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There is no place like home for the holidays!  As you prepare to celebrate the season with traditions handed down through the generations, or make a new holiday memory of your very own, the members of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS wish you and your family a joy filled home.
 
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3 Options to choose from:

Option 1- Free Mortgage Payments
HCS Builders will pay your mortgage for the first 4 months.
(Principal & interest only)

Option 2- Upgrades or Additions
HCS Builders will pay your moving expenses, closing costs or rate buy down, provide additional appliances, blinds or upgrades to the home.
Up to a $7500 value.

Option 3- Selling an existing home
Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS will charge 0% to list your existing home for sale. (There is a buyers broker fee of 3.5%) Sale price of existing home up to $250,000.

These incentives are in affect until January 16, 2015.
Contact a Hunziker Real Estate Agent for more details.

Choose from any one of these homes:
Northridge Heights
2702 Harrison
2708 Harrison
2711 Danbury
2713 Harrison
2721 Milstead
2734 Danbury
4021 Brighton

Somerset
2747 London

Sunset Ridge
518 Westfield
5306 Springbrook

Gilbert
406 Ashby
408 Ashby

Nevada
1324 Cherokee
 

How to Light a Christmas Tree

A Christmas tree covered in hundreds or even thousands of lights can make the holiday season magical, but the effects can be very different depending on the light bulbs you choose and the stringing method used. Here's how to bring the holiday bling to your Christmas tree.
  • Step 1- Choosing the type of blubs from traditional mini lights to energy efficient LEDs or unique novelty lights that produce one of a kind effects is a personal choice. Make sure whatever lights you choose are UL-listed.


  • Step 2- Decide how many lights you want on your tree. A good place to start is 100 lights per foot and a half of tree. A 6ft tree needs a minimum of 400 lights.


  • Step 3- Test that all the strings of lights are working.


  • Step 4- Pick a method for stringing the lights on the tree: wave, triangle, or branch. See video above for descriptions.


  • Step 5- Step back from the tree every so often to see dark spots and gaps. Rearrange lights to fill in holes.


  • Tips- Don't connect more than three strings of lights together.
    Plug connected strands of lights in to a surge strip.
    Have a step stool handy for the top of the tree.
Click here to visit Better Homes and Gardens.
 

Host and Hostess Gift Ideas and Etiquette

So you're invited to a dinner party and are stressing out about a gift for your host or hostess. Maybe you just don't know what to take or maybe you're strapped for cash and can't think of a suitable gift that won't bust your budget.

There are plenty of great gifts that will make a favorable impression. But before we talk ideas, let's review gift etiquette. After all, if you're going to give a great gift, you should do it in style.
  • 1. Give it for the future.


  • 2. Don't Wreck the Decor or Add Work.


  • 3. Don't Insist Your Gift Be Opened Immediately.


  • 4. Select the Gift with Your Host or Hostess in Mind
Click here to read more about gift etiquette.

Host or Hostess Gift Ideas

A nice box of chocolates
Christmas tree ornaments
Mulling spice kit
Flavored hot beverage stirrers
Holiday cookie cutter
Candle
Table topics game
A pretty jar or tin of fancy cooking salt
Picture frame
Wine stopper
Unique Coasters
Specialty Tea/Coffee
Tin of cookies
Mingling plates
Jar of uniquely flavored jam or jelly
Coffee table book
A unique seasoning blend
Wine glass charms
Cute cocktail napkins
 

Hunziker's Cookie Recipe Exchange

For handling the holiday hoopla - from gift gathering to tree trimming - you deserve a cookie (or six). Here's some recipes we've gathered to satisfy your sweet tooth this holiday season.


Molasses Crinkles



Reindeer Gingerbread Cremes



Candy Cane Thumbprints



Christmas Wreaths



White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies



Mini Cinnamon Roll Cookies



Pecan Snowballs



Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies



Red Velvet Crinkles



Melting Snowman Cookies
 

December Area Events

Santa Express
December 5, 12, 19 at 6pm
December 6, 13, 20 at 10:30am,1pm,3:30pm,6pm
December 7, 14, 21 at 1pm, 3:30pm Boone & Scenic valley Railroad, Boone

A Christmas Carol 2014 - Iowa State University Theatre
December 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30pm
December 7 at 1pm
December 14 at 2pm
Fisher Theater, Ames

Santa and Reindeer at the Zoo
December 6, 13 at 10am-2pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Caroling Day Downtown
December 13
Main Street, Ames

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 13 at 8am, 10:30am
December 14 at 1:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Breakfast with Santa
December 13 at 8am, 10:30am
Reiman Gardens, ISU, Ames

Jingle Bell Run/Walk
December 13 at 9am
6001 Westown Parkway, Des Moines

Ames 150 Platting Day
December 17: 11:45am - Time Capsule Ceremony
Noon - Cookies and Coffee
5pm - Progressive History Reception
Downtown, Starts at the corner of Douglas and 5th St., Ames

Sister Act
December 18 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
December 19 at 7:30pm
December 20 at 2pm, 7:30pm
Civic Center, Des Moines

Breakfast with Santa at the Science Center
December 20 at 8am
Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines

Breakfast with Santa in Ankeny
December 13 at 9am-10:30am
Lakeside Center, 400 NW Lakeshore Dr., Ankeny

Noon Year's Eve
December 31 at 9am - 1pm
Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines

ImaginEve
December 31 from 4pm - 8pm
Hy-Vee Hall, Des Moines

New Year's Eve at Seven Oaks
December 31 from 7pm - 11pm
1086 222nd Dr., Boone

Monster Jam 2015
January 3 at 2pm, 7:30pm
January 4 at 2pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines
 

Market Numbers

Ames 2014 2013
12/3/2014 Active listings 108 99
Homes SOLD YTD 550 593
Average Sale Price $206,376 $199,422
Average Days on Market 47 52
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.8% 96.3%
Story County 2014 2013
12/3/2014 Active listings 100 109
Homes SOLD YTD 298 340
Average Sale Price $146,640 $141,878
Average Days on Market 72 94
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.9% 94.9%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 12/1/2014
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions