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Best of Story County


Thank you for voting us the Best Real Estate Company in Story County!

The Ames Tribune conducted a poll asking readers to vote for their favorite Ames businesses in a variety of categories. We are proud to be voted the Best Real Estate company in Story County. Our REALTORS® and staff are committed to developing and maintaining positive relationships with individuals and families to meet their real estate needs.

Our sister companies, HCS Builders, Inc. and Hunziker Property Management, also received the Best of Story County honors as Best Builder/Contractor and Best Property Management Company. Whether you are buying, selling, building, or renting, the professionals at each of our companies believe in a personal approach to business that has stood the test of time.

Market Recap - First 6 months of 2016

The first 6 months of 2016 reflect an increase in sales compared to the same time frame of 2015 despite a lack of inventory. In the Ames Residential market, the number of homes currently for sale is UP compared to the same time last year. Certain price ranges, like $225,000-$400,000, saw an increase of 39% in the number of homes sold compared to 2015 in the same price range. There appears to be a shortage of inventory for sale in the under $225,000 price range with only 33 homes currently for sale. Yet, for the first 6 months, there has been 186 homes sold in that price range, averaging only 20 days on the market. Price ranges like this are seeing a real lack of inventory, causing those homes that are listed for sale, priced correctly and in good condition to sell quickly.

See below to see how the first 6 months of 2016 compare to 2015.

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS New Website serves you even better!

2016WebsiteCapture.png In keeping with the company philosophy of providing the most up to date information to you, our customers, Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS launched a new website. The new uses responsive design and development techniques creating a site that reacts to the size of your screen. Responsive design optimizes your browsing experience by creating a flexible and responsive web page, optimized for the device that is accessing it, be it a mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer.

Our website continues to offer all the features you need for house hunting including multiple search methods, saved searches, social media integration and reliable, up-to-date listings from across Central Iowa. Taking house hunting on the go is now easier than ever thanks to smartphones and tablets. Simply search for using the web browser of your choice and search by map to see homes available in specific areas. MapSearch.png

National Beep Baseball World Series hits Central Iowa

BeepBaseballWorldSeries.png Ames is proud to host the 2016 National Beep Baseball Association World Series July 24-30, 2016, presented by the Iowa Lions Foundation. This is the second time the World Series will come to Iowa and will include teams from around the United States, Taiwan, and Canada. Ames was host to the NBBA World Series in 2012 and because of its success, was selected to host again this year.

Beep Baseball is the adaptive version of the traditional game of baseball for the blind and visually impaired. Each team is comprised of 15-20 adult players, both male and famale. The five day event begins with a round robin tournament to determine brackets, followed by a double elimination to crown champions. Hunziker & Associates is proud to be a supporter of this event.

Beat the Heat

ThermometerSummer.png Summer can be a wonderful time to recharge and refresh from a long winter. But if your house is draining your finances, summer can be filled with stress and strain on your wallet. There are some simple things you can do to help with your cooling costs this summer that will also help preserve the environment. Here are some easy things you can do to keep cool and avoid getting burned by your bills.
  • Keep electronics that put off heat such as computers, television sets, and even lamps away from your thermostat because the thermostat will pick up the heat from these electronics and will run your system unnecessarily.
  • Turn your thermostat fan to "auto" instead of "on". This tip alone can save you $15 to $25 a month!
  • Clean the debris from around your outdoor air conditioning component. This will help allow air flow for better efficiency.
  • Invest in a whole house fan. A whole house fan is permanently installed in your attic. When used early in the morning and after sundown, it pulls cool air into your house and forces hot air out through the attic vents. This can save you tons of money on your energy bill.

So go ahead, buy that extra ice cream cone. You deserve it for saving the environment! Want more tips, tricks, and money saving hacks? Check out our blog Beat the Heat!

July Area Events

Jazz in July
Throughout July
Various Des Moines locations

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

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

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
$5 Family Night at the Science Center of Iowa
July 8 from 5pm-8pm
Science Center of Iowa, Des Moines

80/35 Music Festival
July 8 from 5pm-11pm
July 9 from Noon-11pm
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines

Midnight Madness Road Race
July 9 at 7:30pm
City Hall, Ames

Skate with a date
July 10 from 2pm-4pm
Ames/ISU Ice Arena, Ames

Make A Splash PTA pool party
July 10 from 6:30pm-8pm
Fawcett Aquatic Center, Nevada

Ames Art Cinema
July 13, 20, 27 from 6pm-9pm
Ames Public Library, Ames

Christmas in July Sidewalk Sales Valley Junction
July 15 & 16 at 10am
Historic Valley Junction, Des Moines

4SeasonsFestival.png Four Seasons Festival
July 15 & 16
Polk City

Ankeny's Movies Under the Stars
July 15, 22, 29 at 8:30pm
Ankeny Band Shell, Ankeny

Conquer the Gauntlet
July 16 waves start at 8am
July 10 registration deadline
Riverside Raceway, Winterset

IowaGames.png Summer Iowa Games
July 15-17 Youth
July 22-24 Adult
Various locations, Ames

Ioway Culture Day
July 16 from 10am-3pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

The Super Run 5K - Des Moines
July 16 from 8am-11am
Raccoon River Park, Des Moines

Ioway Culture Day
July 16 from 9am-3pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

The Super Run 5K - Des Moines
July 16 from 8am-11am
Raccoon River Park, Des Moines

Firefly Country Nights
July 17 at 2pm
Downtown, Ames

Garden Art Fair
July 17 from 9am-4pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Harry Potter Wand Walk-In Craft
July 20 from 6am-9pm
ISU Student Activities Center, Ames

Clive Festival
June 21-23
Clive Aquatic Center on 114th Street, Clive

BooneCountyFair.png Boone County Fair
July 21-24
Boone County Fairgrounds, Boone

Danika Portz at Iowa Talent Factory
July 23 at 7pm
Iowa Talent Factory, Nevada

Toying with Technology for Kids
July 23 from 10am-11am or 11am-12pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Story County Fair
July 23-27
Story County Fairground, Nevada

Italian American Heritage Festival
July 29-30
Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines

Summer Sidewalk Sale
July 29-31
Downtown, Ames

National Balloon Classic
July 29-Aug. 6
15335 Jewell Street, Indianola

Smoke Out Hunger
July 31 from Noon to 4pm
Brenton Skating Plaza in Downtown Des Moines

Central Iowa Symphony Summer Concert
Aug. 4 at 8pm
Bandshell Park, Ames