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Great Selection - Great Rates - Now is the Time to Buy!

Maybe you have been thinking about buying a new home but were reluctant due to the limited selection to choose from. Time to start looking. As of September 6, the number of homes for sale in Ames is the most that it has been since July of 2014. There are 152 homes for sale and a great selection across all price ranges. Interest rates remain low, making purchasing a home now a great decision.

Not convinced that you should make the move now? Consider the cost of waiting to buy, not just the price of the home you are considering. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and Freddie Mac all project that mortgage rates will increase by this time next year. According to Corelogic's most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 5.3% over the next 12 months.

Here is a simple demonstration of the impact an interest rate increase would have on the mortgage payment of a home selling for $250,000 today if home prices appreciate 5.3% as predicted by Corelogic over the next 12 months:
Mortgage Interest Rate* Payment
Today $250,000 3.43% $890.29
3rd Quarter 2017 $263,250 3.7% $969.36
Difference in Monthly Payment $79.07
Monthly Annually Over 30 years
$79.07 $948.84 $28,465

*Rate based on Freddie Mac's prediction at time of print.

If you are thinking about making a move, contact a Hunziker & Associates, REALTOR, to see what your next move could be.
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Home Staging Might Be The Key To Selling Your House That You've Been Missing

Studies suggest that home staging can not only sell your house faster, but also for a higher price! When it comes to selling your most valuable commodity, you want to do everything possible to obtain top dollar. It is hard for a potential home buyer to generate a vision for how life would be in your home, but staging can put the potential of the space on display. The question should be, "Why wouldn't you stage your home?" Depersonalize.png

Professional home stagers can also give you the edge by taking the guesswork out of what to do, making less work for you in general. Staging will help you with procrastinating as well. You know you have to pack up everything- you may as well pack up all the clutter and personal items first! If a professional stager tells you something that you love has to go, don't be offended, just remember that it holds your personality and you want to be as close to neutral as possible when trying to sell. Your new house will burst with your style and personality, so look forward to that!

Selling your home can also be an emotional time and a professional can help you see things objectively to transform your house efficiently and effectively. A professional knows exactly what will make a room look the best to someone coming in to the space for the first time. You may be biased because of the time you have spent in the space and a different, knowledgeable perspective can be a valuable asset. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make your first impression count! When listing your home with Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS, you can have a consultation with a home staging professional to evaluate your home and provide instruction so your house is attractive to buyers. Visit our blog at for more information on staging your house.

Pumpkin Patches?! Orchards?! Corn Mazes?! Celebrate autumn in Iowa!

We have put together a list of 10 fun places to visit this fall in Iowa to celebrate the season! These places make great family outings, wonderful date night destinations, fun party ideas, or even a unique girls' night out! There are so many places in Iowa that you can visit to pick fresh produce and enjoy the wonderful fall season.

CenterGrove.png Center Grove Orchard, Cambridge - This orchard offers a variety of fun things to do including a corn maze, hay maze, jumping pillow, pedal carts, hayrides, a corn pool, farm animals, a slide, and even an elk! There is much more to do at Center Grove Orchard too! Click the link above to check out all the fun activities they have to offer!

Along with a bakery, food mart, and coffee shop, there are several places to purchase delicious fall favorites. Pick your own tasty apples and fresh pumpkins to enjoy at home as well!

DealsOrchard.png Deal's Orchard, Jefferson - Deal's Orchard has so many fun things for you and your family to enjoy. Find your way out of the corn maze or take a ride through the pumpkin patch. Enjoy an apple sample and pick some for yourself to take home. Bounce on the jumping pillow and squeal all the way down the giant slide.

There is also a corn pool, live goats, pedal tractors, wiggle cars, and even human hamster wheels! Try out your aim on the apple sling shot and enjoy some tasty treats at the concession stand and so much more!

Deal's Orchard also includes a brewery. The hard apple cider begins at the orchard and is made from 100% hand-picked apple juice. The cider is then fermented and hand bottled in small batches on site. The current flavors include Original, Raspberry, and limited edition Pear. Try a sample or pick up a bottle while you are visiting!

Pumpkinville.png Pumpkinville & Cornmaze, Mitchellville - Pumpkinville & Cornmaze has both a large maze and mini maze, a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin, and opportunities for groups and parties!

There are sack races, tug-a-pumpkin wars, granary, straw train, and straw jump! This looks like such a fun place, especially for young children.

Reserve your own campfire and invite friends to enjoy the autumnal bliss.

