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The Market is Heating up!!

Just as the weather is starting to warm up, so is the real estate market in Central Iowa! April was a busy month in Ames with 123 houses listed for sale and 77 homes going under contract. For the first time in over 5 months there are more than 100 homes for sale in Ames. As of May 5, 141 homes and townhomes were currently listed for sale in the Ames area.

REALTORS are working with buyers to help them find the home of their dreams. Are you a possible home seller? Contact a Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR about selling your home. With over 150 REALTORS in the Ames market, most are currently working with potential buyers. Placing your home for sale with a REALTOR makes sure that it is seen by those who are working with potential buyers every day.

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service for Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions as of 4/1/2014-4/30/2014.
 

2014 LIVE UNITED Food Drive

Hunger is real. The statistics are scary and steady. One in four children in Story County continues to be eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. Once summer break starts, these children won't have access to school-provided meals. Therefore, the need for food at local food pantries is even greater during the summer months.

You can help. United Way of Story County will hold the 6th annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive May 12-21 this year. Area businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, will serve as drop points for the non-perishable products. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Last year, Story County community members helped collect nearly 8,000 pounds of food and more than $1,900, which was distributed to 13 local food pantries. The amount of food increased by about 1,000 pounds over 2012's drive. In addition, five 4-H clubs throughout the county participated in the collection efforts, resulting in more than 1,400 pounds from those clubs collectively.

Area businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, are working with United Way this month to help families in need put food on their table. You can be a part of it too! Simply bring your food or cash donation to Hunziker & Associates or any collection site May 12-21.

Wish list:
(Items bolded are top needs of the food pantries. PLEASE check expiration dates!)

Food items
Baby formula - Beef stew - Canned fruits and vegetables - Canned chicken/tuna - Cereal - Crackers - Instant potatoes - Jello/pudding - Jelly - Ketchup/mustard - Pasta (not wheat) and pasta sauce - Peanut Butter - Salt and pepper - Soup (not tomato or chicken)

Non-food items
Can openers - Deodorant - Diapers/wipes - Dish soap - Feminine products - Laundry detergent - Razors - Shampoo and conditioner - Soap - Toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissue - Toothpaste/toothbrushes
 
If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, we invite you to join us for the 2014 Parade of Homes. The tour, which is put on by the Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA) will be held from Wednesday, June 4 to Sunday, June 8, and will feature new construction homes in a variety of price points and neighborhoods. Two of the featured homes are built by HCS Builders, a sister company of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®.

Cost of the show is $5 and tickets will be available at First National Bank - downtown location prior to and during the show, as well as at each home during the show. AmesHomeBuilders.com will have more information on the homes as the show approaches.
 

May Area Events

Full Moon High Trestle Ride
May 10
Slater
Mother's Day at Reiman Gardens
FREE Admission for all mothers
May 11 from 11am-3pm
Ames
Dog Jog & Fido Fest
May 17 at 3:30pm
207 4th Street, Des Moines
Gladiator Assault Challenge
May 17
Seven Oaks Recreation, Boone
Movie Night at Jack Trice Stadium
May 17 at 7pm
ISU, Ames
Special Olympics Iowa State Summer Games
May 22, 23, 24
ISU, Ames
Emerald Ash Borer Community Information Meetings
May 27
120 NW Ash Dr., Ankeny
A Froggin' We Will Go
May 30 from 7:30pm-9pm
McFarland Park, Ames
Nevada Jaycees Annual Sandbox Fill
May 31
Nevada
The Mane Event - One Big Barn Party
May 31 from 5pm-7pm
Animal Rescue League, 5452 NE 22nd Street, Des Moines
Nevada City Wide Garage Sale Days
June 6
Nevada
Scandinavian Days
June 6, 7, 8
Story City
Boone City-Wide Garage Sale
June 7
Boone
Rock and Roll Community Bike Ride
June 7 from 10am-5pm
1525 N.E. 36th St., Ankeny
 

Summer Activities

Summer time can bring about many changes - school is out, vacations are scheduled, the volume and velocity of work may vary. All these changes can affect the pace of daily life. For some, work slows down. For others, it may stay the same; but having the kids home can add an extra layer of complexity. Summer seems like it should be carefree and fun, but taking advantage of everything summer has to offer takes some advance planning.
Check-out some of these camps and activites to help you and your little one enjoy this summer.

Iowa State University Programs for Youth

Des Moines Area Summer Bucket List

Des Moines Parks & Rec Activities

Ames Park & Rec Activities

Ankeny Park & Rec Activities

Octagon Summer Art Camps in Ames

Ankeny Booster Club Sports Camps

Camp Fire Camps

YMCA Camps

Summer Dance Camp at Ankeny Dance & Performing Arts Academy

 
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Shred Day Success!

We're pleased to announce that the Hunziker Community Shred Day was a success! Mother Nature supplied beautiful conditions for our Ames event and enabled us to shred and recycle several thousand pounds of paper. A big thanks goes out to all those who came to the event and Terri from Secure Shred Solutions. The Shred truck from Secure Shred Solutions spent time at our office in Ankeny on April 24 and in Ames on May 3.
 

Market Numbers

Ames 2014 2013
5/1/2014 Active listings 141 116
Homes SOLD YTD 119 112
Average Sale Price $199,026 $183,456
Average Days on Market 66 96
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.5% 95.0%
Story County 2014 2013
5/1/2014 Active listings 127 114
Homes SOLD YTD 52 93
Average Sale Price $123,585 $131,680
Average Days on Market 73 125
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.5% 92.8%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 5/1/2014
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Redidential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions