Archive for June, 2011

4th of July Celebration Events

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The Fourth of July is a great time to spend with family, friends, food, and the great outdoors! In our communities there will be plenty going on for anyone who wants to take part in the festivities and for all ages!

All activities in all locations are on Monday, July 4th.

8:30-10:30 – Pancake Breakfast at City Hall
9:00-11:00 – Bill Riley Talent Search at Tom Evans Plaza
11:00 – Parade on Main Street
12:00-3:00 – Festival on Main Street and Burnett
10:00pm – Fireworks at Jack Trice Stadium

7:00-10:00 – Breakfast at the Fire Station
10:00 – Parade on Main Street
11:00-2:00 – Chicken Noodle Dinner at American Legion
4:30-7:30 – Kids Games, Face Painting, and Kid’s Train Ride at SCORE Pavilion Area
7:00 – Concert by Nevada Community Band, SCORE Pavilion
Dusk – Fireworks at SCORE Park

Fireworks at the Boone Speedway at Dusk

If the holiday weekend takes you away from Central Iowa, another great way to spend a few days after you get back, is SummerFest in Ankeny. This runs from Thursday July 7th to the 10th and ends with a fireworks display. For more information, visit

Post by Haley Hagen, Realtor Support

Mortgage Scam Hits Homeowners

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Many homeowners have experienced having their mortgage sold to a new lender: they receive a letter in the mail notifying them of the sale which instructs them to begin making their payments to a new company. Unfortunately scammers, aware of this common practice, have started mailing fake letters telling owners that their mortgage has been sold. The scam letters look official and often includes the name of the homeowner’s  original lender and loan amount.

Homeowners who follow the instructions on the scam letter often make 1 or 2 payments to the new “company” before they are alerted by their true lender that their mortgage payments are late. By the time they figure out the scam, they may owe several thousand dollars in missed payments and late fees, and the money they mailed to the scam artist is gone for good.

If a legitimate sales of your mortgage occurs, you will receive a letter from your current lender informing you of the change prior to any notification from the new lender. The letters from each lender should include your loan number. You should also receive a copy of a release of your mortgage that has been filed with the county recorder’s office at some point.

If there is any doubt if a letter instructing you to mail payments elsewhere is legit, call your lender to confirm. Just be sure to use the number from your regular mortgage statements or look up the number yourself. Any phone numbers listed on the suspicious letter will probably not connect you to your real lender.

By: Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

Habitat for Humanity Garage Sale this Weekend

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

You can support Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa by shopping at their garage sale this Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. A large assortment of building materials and tools are being sold including doors, cabinets, windows and ceiling fans.

The sale will be held at their office at 401 Clark in Ames. They  are still accepting donations of items for the sale. If you wish to donate tools or building materials, call their office at 515-232-8815.

Ames Parade of Homes tonight through Sunday!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

If you are thinking about purchasing a new home, building a home, or just enjoy seeing the newest trends in residential homes, we invite you to join us for the 2011 Parade of Homes. The tour, which is put on by the Ames Home Builders Association (ABHA) will be held from Wednesday, June 8 to Sunday, June 12, and will feature eight new construction homes in a variety of price points and neighborhoods. One of the featured homes was built by HCS Builders, a sister company of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS®.

3007 Weston Drive (HCS)

4140 Cochrane Parkway (Pinnacle Properties)

The Parade of Homes schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 8: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday, June 9: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Friday, June 10: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Saturday, June 11: 12pm to 8:30pm
Sunday, June 12: 12pm to 5pm

Not only will you enjoy the homes and decor on display, but you will also have a chance to win prizes! Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® will be giving away 5 bags of groceries valued at $50 each. Additionally, if you visit all eight homes, you will be in the running for a raffle prize.

Tickets for the event are $5.00 each, and are good for all eight homes on all five days. Tickets will be available on or before the days of the Parade of Homes at the Greater Iowa Credit Union (Somerset location) as well as the Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS® office at 105 South 16th Street. On the days of the Parade of Homes, tickets will also be available at a ticket tent located on the corner of Stange Road and Northridge Parkway in Somerset Village. Hours of the ticket tent are 4-8pm Wednesday through Friday, 12-7pm on Saturday, and 12-3pm on Sunday. Portion of the proceeds to benefit Ames High Booster Club, Ames Little League, Big Brother Big Sister of Central Iowa and the Octagon Center for the Arts.

Past Due Loans Drop for a 5th Straight Quarter

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

“Past due home loans in Iowa dropped almost a full percentage point in the first quarter, signalling again that the housing market is recovering….

Foreclosure starts are at the lowest level since the end of 2008 and had their second largest drop ever, said Jay Brinkmann, MBA’s chief economist. ‘Most of these numbers continue to point to a mortgage market on the mend,’ Brinkmann said in a statement.”

Click here to read the full story from the Des Moines Register