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Best of Story County


Thank you for voting us the Best Real Estate Company in Story County!

The Ames Tribune conducted a poll asking readers to vote for their favorite Ames businesses in a variety of categories. We are proud to be voted the Best Real Estate company in Story County. Our REALTORS® and staff are committed to developing and maintaining positive relationships with individuals and families to meet their real estate needs.

Our sister companies, HCS Builders, Inc. and Hunziker Property Management, also received the Best of Story County honors as Best Builder/Contractor and Best Property Management Company. Whether you are buying, selling, building, or renting, the professionals at each of our companies believe in a personal approach to business that has stood the test of time.

The Importance of Home Inspections

HomeInspection.png In hot markets full of multiple offers, buyers are often tempted to do anything to purchase a home. One thing they should not do is forgo the home inspection.

Without a licensed inspector viewing the property, the buyer can only comment on the things that they see that are potentially wrong with the home. The buyer essentially loses the right to make any requests for additional repairs that aren't agreed to at the time of signing the initial purchase contract.

The argument for waiving inspection is often that in a seller's market the seller can simply opt for one of the other offers waiting in the wings. If a buyer is purchasing a new home or is themselves a contractor or construction professional, they may choose to waive the right to an inspection. While some states have disclosure laws that require a seller to reveal any problems they are aware of, sellers are often unaware of looming problems. In some cases sellers will have an inspection done before putting the home up for sale.

Without an inspection, the buyer loses the chance to have a professional overview of the home they are buying. Inspectors don't just look at the home, they can provide an in-depth analysis that can spotlight not just current needed repairs but also things that may become a problem down the road. The roof might not need repair immediately but it makes a big difference to know if you will need to replace it within a year or two or if it won't last much longer. Inspectors examine heating, cooling, electrical and plumbing systems for any signs of potential trouble.

The bottom line is that waiving the inspection contingency is rarely worth the risk, particularly because it doesn't guarantee a price discount in a strong market. A home inspection provides an extra level of security and helps you plan for the future in your new home.

Learn more about inspections from our friends at


Ames: July 3: Fireworks at dusk near Iowa State Center.

Ames: July 4: Friendship Arks Annual 5k on the 4th!, 8am, at Ada Hayden Park.
Community Pancake Breakfast, 8:30am, Ames City Hall.
Bill Riley Talent Competition, 9am, Downtown Ames.
4th of July Parade, 11am, Downtown Ames.
Old Fashioned 4th of July, 12pm, Farm House Museum, Iowa State University.

Boone: July 4 fireworks at the Boone Speedway.

Des Moines: Des Moines Symphony's 22nd Annual Yankee Doodle Pops on July 2 at the West Terrace, Iowa State Capitol, music starts 8:30pm.

Des Moines: The Iowa Cubs will celebrate Independence Day with two spectacular fireworks shows on July 2 and July 3. The shows will begin immediately following both 7:08 p.m. contests as the I-Cubs host the Round Rock Express.

Des Moines: Good Guys Heartland Nationals will have a fireworks display on July 4 at Iowa State Fairgrounds around 9:30pm.

Independence Day At Living History Farms: July 4 from 11am - 4pm Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with a historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill. Fun for the entire family including pie eating contests, foot races, spelling bees, watermelon seed spitting contests and more! Games begin at 11am; then enjoy historic entertainment, a patriotic procession, and an 1875-rules baseball game at 2:30pm.

Nevada: July 4: Pancake breakfast at the Nevada fire station at 6:30am, 4th of July Parade at 10am, Fireworks at 9pm at SCORE fields.

Roland: Fireworks will be on July 3 at dusk.

Slater: Slater's Great 4th of July Celebration. Festivities begin at 4pm on July 3rd and the Fireworks are at 10pm. Parade on the 4th at 10 am. and LOTS, LOTS more!


Summer Activities in Central Iowa

It's the height of is out, the days are long and the heat is rising. While some take a vacation during this time, there is plenty to do right here in Central Iowa. Schedule a few day trips and enjoy the excitement, culture, education, and fun that our beautiful state has to offer.

Tour the majestic State Capitol building

HighTrestleTrail.png Take a family bike ride across the High Trestle Trail

Visit Pella, Iowa, particularly the Historical Village, Vermeer Windmill, and Scholte house for a look back in time.

Get into the action at the Iowa Speedway in Newton

Take an outing to Winterset to view the world famous Bridges of Madison County

ReimanGardens.png Stroll through Reiman Gardens and The Butterfly Pavilion.

Pack a picnic and spend the day swimming, boating and fishing at Big Creek State Park

Cruise around Gray's Lake by foot, bicycle, or by boat. They have canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, peddle boats and sailboats to to rent.

Take a ride on the Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Tube down the Des Moines River in Boone.

StoryCityCarousel.png Ride the Antique Carousel in Story City

Explore science at the Science Center of Iowa and IMAX Dome Theater.

Get into the action at the Iowa Speedway in Newton

Spend some time with the animals at the Blank Park Zoo.

Don't forget our National Pastime - Go see an Iowa Cubs game in Des Moines!

Cool off at a nearby Aquatic Center -

CascadeFalls.png Cascade Falls Aquatic Center in Ankeny.

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center in Ankeny.

Furman Aquatic Center in Ames.

Fawcett Family Aquatic Center in Nevada.

Adventure Bay at Adventureland in Altoona.

Buccaneer Bay at Honey Creek Resort.


July Area Events

Roosevelt Summer Sundays Concerts
Sundays in July at 7pm
Roosevelt Park, Ames

Community of Artists 2015
Displays Thru July
Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames
Ankeny Summerfest
July 9-12
Parade: July 11 from 9am-11:30am
Various locations around Ankeny

Farmers Market/Music in the Junction
Thursdays from 4pm-8:30pm
Valley Junction, West Des Moines

Firefly Country Nights
July 9th at 4pm
Main Street, Ames

Movie Night in Campustown - How to Train Your Dragon 2
July 10 at 7pm
St. Thomas Aquinas Parking Ramp, Campustown, Ames

Iowa masters Golf Tournament
July 10-12
Veenker Memorial Golf Course, Ames

80/35 Music Festival
July 10 at 5pm
July 11 at 12pm
Between Grand & Locust, Des Moines

HomeShowExpoLogo.png Home Show Expo 2015
July 11 from 10am-9pm
July 12 from 10am-8pm
July 16 from 4pm-9pm
July 17 from 1pm-9pm
July 18 from 10am-9pm
July 19 from 10am-8pm
July 23 from 4pm-9pm
July 24 from 1pm-9pm
July 25 from 10am-9pm
July 26 from 10am-6pm
The Estates at Prairie Trail, Ankeny

Summer Iowa Games
July 11 & 12
Main Weekend, July 16-19
Opening Ceremony, July 17 at 7:45pm
July 24-26
Various locations around Ames and and ISU

Adventure Day Festival at Blank Park Zoo
July 11 from 9am-5pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Nitefall on the River
July 11 at 7pm - Kacey Musgraves
July 15 at 7pm - Lake Street Dive
July 17 at 7:30pm - Grace Potter
July 17 at 8pm - Blackberry Smoke
Brenton Skating Plaza or Simon Estes Amphitheater, Des Moines

Story County Fair
July 25-29
Story County Fairgrounds, Nevada

Summer Sidewalk Sale
July 23-25
Downtown, Ames