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By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 5
May the best offer win!   Unfortunately, neither of my buyers this weekend "won" the house that they wanted.  A cautionary tale... This weekend, I had two different buyers at were interested in two different new listings.  The first buyer couple saw the house and wanted to "sleep on it".  Which i...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 5
Lots of dangers to the temperatures that we are currently experiencing in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor area.  With record breaking cold, there are a few things that you need to watch for to protect your home.  1.  Your furnace vent to the outside.  It needs to be clear of ice and snow.  If...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 1
What is your radon IQ?  Meaning, what do you really know about radon?  Here in Iowa, it is a real estate buzzword... and with good reason!  Our state has one of the highest levels in the country.  And as our homes have become better insulated and sealing out the outside, the occurence of radon le...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 1
Starting in 2018, first time homebuyers in Iowa will be able to open a savings account to save for the purchase of their first home.  And the best part?  The money you save can be tax deductible*  It is a 10 year account that anyone can contribute money into for your first home.  Parents and gran...

By Georgia Weaver, A Promise Made is a Promise Kept! 712-291-0118
(Weaver Realtors)
Comments 0
Notice on my MLS Service  IAR follows the MLS model bylaws, policies and rules from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy and more particularly the Model Rules and Regulations for an MLS Operated as a Committee of an Association of REALTORS. Any options s...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 4
How many of us actually know our neighbors names?  What about their phone numbers?  I bet we might know their children or their pets' names.  Why should we get to know our neighbors?  When you are sellling your home, it can make it a lot easier on you.  Especially if you are already moved into a ...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 3
I want to say never, but that isn't realistic.  And even if the buyer is purchasing an estate or bank-owned property that is sold as-is with no repairs....I think that an inspection is still important.  Even on new construction, yes...I still recommend a home inspection. But what if the seller al...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 2
For the past few years, I have been counseling home buyers in Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Corridor like this:  "When they offer on a home, the seller has 3 ways to respond": 1.  They could accept the offer as written. 2.  They could reject the offer. 3.  They could counter back to the buyer to address...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 2
Buyer's Corner:  Why Is that Listing Still Online if it is SOLD? "Hello, this Karen with Lepic-Kroeger.  How can I help you?"Buyer: "There is a home that I found online that I would like to see.  It is at 123 Main Street.""Okay.  Let me look up that property....oh.  It is under contract according...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 4
I have seen a few annoyed "would be" cash buyers stating they are OFFENDED that all these real estate agents just want to see their proof of funds. OFFENDED? Really?!?!?  As though a stranger's word is enough to put them in the car and show them homes?  Sorry, but no. As a listing agent I would b...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 3
Buyers:  Don't Wait for the Photos to See the House! In a seller's market, there are fewer listings to choose from and the good ones sell before the pictures are added.  So you cannot sit back and keep clicking and waiting for the pictures as a buyer or you will miss out on the best listings! I h...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 1
In conducting years of buyer interviews, I am never surprised to hear that would be home buyers are looking for a home for their pets too.  Sometimes, they don't have a pet currently, but they aspire to have one....someday.   Some of the things to consider:  For an aging pet, the number of stairs...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 3
Buyer Beware: What are Driveway Easements? A week ago, my buyers found a home that they really liked and they wanted to write an offer.  It was a new listing and I had the listing agent email me the property disclosure.  On the first page, there it was, the driveway easement.  In walking around t...

By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 0
The Des Moines housing market remains extremely active and the trends are pointing to even more opportunities for buyers and sellers into 2017, and beyond. As expected, median costs have been steadily rising while there hasn't been much fluctuation from a sellers asking price to what is actually ...

By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 1
Realtors in Des Moines seem to be on every street corner and office park, ready to help you find the house of your dreams. Despite that, you should not just pick a Realtor because they have an office in your neighborhood. Buying a house is a very personal experience and you’re going to be working...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
Comments 0
Coralville City Council Meeting November 22, 2016Bridgewater Development PUD Site Plan ApprovedBack in September I wrote about attending my first Council Meeting in Coralville as a resident specifically interested in the Bridgewater Development. At the time, residents living on the access road pu...

By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 2
If you’re shopping for a home and aren’t sure if you should go to an open house, Space Simply wants you to know that the open house still has a place in the home buying process, so don’t count it out just yet. While it is no longer the primary method many shoppers use to find their dream home, on...

By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 0
If you’re thinking of buying a house in the next few months, you are in luck. Even though inventory across the Des Moines area remains historically low, as the season changes from fall to winter, buyers can take their time in finding their dream home. According to DMAAR, the Des Moines Area Asso...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
Comments 10
Residents Have Their Say At Public Hearing ~ Bridgewater Development, Coralville IAA couple of weeks ago I got a letter from the City of Coralville informing me of a proposed development in an area that backs up to my house and my neighborhood. It was a two liner, and included a plan of the propo...

By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 0
As the seasons change, many people start to wonder if it is time to move into a new home. There are many questions you have to ask and answer before you decide to list your home and put an offer in on your next dream home.First, you have to ask, is it time to sell my home?If your family has grown...

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