Archive for April, 2010

811 – Do You Dig It?

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The photos at the link below show a powerful gas line explosion. Although the cause turned out to be from corrosion and not someone hitting the line with an auger (according to Snopes), it is still a good visual reminder of why you need to have the utilities marked in your yard before you dig.

So the next time you are planning to plant a tree or install a fence, remember to call 811 a few days before hand. It’s much cheaper than having to pay to replace a cable or phone line; in fact it’s free! Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

Olive Garden Coming to Ankeny

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Heavy equipment is beginning to grade a site at the corner of Oralabor Road and Hulsizer, about two blocks west of Delaware Avenue. This will be the home of a new Olive Garden Italian Restaurant in a few months.

The addition of this popular restaurant chain is highly anticipated by many Ankeny residents and businesses. Its opening will increase the draw of this vibrant area which already attracts shoppers and diners from miles away.

Introducing the Hunziker Search App!

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Now you can find your dream home from your cell phone. To download our new Search App, simply text Hunziker to 87778. A video demo is available at the site below.

All of the homes listed for sale by Realtors® in Ames, Boone & Nevada are displayed on our Search App. Ankeny and Des Moines area homes will be available soon. We welcome your feedback!

Iowa Cities Win Honors From Forbes

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Forbes Magazine just released their 2010 list of Best Places for Business & Careers and winning the top spot on their list was Des Moines, Iowa! Ames won honors among smaller metros, being named in the top 20 nation wide along with 3 other Iowa cities.

Hunziker April 2010 E-Newsletter

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Home Buyer Tax Credits End, New Home Sales, Leading RE Award, Home Improvement, Spring Lawn Care, Home Buyers Then and Now, and Market Numbers.

Welcome Brenda Heilskov to our Ankeny Office!

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Hunziker & Associates welcomes Brenda Heilskov, Realtor® to our Ankeny office! Send her a welcome note at or 515-250-7445!

Northern Annexation Considered by City Council

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Tonight the Ames City Council will be debating if steps should be taken towards annexing land west of Ada Haden. The area is designated for residential development by the city’s Land Use Policy Plan; however, original expectations were that development would occur outside of the city limits according to county regulations. A key change that would result from annexation is that new homes constructed in the area would connect to the sanitary sewer instead of installing private septic systems. The city is very concerned with protecting the water quality of Ada Haden Lake, which serves as an emergency water source for the city. Therefore, an environmental study was ordered which concluded that annexation would be better than rural development or its current agricultural use.

There are strong opinions for and against the annexation and tonight’s council meeting will likely include heavy debate. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. and it will be broadcast on public access channel 12. Detailed information about the proposed annexation is available on the city’s website. Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

Organic Weed Killers

Monday, April 12th, 2010

After the long hard winter, everyone in our office is a buzz about the beautiful weather we are having here in central Iowa! The joy of seeing green shoots emerge from the muddy ground drew many of us outside to freshen up our yards over the weekend. Cleaning away the last of the winter debris is not just emotionally therapeutic, but it also prepares a clean slate for planting spring flowers. In case you have noticed any raggedy weeds rising near your daffodils or tulips, here are some great organic weed killers you can use to wipe them out without expensive or hazardous chemicals.  Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

The Interest Rate-House Payment Leap

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Did you know that if interest rates rise 1%, new buyers will have to spend 10% more to buy a house than it would cost them today? Most experts agree rates are going to rise now that the government is no longer buying mortgage backed securities. How much do you qualify for? It’s easy to find out. Simply fill out the attached form or contact a Hunziker agent today.

Did You Claim All the Homeowner Tax Deductions Possible?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Did you claim all the tax deductions possible as a homeowner? Many people know that you can typically deduct your real estate taxes, mortgage interest & mortgage insurance premiums if you itemize, but did you may be able to deduct up to $1000.00 even if you don’t itemize? What costs from purchasing or refinancing are deductible? Do you qualify for a special credit if you purchased in 2009? You can find more deductions and answers at the link below. Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director