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The clock is ticking for buyers to maximize their purchasing power in this market. Affordable prices and low interest reates are aligning right now with the $8,000 credit to form an unprecedented opportunity that is not guaranteed to last much longer. The home purchase must close before 11:59 p.m. on November 30, 2009, but home buyers are strongly encouraged to have a signed Purchase Agreement on or before October 1st.

Potential buyers need to account for the time it takes to shop for a home, present an offer on the property of their choosing, and manage the various contracts and logistics that are required in a real estate transaction. Starting the process now should allow just enough time to reach closing before the expiration of the credit. Since numerous third parties are involved, delays can often be expected no matter how swiftly you act. That wait can be very detrimental if it is the differnce between $8,000 and nothing.

The home buying process should begin with a meeting with your Hunziker & Associates, Realtor®. Your Hunziker & Associates, Realtor® will walk with you through the home buying process step by step, from beginning to end. At Hunziker & Associates, Realtors® "We know the market". www.HunzikerRealty.com."

Ames Market Numbers*

  Ames 2009 Ames 2008   Story County 2009 Story County 2008
Active listings as of 7/1 256 289   186 NA
Homes SOLD YTD 244 281   117 125
Average Sale Price $184,995 $175,122   $131,783 $151,544
Average Days on the Market 111 99   130 134
Sale Price to List price Ratio 95.5% 95.9%   90.4% 93.7%

Based on Sales information as reported to the Ames Multiple Listings Service, 12 months ending June 30.

Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions

Story County - Residential, excluding Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions

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Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® has been helping people buy and sell homes in Central, Iowa for over 50 years. With offices in Ames, Ankeny, Boone and Nevada, our real estate agents can help you find the "right" place to call home. Our agents have access to hundreds of homes for sale in the Ames, Ankeny, Boone and Nevada areas through the various Multiple Listing Services (MLS).