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Life Changes, Has Your Home?

Answer these questions:

What has changed in your life in the last 5 years? 10 years?

Did you have a baby - or two - and you are still in your first home and it is getting a little crowded?

Did you get a new job with a nice pay increase that would now allow you to move up to a larger/newer home?

Did your children graduate and move out - and now you are left with more home than you care to deal with?

Life's many stages bring about changes to our lives and our homes. If any of the above questions have you thinking about changing your current address, now is a great time to sell. The REALTORS in our office have ready buyers looking for homes priced less than $300,000, but due to the lack of inventory (see the Tale of Two Markets below) there is very little to choose from. On the other hand, there is a great selection of homes in the $300,000 plus range, including new construction homes and townhomes.

 
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Getting your outdoor spaces spring ready.

It might be more fun than you think.

Glimpses of spring and warmer weather are finally popping up around us. Prepping the patio and deck you've missed all winter is one of the more fun spring cleaning projects. Here are some tips to help make your outdoor living spaces ready for action.

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  • Have fun with pressure washer or hose.
    Pressure washers are inexpensive to rent or buy and clean away most dirt without harsh chemicals. A 1,500 to 2,000 PSI will take care of most outdoor cleaning chores. Plant safe deck cleaners can be applied to tough stains prior to pressure washing for maximum results.


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  • Revive your outdoor furniture.
    Spray down your all-weather outdoor furniture and patio umbrella with the pressure washer on the lightest setting or with your garden hose. Vacuum wicker furniture and cushions with an upholstery attachment.


  • Get your grill ready.
    Soak the grates in warm soapy water for 30 minutes, then scrub with a metal brush or steel wool, rinse with a hose. With the grates soaking you can clean out ash collectors, drip pans and any other parts looking dirty. Keep your grill clean all season long by scrubbing away gunk after cooking when the grill is still warm, but not hot.

For more information about spring cleaning your outdoor spaces visit these links: How to clean a grill checklist and Spring Clean Your Deck or Patio.

 
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Hunziker 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., April 30.

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.
 
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Scenic Valley Model Home NOW OPEN!

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS is holding the HCS Builders model home at 4115 Aldrin Ave. open every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-3pm. Stop by to learn about the variety of lots available in Scenic Valley and see 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 Hayden's Crossing, the newest subdivision overlooking Ada Hayden.

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

April Area Events


Skal (A Scandinavian Toast of Friendship)- Wine & Beer Event
April 8 from 6pm-9pm
215 West Broad St., Story City

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April 8 & 9 at 7:30pm
April 10 at 2pm
ACTORS, 120 Abraham Dr., Ames

The Secret Garden
April 8,9,15,16 at 7:30pm
April 10, 17 at 2pm
Fisher Theater, Ames

The Fashion Show
April 9 at 7pm
Stephen's Auditorium, Ames

Dollar Day at the Pool
April 10 from 1pm-3pm
Ames Municipal Pool, Ames

Harlem Globetrotters - 90th Anniversary World Tour
April 10 at 3pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines

Ankeny Community Theater presents: Musical Chairs
April 15-May 1
Ankeny Community Theater

Annie
April 15-17
Civic Center, Des Moines

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April 16 at 1pm
Jack Trice Stadium, Ames

Des Moines On Tap Authentic Beer Festivals
April 16 from 4pm-8pm
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Dan Shay w/ RaeLynn & Maren Morris
April 16 at 8pm
Hansen Ag Center, Ames

Cinderella: The Opera
April 17 from 2pm-4pm
Ames Public Library, Ames

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April 19 & 20 at 7:30pm
Stephens Audritorium, Ames

Run for the Trees 5K & 1 mile Family Fun Run
April 23 from 8am-10am
Iowa Arboretum, 1875 Peach St., Madrid

Story County Freedom Run
April 23 from 8am-10am

Story County Medical Center South Campus, Nevada

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April 23 from 11am-3pm

Events at the Science Center of Iowa, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, and the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates in Des Moines

All Species, One Earth Event
April 23
Exhibits at the Ames Public Library from 1-2:30pm
Parade at Bandshell Park at 3pm
Downtown, Ames

Shoppe Nevada!
April 23 from 9am-6pm
Downtown, Nevada

Engineering with Legos® Mindstorms
April 23 from 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm & 2pm-3pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Open Streets Ames
April 24 from 1pm-4pm
Downtown, Ames

7th Annual Grand Blue Mile
April 24 at 6pm
Grand Avenue, Des Moines

107th Drake Relays
April 28-30
Drake Stadium, Des Moines

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April 29 from 6pm-9pm
Prairie Moon Winery, Ames

2016 Stash the Trash
April 30 from 8:30am-2pm
Check-in at Reiman Gardens, Ames

The Cat in the Hat
Apr. 2 at 1pm
Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines

Wild Kratts LIVE!
May 3 at 6:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

 
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Interpreting the Numbers: The Tale of Two Markets


At the time of this writing, there are 49 homes for sale in Ames on the Multiple Listing Service priced at $300,000 or more. At the same time, there are only 35 homes for sale for less than $300,000.

For those who own homes under $300,000, and are considering the possibility moving into a more expensive home, now may be the right time. Why? Market forces have created a situation of unusually low supply and high demand for homes under $300,000, while at the same time, the supply of homes for sale over $300,000 is comparatively plentiful.

If you are looking to move up in today's real estate market, you may be pleasantly surprised at the opportunities that exist. If so, please consult your Hunziker & Associates Realtor today to outline the next steps.
 

Market Numbers

Ames 2016 2015
4/1/2016 Active listings 85 104
Homes SOLD 115 116
Average Sale Price $212,557 $198,023
Average Days on Market 56 50
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.9% 96.0%
Story County 2016 2015
4/1/2016 Active listings 67 81
Homes SOLD 48 52
Average Sale Price $158,108 $166,642
Average Days on Market 90 78
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.1% 93.5%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 4/1/2016
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions