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Thinking of Selling? What to do now?

So... you have decided to sell your home. What do you do first? Maybe this was your first home, so now it will be the first time that you are on the selling side of the real estate transaction. Maybe you have sold homes before, but it has been awhile. Again, what should you do first?

Selling a home involves more than just putting a "For Sale" sign in the yard. There is the:
  • Pricing - what does the market say my home is worth?
  • Promotion - how do I get the best exposure - print, internet, direct mail?
  • Staging/decluttering - how do I make my home show well?
  • Photos, virtual tours, 3D walkthroughs - how good of a photographer am I?
  • Showing appointments - how do I know the people coming to my door are qualified?
  • Open Houses - do I want potential buyers coming through on a Sunday afternoon?
HandShake.png And then when there is an offer:
  • Negotiating the best price - am I a good negotiator?
  • Inspections - what might an inspector find wrong with my house?
  • Paperwork - what do I need and am I protected?

How do I manage selling my home when I am busy looking for a new place or I have already moved out of town?

You have one home to sell. Hunziker & Associates is in the business of selling homes. In 2015, our REALTORS negotiated the sale of 331 homes that they listed. We know what it takes to get your home sold and can answer all of the above questions. Let us take care of the details of marketing and selling your home so that you can move on to your next home.

Reconnect with Friends by Hosting a Crock Pot Potluck Party

The holidays are behind us and winter has set in. Break up the winter humdrum with a Crock Pot Potluck Party with friends and family. When it comes to hosting a potluck, few appliances are as beneficial as a slow cooker, so consider throwing a party centered around this favorite kitchen appliance. Follow these six steps to ensure your slow cooker party is one for the ages.

1. Pick a Theme - Friends will appreciate your guidance when deciding what to bring. Here are some ideas: CrockPotFreezerMeal.png
  • Soup and Sandwich
  • Chili Cook-off
  • Make and take. Each guest brings a double-serving of their favorite crock pot recipe. The only other criteria is that the recipe should be freezer-friendly. After a generous sampling of each dish, pack up the leftovers to take home and freeze for another time.
  • Game Day Party
  • Tour of Italy (or any other flavor region)
2. Send the Invites CrockPotPartyInvites.png
  • Decide how many people you want attending your party.
  • Are children included?
  • Convey your theme on the invites.
  • Go digital with your invites by using an online invitation service or Facebook.
3. Coordinate Recipes PotluckSignup.png
  • Consider creating a sign-up or digital spreadsheet where guests can indicate whether they're bringing a side, entree or dessert.

4. Clean up the Kitchen CrockPotSetup.png
  • Clear space for all the slow cookers you'll be expecting.
  • Set up a large table with a festive tablecloth.
  • For dishes that need to continue warming, set aside a space on your counter that's near an outlet.
  • Make sure to save room for garnishes if necessary.
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  • Don't forget to prep your own dish for the party in advance.
  • Pick a recipe that enhances what your guests are bringing.
  • Have extra bread, crackers, and chips available.
  • Don't forget the beverages!
6. Enjoy the Meals! CrocksBowls.png
  • Have the plates and bowls ready.
  • Don't forget serving utensils and cutlery.
  • Fun tip: Have a printed recipe available for each dish to share with guests.
Interested in learning more about hosting a Crock Pot Potluck Party?
Check out these helpful links Slow-Cooker Tips for Parties., How to Host a Slow Cooker Potluck, Crockpot Party and Freezer Meal Swap.

Scenic Valley Model Home NOW OPEN!


4115 Aldrin Ave.

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS is holding the HCS Builders model home open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-3pm. Stop by to learn about the variety of lots available in Scenic Valley and how HCS can make building a home work for you.
Our agents have information on over 20 new homes currently under construction and also on Haydens Crossing, the newest subdivision overlooking Ada Hayden.

Click here to view the HCS homes currently listed
and visit Hunziker Land Development for lot availability.

February Area Events

MoonOverBuffalo.png Actors: Moon Over Buffalo
Feb. 5-6, 11-13 at 7:30pm
Feb. 14 at 2pm
120 Abraham Dr., Ames

Reza appearing at The Talent Factory
Feb. 7 at 2pm
The Talent Factory, Nevada
Des Moines Home Garden Show
Feb. 11-14
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Sweetheart Dance
Feb. 12 from 6:30pm-9pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Track Trek
Feb. 13 from 9:30am-11am
McFarland Park, Ames

Ames Town & Gown Annual Musicale
Feb. 13 at 7pm
St. John's Episcopal Church, Ames

Valentine's Day Party
Feb. 13 from 7pm-10pm
Snus Hill Winery, 2183 320th St., Madrid

Ragtime - The Musical
Feb. 18 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames

It's a Chocolate Thing
Feb. 20 from 10:30am-12pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines
Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival
Feb. 20
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Cabin Fever: Spirits & Sweets
Feb. 20 from 3pm-6pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Winter Arts & Crafts Show
Feb. 26-28
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Dog Safety Education for Children
Feb. 27 from 10am-12pm
Treats on a Leash, Downtown, Ames

Story County Freedom Flight Bean Bag Tournament
Feb. 21 at 1pm
Mar. 21 at 1pm
Moose Lodge, Ames

ChillyChiliChallenge.jpg Outside the Lines
Feb. 18 at 6:30pm
Nevada Public Library, Nevada

Geology of Story County
Feb. 20 from 10am-12pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Chilly Chili Challenge 2016
Feb. 28 from 1:30pm-4:30pm
Ames Golf and Country Club, Ames

BridalExCYtement.png Bridal ExCYtement
Feb. 28 from 1pm-4pm
Quality Inn & Suites, Ames


Interpreting the Numbers

Why is the statistic of original list price to sales price ratio an important figure for a home seller to consider when deciding the listing price of their home? Simply stated, time is an enemy for a home seller, please see graph. Establishing the ideal original asking price on day one is absolutely critical for a home seller to obtain the highest net return for two major reasons.
  • The first week or two that a home is on the market is the peak of showing activity as evidenced by buyer traffic through the home. These home buyers are already in the marketplace, and are usually motivated and in a position to make a decision to purchase.

  • The longer period of time a home is on the market, home buyers will intuitively ask the following questions: Why has this home been on the market so long? Why do I like this home, apparently no one else does? What's wrong with this home? These questions are often followed by the buyer answering their own question, such as, "The home is obviously over-priced."
Homes that are priced at market value at the outset typically receive offers at or near full asking price, and in many instances, multiple offers in excess of the asking price.