GeislerFarms.png Geisler Farms, Bondurant - Giesler Farms is such a fun place to visit! They have a giant pumpkin patch where you can pick out your own pumpkin. You can also pick out your own little squashes, perfect for fall decorations. Purchase mini hay bales and Indian corn to complete the fall look in your home. Christmas trees are also available later in the year (beginning Black Friday)!

They have a giant corn maze and corn box for the kids to play in. There are 15 outdoor activities that are included in the admission price including a jump pad, giant slide (see above!), tractor tire swing, pedal carts, and a human hamster wheel! Also enjoy rubber duck races, patio maze and hayrack rides!

Inside the Red Shed there are restrooms, concession stand and a gift shop that sells Iowa-made soy candles, homemade jams, and honey and frozen Emma Krumbee take and bake pies and apple crisp among other goodies!

IowaOrchard.png Iowa Orchard, Urbandale - The Iowa Orchard is famous for their award winning apples and bakery goods. You can pre-order freshly baked pies or even take home amazing frozen pies to astound your guests any time of the year! Choose from 21 different flavors of award winning pies including Dutch Crumb Apple, Southern Missouri Peach, Chocolate Pecan, Gooseberry, and of course Pumpkin! Check out their Holiday Pie Specials here. YUM!

WillsFamilyOrchard.png Wills Family Orchard, Adel - Start your day at Wills by picking your own pumpkin! Choose from more than a dozen varieties that are grown on the 5 acres devoted to "U-Pick" pumpkins! Then go through the corn maze and visit the barnyard where you can see the entertaining goats and chickens. Enjoy cider donuts and other delicious delicacies sold in the shop. Paint your own gourd while you're there! End the day with apple picking and a ride on the hay rack. Don't forget to take home some goodies to enjoy later!

The Apple & Pumpkin Fest is something people look forward to every year. This year it is:
Saturday September 24th (9 - 6 pm) & Sunday September 25th (Noon - 6 pm)
Saturday October 1st (9 - 6 pm) & Sunday October 2nd (Noon - 6 pm)
Saturday October 8th (9-6 pm) & Sunday October 9th (Noon - 6 pm)
Enjoy hay rack rides, picking pumpkins, the corn maze, the farm animals, and fresh apple products to celebrate fall 2016! There is also yummy BBQ by Master Griller Catering and delicious fall favorites including caramel apples, Queen's apple dessert, sliced apple pie, and more! Also enjoy live music by RBJ Trio play easy listening cover songs on Sunday afternoons at the festival. They will be playing September 25th; October 2nd & October 9th.

HinegardnersOrchard.png Hinegardners Apple Orchard, Montour - Pick your own apples, raspberries, pumpkins, and melons at Hinegardners Apple Orchard! Enjoy 22 different varieties of apples grown on the property. The very first "Pick Your Own" apple day on Hinegardners was on September of 1967 and has been a success and fall favorite ever since!

They also grow strawberries (not in season), squash, plums, and pears! Hinegardners are involved in the Des Moines, Grinnell, and Downtown Cedar Rapids Farmer's Markets! Hinegardner's annual Cider Day is October 9th 1-5 pm. It is a fun filled day where you and your family can help bring in the bounty of fall. For each bushel of apples you pick, you are given a ticket that is good for 1 free gallon of fresh (made that day) Hinegardner's apple cider!

HowellsPumpkinFarm.png Howell's Floral and Pumpkin Patch, Cumming - There is so much to do at Howell Pumpkin Patch! Go on wagon rides (wheelchair accessible), a corn maze, the pumpkin pad (New in 2016), the bathtub train (New in 2016), pedal go karts, a combine, the observation deck, mud pies, hamster wheels, duck races, swings, a giant slide, a cow slide (New 2015), the chalk farm, teeter totters, pedal tractors, wiggle cars, and even a hay stack! At an additional cost there are also corn cannons and pony rides ($4)!

There are cool things to see at the farm as well. There are antique tractors, friendly farm animals (goats, sheep, cows, and chickens), and the spooky gift store featuring everything you could possibly need to get your home Halloween ready!

The Gift Shop is housed in a beautiful, historic barn built in 1910, and it measures over 40 by 95 feet, with an entire loft full of beautiful strings of flowers hanging to dry naturally in the air. These flowers are grown on 15 acres of flower gardens, and air drying helps to preserve the natural colors of Howell's Dried Florals.

HowellsPumpkinFarm.png North River Adventures, Carlisle - At North River Adventures there are corn mazes for all ages, with many miles of mazes to keep the family on its feet all day. While wandering through the maze, play Farm Scene Investigation, and help find Farmer Joe!

