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Homeownership and the American Dream

For a host of financial and non-financial reasons, homeownership remains a key component of the American Dream. While we can readily list the non-financial benefits to owning a home, it is encouraging to see that real estate has now regained the top spot as the best overall investment, according to Princeton Survey Research Associates.

Our local housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment. In a New York Times editorial entitled, "Homeownership and Wealth Creation" they explain:

"Homeownership long has been central to Americans' ability to amass wealth; even with the substantial decline in wealth after the housing bust, the net worth of homeowners over time has significantly outpaced that of renters, who tend as a group to accumulate little if any wealth."


As the graph demonstrates, real estate values in Ames have appreciated modestly at a rate of 2.3% annually over the course of the most recent 13 years, and 34.2% over the entire period of time.

Information from KCM Blog and from the Central Iowa MLS.


Household Hacks

TissueBox4Bags.png Whether your home is luxurious or simple, large or small, cluttered or clean, there will certainly be domestic tasks that you wish you could put off. Check out these clever tips and tricks to simplify household chores and projects.

  • Getting tired of all your plastic sacks taking up space? Store them in an empty tissue box and just pull one out when needed.

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  • Mark your keys with nail polish to quickly distinguish one from another.

  • Rearranging furniture and left with marks in the carpet? Simply place an ice cube on the depressed spot and it will raise the carpet.

  • We all love our pets but getting rid of pet hair can be a pain. Use a squeegee to remove pet hair from carpets and fabrics.

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  • Did you know that a dollop of vegetable oil will quickly remove dried paint from your skin?

  • Can't find a ruler? Measure with a dollar bill! A dollar is six inches long so in a pinch you can use it for rough measurements.

  • As strange as it sounds, you can smooth scratches in wood floors and furniture by rubbing it with a walnut.

  • When it's time to clean out your gutters, attach some PVC pipe to your lawn blower so you can clean out your gutter safely from the ground.

Want more tips and tricks? Check out: Lifehack.

Touchdown Tailgate Recipes

Confetti Pasta Salad

Mini Portobello Burgers

Bean, Bacon, and Blue Cheese Dip

Tailgate Apple Pies

Beer Can Turkey Breast

Two-for-One Stuffed Party Pinwheels

Spicy Popcorn Balls

Bourbon Brat Skewers

Slow Cooker Beer Pulled Pork

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Hoisin-Ginger Pulled Chicken Sliders

Ginger Mojitos for a Crowd

Barbecue Bloody Mary

Area Football Schedules

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University of Iowa

University of Northern Iowa

Drake University

Ames High School

Ankeny High School

Ankeny Centennial High School

Gilbert High School

Nevada High School

Ballard High School

Roland-Story High School

Boone High School

Colo-NESCO High School

Ogden High School

Central Iowa Metro League Schools

Heart of Iowa Conference Schools


September Area Events

Lit By the Sun Dinner and Concert with Jack Klatt
Sept. 6
Hotel Pattee, Perry

IMCA Super Nationals
Sept. 7-12
Boone Speedway, Boone

Mini Maker Faire
Sept. 7 from 9am-5pm
Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines

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Sept. 10-13

Maximum Ames Music Festival
Sept. 10-13

Great Ames Adventure Race
Sept. 13 at 7am
Ada Hayden Park, Ames

Fall Antique Jamboree
Sept. 13 from 8am-4pm
Historic Valley Junction, WDSM

Story! Festival
Sept. 17-20
Story City

6th Annual Garden Quilt Show
Sept. 18-20
Reiman Gardens, Ames

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Sept. 18-20
Hy-Vee Hall, Des Moines

World Food & Music Festival
Sept. 18-20
Downtown, Des Moines

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Sept. 19 at 4pm
Downtown, Ames

Des Moines Women's Expo
Sept. 19 from 9am-5pm
Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, Des Moines

Day Out with Thomas the Train
Sept. 19 & 20
Sept. 25, 26, & 27
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

2015 Tour of Remodeled Homes
Sept. 19-20
Des Moines

Des Moines' 12th Annual Oktoberfest
Sept. 25 & 26
Historic Court District, Des Moines

Children & Families of Iowa's Princess Party
Sept. 26
Jordan Creek Town Center, WDSM

Octagon Art Festival
Sept. 27 from 10am-5pm
Downtown, Ames

Ladies Night Out on Main
Oct. 1 at 5:30pm
City Auditorium, Ames

Des Moines Race for the Cure
Oct. 3 at 9am
State of Iowa Capitol Grounds, Des Moines