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Are you a...First Time Homebuyer? A Move-Up Buyer? Downsizing to a Townhome?

With so much information readily available online, do you REALLY need a REALTOR? YES you do! (Seriously, did you think a real estate company is going to say no?) Selling a home is more than just putting a "For Sale" sign in the yard or signing a few papers with a lawyer. The buying and selling of a home involves so much more - and we are here to help.

Hunziker & Associates has been doing this for over 60 years - we know what we are doing. We like to call it the "Hunziker Way." Some say we are "old fashioned" when really what they mean is that we are established and the trusted name in real estate.

  • We are professional, full-time, REALTORS. We take helping our clients as a serious business and make sure that we know the market so as to help you, the customer, make the most informed decision.
  • We are trained negotiators, that will work in your best interest to get the most for your home that you are selling.
  • Relationships - we build them for the long term - not just for one home. It is not unusual for our REALTORS to sell a home to multiple members of a family. Check out the testimonials on our agent web pages and learn why our customers keep coming back to us for help with real estate. 86% of our customers are past clients or are referred to us by their friends that worked with us.
  • Communication - by text, e-mail, phone or the "old-fashioned" way - face to face. We keep you informed on what is going on in the market, what feedback there is on showings and when new listings come on. We will communicate in whatever fashion you would like.
Visit us at HunzikerRealty.com or give us a call - we can help you find your next home.
 
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Community Shred Day

Continue your spring cleaning by clearing out all of those old tax documents, confidential papers and any other paperwork that should not be placed in the trash. Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® invite all of our customers, friends, and community members to participate by bringing up to 5 boxes of items to be shredded. We will have a shredding truck from Secure Shred Solutions at our office in Ames at 105 South 16th St. from 9am - 11am on Sat., May 2.

With so much emphasis being put on security both in terms of our identity and our finances, it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief's job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family, which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family.
 

It's that time of year, Spring Cleaning!

Break out the dust rags and the donation boxes -- it's time for the annual spring scrub-down! It's like hitting a whole-home reset button. "After a winter with closed-up windows, and all that stagnant and stale air, it's a chance to freshen up," says Aby Garvey of Simplify101.com. "Everything just looks and feels better."

SpringCleaningChecklist.png Read on for Garvey's ultimate spring cleaning list. She starts with a compact list of basics, then adds on a few select extras, depending on the room -- a great tactic that makes the list easy to customize by adding rooms or tasks. Keep reading for the bonus: Smart tips to help make this your best seasonal deep-clean yet!

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Download this list and check off each item as you go.

Get more information on Spring Cleaning from our friends at Better Homes & Gardens.

National Voluteer Week

NationalVolunteerWeek.jpg National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change - discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.

For more information contact Jennifer Geckler at jgeckler@pointsoflight.org

 
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Spring Clean Your Yard

The snow and ice have melted, but this winter's wild storms have left yards across the country in need of a major spring-cleaning. Here are some ideas for how to begin, thanks to Reader's Digest:
  1. Remove the debris. Pick up branches and other debris left over from winter winds.
  2. Rake dead leaves and twigs. Thoroughly rake the yard and garden beds to allow sunlight to penetrate grass.
  3. Prune and trim. Prune back weatherworn bushes and hedges as well as any perennials that look overgrown.

Free Yard Waste Disposal Days

Get rid of all the yard waste at Free Disposal Days available by most communities.

Ames Yard Waste Free Day will be held on Saturday, April 11th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants may dispose of brush, branches, shrubs or brush at Chamness Technology, 26107 530th Ave. in Ames.

Ankeny Tree and branch recycling will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 8am-4pm and Sunday, May 17th from 12pm-4pm, at the City Maintenance Facility located at 211 SE Lorenz Dr. (across the street from Des Moines Area Community College on South Ankeny Blvd.) You can dispose of other household items at the Prairie Ridge Family Aquatic Center, located at 1220 NW Prairie Ridge Dr. Residents residing within the corporate limits of Ankeny may participate in this program. Trees and branches that have a trunk size no larger than 8" in diameter and no smaller than 1" in diameter will be accepted. Twigs, tree roots, stumps and yard waste will not be accepted. Residents are asked to have the cut end of their branches stacked at the end of their vehicles for easy removal.

Get more information on Spring Cleaning your Yard by visiting our friends at Reader's Digest.


 

April Area Events

Valley Junction's Spring Gallery Night
Apr. 10 from 5pm-9pm
Historic valley Junction, WDSM

Les Miserables
Apr. 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30pm
Apr. 12 and 19 at 2pm
Fisher Theater, ISU, Ames

The Fashion Show 2015
Apr. 11 at 7pm
CY Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Free Kite-Making Workshop Apr. 11 &25 from 2pm-4pm
Johnston Public Library, Johnston

Million Dollar Quartet Apr. 12 at 7:30pm
CY Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

StashTrash Stash the Trash
Apr. 18 from 8:30am - 2pm
Check -in at Reiman Gardens, Ames

Harlem Globetrotters
Apr. 19 at 3pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Grand Blue Mile
Apr. 21 at 6pm
1300 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Drake Relays
Apr. 22-26
Drake University, Des Moines

Earth Day Trash Bash
Apr. 24 at 12pm
Kick off at Capital Square, Des Moines

The 13th Midwest Children's Choir Festival
Apr. 24 at 7:00pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

Professional Bull Riders Des Moines Invitational
Apr. 25 at 7pm
Apr. 26 at 2pm
Wells Fargo, Des Moines

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Apr. 25 from 5pm-10pm
The Meadows Conference Center, Prairie Meadows, Altoona

Disney's The Lion King
Apr. 28- May 17
Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

34th Annual Rummage and Bake Sale
Apr. 29 from 6pm-8:30pm
Apr. 30 from 9am-8pm
May 1 from 9am-8pm
May 2 from 8am-11am
Boone County Fairgrounds, Boone

Coaches vs. Cancer Gala
May 1 at 6pm
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines

Iowa Able Run
May 2 beginning at 8am
Ada Hayden Park, Ames

Hats, Horses and Hope (Benefit for the William R. Bliss Cancer Center)
May 2 begins at 4:30pm
ISU Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center, Ames

Mid-Iowa Woodcarvers Woodworking Show
May 2 from 9am-4:30pm
Reiman Gardens, ISU, Ames

Kites on the Green
May 2 10am-8pm
Johnston Public Library, Johnston

Partners Spring Festival
May. 3 from 2pm - 5pm
McFarland Park, Ames

 

Market Numbers

Ames 2015 2014
4/1/2015 Active listings 104 100
Homes SOLD YTD 114 80
Average Sale Price $198,309 $193,016
Average Days on Market 51 82
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.9% 96.2%
Story County 2015 2014
4/1/2015 Active listings 81 118
Homes SOLD YTD 50 38
Average Sale Price $165,638 $121,396
Average Days on Market 70 79
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.4% 93.3%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 4/1/2015
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions