Fight the winter blahs with a Soup Party

February 7th, 2014

This simple, casual party provides the opportunity to gather with friends and family in a home setting without a lot of fuss. Guests enter your home to the wonderful aromas of simmering soups and mingle around the kitchen nibbling on fresh bread at this informal “come as you are” party. Follow these guidelines to host a Soup Party of your own.

  • The Soup - Have your guests bring a crockpot of their favorite soup to share or a loaf of bread for dipping.
  • The Topping - These finishing touches range from cheese and sour cream to croutons and toasted nuts.
  • The Cup - Consider using smaller cups or mugs instead of bowls so your guests can sample multiple soups.
  • The Dessert - A fondue buffet keeps with the liquid theme of the party and provides variety from fruit to marshmallows.

Follow this link from our friends at Better Homes & Gardens for great soup ideas!

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Ames among leaders in density of high-tech start-ups in the country

August 21st, 2013

Ames has been ranked among the top cities in the country for having a high-density of high-tech start-up companies.

A report released this week by technology policy coalition Engine and entrepreneurship research association the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation placed Ames at No. 25 in metro areas with the highest ratio of tech start-ups compared to the national average.

Boulder, Colo., was ranked No. 1.

Dane Stangler, director of research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation, said several factors, including the presence of Iowa State University, likely helped push Ames to the leader board for high-tech start-up density.

He said the Ames Seed Capital LLC, which generates private capital to help fund start-ups, also could be a critical component for Ames. He said private capital investment has proven over time to be more successful than public funds.

“Ames is in the smallest metropolitan size class and it ranks highly,” Stangler said. “Ames had one of the largest increases in high-tech start-up densities between 1990 and 2010.”

He said cities that have strong research institutions, such as ISU, have a large talent pool to draw from.

“We see elsewhere in the country, a lot of these start-up hubs, the way they have such a high density is they have an anchor institution or high-growth company that spawns all these other entrepreneurs,” Stangler said.

Dan Culhane, president of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, said, “this latest ranking clearly underscores the power of Ames having the good fortune of being the host community to ISU. Make no mistake, this particular ranking points directly to the immense infrastructure we enjoy that is so important to technology starts.”

Culhane credited the Iowa State University Research Park and its leadership for Ames’ ranking on this list.

“Steve Carter and the Iowa State University Research Park are front and center responsible for a ranking like this,” Culhane said. “The Park offers a wide array of support to technology start-ups as well as an environment that is conducive to supporting such endeavors.

“Couple all of this with the Ames Seed Capital Fund, which recently announced a new $1.8 million fund and Ames is well-positioned to provide timely assistance, and capital, to new technology starts,” Culhane said.

Stangler, said the challenge for many communities is maintaining the high-tech density over time.

“It’s absolutely possible to sustain it, but it’s also true it can peter out,” Stangler said. “We don’t have a good grasp yet on those dynamics as far as what can be done public policy wise to sustain it.”

 

By Ames Tribune staff

Turn Your Smart Phone into a Home Security System

August 7th, 2013

Top Homeowner Regrets

July 23rd, 2013

HomeownerRegretsHere’s some food for thought: Homeower Regrets.  We learn by our mistakes and in this case you can learn from the mistakes of others.  The following are the Top Homeowner Regrets.

  • 34% – I wish I had chosen a larger home.
  • 27% – I wish I had done more remodeling when I bought the home.
  • 22% – I wish I had more information about the home before I decided to buy.
  • 18% – I wish I had put more money down for the down payment.
  • 16% – I wish I had been more financially secure before deciding to buy.

Having a trusted REALTOR by your side to guide you through the entire real estate process can help minimize any regrets.

Source: Trulia, March 2013

July 8th, 2013

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Join Us in Celebrating 10 Years in Ankeny!

We are having a party on Saturday, July 13, following the Summerfest parade until 2pm. Food and drinks are provided. We appreciate the trust in us over the last 10 year from our customers and the Ankeny community.

Hunziker Quick Tip

June 11th, 2013

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Make sure your ceiling fans rotate in the correct direction to cool you in summer.

Most fans are reversible: One direction pushes air down, creating a nice summer breeze; the other direction sucks air up, helping you distribute heat in winter. There’s normally a switch on the motor to change the fan’s direction.

Is your fan turning in the right direction for summer?

  • Stand beneath the running fan, and if you feel a cooling breeze, it’s turning correctly.
  • If not, change directions, usually by flicking a switch on the fan’s base.

Typically, it’s counterclockwise or left for summer and clockwise for winter, but the best method is to follow the steps above.

Funny note: We read on Yahoo! that one clever person used bubbles to see which direction his fan was blowing.

Food Drive Under Way for United Way

May 15th, 2013

DonateFoodHereArea businesses, including Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, are working with the United Way this month to help families in need put food on their table. You can be a part of it too! Simply bring your food or cash donation to Hunziker & Associiates, REALTORS® at 105 S. 16th Street in Ames  May 13-23. Your donation will be distributed to the one of the 15 food pantries in the county. The United Way is hoping for a large food donation this year. The need for food is even greater during the summer months. One out of four students in Story County are on a free or reduced lunch program. These children will no longer have access to school-provided meals once summer break starts.

Click Here for the United Way of Story County website for some ideas for donations. Cash donation may be used to purchase perishable items or other items in bulk.

Home Prices Zoom up 10.5% Over Last Year

May 8th, 2013

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Nationally home prices in March were 10.5 percent higher than a year ago – and a bit more if distressed sales weren’t counted, says market researcher CoreLogic.

The overall change was the biggest year-over-year jump in seven years and the 13th straight month for home price gains.

Hunziker Community Shred Day a Success!

May 1st, 2013

AmesShredDayWe’re pleased to announce that the Hunziker Community Shred Day was a success! Mother Nature supplied beautiful conditions for the event and enabled us to shred and recycle several thousand pounds of paper. A big thanks goes out to all those who came to the event and Terri from Secure Shred Solutions. The Shred truck from Secure Shred Solutions spent time at our offices in Ankeny and Ames on April 26 and 27.

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