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Don't Forget the 2014 Parade of Homes

If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, don't forget to visit 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®.

 

Thinking of building? HCS builders is your answer.

Whether you are looking for a completed new construction, wanting to build a home from our catalog of plans, or would like to build a completely custom home, HCS Builders strive to make the building process as easy and stress-free as possible.

HCS offers:
  • Over 150 years of combined experience
  • Guaranteed completion schedules
  • No construction loans necessary
  • Warranties that are actually followed through on in a timely manner

The 2014 Parade of Homes will be showcasing the beauty and quality of HCS construction at:

4401TimberRidge.png 4401 Timber Ridge- 3,828 total square feet, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, Insulated & finished garage with work area, Screened-in back porch with wood ceiling, Large walk-in pantry, Tray & vaulted ceilings with ship lap trim, Walk-in zero entry tile master shower, Custom entertainment center & built-ins, Full wet bar. Call for more information.





5854OakCrestCir.png 5854 Oak Crest Circle- 5,951 square feet in this 6 bedroom, 5 bath home. Home features 2-story vaulted ship lap ceilings with beams, 4 car garage with Carriage House doors, Screened in porch with stone fireplace, Full kitchen in lower level, Sauna, exercise, and toy rooms, Custom built-ins, James Hardie fiber cement shake siding.

 

The United Way of Story County needs your help!

United Way of Story County has partnered with many community organizations to provide Summer Food and Enrichment programs in Ames and Nevada. They need volunteers to make both programs operate completely and they need your help! Please consider one or all of the following options: We need volunteers in order for the program to be a success and hope you or someone at your business can help!
 

June Area Events

Scandinavian Days
June 6, 7, 8
Story City
Rock the Blocks Swim Meet
June 6, 7, 8
Furman Aquatic Center, Ames
Nevada City Wide Garage Sale Days
June 6 & 7 from 8am-5pm
Nevada
Reiman Gardens After Hours
June 6 from 4:30pm-7pm
Reiman Gardens, ISU
Ankeny Unplugged
Saturdays in June
Bandshell, Ankeny
Ames on the Half Shell
Fridays from 5pm-8pm thru Aug. 1
Durham Bandshell Park, Ames
Ames Municipal Band Concerts
Thursdays at 7pm in June & July
Durham Bandshell Park, Ames
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
Paint Your Own Pottery: Sgraffito Tiles
June 12 from 5pm-8pm
ISU workspace, Ames
Summerfest in Campustown
June 14 from 3pm-9pm
Campustown, Ames
Boone Area Merchants Moonlight Madness
June 13 Boone Shopping District

Kohl's American Cup Youth Soccer Tournament
June 14-15
Hunziker Youth Sports Complex, Ames
Father's Day at Reiman Gardens
June 15- Dad's admitted free!
Reiman Gardens, ISU
Veenker's 2 Player Best Shot Event
June 15 at 8am
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames
Story City's Movie in the Park
June 20 at 9:15pm
North Park, Story City
Veenker's 4 Gal Bestshot
June 24 at 8:30am
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames
Ogden Fun Days
June 26, 27, 28
Ogden
Adult/Child Canoe Trip
June 28 9am-4pm
McFarland Park

 

June Home Checklist

June is here, and it's time to get in the swing of summer. Whether you are watching your kids say goodbye to another year of school, scheduling a major home improvement project (like painting the house), or just looking forward to some much-deserved time hanging out on the porch, these to-dos will help get your home and yard in shape so you can fully savor the months ahead.

  • Paint your home's exterior. Summer is the ideal time for exterior painting thanks to warm, dry weather.
  • Check for cracks in the foundation. Small cracks that don't pose a structural threat can let in water and pests.
  • Clean the gutters and consider gutter guards. Keep dry brush and leaves out of your gutters to prevent clogs and roof damage.
  • Stow school gear. Inspect school gear and decide whether to stow it for next year, donate it or toss it.
  • Get outdoor gear ready. Prepare for having the kids home for summer by adding something fun, like a tire swing or new sprinkler attachment.
  • Repair and seal fences and garden structures. Add a fresh coat of paint or clear wood sealant each summer.
  • Streamline the kitchen. Box up some of the stuff in your kitchen cupboards that you rarely use.
  • Put in screen doors.
  • Set up a beach-towel drying spot. Dirt and sand will shake off a dry towel instead of clogging the washer and dryer.
  • Wash the washer. Run an empty wash cycle with white vinegar instead of detergent.
  • Lighten up decor. Swapping pillows and artwork is a great way to welcome the new season.
  • Switch the direction of fans. Now is the time to flip the switch so cool air is directed downward.
  • Make a summer to-do list. Sit down now and make a big list of all of the summery things you want to do this year, whether big (camp by a lake) or small (make ice cream).
  • Enjoy some porch sitting. Squeeze in a little time to sit on your porch with a cool drink (or a cup of hot coffee) for a few minutes each day.
Read more at Houzz.com

 
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Looking for a Fun Summer Activity? We have one for you!

Stop by your local Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS office and pick up a FREE Perfect Games Summer Savings Card. Perfect Games features bowling, laser tag, arcade games, Kingpin pizza restaurant, and a sports bar. Perfect Games offers fun for the whole family all summer and we have a savings card for you that includes discounted bowling, bonus arcade dollars, free laser tag, and food savings.
 

Market Numbers

Ames 2014 2013
6/2/2014 Active listings 154 126
Homes SOLD YTD 170 188
Average Sale Price $196,608 $183,286
Average Days on Market 58 81
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.8% 95.8%
Story County 2014 2013
6/2/2014 Active listings 116 112
Homes SOLD YTD 75 130
Average Sale Price $132,819 $133,353
Average Days on Market 84 131
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.7% 93.5%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 6/2/2014
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Redidential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions