Our REALTORS® understand real estate
Any fool can know. The point is to understand. - Albert Einstein
Any real estate agent can list your home for sale. Any real estate agent
can sell you a new home because they "know" the process. A Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR will help you to "understand" the process and guide you to making
the best decisions.
All Realtors are required to complete 36 hours of continuing education every three years. Many Hunziker Realtors take their education farther and get designations
such as ABR, GRI, CRS, SLS, CNE, green, e-pro and SRES.
How does this benefit you? This additional education, combined with continually studying the real estate market, gives them the knowledge and information
to guide you through your real estate needs. This in turn, allows our agents to determine the best listing price for your home.
It does matter who lists your home. Let the REALTORS® at Hunziker & Associates guide you in the buying and selling of your next home.
It's that time again...Back to School!
It is that time of year again! You can almost taste the summer giving way to a new school year. All the kids are watching the days
go by with disappointment and anticipation simultaneously. Every year we all get into our summer routines and when school rolls
around, it can be a major shock to the system. Here are some ways to ease your family and yourself back into gear for the 2016-2017
Here are some tips we've compiled to help ease the transition back to school for you and your family.
- Start going to bed earlier the beginning of August.
- Keeping the room cool (not cold) promotes sleep.
- Black out curtains help create darkness, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Create a sleep routine. It supports your body's natural circadian rhythms.
- Make a list of needed back to school items. Stick to the list and avoid impulse purchases.
- Check your home first. You may already have many items on your list, ie: scissors, post-it notes, tape.
- Price search which stores have the best prices. Organize your list by stores.
- Take advantage of Iowa's Tax Free Weekend on August 5th & 6th for clothes and shoes under $100.
Visit our blog at HunzikerRealty.com/blog for our 3 part series on Back to School tips.
We at Hunziker hope that this back to school is a restful and peaceful transition for you and your family!
- Organization will keep everything running smoothly. Find a spot to have a family command center featuring a family calendar, bins for homework or permission slips, and weekly chore lists.
- Declutter closets and drawers to get ready for new items. A simple philosophy: If something new comes in, something old goes out.
- Create a landing area for shoes, coats, backpacks, keys and other items. This can simply be hooks on the wall by the door, a basket for shoes, and a small side table with a bowl to catch keys.
Consider allocating space for a mud room in the garage that can handle larger sporting equipment.
- Remodel your pantry for easier access to lunch/snacks & dinner prep. Make it easy to grab snacks on the go with see-through containers. Using baskets to store bulky items can help keep your
pantry in order.
Area School Calendars and Start Dates
Ames Community School District - August 24 for 1st-12th, August 26 for Kindergarten, September 1 for Northwood Preschool Center
Ames Christian School - August 24 for Kindergarten - 6th
Ames St. Cecilia School - August 24 for Kindergarten - 5th
Ankeny Community School District - August 24 all schools
Ankeny Christian Academy - August 24 for 1st-12th, August 25 for Kindergarten
Ballard Community School District - August 24 all grades
Boone Community School District - August 23 for 6th-12th, August 25 for Kindergarten-5th, August 29 for Preschool
Gilbert Community School District - August 25 for Kindergarten - 12th, September 1st for Preschool
Johnston Community School District - August 25 for Kindergarten - 12th
Nevada Community School District - August 23 for Kindergarten - 12th, August 30 for Preschool
North Polk Community School District - August 24 for 1st - 12th, August 26 for Preschool and Kindergarten
Roland Story Community School District - August 23 for 1st - 12th, September 6 for Preschool
Saydel Community School District - August 23 for 1st - 12th, September 6 for Preschool
Urbandale Community School District - August 23 for Kindergarten - 12th
Waukee Community School District - August 23 for Kindergarten - 12th
West Des Moines Community School District - August 24 for Kindergarten - 12th
August Area Events
Wednesday's in August from 5:30pm-9pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines
Music in the Junction
Thursdays in August from 5:30pm-8:30pm
Valley Junction, WDSM
The Trouble with Cats - Show
Ankeny Community Theatre, Ankeny
August 6 11am-4pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale
Game Day at Hoggart School
August 7 from 2pm-4pm
18th & Burnett, Ames
August 10 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames
Iowa State Fair Parade
August 10 at 6:15pm
Grand Ave., Downtown Des Moines
Iowa State Fair
State Fairgrounds, Des Moines
Digs for Dogs 2016 to benefit the Pupppy Jake Foundation
Bass Pro Shops, Altoona
Kids' Day America
August 13 from 9am-Noon
HealthSource of West Des Moines, 3330 Westown Pkwy, WDSM
Star Party at Ashley Okland Playground
August 13 at 6pm
5300 Indianola Rd., Des Moines
Des Moines Restaurant Week
Various Des Moines Restaurants
August 19 from 5pm-7pm
Various locations in Story City
Foodies & Brew
August 19 at 6:30pm
Main Street, Ames
Cyclone Fan Fest
August 21 from Noon to 2pm
Bergstrom Football Complex, ISU, Ames
Senior Variety Show
August 19 and 21
City Auditorium, Ames
Lincoln Highway Days
Various location in Nevada
Nature Connects® Artist's Challenge
Reiman Gardens, Ames
Huxley Prairie Fest
Various locations in Huxley
7th Annual Altoona Palooza
August 27 from 8am-11pm
Sam Wise Sports Complex, Altoona
5th Annual Pedal for the House Bike Ride benefiting the DM Ronald McDonald House
August 27, registration opens at 3pm
Flat Tire Lounge, Madrid
Big Creek Bikes and Brews
August 27 from 10am-4pm
On the square, Polk City
Get Your Rear in Gear Des Moines 10K/5K Run/Walk
August 27, race at 7:30am
Raccoon River Park, Des Moines
August 27 from 2pm-3:30pm
McFarland Park, Ames
Country Legend Billy Dean & The Talent Factory
August 27 at 7pm
The Talent Factory, Nevada
Coaches vs. Cancer Charity Golf Classic
August 29 from 10am-7pm
Wakonda Club, Des Moines
Farm Progress Show
August 30-September 1
1827 217th St., Boone
August 31 at 8pm
Stephens Auditorium, ISU, Ames
Labor Day Celebration
Various location in Madrid
2015 Captain Midnight's Run for CF
September 4 at 7pm
North Grand Mall, Ames
Interpreting the Numbers
Next to spring, fall is the busiest season for home buying and selling. Autumn offers certain benefits to home buyers,
including year-end tax breaks, pleasant weather conditions for moving and a wide selection of homes for sale.
More Home Choices
While home demand is not as keen in fall as it is in spring, it's still high, so competition can be high, too.
Fall buyers and sellers tend to be motivated to move, unlike the window-shoppers who sometimes come out in spring.
As shown on the chart, there is a good supply of homes $175,000 and up. Maybe this is the time to move up to a
larger home or even one of the new construction homes available AND take advantage of the low interest rates that are still available.
Listings are updated frequently throughout the day. Therefore, to make sure you don't miss out on your dream house,
it's a good idea to regularly check listings and check in with a Realtor.
|Price of Home
||Number of homes availble
|$175,000 - $325,000
|$325,000 - $500,000