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In This Issue

Interpreting the Numbers

Giving Back: United Way

Fall Lawn Care


Area Pumpkin Patches

Fall Maintenance Checklist

Market Numbers
October Area Events
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  The Pumpkin Express
Oct. 5,8,9,12
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Des Moines Area Haunted Houses
Most begin 1st weekend in Oct.
Central Iowa

Ames Haunted Forest
Fri., Sat., Sun. Evenings in Oct.
S. 4th St., Ames

Fall Partners Festival
Oct. 6 from 3pm-6pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Ames Oktoberfest
Oct. 12, 10am-11pm
Downtown Ames

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Oct. 12 & 13

Light The Night
Oct 12th begins 5:30pm
West Glen Town Center, WDSM

Run for the Roses
Oct. 13 begins 7:30am
Ames Middle School

Pumpkin Carving at the Iowa Arboretum
Oct. 17 from 5pm-8pm
1875 Peach St., Madrid

Night Eyes
Oct. 17-20 & 24-27
Thursday & Fridays: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Saturday & Sundays: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Oct. 18,19, & 20
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Yard Waste Free Days - Ames
Oct. 19 from 8am-4pm
Chamness Technology, 26107 530th Ave., Ames

Hullabaloo at the Iowa Arboretum
Oct. 19 from 12pm-3pm
1875 Peach St., Madrid

Ar "Boo" Scare
Oct. 19 from 7pm-10pm
1875 Peach St., Madrid

Spirits in the Gardens
Oct. 19 & 20 from 3pm-7pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Family Halloween
Oct. 24 & 27
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Monsters' Ball
Oct. 26 from 6pm-11pm
The Venue at Court Center, Des Moines

Trick or Treat Night at Valley West Mall
Oct. 29 from 6pm-8pm
Valley West Mall, WDSM

Halloween Hot Chocolate Run
Nov. 3 9am
Pricipal park, 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


Interpreting and Understanding the Market

UnderstandingNumbers.jpg To know and understand real estate market information is absolutely critical in providing advice and recommendations to clients. Only then, can clients make an informed decision. The information below is a snapshot of the Ames area market. Here is some of what I can tell you comparing the same time frames for 2012 and 2013.
  • 6 fewer homes have sold this year compared to last.
  • The average number of days a home is on the market is down 37 days from last year. With inventory levels at record lows, homes that are priced consistent with their condition are selling.
  • The average sales price is up 6.3% from last year.
Should you desire a snapshot of a specific price range of the market or community relative to where you live, please give me a call.


Day of Caring


Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS is a proud supporter of the United Way. The United Way is impacting our community in the areas of education, income, and health. The Live United campaign kicked off in mid-September with the Day of Caring. We were able to visit Central Elementary School in Nevada and read with children from preschool through 4th grade for the Day of Caring.

In addition to the Day of Caring we also take pledges as an office to support the United Way. Real estate professionals have a long history of support for the Live United campaign. Last year, more than $24,000 was contributed by area real estate agents and offices. In an effort to raise an additional contribution this year we had a dessert bar fundraiser. Our Realtors and staff "voted with their dollars" to see which boss would receive a cream pie in the face. Thanks to Chuck Winkleblack, the pie in the face winner, for being a good sport. This fundraiser collected over $315.25 for the United Way. Visit to learn more about the United Way and how you can contribute to the Live United campaign.


Fall Lawn Care: 4 ways to say g'night for the winter

Labor Day through Halloween is your window for preparing lawns for a lush spring. Although spring lawn care gets all the attention, fall lawn care is the make-it or break-it season for grass.
  1. Aeration: Aeration gives your lawn a breather in autumn and provides room for new grass to spread without competition from spring weeds. Aeration tools pull up plugs of grass and soil, breaking up compacted turf. That allows water, oxygen, and nutrients to reach roots, and gives seeds room to sprout.
  2. Seeding: Fall, when the soil temperature is about 55 degrees, is the best time to seed your lawn because turf roots grow vigorously in fall and winter. If you want a lush lawn, don't cheap out on the seed.
  3. Fertilizing: A late fall fertilization - before the first frost - helps your grass survive a harsh winter and encourages it to grow green and lush in spring.
  4. Mulching: Instead of raking leaves, run over them a couple of times with your mower to grind them into mulch. The shredded leaves protect grass from winter wind and desiccation. An added bonus - shredded leaves decompose into yummy organic matter to feed grass roots.
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OLLI - 20th Anniversary Gala

OLLIlogo Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University (formerly ISU's College for Seniors) is having a 20th Anniversary Gala in the Reiman Ballroom or the ISU Alumni Center on Friday, October 4th at 2:00 - 4:00pm. The celebration is open to all who are interested in learning more about the program and what it has to offer.

