Archive for November, 2012

See Beautiful Homes on the Holiday Home Tour

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Don’t miss the 24th Annual Altrusa Holiday Home Tour this Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, from 1 to 5 p.m. Homes on the tour include:

  • Dan Brabec, 3002 Sapphire Circle, Ames
  • Beau & Emily Hoppe, 5316 Thackeray Drive, Ames
  • Terry & Debbie Martens, 51552 180th Street, Ames
  • Vicki Sivesind, 1919 Polk Drive, Ames
  • Neal & Vickie Loes, 4317 Timber Ridge Drive, Ames

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Ticket outlets include Coe’s Floral & Gifts; Everts Flowers, Home & Gifts; Mary Kay’s; and the Ames/ISU Information Booth on University Boulevard. Proceeds from the Tour will go to: Heartland Senior Services, Ames Free Medical Clinic, ACCESS, Scholarships/Service Awards.

Altrusa International of Ames will also be collecting non-perishable groceries, household or personal care products, cash or food cards at the homes to help restock local food pantries.

Monday, November 26th, 2012


Hunziker Thanksgiving Recipe Box

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

In polling our agents and staff, we discovered that their favorite Thanksgiving dinner dishes are anything but traditional. While turkey and stuffing may be the main course, the side dishes and desserts become a little more unpredictable!

Enjoy these recipe ideas from the members of Hunziker & Associates, REALTORS for your holiday gathering. ThanksgivingRecipes

Danish Kringla

Shrimp Dip

Wild Rice & Sausage Dressing

Creamy Potato Soup with Egg Dumplings

Leftover Turkey with mixed greens & fruit salad

Liver Pate

Frozen Cranberry Salad

Candied Sweet Potato Casserole

Gooseberry Pie

Twice Baked Potatoes

Green Jello Salad

Pumpkin Stuffing

Praline Pumpkin Cake

French Silk Pie

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Jiffy Corn Casserole

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Hunziker goes visual on Pinterest

Friday, November 16th, 2012

We are now actively using Pinterest! Please check out our boards and follow us if you like what you see. We would love to hear suggestions and feedback from our followers who are Pinterest fans.

Mortgage Rates Hit 3.34%

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Nevada Office 5th Anniversary Open House

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Fast fix for a countertop scratch from the 99 cent store

Friday, November 9th, 2012

If you’ve ever had a scuff mark on a colored countertop, you know that it sadly becomes the room’s focal point. But we found the right supplies to save you any embarrassment.


  • Crayons, 99 cents
  • Spatula knife, 99 cents
  • A microwave-safe bowl, 99 cents (If you have one you’re willing to sacrifice to melt crayons, you just saved another 99 cents.)

Total: $2.97. $3.96 if you throw in a weak lemonade-type drink.

What you do:

  • Pick the Crayon whose color comes closest to matching your countertop. Peel off the paper and place it in the bowl.
  • Pop the crayon and bowl in the microwave.
  • Pour the hot, melted crayon onto the scuff mark and work it into the indentation with the spatula knife.
  • Scrape off the excess with the spatula knife.

The Crayon mixture will harden and dry quickly, erasing your countertop flaw.

What other inexpensive home fixes have you found or tried? What minor home repair job have you neglected because of lack of time?

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Hunziker & Associates is a Drop-Off Site for the Ames Community Pass Along Party

Monday, November 5th, 2012
CommunityPassAlongItemsPicFood at First Meal Program in Ames hosts a Pass Along Party in early December to help some special families in our community. Children and adults at the free dinner are given the opportunity to Christmas shop from the donations at no cost. The best part about it, no one buys a thing to donate. You simply gather gently used items you no longer need. It is a great way to help make the holidays extra special for many families in our community that often struggle to put food on the table, let alone presents under the tree. It is also great life lesson for your kids as well, especially this time of year. We can all find a toy around home that our children would never even miss. They accept new or gently used items, including household items because keep in mind, the kids shop for their parents too. They even have a gift wrap station, so gift wrapping supplies are greatly appreciated as well. They do not accept clothing or furniture.Drop item off at:
Hunziker & Associates Ames Office, 105 S. 16th Street
November 26-30 from 8:30am-5:30pm &
Saturday, December 1 from 8:30am-noon.
Thanks for helping us make this annual community event a success.

Free yard waste days, Saturdays in November

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

From the City of Ames

“The City of Ames has scheduled four Yard Waste Free Days beginning Saturday, Nov. 3, and continuing the following three Saturdays.

Residents wanting to dispose of yard waste may bring lawn clippings and leaves to American Professional Service Group, 407 Freel Drive, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 3, 10, 17, and 24. Leaves, as well as branches, shrubs, and brush, will be accepted on Saturday, Nov. 17 only.

Participants should follow American Professional Service Groups’ rules for proper yard waste disposal. For updated information call American Professional Service Group at (515) 232-7782 or go to Yard waste is not accepted at the Resource Recovery Plant. Participants are asked to enter American Professional Service Group from Southeast Fifth Street.”