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In This Issue

Football Season is upon us

Selling your home: Don't fumble in the final few yards!

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Links to Area Schools Sports Schedules

Hunziker Tailgate Recipes

Monthly Hunziker Tip: Tackling Property Taxes

Business Spotlight

Market Numbers
September Area Events
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  IMCA Super Nationals
Boone Speedway

Pufferbilly Days
Sept. 5-8

Des Moines Renaissance Faire
Sept. 7, 8, 14, 15
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, Des Moines

ISU vs. Iowa Football Game
Saturday, Sept.14
Jack Trice Stadium, Ames

A Day Out With Thomas
Sept. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22
Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Ladies Expo
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Scheman Building, Ames

Octagon Art Festival
Sunday, Sept. 22
Downtown, Ames

World Food & Music Festival
Sept. 20-22
Downtown, Des Moines

Applefest at Living History Farms
11am - 4pm
Sept. 28
Living History Farms, Urbandale

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


Football Season is here - Live Close to the Action

Tailgating The smell of football is in the air. Yes, the smells of burgers, brats, hot dogs and steaks on the grill are wafting out across the massive parking lots where tens of thousands of cardinal and gold faithful have gathered hours prior to kick-off. The sights, sounds and activity is everywhere. The marching band is playing the fight song as it makes its way through the throng toward the stadium. While dodging an occasional vehicle, people are throwing footballs, playing bean-bag toss and other games. Friends, families and acquaintances are talking and laughing while gathered around the beverage coolers and tables full of tasty snacks. For many, the football game, and the football season are much more than the game itself and the number of wins and losses tallied. The football game day experience, simply called tailgating, is a time to enjoy the day with friends and family, as well as an opportunity to make new friends.

Do you ever wish you lived closer to the gridiron of your favorite team, so you could invite friends over on game day to tailgate at your house, then walk to the game?

Use the map search at to find what's for sale near your favorite university, college, or high school.


Selling your home: Don't fumble in the final few yards!

You are in the process of selling your home. You have a great property, have cleaned, and done lots of work to prepare. You are almost there! Here are a few more tips so that you don't drop the ball so close to the touchdown:
  • Staging is incredibly important! Try to think of yourself as a new home buyer, and go through your home with fresh eyes. What simple rearranging or easy decor would help your home show better or emphasize positive features (or downplay negative ones)? If this imagining isn't your cup of tea, enlist the help of your Realtor or a particularly design-savvy friend and make necessary changes

  • Finish those little projects. Whether it's replacing broken outlet covers, removing peeling wallpaper, painting window sills, fixing leaky faucets, or weeding tired landscaping, neglecting to finish those little issues may send a message to potential buyers that the home was neglected.

  • Take care of maintenance issues before cosmetic ones. Consider fixing or replacing the air conditioner, water heater, heater, roof, siding, structural or foundation damage, old pipes or any electrical issues before major cosmetic projects.

  • Remember the outside of your home. First impressions are key, so make sure everything is clean, orderly, and well-maintained. Make it look welcoming with colorful cushions on chairs, bright potted plants, and well-trimmed landscaping.
Keeping these guidelines in mind, you might just score a sale!


Outdoor Kitchen Ideas for Tailgate Parties

Stumped about how to start designing an outdoor kitchen? Let these 15 tips guide you -- and get you cooking outside. See how to incorporate not only a grill but also other kitchen necessities, such as a sink, refrigerator, and more.

You can also watch this video by Better Homes & Gardens about creating the Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen

Tailgate Food

Hunziker Tailgate Recipes

Grilled Potato Wedges

Paul Bunyan Burgers

Buttered Corn with Chives

Mozzarella Pepper Salsa

Banana Nut Sandwich Cookies

Tex Mex Cheesy Chicken Chowder

BBQ Pork Sandwiches

Links to Area Schools Sports Schedules

Iowa State University Sports Schedule

Drake Athletics Schedule

Ames High School Sports Schedule

Ankeny High School Sports Schedule

Ankeny Centennial High School Sports Schedule

Ballard High School Sports Schedule

Boone School District Athletic Calendar

Gilbert High School Sports Schedule

Nevada High School Sports Schedule

Roland/Story High School Sports Schedule


Hunziker Q & A
Tackling Taxes

Property Tax is a tax that local governments impose on real estate. It is what's known as an ad valorem tax, which means that it is based on the value of the property. Individuals with a home or land that has a higher value pay more in property taxes, though everyone within a given municipality pays property tax at the same flat percentage rate.

In Iowa, the first half of your property taxes are due September 30 and the second half on March 31. All real property is assessed every two years in odd-numbered years.

Click here to learn more about property taxes in Iowa.

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Join +39 this fall for an experience that will change everything once thought about the power of great food, great wine, and time spent with friends & family.

Click here to visit the +39 website for more information.

Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2013 Ames 2012 Story County 2013 Story County 2012
Active listings as of 9/3/2013 120 177   113 174
Homes SOLD Year to Date 449 437   258 172
Average Sale Price $202,668 $190,709   $139,166 $150,597
Average Days on the Market 55 91   104 121
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.4% 95.7%   94.9% 93.6%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 9/3/2013
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.