Archive for May, 2012

Tips for Saving a Down Payment for Your First Home

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Although there are still programs that offer 100% financing in some situations, it is always financially advantageous to save a sizable down payment. Here are tips for pulling together a down payment for your first home.

From Money Under 30…

“A down payment between 10 and 20% on your first home or condo is more important today than ever before. Following the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, lenders are more cautious with mortgage applications and borrowers have (hopefully) learned some lessons about risky home loans. Of course, socking away $20,000 or more isn’t easy, especially in your twenties. Here are five steps to take to save up your down payment in record time….”

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Boone Railroad Museum Now Open

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center opened on May 26th. This addition to the Boone & Scenic Valley Rail Road should draw more visitors to the area. A grand opening is scheduled for June 30th.


Ankeny Economic Development in Full Swing

Friday, May 25th, 2012

From the City of Ankeny Economic Development Department….

“Last month the City Council unanimously approved three development agreements to support more growth in the City’s targeted industries.

The Toro Company announced its plan to locate a new 450,000 square foot distribution center in Ankeny. The building will be built by Ryan Companies and leased by The Toro Company when it is completed later this year. The location will primarily distribute residential and landscape contractor turf maintenance equipment which is mostly produced at facilities in Minnesota and Nebraska. The new distribution center in Ankeny will employ approximately 20 people. Ankeny’s location at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 35 was an important factor for the company’s decision to locate in Ankeny.

Old Dominion Freight Line has developed a site plan for an approximately 30 acre parcel east of the Corporate Woods interchange with I-35. The site will accommodate a new terminal building, office and maintenance building. The total new construction is about 67,000 square feet. The company expects to add approximately 75 new positions over five years, eventually bringing its Des Moines Metro Area workforce to 180.

Denny Elwell Company is planning to build a 61,000 square foot light industrial/warehouse building for lease on SE Convenience Boulevard in the Metro North Business Park. The new building will front on I-35. The developer accessed the City of Ankeny’s Speculative Building Incentive Policy which offers a combination of property tax abatement and rebates on the new building for a period of five years.

For more information on these projects and other development statistics, please visit visit (the City of Ankeny) website.”

Down payment grants for military personnel

Friday, May 18th, 2012

In honor of Armed Forces Day, we would like to express our gratitude to those who serve or have served our country in the military. This country could not continue to be a great land of freedom without what you do for us. We wish you the best this country has to offer, and the joys of creating your own American dream in whatever form you desire it take shape for you. Should that dream include owning your own home, be sure to explore the grants available to those who have served. It is a fitting reward for those who protect all of our homes. God bless you.

Grants for military homebuyers

By Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

Home buying may never get any cheaper

Monday, May 14th, 2012

From CNN Money….

“Several housing experts are predicting that this year will be the last chance for homebuyers to cash in on the weak housing market….homes have never been more affordable — but it won’t stay this way for much longer.”

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Iowans enjoy one of the shortest commutes in the U.S.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

From KCCI….

“U.S. Census Bureau data show Iowa’s average commute is nearly 6 minutes shorter than the national average.

The average Iowa commute is 19.1 minutes. That ties the state with Kansas for the seventh-fastest average commute in the country. The national average is 25 minutes.”

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Hunziker a Drop Site for Live United Food Drive

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS in Ames and Nevada will serve as drop sites for the 2012 Live United Food Drive. The drive helps provide food for children on the free or reduced lunch program during the summer months.

Bring your non-perishable donations in during business hours on May 14-24th and help make a real difference for families in need. Last year the campaign collected over 13,000 pounds of food!

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Couple finds 30k bees in their attic

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Here is a strange, but true, story circulating in the press. Fortunately, this story was not from Iowa and this is not a normal problem to have with a house!

“(A) couple in Cape May, N.J. said they’ve finally solved the mystery of the strange vibrations that have been shaking their home: they found a giant honeycomb and 30,000 bees in their attic…”

Couple finds 30k bees in their attic

Multiple Offers are Back

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The Wall Street Journal posted an article and video last week, “Stunned Home Buyers Find the Bidding Wars Are Back .” We have been experiencing homes receiving multiple offers in our offices as well.

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