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Curb Appeal Matters

We've all heard about curb appeal. Often our first impression about a house is based on the exterior appeal. This impression determines whether a buyer will take the next step and look at interior photos or request a showing.

Studies confirm that curb appeal has a huge influence over how quickly your house will sell, and for how much. Lawns, walkways, patios, gardens, doors, and windows all play a role in the livability of a home - and its salability as well. With more and more people shopping for homes online, potential buyers could be turned off from viewing your property, just based on the listing photo alone! Addressing your home's curb appeal is a critical component in marketing and selling your home.

In order to boost your home's curb appeal, you must first identify your trouble areas. This means taking a careful inventory of repairs you need to complete before you begin showing your home. Here are a few tips to help you make a thorough evaluation:
  • Stand across the street from your house in order to get the fullest view of the front, the driveway and the sides. Note any painting, repairs or replacements needed. Identify bushes or trees that are overgrown.
  • Walk towards your home following the path that a potential buyer would most likely take. Note landscaping needs such as edging, raking, weeding, pruning and trash removal. Look for items that should be removed or hidden such as hoses, sprinklers, trash cans or toys.
  • Look through windows to note interior views that detract from your homes curb appeal.
  • Inspect your home's walkway and driveway. Note any cleaning, repairs, painting and lighting needs.
  • Don't forget the front entrance to your home. Add some color and design with planters featuring seasonal greenery or flowers.
As you can see, it doesn't take much to boost the curb appeal of your home. Just a little elbow grease and a few added details will make a big difference.
 
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Live United Food Drive April 24-May 4

Hunger is real. More than one in four children in Story County continue to be eligible to receive free/reduced lunch. Once summer break starts, these children won't have access to school-provided meals. Therefore, the need for food at local food pantries is even greater during the summer months. To combat the need, United Way of Story County (UWSC) will hold the ninth annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive April 24-May 4. More information, including lists of desired items and drop off locations, can be found online.

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WISHLIST
(Please check expiration dates)

    Food List
  • Canned fruit (especially pineapple & mandarin oranges)
  • Canned chicken or tuna
  • Cereal
  • Soup
  • Canned meals (ravioli, beef stew, etc.)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Pasta (not whole wheat)
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Boxed/Helper Meals
    Non-food Items
  • Diapers (size 4-6 & pull-ups)
  • Wipes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues
  • Toothpaste & toothbrushes
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Reusable Bags
 
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Is it time to move?

Whether you're starting a family and need more room, or you want a more managable home so you can travel, it could be time to revise your housing situation! This is an exciting time, but can also be full of questions, concerns, and stress.

Hunziker & Associates has a new blog series designed to walk you through the complete process broken down into achievable and comprehensive steps. We are also here to help you in any way we can. We hope you consider using one of our capable Realtors to help you move into your next home!
 
congratulationstexts.png We would like to thank all of those visited our booth at the Ames Home and Garden Show. Congratulations to Kristi and Dennis who won our drawing for $100 Visa gift cards.
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April 2017 Area Events

Photography: The Art of Seeing
Wednesday April 5 at 6:00 - 8:30 pm 4 week program
Reiman Gardens

Youth Program: Caterpillar Club
Thursday April 6 at 10:00-11:00 am
Reiman Gardens

Harlem Globetrotters
Friday April 7 at 7:00 pm
Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA

Little Women the Musical
April 7-9 7:30 pm
Fisher Theater, Ames IA

Ames Fly-In, The Flying Cyclones Club
Saturday April 8 at 7:00 am-11:00 am
Ames Municipal Airport

ISU Fashion Show
Saturday April 8 at 7:00 pm
Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive ames

Animal Learning Day
Saturday April 8 at 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Hansen Agricultural Student Center 2615 Mortensen Rd

Natural Egg Dyeing Workshop
Saturday April 8 at 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Reiman Gardens

Artist Reception-Journey through Wonderland
Tuesday April 11 at 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Meet-A-Scientist
Wednesday April 12 at 2:00-4:30 pm
Reiman Gardens

Free Admission Day
Wednesday April 12 at 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Reiman Gardens

Eggstravaganza Blank Park Zoo
Saturday April 15 at 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Spring Fling Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 15 at 9:00 am-11:00 am
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Figure Drawing Sessions
Tuesday April 18 at 6:00-8:00 pm
Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Book Sale
April 20-24 3:00-9:00 pm
4H Exhibits Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds

The Tempest-Fisher Theater Events
April 20-23 7:30 pm
Fisher Theater, Ames IA

Ventriloquist Todd Oliver and Friends
Friday April 21 at 7:00 pm
Iowa Talent Factory, Nevada

Tonic Sol-fa and Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience
Friday April 21 at 7:30 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Earth Day Geochace Hunt
Saturday April 22 at 1:00 pm
Jester Park, Shelter #5

Prom Night Rewind 80's Dance Party
Saturday April 22 at 6:30 pm
Prairie Meadows, Altoona

Breakfast with the Birds
Saturday April 22 at 7:00-8:30 am
Conservation Center Mcfarland Park, Ames

Dollar Day at the Municipal Pool
Sunday April 23 at 1:00-3:00 pm
1925 Ames High Drive

Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble
Wednesday April 26 at 6:00 pm
Ames City Auditorium, 515 Clark Ave

Historic Baseball at Principal Park
Thursday April 27 at 6:00 pm
Principal Park, Des Moines

Junk Jubilee
April 28-30 10:00 am-6:00 pm
Varied Industries Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds

Opening Weekend of Summer Exhibit
April 29-30 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Reiman Gardens

Fly Tying and Casting Class
Saturday May 6 at 2:00-6:00 pm
Conservation Center Mcfarland Park, Ames

Grapes of Wrath- Performing Arts Series
Monday April 29 at 7:30 pm
Fisher Theater, Ames IA



 

Market Numbers

Ames 2017 2016
Apr. 1 Active listings 121 85
Homes SOLD YTD 99 116
Average Sale Price $241,786 $212,212
Average Days on Market 56 56
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.7% 95.9%
Story County 2017 2016
Apr. 1 Active listings 69 67
Homes SOLD YTD 51 48
Average Sale Price $158,575 $158,108
Average Days on Market 62 90
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 95.1% 95.1%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 4/1/2017
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions