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In This Issue

Market Price Break Down

Live United Food Drive

7 Rooms Repurposed

Shred Day Recap

Is Your Tree Going to Fall Over?

Market Numbers
May Area Events
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  Boone Speedway Events
Saturdays in May
Boone Speedway, Boone

Race for Hope Des Moines
Sat., May 11, 8am
Water Works Park, Des Moines

Mother's Day Tea
Sat., May 11, 10:30am & 2pm
Terrace Hill, Des Moines

Ames Chamber Artists Spring Concert
Sat., May 11, 7:30pm
ISU, Ames

Mom's Day at Municipal Pool
Sun., May 12, 1-3pm
Municipal Pool, Ames

Mother's Day at Reiman Gardens
Sun., May 12, 9am-4:30pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Fri., May 17, 8pm-9:30pm
Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, Maxwell

Gladiator Assault Challenge
May 18th or 19th
Registration Open thru May 15th
Seven Oaks Recreation, Boone

Movie Night @ Jack Trice Stadium
Sat., May 18, 7pm
Jack Trice Stadium, ISU, Ames

Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett
Sun., May 19, 3pm
Civic Center, Des Moines

2013 Special Olympics Iowa Summer Games
May 23-25
ISU, Ames

May 25, 8pm
Simon Estes Amphitheater, Des Moines

5th Annual Smokin' in the Junction Barbecue Contest & Festival
Sat., May 25, Noon-10pm
Sun., May 26, Noon-9pm
Valley Junction, West 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


Are you considering selling your home?
We have the home buyer!


The home buyers are back--big time! No one likes to be late to a party, and with interest rates at or near historic lows, it is party-time for many would-be homebuyers...if they can find a home. The shortage of homes for sale is occurring just as many want to buy again. A tight supply, combined with the strongest spring buying season since the housing boom ended nearly seven years ago, is causing upward pressure on home values in many of our local communities and neighborhoods. Would-be buyers who like a home are being urged to act fast, as we are witnessing many examples of multiple offers on homes that are properly positioned for sale.

Are you a possible home seller? Contact your Hunziker & Associates, Realtor today for a no-obligation consultation regarding the specific conditions in your community or neighborhood. Hunziker & Associates, Realtors, "We know the market!"

Figures based on information reported to the Central Iowa MLS for Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions.

United Way Wish List

5th Annual LIVE UNITED
Food Drive

United Way Logo Area businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, are working with the United Way this month to help families in need put food on their table. You can be a part of it too! Simply bring your food or cash donation to any collection site May 13-23. Your donation will be distributed to the one of the 15 food pantries in the county. The United Way is hoping for a large food donation this year. The need for food is even greater during the summer months. One out of four students in Story County are on a free or reduced lunch program. These children will no longer have access to school-provided meals once summer break starts.

See the list at the right for some ideas for donations. Cash donation may be used to purchase perishable items or other items in bulk.

Questions about the LIVE UNITED Food Drive?
Marcy Nelson, 515-956-2424 ,


7 Ways to Rethink Your Underused Rooms

There is a cure for the scourge of wasted space: rethinking your rooms. The fact that a room is called a dining room or a breakfast area does not mean that's the only function you can do there. In fact, I propose that buyers and owners alike might want to spend some time this Spring rethinking and rearranging your rooms to live to the very edges of your precious square footage. Here are a few ideas for repurposing your underused spaces at home:
  • Too-small bedroom into closet or extra bathroom.
  • Wide hallway or under-stairs space into study or storage areas.
  • Dining room into office or game room.
  • Breakfast nook into computer or bill-paying area.
  • Too-large great room into living, dining, study and play area.
  • Basement or laundry room into mudroom or pet grooming area.
  • Formal living room into library.
For a step-by-step room rethink plan, and many inspirational photos check out the book Right-Sizing Your Home: Make Your House Fit Your Lifestyle, by Gale Stevens.

Click here to read more about Repurposing Rooms from our friends at Trulia.


Hunziker Community Shred Day a Success!

We're pleased to announce that the Hunziker Community Shred Day was a success! Mother Nature supplied beautiful conditions for the event and enabled us to shred and recycle several thousand pounds of paper. A big thanks goes out to all those who came to the event and Terri from Secure Shred Solutions. The Shred truck from Secure Shred Solutions spent time at our offices in Ankeny and Ames on April 26 and 27. AnkenyShredDay.jpg


Is Your Tree Going to Fall Over?

A mature tree can account for as much as 10% of your assessed property value, depending on your market. With that much at stake, you sure don't want to have to yell, "Timber!"

Here's some tips on how to tell if one of your trees is in danger of falling over:
  • Leaning Trees: Danger Signs - Cracked or heaving soil, especially on the side opposite the lean. Exposed roots around the base of the tree.
  • Multiple Trunks: A tree with multiple trunks, or with splits in one trunk, can be unstable. Cracks that extend deeply into or through the trunk.
  • Construction Destruction: Danger signs of construction stress are Damaged bark; reduced, smaller, or no foliage; premature autumn color; mushrooms, conks, and carpenter ants at the base of the tree are a sign of decay and rot.
If you think your trees are changing, or you see any of the major warning signs above, they could be "hazard trees" - trees likely to fall and destroy what's near them - like your house.

This is a good time to call a certified arborist. Get recommendations from friends or neighborhood list serves. Or, contact the International Society of Arboriculture, which maintains a list of certified arborists.

Read more about cures to these problems from our friends at House Logic.


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2013 Ames 2012 Story County 2013 Story County 2012
Active listings as of 5/1/2013 116 239   114 175
Homes SOLD Year to Date 111 132   92 62
Average Sale Price $183,888 $178,872   $131,959 $141,606
Average Days on the Market 96 117   126 101
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.1% 94.8%   92.8% 93.7%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 4/30/2013
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.