Looking for something new?
A new home = a clean slate. The kitchen is new, the windows are bare and the garage is empty. The basement is ready
for a family room, an extra bedroom or a "man cave".
HCS Builders Inc. is offering you up to $7500 for upgrades any way you want. Maybe it is a new fridge for the kitchen or
custom blinds for the windows. Maybe you want to add a screened-in deck or add a basement bar for the man cave.
The choice is yours.
This offer is available on any of these HCS spec homes currently under construction or completed.
Ames Named Quarterfinalist for "America's Main Streets" Contest
The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announces the quarterfinalists, including Ames Main Street Cultural District (MSCD),
of the 2016 Independent We Stand "America's Main Streets" contest. As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role
in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite
quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000.
The MSCD is a nationally-accredited Main Street program which has logged over 30,000 hours in volunteer time since it became a Main Street
community in 2009. Since that time, nearly $5 million dollars of private money has been invested in this vibrant downtown district.
"The MSCD volunteers and the downtown business owners, with the help of local investors and city leaders, work hard every day to make our
community a vibrant place to work, live, play and visit," said Cindy Hicks, Executive Director of MSCD. "They have done this while striving to
preserve the historic character of the heart of Ames for generations to come."
The America's Main Streets contest started in March with 253 nominees. With more than 150,000 votes cast, Ames is the only community in Iowa
to make the top 25 and become a quarterfinalist.
"The goal of this inaugural Independent We Stand "America's Main Street" contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits
of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive," said Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. "We are so pleased to
see how passionate people are about their Main Streets."
Please click the link and vote for Ames Main Street Cultural District every day.
Start with a Clean Slate
- Take everything out of the garage.
- Recycle or throw away items that haven't been used in the last year.
- Store like items together. Paint can be stored in mason jars to save space.
- Put items frequently used close to the entrance for easy access.
- Use a paper towel holder for garbage bag dispenser
- Hang tin cans on a peg board to store small items.
- Save jars and use them to store nails and screws. Mount the lids to the bottom of a shelf to save space.
- Bungee cord ball storage.
- Window boxes/planters make great wall storage for cleaning supplies.
Mark Your Calendars
The Ames Home Builders Association is pleased to present the 2016 Parade of Homes. The show will be held at various sites on June 8 - 12.
Six area builders with nine homes will participate in this year's show.
Show home locations can be found on the AHBA website: ameshomebuilders.com.
May Area Events
Food Truck Showdown
May 7 from 8am - 12:30pm
Main Street, Ames
Comedian Hypnotist Rick Bultez
May 7 at 7pm
The Talent Factory, Nevada
Gilbert City Wide Garage Sale
May 7 from 8am - 4pm
Reiman Gardens' Plant Sale Extravaganza
May 7 from 9am - 6pm
May 8 from 10am - 3pm
Reiman Gardens, ISU, Ames
Kites on the Green Festival
May 7 from 10am - 7pm
Public Library, Johnston
Tractor Day at Living History Farms
May 7 from 10am - 3:30pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale
Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 7 from 12pm - 10pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines
2nd Annual Food Truck Showdown
May 7 from 2pm - 10pm
Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines
Star Party by the Science Center of Iowa
May 7 at 9:30pm
Ewing Park, Des Moines
Wizard World Comic Con
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines
Johnston Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event
May 14 from 8am - 12pm
4105 SE Beisser Dr., Johnston
Iowa Able Run
May 14 at 8:30am
Ada Hayden Park, Ames
Dog Jog & Fido Fest
May 14 from 3pm - 6pm
Downtown, Des Moines
Movie Night at Jack Trice presents Star Wars: The Force Awakens
May 14 at 7pm
Jack Trice Stadium, ISU, Ames
Gladiator Assault Challenge
May 14 & 15
Seven Oaks Recreation, Boone
Spring Yard Waste Free Day
May 14 8am - 4pm
Chamness Technology, Ames
Vintage and Made Fair
May 14 from 9am - 5pm
May 15 from 10am - 4pm
2251 Fuller Rd., West Des Moines
Bike to Work Week Breakfast at City Hall
May 16 from 7am - 9am
City Hall, Ames
Nevada's Bike Sale, Rodeo and Pet Licensing Event
May 21 from 8am - 4pm
City Hall, Nevada
Capital Square Atrium, Downtown Des Moines
Dancing with the Story County Stars
May 21-22 from 10am - 8pm
Iowa State Fair Grounds, Des Moines
Valley Junction Arts Festival
May 22 from 11am - 4pm
Valley Junction, Des Moines
Huxley Farmers Market
May 26 from 4pm - 7pm
Railroad Park in Huxley
Evening Prairie Walk
May 26 at 7pm
Doolittle Prairie, Story City
Interpreting the Numbers
Pricing a home correctly is a critical factor in the home selling, and the right price depends, in large part, on the current absorption rate in your market.
Absorption rate is the number of months it would take to sell the currently listed homes on the market. That sounds simple, and
the math is for the most part. However, it's an important concept, and it's used by a great many real estate related businesses
to attempt to predict home prices and sales activity going forward.
Six months' supply is considered a balanced market - when the number of listings roughly equals the number of buyers. Numbers over
six months represent a buyers' market and those below a sellers' market. The current absorption rate for the Ames Residential market is
2.3 months, while the national absorption rate is 4.5 months.