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Fall Real Estate, Don't Miss Out!

The real estate market is open 365 days a year - yes, even on holidays - but there are cyclical trends to the marketplace. Some of those ups and downs are based on mortgage interest rates and housing availability, but some are based on season.

Next to spring, fall is the busiest season for home buying and selling. Autumn offers certain benefits to home buyers, including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving and a wide selection of homes for sale. Below are some advantages of buying in the fall.
  • Year-End Tax Breaks-Fortunately for home buyers, owning a home can yield great dividends in tax returns. For example, both mortgage interest and property taxes are deductible from gross income. Furthermore, if you have prepaid some interest before the due date of your first payment, and if you close your loan before the year's end, that interest can also be deducted.
  • Getting Ahead of Mother Nature-Buying a house before the deep freeze of winter sets in is very appealing to most home buyers. No one wants to worry about icy roads, snowstorms or blackout conditions on moving day, nor is it fun to move in sweltering summer heat.
  • More Home Choices-While home demand is not as keen in fall as it is in spring, it's still high, so competition can be high, too. Fall buyers and sellers tend to be motivated to move, unlike the window-shoppers who sometimes come out in spring. Between September and December you may be able to visit several open houses in a single day, and listings will be updated frequently. Therefore, to make sure you don't miss out on your dream house, it's a good idea to regularly check listings.

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Fall Yard Maintenance Tips

FallYard.png After a summer of heavy use many lawns start showing signs of wear and tear by the end of the season. Early autumn is a great time to repair the damage and to ensure that your turf is in good condition for the year ahead.

  • Rake Out Thatch and Moss. Kill off any moss with a lawn moss herbicide before vigorously scratching out dead material (thatch) from the lawn with a spring-tined rake; rent a motorized scarifier for large lawns. Raking improves the look and health of the turf.

  • Aerate the Soil. Open up air channels in a compacted lawn by pushing a border fork into the soil, or use a hollow tiner, which pulls out plugs of soil. Work across the lawn at 4-inch intervals. Repeat this process every two years.

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  • Apply Top Dressing. After raking and aerating the lawn, work a top dressing into the holes. You can buy this premixed from garden centers and hardware stores, but it's easy and cost effective on large lawns to make your own.

  • Brush in Dressing. Work in the top dressing thoroughly using a stiff brush or besom, lightly filling the new aeration channels, and covering the ground to encourage strong rooting. Apply it evenly and make sure the grass isn't smothered.

  • Feed and Sow. Wearing gloves, apply a granular autumn lawn fertilizer evenly over marked out squares. Water in if no rain falls within three days of applying it. In early autumn, the soil is sufficiently warm and moist to sow grass seed too. Sprinkle seed to match your lawn type at half the recommended rate for new lawns to help thicken up any bald spots.

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Deal's Orchard A family run apple orchard located in Jefferson. In the fall, enjoy the family fun zone, Apple Acres, as well as a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and free weekend hayrack rides.

Center Grove Orchard Enjoy daily hayrides, corn pool, corn maze and hay maze, farm animals, pedal tractors, weekend festivals with live entertainment, and so much more. Don't forget the jumping pillows, rubber duck races, Three Little Pigs houses, and apple sling shot. Of course, you can pick perfect apples and find the perfect pumpkin.

Pumpkinville and Cornmaze Experience a bit of farm life, make memories & more! There is a 20-25 acre large corn maze that is full of challenges. You don't just walk through this maze; it's more of a scavenger hunt.

Geisler Farms Geisler Farms is passionate about pumpkins and FUN! Visit the Growing Family Fun Corn Maze that is 10 acres and has three entrances with 20 items to find. The Fun Zone features more than a dozen family friendly outdoor activities including swings, a tractor tire swing, rubber duck races, patio maze, table maze, pedal karts, tricycles, hamster roll, hop-a-long ponies, corn bin, and corn hole toss game.

The Pumpkin Ranch A family-owned and operated pumpkin and honey farm that specializes in fall family FUN! The fall fun includes zip lines, giant slides, 9 acres corn maze, jump pillow, horse rides, tractor rides to the patch & more!

Harvest Barn The two-story barn filled with things to buy including candles, fudge, cheeses, Iowa Wines, beef, pork, gift baskets and holiday decorations. Activities include the Sack slide, tire climb, 6-acre corn maze, double zip line races, barnyard with animals, Glo golf, corn bin, giant hay caterpillar, duck races, feed bunk sand trough, explore the hay fort tunnel and hay barn, family dodge ball, wagon rides (Saturday & Sunday afternoons only), pre-picked and pick your own pumpkins are available.

Hunziker & Associates Testimonials

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Our company appreciates your assistance with these efforts and we look forward to helping you with your real estate needs.

October Area Events

Deal's Orchard Fall Festival
Oct. 10-11

46th Annual Madison County Covered Bridge Festival
Oct. 10-11
Iowa Courthouse Square, Winterset

Run for the Roses
Oct. 11 at 9am
Ames Middle School, Ames

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Oct. 15 at 5:30pm-8:30pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Oct. 15-18
Hy-Vee Hall, Des Moines

Night Eyes at Blank Park Zoo
Oct. 15-18 & 22-25
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

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Oct. 17-18 Downtown, Des Moines

The Hot Sardines
Oct. 18 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

Actone Ankeny Pumpkin Party
Oct. 21 from 6pm-8:30pm
Ankeny YMCA, Ankeny

Family Halloween at Living History Farms
Oct. 22-25 & 28-31
Living History Farms, Urbandale

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Oct. 24 from 10am-3pm
Salisbury House, Des Moines

Spooky Science
Oct. 24 & 31
Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines

Pumpkin Walk
Oct. 25 from 2pm-4pm
Valley Junction, WDSM

Halloween Hides and Creepy Caches
Oct. 23 from 7:3opm-9pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Spirits in the Garden
Oct. 24-25
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Ghost Stories of Iowa State
Oct. 29 at 7pm
Morrill Hall, ISU, Ames

Nevada Downtown Trick or Treat
Oct. 29 from 5pm-6:30pm
Downtown, Nevada

Pumpkin Destruction Day
Oct. 31 beginning at 8am
Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge