Archive for March, 2011

Welcome New Agents

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

We have had the pleasure of welcoming several real estate agents to the Hunziker & Associates family over the last few months. Please help us welcome:

Dan Carlile, Ames office

Emily Garlock-Dickenson, Ankeny office

Jennifer Kelly, Nevada office

Jenny Leazer, Ankeny office

Liz Price, Ankeny office

Sharon Holst, Ames office

Tami Hammer, Ames office

Vince Bidner, Ankeny office

Share Your Vision For Ames

Friday, March 25th, 2011
The Ames City Council is moving forward with its goal to create and promote a community vision, and all Ames residents are encouraged to get involved. An online survey has been developed to seek input on what makes Ames a great place to live, but also what challenges and opportunities to consider.  Beginning Tuesday, March 15, the online survey will be available as a link off the City of Ames website at

Community visioning is a process that allows residents to express what they value about their city and develop consensus on what they would like to change. The process includes a realistic look at a community and focuses on long-range goals. Throughout February, Brand Endeavor held meetings with more than 40 representatives from businesses, non-profits, health care, schools, neighborhoods, and more.  This first step helped to establish some preliminary data about our community’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities.  The online survey will remain on the City’s website through Thursday, March 31.

Please get involved in the Ames Visioning Project by sharing your thoughts and building a brighter future for Ames!

Post courtesy of: City of Ames Press Release (excerpts)

Distressed Property Sales

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The DSM Register this morning cited a National Association of Realtors® statistic that 40% of all sales nationwide were short sale or REO or Foreclosure properties in February. How do we fare in Central Iowa?  To some extent, it depends.  While we are much healthier than the nation as a whole, some of our local markets are better than others.

REO, short sale and foreclosure residential properties listed for sale on the Central Iowa MLS as a percentage of all residential listings.

Ames 2.8%
Story County including Ames 3.6%
Story County without Ames 5.0%

By Paul Livingston, Broker

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Home Price Trends in Ames

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

The U.S. economy has been through one of the worst financial downturns since the Great Depression over the last two years. Since real estate was on the forefront of the crisis and home values plunged dramatically in many communities, many Ames residents have wondered how the crisis affected prices of homes here.

As the chart below demonstrates, Ames fared very well during the turbulent times of the last two years. Historically, Iowa avoids dramatic booms and busts in the real estate market and the numbers below depict another example of this stability. The slight dip in 2010 can be somewhat attributed to the 1st time buyer tax credit, as it encouraged sales of homes in the lower price ranges.

By Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

Home Ownership Benefits the Community

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Being a home owner is more than just having a roof over your head. Home ownership instills feelings of comfort, security, stability and pride. However, in addition to these important benefits are substantial social benefits for families, communities and the country as a whole. A few of these benefits are:

1. Higher Academic Achievement
2. More Cohesive Communities
3. Better Connected Families
4. Improved Health & Safety
5. Stronger Economy
Read the rest in the brochure, “The Field Guide to the Benefits of Home Ownership” from the National Association of Realtors.

Is it Better to Rent or Buy?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

There are many factors to consider when evaluating if renting or buying is better at any given time. Every person’s situation is different. Contact us for a no obligation consultation to find out about your options.

Video courtesy of RISMedia.