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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
ACTORS presents: Wait Until Dark
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
Civic Center, Des Moines
ISU Cyclone Spring Game
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
Blue Man Group
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
Downtown Earth Day Tour
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
Exhibits at the Ames Public Library from 1-2:30pm
Parade at Bandshell Park at 3pm
April 23 from 9am-6pm
Engineering with Legos® Mindstorms
April 23 from 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm & 2pm-3pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames
Open Streets Ames
April 24 from 1pm-4pm
7th Annual Grand Blue Mile
April 24 at 6pm
Grand Avenue, Des Moines
107th Drake Relays
Drake Stadium, Des Moines
Moon Phase Fridays
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
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.