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In This Issue

2013 Market Recap

Experts Predict 2014

Banish the Winter Blahs with a Soup Party

OLLI Open House

Area Events

Monthly Market Numbers
February Area Events
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  Des Moines Home & garden Show
February 6-9
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Iowa's Original RV Camping Show
February 6-9
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Valentine Dinner Trains
February 8, 13, 14, & 15
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Bridal ExCYtement
February 9
Scheman Building ISU, Ames

Wild at Heart Valentine's Dinner
February 14 & 15
Starting at 6pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Father Daughter Dance
February 14
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at the Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

2014 IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament
February 21-22
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Ames Town & Gown's Musicale
February 22
St. John's Episcopal Church, Ames

February 28 - March 2
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, 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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2013 Market Recap

In 2013, homes listed for sale were being sold at a record pace. Of the 640 homes sold in Ames last year, the median days on the market was 21 days. That means that 320 homes went from being listed to being under contract in less than 21 days. Why was this happening? Exposure. Having your home listed with a REALTOR puts it on the MLS and in front of 180 REALTORS that are working with people who are ready to buy. In 2013, a Hunziker & Associates, Realtor was involved with almost 1 out of every 2 homes sold in Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions. Our agents are full time Realtors working with Buyers and Sellers every day. Let us help your home to be the next one to sell.
  • Home Sale Prices hit a Record High in Ames in 2013.
  • The Average Home Sale Price in 2013: $199,083.
  • Price Change from the Prior Year: up 5.7%.
  • Number of Homes Sold in 2013 was up 3.7% vs. 2012.
  • Mortgage Rates Remain Low: 4.25%.
  • Median Market Time is 21 days.
Homes are selling - but the number of homes for sale is at a 9 year low. With the help of your Hunziker & Associates, Realtor, you can position your home to be the next one to sell.

Information as reported to the Central Iowa MLS for Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions.


Experts Predict 2014 Housing Market

The U.S. real estate market made a robust comeback in 2013, surpassing expectations of many economists, as the combination of low inventories and historically low interest rates caused home prices to rise and even helped fuel bidding wars in some markets, surpassing the expectations of many economists. While positive trends, such as increasing home values, are expected to continue into 2014, mortgage rates are also expected to rise in the coming year and could put a damper on home buyers' abilities to afford new homes.

Here's some predictions for the 2014 housing market:
  • 1. Inventory Should Gradually Stabilize and Return to Traditional Seasonal Levels.
  • 2. More Homeowners Are Likely to Return to Positive Equity.
  • 3. Mortgage Rates Are Expected to Rise.
  • 4. Foreclosure Activity Is Expected to Slow.
  • 5. Further Declines in Home Affordability Are Expected.
While no one can predict with certainty what the housing market holds in store for 2014, a constant in real estate is always that local markets vary widely in their performance. National numbers can tell a story about the economy in general, but home prices, inventory and foreclosure activity depend on local market conditions. Contact a Realtor® in your community for the most up-to-date information about your market. Read more:


Fight the winter blahs with a Soup Party

This simple, casual party provides the opportunity to gather with friends and family in a home setting without a lot of fuss. Guests enter your home to the wonderful aromas of simmering soups and mingle around the kitchen nibbling on fresh bread at this informal "come as you are" party. Follow these guidelines to host a Soup Party of your own.
  • The Soup - Have your guests bring a crockpot of their favorite soup to share or a loaf of bread for dipping.
  • The Topping - These finishing touches range from cheese and sour cream to croutons and toasted nuts.
  • The Cup - Consider using smaller cups or mugs instead of bowls so your guests can sample multiple soups.
  • The Dessert - A fondue buffet keeps with the liquid theme of the party and provides variety from fruit to marshmallows.
Follow this link to get soup ideas for your party!


Spring 2014 Open House
Feb 13, 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center

Join us at the ISU Alumni Center to meet the instructors and register for the spring 2014 courses. The Spring 2014 Course Catalog should be available online by Feburary 12.
All individuals who are aged 50 or older and desire to continue to expand their knowledge in a wide variety of topics may attend classes organized by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Iowa State University. This is a program to enjoy - no tests and no grades. You earn the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something for yourself. 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. Click here to learn more about OLLI at ISU.

Most Romantic Homes in the Country

Looking for the the most romantic, whimsical, or downright sexy homes in the country for Valentine's Day? You're in luck, because has assembled a unique collection of romantic homes for every taste and fancy - from north to south, east to west, down-country livin' to penthouse refinement. Looking for a private dance floor? Check. Cupids floating in the air? Gaze upon the vaulted fresco ceiling. Room to play ball? Sure - or host one in the gilded banquet hall.


Click here to see some of the most romantic homes in the country.


Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2014 Ames 2013 Story County 2014 Story County 2013
Active listings as of 2/4/2014 93 117   104 129
Homes SOLD YTD 27 17   8 17
Average Sale Price $187,466 $190,794   $89,500 $139,553
Average Days on the Market 76 66   99 126
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.1% 91.7%   89.4% 92.8%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 2/1/2014
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.