofs - Clean leaves and other debris to allow rain and snow properly drain. Debris may cause ice dams to form, which may cause added weight with the potential of damaging gutters, with extra water possibly entering the house and causing mold. Replace missing shingles.
  • Block Leaks - Both inside and out to keep cold air from entering, check window frames, door frames, and electrical outlets. Walk around home on breezy day & check seams.
  • Add Insulation - attics should have a minimum of 12 inches of insulation.
  • Check Heating & Cooling System - turn on the furnace to insure proper function before winter hits. Remove leaves and debris from outdoor cooling units & protect with waterproof cover; remove window air conditioners.
  • Inspect Chimney & Fireplaces - check for animals & proper ventilating, glass doors can be installed for insulation.
  • Reverse Ceiling Fans - reversing ceiling fans will push heat down & recirculate that air.
  • Wrap Pipes - to prevent pipes from bursting.
  • Check Alarms - change batteries & test with a little bit of actual smoke to insure proper functioning. (Tip: Smoke Alarms are recommended to be changed every 10 years)

Hunziker Thanksgiving Recipes

In polling our agents and staff, we have discovered that Thanksgiving Dinner is anything but traditional in our office. While turkey and stuffing may be the main course, the side dishes and desserts are everything but corn and pumpkin pie. Enjoy these recipe ideas from the members of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS for your holiday gathering. ThanksgivingRecipes

Danish Kringla

Shrimp Dip

Wild Rice & Sausage Dressing

Creamy Potato Soup with Egg Dumplings

Leftover Turkey with mixed greens & fruit salad

Liver Pate

Frozen Cranberry Salad

Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

Gooseberry Pie

Twice Baked Potatoes

Green Jello Salad

Pumpkin Stuffing

Praline Pumpkin Cake

French Silk Pie

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Jiffy Corn Casserole


Hunziker & Associates is a Drop Off Site for The Ames Community Pass Along Party

Food at First Meal Program in Ames hosts a Pass Along Party in early December to help some special families in our community. Children and adults at the free dinner are given the opportunity to Christmas shop from the donations at no cost. The best part about it, no one buys a thing to donate. You simply gather gently used items you no longer need. It is a great way to help make the holidays extra special for many families in our community that often struggle to put food on the table, let alone presents under the tree. It is also great life lesson for your kids as well, especially this time of year. We can all find a toy around home that our children would never even miss. They CommunityPassAlongItemsPic accept new or gently used items, including household items because keep in mind, the kids shop for their parents too. They even have a gift wrap station, so gift wrapping supplies are greatly appreciated as well. They do not accept clothing or furniture.

Drop item off at:
Hunziker & Associates Ames Office, 105 S. 16th Street
November 26-30 from 8:30am-5:30pm &
Saturday, December 1 from 8:30am-noon.
Thanks for helping us make this annual community event a success.


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2012 Ames 2011 Story County 2012 Story County 2011
Active listings as of 12/1/2012 126 247   153 155
Homes SOLD YTD 579 486   242 229
Average Sale Price $188,101 $179,183   $150,493 $131,625
Average Days on the Market 88 103   122 104
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.8% 94.3%   93.2% 91.5%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 11/30/2012
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.