Archive for October, 2012

Dunkin’ Donuts Coming to Ames!

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Dunkin’ Donuts is opening at store at 2650 Lincoln Way! They will be open before next spring!

Ames Tribune Article

Gutter Cleaning Coupon

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Keeping your gutters clean is one of the most important things you can do to prevent water from getting into your basement and to prevent ice dams from forming that can back up water under your roof shingles.

The Ames Tribune published the following coupon for gutter cleaning. If you use this contractor, we would appreciate it if you would tell us what you think about their service!

Ames Tribune Coupon

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Housing Starts at 4 Year High

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

From Bloomberg Businessweek

“Beginning home construction jumped last month to an 872,000 annual rate, the fastest since July 2008 and exceeding all forecasts in a Bloomberg survey of economists, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. An increase in building permits may mean the gains will be sustained.

“It’s no longer a question of whether the industry is rebounding,” Larry Sorsby, chief financial officer of Red Bank, New Jersey-based Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. (HOV), the best-performing homebuilding stock this year, said in a telephone interview today. “There is clear evidence that we have bounced off the bottom and are in the midst of a recovery.””

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MidAmerican Energy Empower U in Ankeny

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Interested in energy issues? MidAmerican Energy is hosting several seminars around the state, including one in Ankeny on Monday, October 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

Topics include:

Future Electric Generation

Energy Policy

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CNNMoney: Forclosures fall to 5-year low

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

From CNNMoney….

“NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The wave of foreclosures hitting the nation’s housing market has been much less severe than anticipated, with foreclosure filings at their lowest level in five years last month, according to a report out Thursday.

Foreclosure filings — including default notices, scheduled auctions and bank repossessions — were reported on 180,427 properties in September, a 7% decline from August and down more than 16% from a year earlier, according to a report released Thursday by RealtyTrac, an online marketer of foreclosed properties. That’s the lowest number of filings since September 2007.”

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We sell homes for 1.3% more than our competition!

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Year to date stats for Ames…

  • Hunziker’s sales to original list price ratio is 96.4%
  • The entire Central Iowa MLS’s sales to original list price average is 95.6%
  • When Hunziker’s numbers are removed from the overall MLS, the Central Iowa MLS average sales price to original list price average drops to 95.1%.
  • 96.4% vs. 95.1%  HUGE Difference!

On average, listings at Hunziker & Associates are selling for 1.3% more than our competition!

Data source: Central Iowa Board of Realtors®

Ames City Council Hosts Neighborhood Summit

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

From the City of Ames…

AMES, Iowa – (Oct. 8, 2012) The Ames City Council will host a Neighborhood Summit at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 515 Clark Ave. Neighborhood Summits are held regularly with the City Council to promote opportunities for neighbors to become more connected with each other and local government.

As part of the Ames City Council’s goal to promote strong neighborhoods, the Neighborhood Summit will focus on issues of importance to neighborhoods and neighborhood associations. This will provide an opportunity for residents to offer insight, concerns, and recommendations on how to improve their neighborhoods.

All residents are encouraged to attend.

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Thank you for coming!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Thank you to the many, many people who came to celebrate our 60th anniversary with us! We were thrilled to have so many real estate clients, tenants, business partners, community leaders, and friends of the Hunziker family, our employees and agents present.



Join us for the Hunziker Companies 60th Anniversary Party!

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Hunziker Celebrates 60 years of serving Ames and Central Iowa

Erb Hunziker began building homes in 1952 in partnership with Don Furman under the name of H&F Builders Construction Company. They operated out of the basement of the Hunziker home with a part time secretary and a few hourly employees. The emphasis was on new home construction and land development. Don ran the crew and Erb sold homes and kept the books. Nine lots were developed and six houses were built that first year. In 1954, the real estate brokerage, Hunziker & Furman Realty, was added and in 1955 they moved to 537 Main Street. During 1962/63/64, an average of 75 homes were built and 70 lots were developed. In 1968, the office at 803 24th Street was built. The partnership flourished and soon became the largest developer, builder and real estate company in Ames.


In 1995, Erb and Don decided to go their separate ways. The name changed and moved to its current location at 105 South 16th Street where it houses four (4) separate entities: Hunziker & Associates, Realtors®, Hunziker Property Management, HCS Builders Inc., and Hunziker Land Development. The real estate company expanded outside of Ames with offices in Ankeny (opened in 2003), Boone (opened in 2006) and Nevada (opened in 2007). Today, the real estate company has 35 agents (in the Ames office) and a Support Staff of 7. The property management company oversees 1100 apartments and 20 commercial properties. The construction company builds an average of 50 new homes per year.

The Hunziker Family believes in giving back to the community in a variety of ways including the United Way, the Boys & Girls Club, and Y.S.S.. Erb and Marge Hunziker were major sponsors of the Hunziker Sports Complex, Beloit Children’s Center and the DMAAC School Career Academy designed to help the high school students of Story County. Iowa State University is also a benefactor of Erb and Marge’s generosity: the Marge Hunziker House at Reiman Gardens, the Women’s Hunziker Court at the ISU Sukup basketball practice facility and the small auditorium at the Jacobson Building. Erb Hunziker passed away in April of this year, but his legacy continues within the various Hunziker Companies and the Ames community. The owners, Realtors and staff contribute their time, talent and financial support to help improve the communities in which they live & work.