Archive for October, 2011

Take a peek inside Ames most expensive home

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The highest priced home listed in Ames is on the market for $1,250,000. Would you like to see inside? Take a peek at the photos on our website!

Does Ames need a $20 millon dollar library expansion?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

A bond issue will be put before voters on November 8th. If passed, the library will expand to almost twice its size in the current location. It would increase property taxes up to $30 per year per $100,000 of assessed value.

What are your thoughts?

Help Ames become a Blue Zone!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Help Ames become one of the healthiest cities in Iowa! Vote for Ames to be selected at by October 28th.

About Blue Zones….

“There are places in the world where people live healthy, happy lives well into their nineties or even 100s. Dubbed “Blue Zones” by National Geographic researcher Dan Buettner, these longevity hotspots share nine lifestyle habits – Power 9™ – responsible for their remarkable results.”

“Ten communities that demonstrate the greatest passion, interest and ability to bring their community together will receive assistance from national experts to develop and implement a blueprint for making permanent environment, policy and social network changes that transition people into healthier behaviors.”

Please vote for Ames by October 28th at

$3,500 grant available to 1st time buyers for a short time!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Iowa Finance Authority’s FirstHome Plus down payment assistance grant just increase from $2,500 to $3,500 until December 31, 2011, or until the funds are expended.

Find out more about the program on the I.F.A. website or contact your Hunziker & Associates, Realtor® to find a local lender who works with the program.

Can You Buy a House Online?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We have had the experience at Hunziker & Associates, Realtors®, of helping a customer purchase a home based entirely on what they saw over the internet. The purchase agreement was completed from a distance by fax. Even though this scenario is rare, it will soon be possible to purchase a home using an e-signature on forms that can be emailed to the buyer and seller.

The Iowa Association of Realtors® just instituted a new feature that will make preparing forms and collecting signatures electronically possible for subscribing Realtor® members. Although it will soon be easier to buy a house online, certainly most customers will still continue to view the home in person before signing the purchase agreement, regardless of if they do so using a pen or an iPad.

Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

How do you know when to reduce the price?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Ask your Realtor® for an update on the market. It is important to keep up-to-date on developments in your neighborhood and to adjust your pricing accordingly.

80% of Homeowners Plan to Buy Again

Friday, October 7th, 2011

This recent survey shows the value most Americans place on owning a home.