Also enjoy educational items, games, a corn cannon, and a large inflatable pillow! There are fainting goats, chickens, and cows. Before the day is over, pick up some pumpkins and gourds to take home.

UncleBillsFarm.png Uncle Bill's Farm, Grinnell - Enjoy all the wonderful fall festivities at Uncle Bill's Farm! Wander the corn maze, see the barn loft shows, bounce along in the wagon rides to the field, go on train rides, have fun on the jumping pillow and in the bounce houses, and play in the farm playground. Also make sure to see the goats, ride the TMX trikes, corn bin, and more!

On the weekends, make sure to check out the exciting Barn Loft entertainers, baking demonstrations, and much more!


September Area Events

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Sept. 8-11

11th Annual Renaissance Faire
Sept. 10-11, 17-18
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, Des Moines

Great Ames Adventure Race
Sept. 11 at 7am
Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames

High Trestle Trail Sunday Funday Ride
Sept. 11 from 11am-6pm
Nite Hawk Lounge, Slater

Ladies Expo 2016
Sept. 14 from 4:30pm-7pm
Quality Inn & Suites, Ames

World Food & Music Festival
Sept. 16-18 from 4:30pm-7pm
Court Avenue Bridge, Des Moines

White Eagle Pow Wow
Sept. 16 at 6pm
Sept. 17 at 10am-9pm
Sept. 17 at 11am-4pm
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Mile on Main Street
Sept. 17 at 9am
Tom Evans Park, Ames

MonarchFestival.jpg Monarch Festival at Blank Park Zoo
Sept. 18 from 12pm-4pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Drive Down Memory Lane Car Show
Sept. 18 from 12pm-4pm
Iowa Cubs Stadium, Des Moines

Maximum Ames Music Festival
Sept. 15-18
Various location around Ames

Story! Festival - Story City
Sept. 15-17
Locations throughout Story City

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Sept. 23-25
Boone and Scenic Valley Railroad, Boone

Sept. 22 from 5:30pm-8pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Sept. 23 & 24
4th St. South of Court Ave., Des Moines

Des Moines Arts & Crafts Show
Sept. 23 from 5pm-9pm
Sept. 24 from 9am-5pm
Sept. 25 from 10am-4pm
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Firehouse Flea
Sept. 24 at 10am-6pm
Courtyard of Des Moines Social Club, Des Moines

Sept. 24 at 9am-4pm
Living History Farms, Urbandale

Latino Heritage Festival
Sept. 24 at 10am-11pm
Sept. 24 at 10am-6pm
Western Gateway Park, Des Moines

Parent's Day at the Pool
Sept. 25 from 1pm-3pm
Municipal Pool, Ames

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Sept. 29
Downtown Ames

The Wall That Heals
Sept. 29-Oct.2
Living History Farms front lawn, Urbandale

Gingerbread 5K
Oct. 2 at 1:30pm
Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames

Skippyjon Jones Snow What
Oct. 3 at 10:30am & 12:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames


Market Numbers

Ames 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 152 131
Homes SOLD YTD 471 487
Average Sale Price $230,104 $221,030
Average Days on Market 42 41
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 97.1% 97.5%
Story County 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 102 107
Homes SOLD YTD 231 230
Average Sale Price $169,442 $159,786
Average Days on Market 59 70
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.5% 95.6%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 9/1/2016
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions

Market Numbers

Ankeny Single Family 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 309 312
Homes SOLD YTD 875 981
Average Sale Price $272,523 $253,652
Average Days on Market 95 64
Ankeny Condo/TH 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 73 102
Condo/TH SOLD YTD 321 293
Average Sale Price $144,543 $146,181
Average Days on Market 102 64
Based on Sales information as reported to the Des Moines Area Association of Realtors as of 9/1/2016

Market Numbers

Boone 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 68 100
Homes SOLD 198 178
Average Sale Price $132,616 $120,541
Average Days on Market 71 82
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.7% 94.7%
Boone County 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 89 121
Homes SOLD 257 239
Average Sale Price $134,192 $129,307
Average Days on Market 71 81
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.8% 94.6%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 9/1/2016
City of Boone
Boone County - Residential

Market Numbers

Nevada 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 54 61
Homes SOLD YTD 102 108
Average Sale Price $148,904 $144,665
Average Days on Market 55 66
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.9% 94.4%
Story County 2016 2015
9/2/2016 Active listings 102 107
Homes SOLD YTD 231 230
Average Sale Price $169,442 $159,786
Average Days on Market 59 70
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.5% 95.6%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 9/1/2016
Nevada - includes communities of Nevada, Maxwell, Colo, Cambridge, Collins, McCallsburg and Zearing.
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions