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We have qualified buyers for your home!

January Checklist for a Smooth Running Home

Have the Winter Blues? Ways get more Daylight

Des Moines Home and Garden Show

Monthly Market Numbers
January Area Events
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  Botanical Blues
Every Sunday in January & February 1-3 p.m.
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

LEGO Bricks 4 Kidz: Construction Craze
Every Friday Jan. 10-31
Neveln Community Resource Center, Ankeny

Central Iowa Kennel Club - All Breed Dog Show
Jan. 18 & 19
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Moscow Festival Ballet's Cinderella
Jan. 26 at 3pm
ISU Stephens Auditorium, Ames

The Addams Family Musical
Jan. 28 at 7:30pm
ISU Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Iowa Power Farming Show
Jan. 28-30
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Rosy Cheeks 5k Run/Walk
Feb. 1 at 9am
Fire station, Story City

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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We have qualified buyers for your home!

Are you considering a move? If yes, right now may be the best time to list and sell your home.
  • Why now? Many areas in Central Iowa are seeing the creation of a significant number of good-paying new jobs. Many of these employees at these new jobs have the income and desire to own their own homes.
  • Why now? Because buyers are highly motivated right now, they willingly look in the dark, snow and cold.
  • Why now? As we approach our spring season which includes March, April and May, we will almost certainly witness a dramatic increase in the number of new listings for sale. Right now, competition for your home will likely never be this low again this year.
  • Why now? Hunziker & Associates likely already has a buyer who will enjoy your home.
If you are considering selling your home this year please contact your Hunziker & Associates Realtor to learn more about our local real estate market conditions, and how we can be of help.


January Checklist for a Smooth Running Home

Make the most of the first month of 2014 by taking time to say goodbye to the old year (and the holiday decorations), give your home the TLC it needs to see it through winter storms, and dream up plans for the months ahead. Here are 10 to-dos to get your year off to a good start.
  • 1. Keep your home fresh and cozy postholidays. Fight the winter blahs by giving your home a good cleaning and boosting comfort with extra candles, cozy throws, hot drinks and good music.
  • 2. Store holiday decorations properly. Yes, it's sort of a pain, but taking the extra time to sort your Christmas lights, ornaments and decor now will save you loads of frustration next year - you owe it to your future self!
  • 3. Organize warranties and manuals. Take a few moments to flip through that stack of old manuals and warranties, tossing out paperwork for stuff you no longer own - and remember to send in forms to activate new warranties as needed.
  • 4. Install flood alarms. Installing individual sensors in likely leak spots (behind the washing machine, toilet and drainpipes) can alert you before leaks become a disaster.
  • 5. Keep hard surfaces sanitized. Tables and counters are obvious spots, but don't miss sneakier areas like doorknobs, faucets, phones and tech devices.
  • 6. Get inspired and set goals for the year. Once you've settled on a few goals, try writing specific to-dos and deadlines on your calendar to keep your eyes on the prize.
  • 7. Protect pipes from freezing. Insulate any exposed outdoor pipes to prevent freezing. If you plan to be away from home during a freezing spell, have a friend or neighbor stop by to turn on your water to a trickle.
  • 8. Inspect your house after winter storms. Get ahead of problems by carefully looking over your home's exterior after each storm.
  • 9. Provide for feathered friends. You can help by providing a safe place to land and fill up on fresh birdseed.
  • 10. Out with the old, in with the new. Got some new goodies for Christmas? Instead of packing them into overstuffed closets and drawers, take a few extra minutes to seek out something similar to let go of.
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Got the Winter Blues? Put On a Happy Face with Daylighting

Do you get moody when cold weather hits? Feel blue when skies are gray? Most likely, you've got the winter blahs - a normal reaction to being shut inside for weeks at a time when you'd rather be outside digging in the garden and firing up the barbecue.

But for some, the reduced daylight hours of winter are a real problem referred to as SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

Try these daylighting tips to perk you up.
  • Add a Skylight.
  • Install Solar Light Tubes
  • Trim plants and trees that block daylight from getting in your windows.
  • Make sure curtains and blinds remain open to daylight.
  • Rearrange furniture in your living room, office, or den so you'll be closer to bright windows.
Fortunately, your house can help combat the winter doldrums and even SAD.

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Des Moines Home and Garden Show
Feb. 6th from 12pm-9pm,
7th from 10am-9pm,
8th from 9am-9pm,
9th from 10am-6pm
at the Iowa Event Center in Des Moines

Find innovative products, new ideas, practical advice and great deals in remodeling, home improvement and gardening with hundreds of experts all under one roof. From windows and flooring to cabinets and landscaping and much more. Shop, compare and save for 4 days only!

Celebrity appearances by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's Ty Pennington and American Picker's Frank Fritz plus others.
See who's exhibiting at this year's show with the Interactive Exhibitor List!


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2014 Ames 2013 Story County 2014 Story County 2013
Active listings as of 1/3/2014 91 111   107 135
Homes SOLD Previous Year 641 620   359 265
Average Sale Price $199,077 $188,971   $141,661 $148,059
Average Days on the Market 51 88   93 121
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.3% 95.7%   94.8% 93.0%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 1/1/2014
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.