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Happy Thanksgiving

Help Your Community this Season

Area Holiday Festivities

Thanksgiving Tips and Tricks

Ames Pass Along Party

Market Numbers
November Area Events
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  Iowa's Premier Beer, Wine & Food Expo
Nov. 8 & 9
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

ABWA Craft Show
Nov. 9 from 9am-5pm
Nov. 10 from 10am-3pm
Gates Hall and Nevada High School, Nevada

Veteran's Day Ceremony
Nov. 11 at 11am
Ames City Auditorium, Ames

Veteran's Day at Reiman Gardens
Nov. 11, Free Admission for active duty military personnel and veterans.
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Nouveau Party
Nov. 21, 6pm-8pm
Snus Hill Winery, 2183 320th Street, Madrid

Ankeny Community Chorus Holiday Concert & Silent Auction
Nov. 22 at 7:30pm
Prairie Ridge Church on West 36th, Ankeny

Midwest Rock and Soul Revue
Nov. 23 from 7pm-10pm
The Talent Factory, 1114 6th Street, Nevada

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure
Nov. 27 - Dec. 1
Iowa Events Center, 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

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At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings. As we reflect back on this past year, we want to thank all of you who may have come to us as customers but have remained as friends. As you gather with friends and family, we want to thank you for your trust and confidence in our company. We are deeply thankful and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day.


Volunteering this Holiday
Great for the Community & Good for you too!

Volunteering is a great way to make a positive impact in your community, and it really does make you feel good. You may not think that your time will help others, but it will. Here is how to volunteer in your community.
  • Volunteer at the soup kitchen -You can either donate food items, pick up donated food, serve food, prepare food, or even offer administrative assistance.
  • Volunteer at the hospital -You may sit at a reception desk and greet people, or you may be asked to deliver flowers to patient rooms.
  • Volunteer at school - You are given fun tasks like reading to children, assisting on field trips, preparing bulletin boards, or simply helping the teacher.
  • Volunteer as a mentor -You can volunteer as a mentor and make an amazing difference in the life of a child. Organizations such as Big Brother or Big Sister, or even the Boys and Girls Club are excellent ways to volunteer as a mentor.
  • Volunteer at church -You can volunteer at church by offering to work in the day care room, teach a Sunday school class, organize a church function, clean the church, and much more.
  • Volunteer to deliver meals -Not only do you deliver a hot meal, but you are offering the warmth of companionship to elderly people that are sometimes very lonely individuals.
  • Volunteer for hospice -Things you may be asked to do include visiting patients or family, offering childcare, running to the grocery store, and so on. You will basically be doing simple tasks that wouldn't get done otherwise.
  • Volunteer at Coats for Kids -The goal of Coats for Kids is, "They ensure that every child who needs a winter coat receives one." If your community does not already participate in the Coats for Kids Foundation, then YOU can get it
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter -They are always looking for people to walk dogs, feed the animals, clean up after the animals, and help the animals find new homes.
Now that you know the various ways to volunteer in your community, get going! Volunteering is a great way to feel good about yourself, release stress, and help others in the process. Once you see how rewarding it is to volunteer in your community, you may have a hard time deciding where to stop.


Reiman Gardens Gift Shop: Holiday Open House, Ames.
Visit the Gift Shop to soak in our holiday decor. Enjoy gourmet food sampling so you can pick the perfect food for your own holiday parties.

Reiman Gardens: Our Holiday Heritage, Ames.
Come see Reiman Gardens' beautiful Conservatory decorated for the holidays! Classic decorations will include a barn decked out for the holidays. You'll also see quilts featuring Iowa's official quilt block, called the "Iowa Star".

Festival of Trees 2013, Ames.
Each year thousands of people come to see the Octagon's Main Gallery transformed into a truly spectacular forest of festive trees and wreaths decorated by local businesses, organizations, groups and individuals.

Santa Express Trains, Boone.
This journey has become a family tradition for folks from near and far. This year, we hope that you will join us for an enchanting trip aboard the Santa Express.

2013 Holiday Promenade at the Historic East Village, Des Moines.
One of the most popular events in the Historic East Village, the Holiday Promenade is the kickoff to the holiday season in Downtown Des Moines!

Festival of Lights & Trees: Blank Children's Hospital, Des Moines.
With beautifully decorated trees, a fun-filled children's area, great shopping, food, entertainment and special events, "Festival" has become a central Iowa tradition.

Story City Tree Lighting, Story City.
Caroling around the Square, Tree Lighting, and Fire Station Chili Supper.


Use some of these ideas and helpful tips to make your 2013 Thanksgiving one to remember.

10 Ways to Keep Your Thanksgiving Stress-Free
Hosting a big turkey dinner may seem like a challenge, but with these tips from Better Homes and Gardens you'll be offering to host Thanksgiving again next year!

Recipes for Thanksgiving Houseguests
From a cheesy bacon-and-egg breakfast bake to an easy baked pasta dish, here are recipes for Thanksgiving houseguests.

10 Tips for a Simply Chic Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is all about focusing on what really matters: family, friends and the ultimate comfort food. Take a fuss-free approach with our tips for setting a seasonal table that incorporates rustic elements with a touch of sophistication.

Thanksgiving Meal Makeover
Save 851 calories with this Thanksgiving makeover. With a few simple substitutions, make these 5 Thanksgiving favorites lighter without losing the classic flavors everyone loves.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips
Simplify your Thanksgiving travel plans. With a bit of foresight and some planning, you may ease some travel headaches whether you're heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free adventure.

Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Pets
Check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too.


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. Keep in mind, the kids shop for their parents too. There is even 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 11/1/2013 124 151   108 164
Homes SOLD Year to Date 543 539   312 225
Average Sale Price $200,433 $187,727   $142,735 $151,860
Average Days on the Market 52 89   96 123
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.4% 95.6%   94.9% 93.6%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 11/1/2013
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.