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Thinking of a bigger house? Now's the time to sell!

If you've been dreaming of a bigger house or wonder if it's a good time to sell your home, we can say "Now is the time". Central Iowa real estate is experiencing a Seller's Market for homes priced below $300,000. By definition, a Seller's Market is, "a situation wherein sellers are outnumbered by buyers by a significant margin and the quantity of goods available for sale becomes far less than the quantity demanded". We also have a great selection of homes for sale above $300,000. Many of these are new construction homes across Ames.

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Spring Forward! Change your clocks.

Daylight Saving Time is the practice of changing the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and changing them back again in the fall.
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12, at 2:00 A.M. Remember to "spring ahead" and set your clocks forward 1 hour before you go to bed. The general idea is that this allows us all to make better use of natural daylight as now there will be more light in the evening.
 
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Home and Garden Show Recap

Thank you to all who stopped by our booth at the Ames Home and Garden Show last weekend. We were happy to demonstrate our Virtual Realty home tours. This exciting new technology enables you to use VR goggles or Google cardboard to view any of our 3D Walkthroughs in Virtual Reality. Visit 4229 Aldrin Dr. and click on the goggle icon in the lower right corner to experience a VR tour in your own home.

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Thank You for Donating to our Backpack/Suitcase Drive

Our Backpack and Suitecase drive benefiting YSS was a success. A big "Thank You" to all who dropped off a bag or other needed items.

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March Area Events

Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live!
Mar. 10 from 6pm-8pm
Prairie Meadows, Altoona

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Mar. 10-12
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

All Iowa Auto Show
Mar. 10-12
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Leprechaun Chase 10K
Mar. 11 at 10am
Principal Park, Des Moines

Wild Night Life and Hike
Mar. 11 from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Jester Park, Granger

Toby Kid - Family Comedy/Magic Show
Mar. 11 at 7pm
Iowa Talent Factory, Nevada

Celtic Music Association Presents Cherish the Ladies
Mar. 11 at 8pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Rain: A tribute to the Beatles
Mar. 12 at 3pm
Des Moiones Civic Center, Des Moines

Spring Break Art Camp
Mar. 13-15 from 9am-3pm
Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames

Pollinator Houses
Mar. 15 from 10:30am-12pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Hoops and Hops
Mar 16-18th from 10am-10pm
Cowles Commons, Des Moines

St. Patrick's Day at Dublin Bay
Mar. 17 from 6am-2am
Dublin Bay, Ames

St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar. 17 from 12pm-4pm
Downtown Des Moines

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Reiman Gardens After Hours
Mar. 17 from 5pm-8pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

St. Patrick's Day with Kelly's Clan
Mar. 17 from 7pm-10pm
Snus Hill Winery, Madrid

Iowa Flower, Lawn, and Garden Show
Mar. 17-19
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

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Mar. 20 at 7:30pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

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Mar. 24 at 7pm
Mar. 25 at 9:30am, 2:30pm, 7pm Mar. 26 at 1pm, 5pm Jacobson Exhibition Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines

Ames Eco Fair
Mar. 25 from 9am-1pm
Ames Community Center, Ames

Reggie's Sleepout Ames
Mar. 25 from 7pm-7am
Jack Trice Stadium, Ames

Science Sundays
Mar. 26 from 1:30pm-2:30pm
Ames Public Library, Ames

Little Women - The Musical
Mar. 31, Apr. 1, 7, 8 at 7:30pm
Apr. 2 and 9 at 2pm
Fisher Theater, Ames

Birdapalooza
Apr. 1 from 1pm-3pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Annie
Apr. 1 at 2pm and 7pm
Stephens Auditorium, Ames

 

Market Numbers

Ames 2017 2016
Mar. 1 Active listings 111 81
Homes SOLD YTD 60 67
Average Sale Price $244,660 $218,333
Average Days on Market 57 62
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.7% 95.3%
Story County 2017 2016
Mar. 1 Active listings 75 74
Homes SOLD YTD 33 29
Average Sale Price $156,227 $168,277
Average Days on Market 60 99
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 93.9% 93.4%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 3/1/2017
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions