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In This Issue

5 Real Estate Trends for 2013

Protect your Home this Winter

Live Healthy Iowa

Losing the "Junk" weight

Business Spot Light

Market Numbers
Jan. Area Events
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  World's Toughest Rodeo
Jan. 11 & Jan. 12, 7:30pm
Tickets on sale NOW!
Iowa Events Center, DSM

Iowa Bike Expo & Summit
Jan. 25, 9am - 5pm
Tickets on sale NOW!
Iowa Events Center, DSM

Des Moines Community Playhouse (Monster Under the Bed)
Jan. 11-27, various
Tickets on sale NOW!
831 42nd Street, DSM

North Grand Mall Sidewalk Sales
Jan. 17-21, various
Enjoy over 50 name-brand stores, specialty boutiques, restaurants and service providers at North Grand Mall.
North Grand Mall, Ames

Wildtots Winter Wonders
Jan. 26, 10am - 11:30am
Wild Tots is a program for kids 2 - 5 years old with an adult to explore nature. Crafts, outdoor and indoor activities, snacks and games
McFarland Park Conservation Center, Nevada

Winter Jam
Jan. 26, 6pm
Tickets on sale NOW!
Iowa Events Center, DSM

Reiman Gardens Theme Year Preview Weekend
Jan. 26 & 27, 9am - 4:30pm
Reiman Gardens unveils the "More than Meets the Iowa" 2013 theme year!
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Do More Outdoors
Jan. 27, 1pm - 4pm
Ongoing activities include snowshoeing, cross country skiing (for ages 12 and older), and winter hikes. There will be plenty of snowy fun like snow painting and sculpturing too. Indoor programming will include topics like keeping safe and warm in the winter and how to make a winter survival kit.
Chichaqua Longhouse,
8700 NE 126 Ave., Maxwell

Iowa Power Farming Show
Jan. 29-31, 9am - 4pm
Tickets on sale NOW!
Iowa Events Center, DSM

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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5 Real Estate Trends for 2013

  • Demand for Housing will continue to Surge- The housing market has turned the corner and there is no reason to believe that buyer demand will not maintain momentum throughout 2013. Household formations shot up to boom-time levels in 2012 and are projected to increase at even a faster rate over the next twelve months. A lack of inventory will be more of a challenge to sales increases than will a lack of demand.
  • Generations X and Y Will Prove They Believe in Homeownership- Contrary to what many have hypothesized over the last few years, young adults (18-35 year olds) are just as committed to homeownership as previous generations.
  • Prices Will Continue to Increase- Pricing of any item is determined by supply and demand. Demand for housing will remain strong throughout 2013. At the same time, the supply of homes ready for is shrinking in many parts of the country. Prices are expected to appreciate nicely.
  • Move-Up Sellers Will Return in Great Numbers- With prices recovering, more and more of these sellers will realize that now may be their greatest opportunity to make the move to a lifestyle they always wanted.
  • The Consumer Will Demand That Their Agent Be an Expert- Real Estate professionals who have invested the money, time and energy to truly understand what is happening and why it is happening will separate themselves from their competition.
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.

Simple Ways to Protect your Home this Winter

WinterRoof.jpg 7 simple strategies that can help you protect your home from some of the most common causes of winter-storm damage.
  • Prevent ice dams. Icicles hanging from your roof may look cool, but they're actually a telltale sign that you might have ice dams building up under your roof, which can lead to expensive damage. Make sure your attic is properly ventillated to prevent freezing and thawing.
  • Bundle up your pipes. Wrap attic, basement and crawl-space pipes in insulation, which costs as little as $1 per six feet. Frozen pipes cause some of the most common insurance claims in the winter.
  • Protect your roof. Most roofs can support about 4 feet of new snow before becoming stressed, or 2 feet of old, packed snow. If the accumulation on your roof is getting close to that level, use a roof rake (which has an extra long handle) to remove packed snow while you are standing on the ground.
  • Reinforce your roof and windows. Adding storm-proof shutters may reduce your premiums by up to 25%. Impact-resistant roofing material can protect your home from hail and may get you a home insurance discount of up to 30% in certain states.
  • Install a home generator. So many bad things can happen when your electricity goes out: You lose light and heat; your pipes can freeze; your sump pump, and fire and burglar alarms can stop working; your electronics could be damaged; and you might be tempted to use dangerous heating devices. Many insurers offer discounts for automatic back-up generators (usually powered by natural gas or propane) that detect a power outage and immediately turn on.
  • Stay warm safely. One of the biggest winter dangers is carbon monoxide poisoning, caused by improper ventilation of furnaces, generators, charcoal-burning or propane-burning devices, or wood-burning stoves, says Pritchard. Have a carbon monoxide detector on all floors of your home. Have your chimney cleaned every year to avoid flammable creosote buildup.
  • Install a leak-detection device.Your insurer may give you a discount for installing an automatic leak-detection device that shuts off the water supply if it detects unusually high water flow (from burst pipes, for example), which can be especially important for snowbirds and frequent travelers.
Read more about protecting your home from winter storms at


