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Market Recap

House plants chase away winter blues

Valentine's Day Events

Valentine's Crafts

Business Spotlight

Market Numbers
Feb. Area Events
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  Des Moines Home & Garden Show
Feb. 7-10
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Shrek: The Musical
Feb. 13 at 7:30pm
Tickets on sale NOW!
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Snowshow and Trail Run
Feb. 16 at 10am
McFarland Park, Ames

Owl Moon Night Hike
Feb. 22 at 7pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Boone Home & Garden Show
Feb. 22, 5pm-8pm
Feb. 23, 10am - 5pm
Community Building, Boone Fairgrounds

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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2012 Market Recap

Did 2012 find you in a new home or in the same home but with new neighbors? If it seemed like real estate signs were going up & down in yards all over town last year, you are correct. Sales in Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions were up 17% over 2011. In 2012, a Hunziker & Associates' REALTOR® was involved with more than 1 out of 2 homes sold in Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions. Now, there is a record low number of homes currently for sale.

The Real State of Ames Real Estate
  • Home Sale Prices hit a Record High in Ames in 2012.
  • The Average Home Sale Price in 2012: $188,403.
  • Price Change from the Prior Year: up 3.8 %.
  • Number of Homes Sold in 2012 was up 17% vs. 2011.
  • Mortgage Rates are at Record Lows: 3.25%.
  • Median Market Time is 53 days.
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.

Information as reported to the Central Iowa MLS for Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions.

House Plants Chase Away Winter Blues

Orchid.jpg If you're starting to feel stifled by the dark days of winter, snap out of it with a fresh whiff of spring. We rubbed our green thumbs together and came up with a list of 5 potted beauties that will brighten your mood and freshen your home with pleasing fragrances.
  • Scented Geraniums - What makes scented geraniums really stand out is the range of fragrances different varieties offer. Types include: Peppermint Lace, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Fancy, Prince of Orange, and the intriguing Pink Champagne.
  • Jasmine - Jasminum polyanthum is a houseplant that prefers cool indoor temperatures. It features pink buds that blossom into fragrant white flowers from January to February. Its sweet, perfume-y scent might remind you of a spring floral garden.
  • Orchids - There're oodles of beautiful orchids, but Oncidium are among the easiest to grow indoors. A favorite during winter is the fragrant Sharry Baby. It features long stems covered in tiny reddish-brown and cream blossoms.
  • Paperwhites - Paperwhites are a member of the daffodil family. The bulbs can be easily planted in water and in about a month, flowers will begin to appear.
  • Gardenia - Gardenias are at the top of most fragrant-houseplant lists. Although they do grow beautiful flowers, it’s actually the leaves that are responsible for its pleasant scent.
See videos and read more about these house plants courtesty of our friends at

ValentinesEvents Looking for some fun ways to to spend Valentine's Day? The list below are some ideas for you to explore to create the perfect day for you and your loved ones.

Wine and Chocolate Weekend Bring your Valentine to Tassel Ridge Winery for a wine and chocolate pairing experience featuring award-winning Tassel Ridge wines paired with fine European chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam.

Des Moines Sweethearts Charity Date Auction
Snatch up a young bachelor or bachelorette at the Des Moines Sweethearts – Charity Date Auction to benefit Young Variety's annual VIP Telethon on 6pm, February 16th, 2013. Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines Iowa 50321.

Valentine Dinner Train
Experience elegant railroad dining as it was in the 1950's. Choice of entree, reservations required. February 9,14, 15 & 16.

Wine Tasting at Chocolaterie Stam
Join Chocolaterie Stam for a "sweet" wine pairing event! Wednesday, February 13 from 3pm to 6pm.

Daddy Daughter Sweetheart Dance
Sunday, Feb. 10th 4pm-7pm at the Valair Ballroom with child friendly italian meal by Christiani's and family friendly DJ.

Valentine's Day Drop off
Bring the kids by for a jumping good time! The fun starts at 5:00 lasting until 9:00 p.m. We will do a special craft and play fun games! Of course there will be lots of jumping, bouncing and sliding on our awesome inflatables! To keep their energy up, we will fill them with pizza and a sweet treat!
Creative Valentine's Ideas Handprint Poem -This is a gift for an adult to make with a young child. It's a poem with a handprint and an optional photo of the baby/preschooler.

Valentines Crafts Coffee Filter Butterflies
These beautifully vibrant butterflies are a great way to welcome spring and make lovely Valentine's.

Heart Sun Catcher
These Sun Catchers are not only easy, they really help with fine motor skills.

Mosaic Heart
It's completely up to the creator in this craft. You decide how easy or challenging it will be, and how long it will take. All you need are some old magazines, construction paper, and glue and you can make these fun Valentine hearts!

Crayon Hearts
These translucent hanging hearts are easy to make from waxed paper and crayons. In return, sunbeams will color your room with cheer.

Bottle Cap Pins
These pins are tons of fun to make. Be creative! You can use any type of small decorative items like gems, buttons, sequin and glitter too.These pins are tons of fun to make. Be creative! You can use any type of small decorative items like gems, buttons, sequin and glitter too.

BusinessSpotlight.jpg Chipotle (pronounced chi-POAT-lay) opens it doors in Ames on Saturday, February,9! This exciting new restaurant features burritos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla), tacos and salads. They elevate basic raw ingredients into food that's richer and more sophisticated through their recipes and cooking techniques. Chipotle Similarly, their restaurant design transforms simple materials in distinctive ways, giving the restaurants a style that's more architectural in nature.

Chipotle is located on South Duff along side the new Mattress Gallery. Check out to learn more and see a menu.


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2013 Ames 2012 Story County 2013 Story County 2012
Active listings as of 2/1/2013 117 234   129 151
Homes SOLD Previous Month 16 20   16 12
Average Sale Price $193,650 $178,220   $141,650 $122,008
Average Days on the Market 69 115   131 66
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 91.3% 94.8%   92.6% 94.2%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 1/31/2013
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.