Archive for February, 2013

Decorating or Distracting?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

While this may look cute, we usually recommend removing most family photos while trying to sell your home because they are distracting to buyers and make them feel like they are invading someone else’s personal space. Neutral photos, such as of landscapes, would be less of a concern and might still be OK to leave up if the arrangement looks this nice. Ask your Realtor® for input to help you achieve the balance between decorating and distracting.

Mortgage delinquency rate at a 4 year low

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

The housing market continues to become more stable and solid across the U.S. Homeowners who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments is now at a 4 year low.

Read the Des Moines Register article.

The Air Freshener Dilemma

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

One of our most popular Facebook posts ever, was a survey with the question, “What should a home for sale smell like?” Fragrance is a very personal choice. Some aromas can be a delight to some, but a negative to others. Worse yet, some home buyers could even have a medical reaction to strong air fresheners if they have allergies or asthma. So what is a seller to do?

Here is an article with some interesting tips. If cleaning isn’t enough to remove all the odors from your home and you want to use an air freshener, the best advise is to keep it simple and keep it light.

Walter Cronkite shows us the home of the future

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Rarely is the future exactly as we predict it. For a look at what was expected to be the home of the future in 1967, check out this vintage clip of Walter Cronkite.


Tips for Better Indoor Air Quality

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Believe it or not, it is almost time for spring cleaning in Iowa! It may not be warm enough to open the windows and air out your home for a few weeks, though. So here are a few places you might clean to reduce the allergens and dust in your home.

Read the Post from Lowes: Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Photo courtesy of Lowes

Last Minute Valentine Ideas-Local events

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

ValentinesEvents Looking for some fun ways to to spend Valentine’s Day? The list below are some ideas for you to explore to create the perfect day for you and your loved one.

Valentine Dinner Train
Experience elegant railroad dining as it was in the 1950’s. Choice of entree, reservations required. February 9,14, 15 & 16.

Valentine’s Day Drop off
Bring the kids by for a jumping good time at Pump It Up in Urbandale! The fun starts at 5:00 lasting until 9:00 p.m. We will do a special craft and play fun games! Of course there will be lots of jumping, bouncing and sliding on our awesome inflatables! To keep their energy up, we will fill them with pizza and a sweet treat!

Wine and Chocolate Weekend Bring your Valentine to Tassel Ridge Winery for a wine and chocolate pairing experience featuring award-winning Tassel Ridge wines paired with fine European chocolates from Chocolaterie Stam.

Des Moines Sweethearts Charity Date Auction
Snatch up a young bachelor or bachelorette at the Des Moines Sweethearts – Charity Date Auction to benefit Young Variety’s annual VIP Telethon on 6pm, February 16th, 2013. Jasper Winery, 2400 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines Iowa 50321.

Kitchen Trends for 2013

Monday, February 4th, 2013

From houselogic

“If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, we’ve got good news and bad news.

First, the good stuff. According to trend experts Lita Dirks and Dominick Tringali, you don’t have to shell out major cash to add space. Instead, look to expand what you already have. Vault your ceiling, add windows, squeeze in clever storage ideas. Make the space work harder, not bigger.

Plus, relax. Casual kitchens are trending, with doo-dads and gee-gaws (think elaborate trim and vent hoods that look like medieval castles) going away, and simpler, sleeker designs coming on strong…”