Live Healthy Iowa brings together friends, families, businesses and communities in team-based wellness challenges designed to promote positive lifestyle change.


Join thousands of Iowans in Live Healthy Iowa's 10 week wellness challenge! Over the course of 10 weeks, teams (2-10 people) track activity minutes and/or weight loss through the Live Healthy Iowa website. The 2013 challenge begins January 28 and goes through April 5.
For $20 participants receive:
  • T-shrirt - NEW color in 2013!
  • Weekly motivational emails
  • Personal online tracking page
  • Unlimited access to recipes, workout and health information on the LHI website
  • Chances to win incentives and prizes
  • One year magazine subscription
  • ...and more!
Visit Live Healthy Iowa today for more information at or contact: and 888-777-8881.

Links to Inspire You for the New Year

DIY most pinned pictures

How to Make 2013 the Best Year Yet

Simple Financial Resolutions for 2013

13 Home Energy Savers

Tips for cleaning up after the Holidays

2013 Green Resolutions for the New Year

Ideas to help you Lose the "Junk" weight

It's much easier to declutter your life once you know your actions can serve a good cause like saving trees, sparing landfills, or padding your bank account. So if you're looking for motivation to pare down, check out these compelling ideas to lose junk "weight".

Old technology - Simply take your unwanted electronics - any brand, any condition - to a participating Goodwill store or donation drop-off site. Goodwill will responsibly refurbish, reuse or recycle the equipment, benefiting communities and putting people to work. Goodwill is part of the Dell Reconnect partnership that has collected more than 200 million pounds of electronics for reuse or recycling. Read a list of items that are accepted.

Kids' stuff - We all know how quickly kids outgrow their stuff. Places like Once Upon a Child and Duck Worth Wearing are consignment stores that swap your items for cash or trade for things your kid currently needs.

Household linens, cleaning supplies -If you have old towels, blankets, heating pads, or cleaning supplies consider donating to a local animal shelter like the ASPCA. Every shelter has different needs, from canned dog food to office supplies to towels and blankets. To find a local shelter near you, go to the ASPCA site.

Donate, trade, or sell - is an alterative to sites like eBay, Craigs list, and Freecycle. Krrb makes it fairly simple to buy, sell, rent, trade, or even give your stuff away. Plus, the site offers a republish function that reposts your listings from Etsy, Craigs list, or eBay to Krrb with one click.

Read more at:

BusinessSpotlight.jpg United Suppliers, founded in 1963, is a wholesale organization based in Iowa. They are owned by agricultural retailers who do business throughout the central part of the United States and parts of Canada.

UnitedSuppliers.jpg United Suppliers provides a competitive and reliable supply of crop protection and crop nutrients. They offer other resources that will help owners succeed like employee development, safety and compliance, marketing, strategic planning and finance.

Contact United Suppliers for more information.


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2013 Ames 2012 Story County 2013 Story County 2012
Active listings as of 1/4/2013 111 215   135 149
Homes SOLD Previous 12 mo. 619 528   264 239
Average Sale Price $188,403 $181,580   $148,176 $131,913
Average Days on the Market 88 103   122 107
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.7% 94.2%   93.0% 91.5%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/31/2012
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.