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Positioning your home to be the next to sell

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." -Wayne Gretzky

Positioning your home to be the next one sold is a function of knowing the competitive properties currently on the market for sale. While a market analysis is often reflective, and backward looking, positioning is forward looking. Reviewing the events and happenings of the local real estate market three months ago is not nearly as relevant as answering the question, "where is the real estate market likely to be three weeks from now?" Positioning is entirely about understanding the existing supply, rate of sales, turnover, and other key indicators of market strength or weakness. At Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS, we know the market like no one else. We understand that providing the best client-level services requires that we have the best, most current market data available. Positioning a home to be the next one sold, is for home sellers who are truly ready to sell their home. When the property is properly positioned for sale, the home seller maximizes the likelihood of the best possible sale price while minimizing the numerous risks associated with prolonged, overexposure in the marketplace.

Call today to learn more about the proper positioning of your home in tomorrow's market.

Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions

Price Total Active July Sales 1mo AR*
<125 25 8 3.1
125-175 30 14 2.1
175-225 15 7 2.1
225-300 27 18 1.5
300-400 24 4 6.0
400+ 25 2 12.5
Totals 227 69 3.3
1mo AR* - 1 month Absorption Rate. If no new homes are listed for sale and sales continue at the current pace, then all the homes in a price range would sell in the specific # of months.

Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service for Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions.

My Homefinder

In the fast paced real estate market it is crucial to be informed as soon as properties are listed. At Hunziker & Associates we strive to make that as simple as possible. Our Homefinder service makes it easy to save a property search and get notified if new properties meeting that criteria come on the market. Homefinder in conjunction with our mobile site allows for on the go access to home photos, information, and the ability to contact a Realtor.

Don't miss out, go to and sign up for a Homefinder account now!

Continue Learning with OLLI

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. For more information or to be placed on the mailing list, contact OLLI at ISU at

For online information or to register follow this link to the OLLI registration page.
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August Area Events

Zoo Brew
August 6, 13, 20, 27
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Iowa State Fair
August 7-17
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

ARL Puff & Fluff Dog Wash
August 9 from Noon to 2pm
ARL Main, 5452 NE 22nd St., Des Moines

Star Party - Perseid Meteor Shower
August 9 at 6pm
Ewing Park, 5300 Indianola Road, Des Moines

Foodies and Brew
August 15 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Downtown, Ames

DSM Restaurant Week
August 15-24
Des Moines

Huxley Prarie Festival
August 22

Sidewalk Chalk Flood
August 23rd from 9am-1pm
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines

Wheatsfield Co-op's 40th Birthday Celebration
August 23rd from 2pm-6pm
Wheatsfield east parking lot, Ames

Lincoln Highway Days
August 22, 23, 24
Farm Progress Show
August 26-28

HyVee Triathlon
August 30 & 31
Gray's Lake, Des Moines

7th Annual Hunger Fight
August 27-30
HyVee Hall, Des Moines

Pufferbilly Days
September 4-7
Boone Speedway Super Nationals
September 1-6
Boone Speedway, Boone