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Hunziker Launches NEW 3D Walkthrough Technology

Stroll through a home from the comfort of your couch. Hunziker & Associates, Realtors is the first in Iowa to roll out new 3D technology enabling customers to virtually walkthrough a home, view a dollhouse representation and a floor plan of the home.

The Internet has proven to be a resourceful tool to homebuyers who want to browse housing inventory from the comfort of their couch. Real estate agents can upload a smattering of still images to help give people a sense of what a house is like, before they set foot through the door. Even the best pictures can't convey the full feeling of walking through a house.

That's why Hunziker & Associates, Realtors has introduced a new 3D Walkthrough feature that's designed to provide prospective buyers with a deeper insight into what the home actually looks like before they go and visit it. The effect is a bit like The Sims meets Google Street View: users can zoom out into a "dollhouse mode" and look at a home's complete floor plan in miniature, and then zoom into a first person view to move around the house.

Right now, homes listed by Hunziker & Associates agents in Central Iowa will have the option to include the new feature. Users who would rather not have a full 3D rendering of their home sitting on the internet can opt out of the new service if they choose.

The service is powered by Matterport, a company that has been working for the past three years on technology that allows people to use a special camera to map the space around them in 3D. In this instance, Hunziker & Associates has dedicated personel to use Matterport's camera to create a 3D Walkthrough of a home, which is then included in the listing.

"The ability to "walk" through a home and see how it flows from room to room is something that still photos can't give you," stated Dean Hunziker, Broker owner of Hunziker & Associates, Realtors. "Technology has come a long way from the days of little pictures in the paper."

Check out some of our 3D Walkthroughs:
4709 Clemens

1324 Cherokee

3316 Stockbury

1004 Idaho

2014 Market Recap

In 2014, homes listed for sale were being sold at a record pace. Of the 612 homes sold in Ames last year, the median days on the market was 20 days. That means that 306 homes went from being listed to being under contract in less than 20 days. Why was this happening? Exposure. Having your home listed with a REALTOR puts it on the MLS and in front of 180 REALTORS that are working with people who are ready to buy. In 2014, a Hunziker & Associates, Realtor was involved with almost 1 out of every 2 homes sold in Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions. Our agents are full-time Realtors working with Buyers and Sellers every day. Let us help your home to be the next one to sell.
  • Home Sale Prices hit a Record High in Ames in 2014.
  • The Average Home Sale Price in 2014: $207,105.
  • Price Change from the Prior Year: up 4.0%.
  • Mortgage Rates Remain Low: 4.25%.
  • Median Market Time is 20 days.
Homes are selling - but the number of homes for sale is at a 10 year low. With the help of your Hunziker & Associates, Realtor, you can position your home to be the next one to sell.

Information as reported to the Central Iowa MLS for Ames and Ames Rural Subdivisions.


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 February 28, 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

2747 London

Sunset Ridge
518 Westfield
5306 Springbrook

406 Ashby

1324 Cherokee

Valentine's Day Decorating Ideas

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and while it's not typically an occasion for decorating every room (like Christmas or Halloween), there are ways to subtly - and stylishly - set the mood. If you want to create a romantic look and feel in your home for that special someone this February 14th, here are some simple but effective ways to do just that. ValentinesTable.png
  • Lighting- Creating the right mood starts with lighting. Add some candles to create an air of romance. Flameless candles create the same ambience without the safety hazard.
  • Flowers- Blooms are a must for Valentine's Day, but try spreading flowers around the home with individual bud vases.
  • Colors- Add some pillows and throw blankets in deep colors like burgandy, deep red, violets and warm browns.
  • Tableware- Setting a nice table complete with tablecloth and wine glasses, plus a nice centerpiece, will transform a dining room.
  • Music- Make dinner at home more special with subtle background music.

Valentine's Area Events

Des Moines Sweethearts Charity Date Auction
Feb. 7 at 6pm
Jasper Winery, Des Moines

Mommy and Me Sweetheart Dance
Feb. 8 from 4pm-7pm
Holiday Inn Downtown, Des Moines

Jim Brickman In Concert "Love Around the Piano"
Feb. 12 at 7:30pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Wine and Dine Valentine Dinner
Feb. 13 at 6pm
The Chateau at White Oak Vineyard, 15065 NE White Oak Dr., Cambridge

Des Moines Social Club Presents: Hearts Against Humanity
Feb. 14 at 7pm
Des Moines Social Club Kum & Go Theater, Des Moines

Heart of the City - Des Moines Heart Ball
Feb. 14 at 5:30pm
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center at Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Valentine's Parent's Night Out
Feb. 14 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Pump It Up, Urbandale

Sweetheart Snowshoe Hike
Feb. 14 from 1pm & 3:30pm
Jester Park, Granger

Father/Daughter Valentine's Dance
Feb. 7, 3pm - 5pm & 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Pinnacle Club, Otter Creek Golf Course, Ankeny

Valentine's Day Party
Feb. 14 from 7pm - 10pm
Snus Hill Winery, 2183 320th Street, Madrid


February Area Events

Mixology Night
Feb. 6 from 5:30pm - 9pm
Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines

Annual Orchid Fest
Feb. 7 & Feb. 8 from 9am - 4:30pm
Reiman Gardens, ISU, Ames

Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure
Feb. 8 at 12pm & 3pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Des Moines Home and Garden Show
February 12-15
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

The Great Gatsby
Feb. 12 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Red Flannel Run
Feb. 14 at 9am
Wellmark YMCA, 501 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Shoes and Soup
Feb. 19 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Story County Conservation Center, 56461 180th St., Ames

Boone Home & Garden Show
Feb. 20 from 5p - 8pmm
Feb. 21 from 10am - 5pm
Boone County Fairgrounds, Boone

Valentine's Parent's Night Out
Feb. 14 from 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Pump It Up, Urbandale

2nd Annual Chilly Chili Challenge and Dessert Auction
Feb. 22, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Ames Golf & Country Club, Ames

Ames Town & Gown Annual Musicale
Feb. 28 at 7pm
St. John's By the Campus, Ames

Arts & Crafts Show
Feb. 27 from 5pm - 9pm
Feb. 28 from 9am - 5pm
Mar. 1 from 10am - 4pm
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines