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Don't Miss the 2016 Parade of Homes!

If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, we invite you to join us for the 2016 Parade of Homes. The tour, which is put on by the Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA), will feature 9 new construction homes in a variety of price points and neighborhoods.

2016 Show Homes

  1. Tasteful Homes - 2615 Coyote Drive
  2. Happe Homes - 3816 Coy Street
  3. HCS Builders - 4312 Timber Ridge Drive
  4. Happe Homes - 5331 Harvest Road
  5. Integrity Construction - 5308 Windrose Lane
  6. HCS Builders - 4206 Aldrin Avenue
  7. Bella Homes - 4308 Cartier Avenue
  8. Dreamscape Homebuilders - 2822 Danbury Road
  9. Integrity Construction - 2835 Torrey Pines Road
The Parade of Homes schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 8: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 9: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Friday, June 10: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, June 11: 12pm to 6pm
Sunday, June 12: 12pm to 6pm

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each, and are good for all 9 homes on all 5 days. Tickets will be available on or before the days of the Parade of Homes at the the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® office at 105 South 16th Street and various locations around Ames. A portion of the proceeds from the show will benefit the AHBA Scholarship fund and other community projects. Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA) www.ameshomebuilders.com
 

Thinking about a new home? The time is NOW to make the move up!

ReadyMoveUp.png Have you thought about moving up to a larger home? Maybe a home with a larger kitchen or one more bedroom? Maybe a different neighborhood? There is a great selection of homes to choose from in the $300,000 - $500,000 range. Worried that you would need to sell your current home? If it is in the price range of $225,000 or less, those homes are in demand. In Ames, there are only 26 single family homes for sale priced $125,000-$225,000. If your home is around that price point, we have buyers looking, but have not found what they want - or have missed out because someone else bought it. This is a great opportunity for you to move up - mortgage rates are good and people are buying.

 

Thinking of building? HCS builders is your answer.

Whether you are looking for a completed new construction, wanting to build a home from our catalog of plans, or would like to build a completely custom home, HCS Builders strive to make the building process as easy and stress-free as possible.

HCS offers:
  • Over 150 years of combined experience
  • Guaranteed completion schedules
  • No construction loans necessary
  • Warranties that are actually followed through on in a timely manner

The 2016 Parade of Homes will be showcasing the beauty and quality of HCS construction at:

4401TimberRidge.png 4312 Timber Ridge Drive- 3,806 total square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, ship lap and wainscot details, ceramic shower with dual heads, hickory hardwood flooring, full bar in lower level, covered back patio, irrigation system, zero entry (no steps).





4206AldrinAve.png 4206 Aldrin Avenue- 3,111 square feet in this 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Home features reclaimed barn wood accents, custom barn beam and black iron stair railing, brick wall and kitchen back splash, solid surface countertops, soft close cabinets, screened porch and concrete patio, irrigation system.

 
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Looking for something to do this summer? How about a Block Party!


Whether you live on a quiet cul-de-sac or a busy street, it's important to get to know your neighbors to build a sense of community. Hanging out with neighborhood friends is also a wonderfully convenient pasttime - no car, travel or reservations required! Take advantage of the long days and warm weather and organize an old-fashioned block party. Here are some steps to follow to make your party a success.
  1. Ask for help. Getting help from one or two of your neighbors lightens the work load and can create friendships along the way.

  2. Pick homes for "stations". Decide which homes will have food or games and who will provide tables and chairs. Don't forget to contact the local police department to obtain a permit to block the street.

  3. Food and drinks. Everyone has different tastes so it's best to keep this simple. Have a grill "station" for easy items like hamburgers and hotdogs. Ideas for other stations can include a salad bar and dessert table with items provided potluck style. Kids can even man a lemonade stand.

  4. Music. Set up a music stereo or invite a local band to amp up the fun (double check with police department about any noise ordinances).

5. Activities. Setting up organized games will help ensure everyone is entertained. Try some of these suggestions that are fun for all ages:
  • Water balloon toss: Fill lots of balloons with water before hand. Have partners stand facing one another and toss the balloon back and forth without breaking the balloon, gradually increase the distance between them.
  • Yard games: Break out any of these classics for instant fun. Other fun yard games include bocce ball, volley ball/badminton, horse shoes, and croquet.
  • Basketball: If one of the driveways has a basketball hoop you can organize 3 on 3 games or play horse.
  • Driveway/sidewalk pictionary: Same rules as the traditional game only you draw on the cement with chalk.
 

June Area Events

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June 3, 4, & 5
Story City

ArtWalk
June 3
Downtown, Ames

Ames on the Half Shell
Fridays in June from 5pm-8pm
Bandshell Park, Ames

Movies Under the Stars
June 3 at 8:30pm
Ankeny Band Shell, Ankeny

Dam to Dam
June 4 at 7am
Saylorville Dam to Downtown Des Moines

Summerfest in Campustown
June 4 from 3pm-9pm
200 Block of Welch Ave., ISU, Ames

Fido on the Farms
June 4 from 11am-4pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Big Creek Lake Appreciation Day
June 4 from 11am-2pm
Big Creek Lake State Park Beach, Polk City

Swine Festival
June 4 from 4pm-8pm
2006 S. Ankeny Blvd., DMACC Campus, Ankeny

Ames Main Street Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8am-12:30pm
Main Street, Ames

Ankeny Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8am-12pm
Uptown Market, Ankeny

Downtown Farmers Market
Saturdays from 7am-12pm
Historic Court District, Downtown Des Moines

Family Friendly 20th Anniversary Celebration at Reiman Gardens
June 6 starting at 10am
Reiman Gardens, ISU, Ames

Zoo Brew
Wednesdays from 5:30pm-9pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Ames Parade of Homes
June 8, 9, 10 from 5:30pm-8:30pm
June 11, 12 from 12pm-6pm
Various Locations around Ames

Farmers Market/Music in the Junction
Thursdays from 4pm-8:30pm
Historic Valley Junction, Des Moines

Ames Municipal Band
Thursdays in June & July at 8pm
Bandshell Park, Ames

World Pork Expo
June 8-10
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Relay Iowa
June 10-12
Sioux City to Dubuque, 339 miles

Zoobilation: Blank Park Zoo's Annual Gala
June 10 at 6pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Nitefall on the River: The Nadas
June 10 at 7pm
Simon Estes Amphitheater, Des Moines

Kiss Me Kate presented by Actors
June 10-11, 17-18, 23, 25 at 7:30pm
June 26 at 2pm
120 Abraham Dr., Ames

Hope Run for Hospice
June 18, race at 8am
Ames Middle School, Ames

Green Days Festival
June 16-19
6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston

BACooN RIDE Tr3s
June 18
71 mile Loop on the Raccoon River Valley Trail

Iowa Craft Brew Festival
June 18 from 1pm-5pm
200 block of E. 3rd St., downtown Des Moines

Historic Baseball Game
June 19 at 1:30m
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Hoggatt School Grand Re-Opening
June 19 from 2pm-4pm
18th and Burrnett, Ames

NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250
June 19
Iowa Speedway, Newton

Evening Prairie Walk
June 23 at 8am
Doolittle Prairie, 14249 560th St., Story City

Chuggington: A Traintastic Adventure
June 24-26
Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

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Des Moines Arts Festival
June 24-26
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines

Goodguys 25th Heartland Nationals
July 1-3
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

 

Market Numbers

Ames 2016 2015
6/1/2016 Active listings 104 109
Homes SOLD YTD 224 239
Average Sale Price $216,417 $216,239
Average Days on Market 55 44
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.7% 96.7%
Story County 2016 2015
6/1/2016 Active listings 78 92
Homes SOLD YTD 107 124
Average Sale Price $158,277 $161,241
Average Days on Market 73 80
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.0% 94.8%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 6/1/2016
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions