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In This Issue

Are You A Ready Buyer

March Madness Real Estate Style

Spring Break 2014

Claiming Your Energy Tax Credits

Try Triage for Messy Areas

Monthly Market Numbers
March Area Events
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  2014 Girls High School State Basketball Tournament
March 3-8
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Spring Fishing Classic at Bass Pro Shop
March 7,8,9
Bass Pro Shop, Altoona

Des Moines Home & Remodeling Show
March 7,8,9
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

WildTots: Eggs, Eggs, Eggs
March 8
56461 180th Street, Ames

2014 Boys High School State Basketball Tournament
March 10-15
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Family Fun Day
March 20
All American Center, Ames

Leprechaun Chase 10k
March 15th
Downtown, 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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Are You a Ready Buyer?

As of this writing, there are 9 inches of snow on the ground and no signs of spring, yet the spring real estate market has already begun as we are seeing a rapid increase in the number of homes going "under contract," or "sale pending." We have already witnessed several competing offers on homes thus far this year. In making and presenting an offer to a home seller, there is a distinct advantage to the home buyer who is already pre-approved as opposed to one who is simply pre-qualified. The home seller and the Realtor® representing the home seller, will almost always give greater weight and credibility to the offer of the home buyer who has a written letter of pre-approval.

For those of you who are looking to purchase a home, ask yourself,
"Are you a ready buyer?"
  • Are you "pre-approved" to make a purchase, or merely "pre-qualified."
  • Has your Realtor® shared with you the market values of comparable properties?
  • Have you discussed negotiation strategies with your Realtor®?
  • Should you find the house that you want, are you prepared to take action?

Please contact your Hunziker & Associates Realtor® should you have any questions about the entire home buying process. Your Hunziker & Associates Realtor® will not only explain the benefits of being pre-approved for a mortgage, but is ready to assist you through the entire home buying process from the very first steps, to the closing, and beyond.

March Madness, Real Estate Style

MarchMadness For many college basketball fans, March means one thing, "March Madness", the annual NCAA Basketball Tournament which declares a single, national champion. As Realtors we celebrate a similar March Madness in the form of Residential Real Estate Madness. March historically marks the beginning of a very busy four month period in real estate sales, and this year should be no different as we come off of a red-hot February. Unlike NCAA Basketball March Madness, we will not crown a Championship winner, but we will instead celebrate the successes of many home sellers and home buyers who successfully accomplish their real estate goals. If selling or buying a home is a goal of yours, we would like to assist you and celebrate in your success.


Spring Break 2014, Midwest Getaways

Does the never ending winter this year have you dreaming of summer and lounging by the pool? Thankfully the midwest has a variety of indoor water parks for a quick Spring Break escape.


How to Claim Your Energy Tax Credits

If you upgraded one or more of the following systems last year, you may be eligible to take a tax credit - up to $500 - on your return.
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning
  • Insulation
  • Roofs (metal and asphalt)
  • Water heaters (non-solar)
  • Windows, doors, and skylights
How to claim the energy tax credit
  1. Determine if the system you installed is eligible for the credits. Go to Energy Star's website for detailed descriptions of what's covered; then talk to your vendor.
  2. Save system receipts and manufacturer certifications. You'll need them if the IRS asks for proof.
  3. File IRS Form 5695 with the rest of your tax forms.
Click here to learn more about Energy Tax Credits from Houselogic.

Try Triage for Your Messy Areas



Ames Market Numbers

  Ames 2014 Ames 2013 Story County 2014 Story County 2013
Active listings as of 3/3/2014 100 132   101 116
Homes SOLD YTD 79 71   37 27
Average Sale Price $195,011 $188,955   $122,130 $135,911
Average Days on the Market 75 74   80 142
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 97.6% 92.7%   92.1% 92.8%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 3/1/2014
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.