OLLI is the best program in Iowa for individuals 50 years or older and desire to continue to expand their knowledge in a wide variety of topics. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University is a program to enjoy - no tests and no grades. You earn the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something for yourself. No affiliation with ISU is required.

Classes are held in the fall for 6-8 weeks (mid-September to early November), winter for 4 weeks (January-February), and in the spring for 6-8 weeks (mid-March to early May). The cost of the classes depends on the length of the class and currently varies from $45 to $60. A $25 membership fee is charged to become a member of OLLI, and special benefits are available to its members. For more information or to be placed on the mailing list, contact OLLI at ISU at, 515-294-3192.

Click Here for OLLI Brochure.

Fall Fun! Try some of these Pumpkin Patches.

PumpkinPatches Enjoy the fruits of the fall season and great times with your family by visiting one of these pumpkin patches!

Berry Patch Farm, Nevada.
Pick your own apples or pumpkins!

Black's Heritage Farms, Ames.
Includes hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo.

Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge.
Features corn and hay mazes, corn pool, jumping pillow, apple sling shot, pedal tractors, super slide, farm animals, hayrides & more!

Deal's Orchard, Jefferson.
Enjoy a hayride to pick your own pumpkin, corn maze, kids play area including a giant slide, jumping pillow and petting zoo!

Geisler Farms, Bondurant.
The 2013 corn maze is a tribute Ankeny High Schools featuring their mascots. Features children's play area with swings, rubber duck races, trikes for tykes, tractor tire swing & more!

Howell's Pumpkin Patch, Cumming.
Includes straw bale maze, farm playground, farm animals, corn maze, & ride antique tractors to pick your pumpkin!

Pumpkin Express, Boone.
Take a ride on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad train to a pumpkin patch, and pick your own pumpkin!

Fall Maintenance Checklist

You'll be ready for winter's worst and head off expensive repairs when you complete this checklist of 10 essential fall maintenance tasks.
  1. Stow the mower- Add fuel stabilizer and run mower for 5 min. Store for the winter.
  2. Remove garden hoses- Detach, drain, and store garden hoses to prevent damage to the hose and possible cracked pipes.
  3. Put your sprinkler system to sleep- Drain your irrigation system, even buried lines can freeze and crack.
  4. Seal air leaks- Prevent air and moisture leaks by sealing up cracks with exterior caulk around doors, windows, trim, and where pipes/wires leave the house.
  5. De-gunk your gutters- Clogged gutters cause ice dams so remove leaves and debris.
  6. Eyeball your roof- Look for buckled, cracked or missing shingles and replace. Inspect the plumbing vent stack for cracks.
  7. Direct your drainage- Make sure your soil slopes away from your house to keep your foundation dry.
  8. Get your furnace in tune- Schedule an appointment with a heating and cooling pro to tune up your furnace. Change the furnace filter every two months.
  9. Prune plants- Late fall is the best time to prune plants and trees when the summer growing cycle is over.
  10. Give your fireplace a once-over- Make sure the flue is free of obstructions and the damper functions properly. Call a chimney professional to clean if needed.


Hunziker & Associates is a Drop Off Site for The Ames Community Pass Along Party

Food at First Meal Program in Ames hosts an annual PASS ALONG PARTY in early December to help many families in need in our community. Children and adults at the dinner are given the opportunity to Christmas shop from the donations for free. This is a wonderful way to help make the holidays extra special for many families in our community that often struggle to put food on the table, let alone put presents under the tree. We are confident we can all find an item around home that we would never even miss. They PassAlongPics.jpg accept gently used items, such as toys, games, books, baby items, bikes, household items, home decor, dishes and more because keep in mind, the kids shop for their parents too. There is even have a gift wrap station, so gift wrapping supplies are greatly appreciated as well. They do not accept clothing or furniture.

You may drop off your items at Hunziker and Associates, Realtors office:
Ames Office, 105 S. 16th Street
Monday - Friday, November 11-22 from 8am-5pm
Join the event page on Facebook, Ames Community Pass Along Party for updates and photos. Thanks for helping us make this event an annual success!


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2013 Ames 2012 Story County 2013 Story County 2012
Active listings as of 10/1/2013 135 163   113 175
Homes SOLD Year to Date 492 497   282 199
Average Sale Price $200,417 $188,567   $141,944 $149,070
Average Days on the Market 53 92   100 116
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.5% 95.6%   94.9% 93.7%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 10/1/2013
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions
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