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Happy Holidays

Home (for Sale) this Holiday

Sharing The Spirit

Hunziker Cookie Exchange Recipes

Area Events

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

Breakfast at the North Pole
Saturday, Dec. 8, various times.
First seating 9am
Second seating 11am
Reiman Gardens, Ames

The Nutcracker Ballet
Dec. 8 & 9, various times.
Tickets on sale NOW!
Stephens Auditorium, ISU

Dec. 7 & 8, various times.
Cookie Walk, Breakfast with Santa, Festival of Trees, Junior Theatre Presentations
Gates Hall, Nevada

Iowa Youth Chorus Candlelight Concert
Dec. 16, 6:30pm
Temple for Performing Arts
1011 Locust Street, Des Moines

Ames Chamber Artists Holiday Concert
Dec. 9 at 7pm
First Presbyterian Church, Boone
Dec. 15 at 7:30pm
First Evangelical Free Church, Ames

ISU Forestry Club Tree Sales
December 7, 3pm-8pm
December 8, 9am-5pm
December 9, 12pm-6pm
Reiman Gardens' Parking lot, Ames

Santa and companions at North Grand Mall
Tuesdays, Dec. 4, 11 & 18
North Grand Mall, Ames

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Friday, Dec. 21 at 7:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7:30pm Civic Center, Des Moines

Holiday Tea at Terrace Hill
Dec. 10, all day
2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Jingle in the Junction
Dec. 6 & 13 from 5-9pm
Historic Valley Junction, Des Moines

Snackin' with the Clauses
Dec. 16 from 1-4pm
Botanical Center, Des Moines

New Year's Eve Pops
Dec. 31 at 8pm
Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
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 Our entire company wishes you Happy Holidays and a season of heartfelt joy and brightly shining hope.


Thinking about selling your home after the first of the year? Why wait? While many think the Holidays are a bad time to sell a home, it is quite to the contrary. HoildayDecorations.jpg
  • Less Competition- There are currently only 131 Homes for sale in the Ames Market - the lowest since May 2004. Fewer houses to look at means that yours will stand out better.
  • Serious Buyers- Home buyers putting up with the cold are usually much more committed to finding a home.
  • Tastefully Decorated- For many, the Holidays bring positive thoughts and memories of gathering together at home with family and friends. Yes, it's okay to decorate for the Holidays, but don't overdo it.
  • Price it Right- This is true in any market and any season. The homes that get sold are priced appropriately for their location, condition, and amenities.
Homes are selling - but the number of homes for sale is at an 8 year low. With the help of your Hunziker & Associates, Realtor, you can position your home to be the next one to sell.

Hunziker Holiday Cookie Exchange

For handling the holiday hoopla - from gift gathering to tree trimming - you deserve a cookie (or six). Here are some recipes we've gathered to satisfy our sweet tooth this holiday season.
Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies

Frosted Reindeer Cookies

Double Chocolate and Caramel Bars

Chocolatly Melting Snowmen

Cinnamon Hazelnut Biscotti

Marshmallow Snowmen

Angel Wings

Peppermint Meltaways

Classic Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chip Meringues

Grasshopper Squares

Roly Poly Santas

Chocolate Espresso Snowcaps

Colorful Candy Bar Cookies

Frosted Peppermint Cookie Pops

SharingTheSpirit The true beauty of the holidays comes from what we love most in the form of friends, family, small moments and big memories. Healthy or budget-strapped, your finances shouldn't hold you back from giving back. Here are six ways that you can volunteer to make a difference, feel good and give a gift that transcends material wealth.
  • Play games & cards with residents at Senior Citizen Homes-Many residents love it when volunteers come play with them to give them a new and fun challenge.
  • Collect & Donate Jackets to the Homeless- Instead of throwing away your extra jackets or leaving them in your closet, give them to someone who could use a little more warmth.
  • Collaborate With a Food Bank-Donate food to a Food Bank or see if a home delivery service needs help.
  • Make Decorations for Places That Need More Cheer-Hospitals and convalescent homes can be emotionally taxing places to spend the holidays. Get your neighborhood's kids involved, or help organize projects with local schools, Girl Scout troops and Boy Scout troops.
  • Adopt a Family-Through organizations like the Salvation Army, it's possible to sponsor an entire family for the holidays. Sponsors can be individuals, businesses, families or groups of people who are able to make charitable contributions.
  • Collect & Donate Items to a Local Humane Society-Don't forget about the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that are without a loving home this month.
When it comes to volunteering, especially during the holidays, do what feels right. The best gifts will come from your heart - not from your wallet.

VolunteerMatch Ames Area Opportunities

Current Volunteer Opportunites from the Volunteer Center of Story County

A List of Non-Profit Organizations for Ames/ISU

A List of Non-Profit Organizations for Ankeny

Sign up to Help at Food at First in Ames

Sign up to Help at Food at First in Nevada

Nevada Senior Center

Rolling Green Assisted Living Center in Nevada

United Way of Central Iowa List of Volunteer Opportunities


VillageCoOp.jpg We are pleased to welcome the Village Cooperative to the Ames community. Village Cooperative will be a community of active adults, 55 , who want to live with other people their age, but not in assisted living. It will offer maintenance-free living with all the benefits of home ownership and many unique amenities. Select your home now and customize your interior before construction begins!

The Village Cooperative of Ames will consist of 50 one or two bedroom homes for active seniors. The new cooperative community will be located on South 16th Street by Coldwater Golf course and offer plenty of space for you to entertain your friends and family. Standard features will include a community room, reading areas, club room, woodworking shop, guest suite, garden plots, while you're away service, underground heated parking with a car wash bay - all wrapped up in a fully secure building. The homes are equipped with all appliances including a washer and dryer, in-home storage, walk-in closets and individually controlled HVAC systems.

Contact Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS for more information on this exciting new project.
Click Here to visit the Village Cooperative Website


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.