Archive for March, 2010

National Award Presented to Hunziker & Associates

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® is proud to announce it is the recipient of the 2009 Award of Excellence for Outgoing Sales Production. The award was presented by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® on March 10 to the member firm with the most outgoing closed referrals per sales associate.  The event, which took place at the 2010 Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference in Las Vegas, NV, attracted 850 real estate brokers, managers, relocation professionals, sponsors and guests from across the U.S. and eight countries worldwide.

“It is very rewarding for our company to be recognized at the national level. I see our agents providing outstanding service daily, and this honor demonstrates how exceptional they truly are,” said Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director.

The award was given to recognize relocation expertise. Hunziker and Associates, REALTORS® had the greatest number of clients per agent that were successfully referred to another agent in the city where the client was relocating.  Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® provides nationwide relocation assistance for individuals through their partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.

“Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® is comprised of the finest real estate firms from around the globe, so earning a Member Achievement Award is a great distinction,” said Leading RE President/CEO Pam O’Connor.  “We are proud to recognize these firms for being true leaders in the markets they serve and for their active involvement in our Network.”

With 62 agents and offices in Ames, Ankeny, Boone, and Nevada, Hunziker and Associates, REALTORS® has been dedicated to excellent customer service and superior business practices since 1952.

Pictured from left to right: Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director, Dean Hunziker, Broker/Owner & Harold Crye, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Chairman of the Board. For more information on Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®, visit or call (515) 233-4450.

Sprinkler Law Could Cost $10,000 Per Home

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The Iowa Legislature is debating a bill that would mandate fire sprinklers be added to residential new construction by 2013. The cost per home may be even more than it initially appeared. Matt Phillips, a Building Designer with HCS Builders, a subsidiary of Hunziker & Associates, Realtors®, has warned that the cost of adding sprinklers goes far beyond the cost for the system alone.

Adding a sprinkler system would increase the time spent designing each home, and the system itself would have to be designed by a certified designer or engineer. Additional materials and labor would also be needed. For example, sprinkler pipes run in an attic must be specially insulated to prevent freezing, and sprinkler pipes run in an unfinished basement ceiling or wall cannot be left exposed; therefore drywall would be required throughout those areas. Experts Phillips consulted estimate it could cost upwards of $10,000 per new home if the law is passed.

The Iowa Association of Realtors® has provided a pre-written email voicing opposition to the bill that can be sent to your State Representative. It is available at the link below. Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director