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Hunziker Community Shred Day

Continue your spring cleaning by clearing out all of those old tax documents, confidential papers and any other paperwork that should not be placed in the trash. Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® invite all of our customers, friends, and community members to participate by bringing up to 5 boxes of items to be shredded. We will have a shredding truck from Secure Shred Solutions at our office in Ames at 105 South 16th St. from 9am - 11am on Sat., May 6th.

With so much emphasis being put on security, both in terms of our identity and our finances, it is important to ensure that every effort is made to make the identity thief's job as difficult as possible. One way of doing this is to shred all documents that may contain information about you or members of your family, which may allow the identity thief to build up a picture of either you as an individual or any other member of your family.
    Unacceptable Materials to Shred
  • Tissue Paper or Paper Towels
  • Steel Strip from Hanging File Folders
  • Carbon Paper
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Metals
  • Food
  • Glass

5 New rules that can make or break an offer on a house.

The rules on how to buy a house have changed folks, so if you're serious about buying a home in the near future, you'll want to read this first!

So what's changed the most in the traditional home-buying process? For starters, prospective buyers should brace themselves for rising prices and buyer competition. Data on® show that the nationwide median home price has pushed above $250,000 for the first time ever, 8% higher than a year ago. Plus, total inventory remains much lower than it was a year ago, falling well short of buyer demand. While it's good news for sellers, buyers will need to take some extra measures to compete with other house hunters.

    5 New Rules for Buying a Home

  1. Prepare for Action. With today's low housing inventory and strong buyer demand, be prepared to make a strong offer quickly or you may spend months looking. Multiple-offer situations are likely.
  2. Secure financing before you start shopping. Without a lender's pre-approval letter in hand, buyers will have a hard time getting sellers to take them seriously.
  3. Don't lowball your offer. If you're making an offer on a home that's priced at fair market value, you should present your best offer right out of the gate.
  4. Curb the contingencies. Contingencies protect buyers, but sellers don't always like them because they insert many "what ifs" into the deal, which might mean it falls through. Keep the biggies, but drop those that are minor.
  5. Move fast. If you're serious about buying a house, you need to be ready to make an offer that day.

For more information on buying in today's market visit


Add pizzazz with beautiful container gardens

PatioPlanter.JPG Fast, fabulous and fun, container gardens add zing to any deck, patio or yard. A well-designed pot or container placed strategically at a home's entrance can add value and make the home more welcoming.

Great Plants for Spring Containers

Pansies & Violas: These spring essentials are low growers and work best in low and wide bowls or as filler plants.
Cineraria: This cool weather, flowering , mid-sized plant can flower for up to 5 months if kept cool and does well in partial shade of a porch.
Oxalis: A great plant from spring through fall because it can withstand cool morning temperatures. It comes in several colors, including vibrant purple and has a lovely mounding shape.

Kale & Parsley: Both Kale & Parsley are cold tolerant and are a surprising addition to decorative containers. Curly Parsley is particularly pretty as a bushy background to blooming flowers.

Read more from The Spruce.

Stunning Spring Containers

Cottage Garden: A colorful miniature cottage garden in a container that will thrive throughout the summer.
Splash of Color: This bright and fresh combo exudes charm with purple petunias and pink blossoms.
Go grassy: Containers with ornamental grasses provide easy-care drama.
Made for shade: Give shady areas of your yard bursts of color and texture. This shady container may not need watering as often as your sun pots.
Sitting pretty: A long planter chock-full of flowers and foliage substitutes for a window box on a porch railing.

Find more idea & instruction from Midwest Living.


Mark Your Calendars!

The Ames Home Builders Association is pleased to present the 2017 Parade of Homes. The show will be held at various sites in Ames and Gilbert on June 7 - 11. Eight area builders with 11 homes will participate in this year's show.

Tickets are $5/person and available after May 1 at First National Bank, downtown location, Greater Iowa Credit Union, Friedrich Iowa Realty, and Hunziker & Associates Real Estate offices.

HCS Builders, our sister company, will be featuring two homes this year.
2219 Audubon Dr. and 4205 Cartier Ave.

May 2017 Area Events

Pella Tulip Time Festival
May 4-6 Parades 2:30 & 8:30 pm
Pella, IA

Ames Main Street Farmers Market
Saturday May 6 at 8:00-12:30
Saturday May 13 at 8:00-12:30
Saturday May 20 at 8:00-12:30
Saturday May 27 at 8:00-12:30
Main Street, Ames

Woof Walk
Sunday May 7 at 1:00-3:00 pm
Iowa Arboretum, Madrid

Partners Spring Festival
Sunday May 7 at 2:00-5:00 pm
McFarland Park, Ames

Farmers Market/Music in the Junction
Thursday May 11 at 4:00-8:30 pm
HistoricValley Junction,West Des Moines

ISU Plant Sale Extravaganza
Friday May 12 at 3-7 pm
Saturday May 13 at 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Sunday May 14 at 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Mother's Day Tea at Terrace Hill
Saturday May 13 at 10:30 am
Terrace Hill, Des Moines

Mother's Day free admission for Mothers
Sunday May 14 at 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Reiman Gardens, Ames

Bike to Work Week Breakfast
Monday May 15 at 7:00-9:00 AM
City Hall, Ames

Parenting Book Club
Tuesday May 16 at 6:00-7:15 pm
Ames Public Library

Wizard World Comic Con
Friday May 19 at 5:00 pm
May 20-21 10:00 am
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

An Evening with Primus
Friday May 19 at 8:00 pm
Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines

Iowa Able Run
Saturday May 20 at 8:00-10:00 am
Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames

Concrete Cruizers Charity Car Show 2017
Saturday May 20 at 9:00-3:00
S.E. 14th & Railroad Ave, Des Moines

Animal Days - Endangered Species Day
Sunday May 21 at 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Blank Park Zoo, Des Moines

Iowa Cubs Charity 5K
Sunday May 21 at 10:00-11:00 am
Principal Park, Des Moines

Valley Junction Arts Festival
Sunday May 21 at 11:00-4:00 pm
HistoricValley Junction,West Des Moines

Neil Diamond 50 Year Anniversary Tour
Sunday May 21 at 8:00 pm
Iowa Events Center, Des Moines

Botanical Design Series: Fairy Gardening
Tuesday May 23 at 6:00-7:30 pm
Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines

Evening Prairie Walk
Thursday May 25 at 7:00 pm
DooLittle Prairie, Story City

Move Beyond-Live on Tour
Friday May 26 at 7:30 pm
Stephens Auditorium, 1900 Center Drive Ames

King Explosion Hosted by Ronny Craig
Friday May 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday May 27 at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Prairie Meadows, Altoona

Ames on the Half Shell
Friday June 2 at 5:00-8:00 pm
Durham Bandshell Park, Ames

Nevada City-Wide Garage Sale
Saturday June 3

Summerfest in Campustown
Saturday June 3 at 3:00-9:00 pm
200 block Welch Ave, Ames


Market Numbers

Ames 2017 2016
May 1 Active listings 120 97
Homes SOLD YTD 130 164
Average Sale Price $244,382 $213,979
Average Days on Market 55 54
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 96.7% 96.5%
Story County 2017 2016
May 1 Active listings 84 71
Homes SOLD YTD 82 68
Average Sale Price $159,567 $152,349
Average Days on Market 67 92
Sale Price to List Price Ratio 94.3% 95.1%
Based on Sales information as reported to the Central Iowa Multiple Listing Service as of 5/1/2017
Ames - Ames Residential and Rural Subdivisions
Story County - Residential, excluding Ames Residential and Ames Rural Subdivisions