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Best of Story County

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Thank you for voting us the Best Real Estate Company in Story County!

The Ames Tribune conducted a poll asking readers to vote for their favorite Ames businesses in a variety of categories. We are proud to be the Best Real Estate company in Story County. Our REALTORS® and staff are committed to developing and maintaining positive relationships with individuals and families to meet their real estate needs.

Our sister companies, HCS Builders, Inc. and Hunziker Property Management, also received the Best of Story County honors as Best Builder/Contractor and Best Property Management Company. Whether you are buying, selling, building, or renting, the professionals at each of our companies believe in a personal approach to business that has stood the test of time.
 

The Importance of Home Inspections

HomeInspection.png In hot markets full of multiple offers buyers are often tempted to do anything to get a home. One thing they should not do is forgo the home inspection.

Without a licensed inspector viewing the property, the buyer can only comment on the things that they see that are potentially wrong with the home. The buyer essentially loses the right to make any requests for additional repairs that aren’t agreed to at the time of signing the initial purchase contract.

The argument for waiving inspection is often that in a seller’s market the seller can simply opt for one of the other offers waiting in the wings. If a buyer is purchasing a new home or is themselves a contractor or construction professional they may choose to waive the right to an inspection. While some states have disclosure laws that require a buyer to reveal any problems they are aware of, often sellers are unaware of potential looming problems. In some cases sellers will have an inspection done before putting the home up for sale.

The buyer without an inspection loses the chance to have a professional overview of the home they are buying. Inspectors don’t just look at the home, they can provide an in-depth analysis that can spotlight not just current needed repairs but also things that may become a problem down the road. The roof might not need repair immediately but it makes a big difference to know if you will need to replace it within a year or two or not for much longer. Inspectors examine heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems for any signs of potential trouble.

The bottom line is that waiving the inspection contingency is rarely worth the risk, particularly because it doesn’t guarantee a price discount in a strong market. A home inspection provides an extra level of security and helps you plan for the future in your new home.

Learn more about inspections from our friends at Realtor.com.

 

4th of July Fireworks and Festivities

BackyardBBQ.png Adventureland Park: Adventureland will have fireworks for park guests on both July 4th and July 5th at approximately 9:45 pm.

Ames: July 3: Fireworks at dusk near Iowa State Center.

Ames: July 4: Friendship Arks Annual 5k on the 4th!, 8am, at Ada Hayden Park.
Community Pancake Breakfast, 8:30am, Ames City Hall.
Bill Riley Talent Competition, 9am, Downtown Ames.
4th of July Parade, 11am, Downtown Ames.
Old Fashioned 4th of July, 12pm, Farm House Museum, Iowa State University.

Boone: July 4 fireworks at the Boone Speedway.

Des Moines: 1Des Moines Symphony's 22nd Annual Yankee Doodle Pops on July 2 at the West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol, music starts 8:30pm.

Des Moines: The Iowa Cubs will celebrate Independence Day with two spectacular fireworks shows on July 2 and July 3. The shows will begin immediately following both 7:08 p.m. contests as the I-Cubs host the Round Rock Express.

Des Moines: Good Guys Heartland Nationals will have a fireworks display on July 4 at Iowa State Fairgrounds around 9:30pm.

Independence Day At Living History Farms: July 4 from 11am - 4pm Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with a historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. Fun for the entire family including pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed spitting contests and more! Games begin at 11am; then enjoy historic entertainment, a patriotic procession, and an 1875-rules baseball game at 2:30pm.

Nevada: July 4: Pancake breakfast at the Nevada fire station at 6:30am, 4th of July Parade at 10am, Fireworks at 9pm at SCORE fields.

Roland: Fireworks will be on July 3 at dusk.

Slater: Slater's Great 4th of July Celebration. Festivities begin at 4pm on July 3rd and the Fireworks are at 10pm. Parade on the 4th at 10 am. and LOTS, LOTS more!

 

The Importance of Home Inspections

BBQRecipes.png In hot markets full of multiple offers buyers are often tempted to do anything to get a home. One thing they should not do is forgo the home inspection.

Without a licensed inspector viewing the property, the buyer can only comment on the things that they see that are potentially wrong with the home. The buyer essentially loses the right to make any requests for additional repairs that aren’t agreed to at the time of signing the initial purchase contract.

The argument for waiving inspection is often that in a seller’s market the seller can simply opt for one of the other offers waiting in the wings. If a buyer is purchasing a new home or is themselves a contractor or construction professional they may choose to waive the right to an inspection. While some states have disclosure laws that require a buyer to reveal any problems they are aware of, often sellers are unaware of potential looming problems. In some cases sellers will have an inspection done before putting the home up for sale.

The buyer without an inspection loses the chance to have a professional overview of the home they are buying. Inspectors don’t just look at the home, they can provide an in-depth analysis that can spotlight not just current needed repairs but also things that may become a problem down the road. The roof might not need repair immediately but it makes a big difference to know if you will need to replace it within a year or two or not for much longer. Inspectors examine heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems for any signs of potential trouble.

The bottom line is that waiving the inspection contingency is rarely worth the risk, particularly because it doesn’t guarantee a price discount in a strong market. A home inspection provides an extra level of security and helps you plan for the future in your new home.

Learn more about inspections from our friends at Realtor.com.

 

June Area Events

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June 5, 6 8, & 7
Story City

ArtWalk
June 5
Downtown, Ames

Ames on the Half Shell
Fridays in June from 5pm-8pm
Bandshell Park, Ames

Celebrate Waukee
June 5th and 6th
Waukee Area

Shrek the Musical
Performances throughout June
Actors, 120 Abraham Dr., Ames

Family Friendly 20th Anniversary Celebration at Reiman Gardens
June 6 starting at 10am
Reiman Gardens, ISU, Ames

Midwest British Motor Show
June 6 from 9am-3pm
Skunk River Restorations, Ames

Summerfest in Campustown
June 6 from 3pm-9pm
200 block of Welch Ave., Campustown, Ames

Classic Car Day
June 7 from 12pm-3pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Hands-on Fun: Living History Farms
Daily, June 8-August 9
10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Community Ice Cream Social
June 13 from 12pm-3pm
Ames History Center, 416 Douglas Ave., Ames

Summer Antique Jamboree
June 14 at 8am
Valley Junction, West Des Moines

American Ethanol 200: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
June 19 & 20
Iowa Speedway, Newton

Hope Run for Hospice
June 20, race at 8am
Ames Middle School, Ames

Green Days Festival
June 18-21
6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston

BACooN RIDE Too
June 20
71 mile Loop on the Raccoon River Valley Trail

Mud Run
June 20 beginning at 9:30am
James W. Cownie Soccer Park, Des Moines

Iowa Craft Brew Festival
June 20 from 1pm-5pm
Court Ave. bridge, downtown Des Moines

Veenker's 2 Player Bestshot
June 21 at 8am
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames
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Des Moines Arts Festival
June 26-28
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines

Nevada Kiwanis Rockin' Country BBQ Fest
June 27 & 28
Story County Fairgrounds, Nevada

River Bank Bash
June 27 at 10am, first act at 1pm
Water Works Park, Des Moines

Lost Ladybug Project
June 27 at 2pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Sing-Along, Dance-Along, Do-Along Concert
June 29 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ames Public Library, Ames

Goodguys 24th Heartland Nationals
July 3-5
Iowa Stae Fairgrounds, Des Moines

 

Market Numbers

Ames 2014 2013
7/2/2014 Active listings 152 126
Homes SOLD YTD 258 274
Average Sale Price $200,168 $194,576
Average Days on Market 52 69
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 97.0% 96.5%
Story County 2014 2013
7/2/2014 Active listings 128 109
Homes SOLD YTD 123 166
Average Sale Price $138,373 $138,950
Average Days on Market 77 120
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.3% 94.1%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 7/2/2014
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Redidential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions