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By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 7
 In the home buyer consultation, I talk to buyers about my role in our "partnership".  My role is point out all the little stuff.  The flaws in the house, the quality of the remodel, the location, the way that they want to live in the house, etc.  I am the proverbial "mom" that is showing them al...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 4
Do You Have the Stomach OR the Wallet for a Fixer-Upper?  A past client reached out to me late this afternoon.  She was asking about a property that had been rebuilt in the flood zone area.  It has been on the market since winter and is now priced modestly at $50,000.  Her daughter is searching f...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 2
Sellers: Showings Can be Risky Business! As a listing agent, I have learned and stumbled along the way when it comes to discussing showing expectations with my sellers.  What is a normal for me as a buyer's agent is not everyone's normal procedure, even in the same market. Ultimately, the homeown...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 12
Buyers: Making Sense of the Home Inspection Reports The high of an accepted offer leads to inspection period.  Depending on the age, type of financing,  and conditions of the home, you may have 2-5 different inspections to schedule. The first inspection is the whole house inspection.  This one is...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 10
Sellers:  Do You Have "Buyer's Eyes"? When I meet with a homeowner for the first time, we talk about the importance of "buyer's eyes", this is especially important if the homeowner has lived in their home for 10+ years.  (The market has changed A LOT in that time frame.)  The court of public opin...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 3
Be careful in letting Google "fill in" your info online! Buyer snafoo this morning....they completed an online request to a home inspector on his website.  As she was filling in her name, Google offered to complete her address information and "fill in" the blanks.  Without thinking, saving a step...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 24
Sellers:  Are you planning to SELL?  Or EXPIRE?  Every day, I spend some time looking at the "hot sheets" on the MLS.  They will show me at a glance the properties that have: An accepted contractHave closed/soldHave canceled their listing with the current agentHave withdrawn their listing from th...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 51
That awful feeling when your buyer client calls you late in the evening or you see the post on Facebook the next day.  She is all moved in now and has been living there for the past month.  She is in tears and has called the police and is waiting for them to arrive to walk through the house befor...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 0
Karen's Top Three in the Corridor for June 17-19, 2016 Some much to do this weekend!  Summer is officially here! 1.  Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market-Saturday June 18th 7:30 am-12:00 pm.  You will love the 150+ vendors downtown with everything from cooking demonstrations to wine tastings to f...
By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 1
With Des Moines home inventories at an all-time low, it is important if you are a home buyer to come prepared. Shopping for a house is a stressful experience by trade, but if you have all your ducks-in-a-row, it can go a long way to making the home shopping experience a positive one. If you want ...
By Paul David Hiebing, Quad-City REALTOR®, @ Grampp, Realty of The Q.C.
(Grampp Realty: Real Estate in the Quad-Cities)
Comments 0
Current Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) Interest Rates (As Of May 18, 2016):    "Call Paul" @ (563) 508-1649 for Details!!                  IOWA FINANCE AUTHORITY RATE WATCH:   The Iowa Finance Authority's interest rates as of Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 9:00 A.M. are below.  Get rates online any time...
By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 0
Driving around various neighborhoods around Des Moines this week, you have probably noticed a few “For Sale” signs in front yards. One thing you may not have noticed is that there are fewer homes for sale than we have seen in a long time. As of May 3, 2016, there were 2,936 homes for sale from Ne...
By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 0
One of the great aspects of Des Moines is the multitude of parks and recreation activities available to everyone; adults, kids, and the entire family. No matter where you are in the city, near downtown, Urbandale, Johnston, Waukee, or West Des Moines, there is a park for you. If all you’re lookin...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 13
No, not really.  I have two cats.  But apparently, having a dog is the way to know all that is going on in my neighborhood under my nose.  Over the weekend we were pulling out some horrible bushes that the previous owner had let overgrow.  Not only that, but prior to selling us the home, they tri...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 3
Don't Forget to Clean up Your (Pet's) Mess Too! This happens moreso in the winter months of selling homes in our area, but it is certainly something to think about if the current homeowners have a dog.   I will never forget the winter that I had a listing with 3 dogs.  The home sold quickly and t...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
Comments 6
The Power of the Seller's Story  In the last couple of years, I have requested that my sellers write a letter to the future buyer of their home.  In it, they have the opportunity to write about all of the reasons that they choose this home when they were looking to buy.  It personalizes the house...
By Georgia Weaver, A Promise Made is a Promise Kept! 712-291-0118
(Weaver Realtors)
Comments 0
Sold in 7 days, that is what happened to the last 2 properties I listed. As of today I have 22 buyers, one accepted offer last night, waiting to hear on another 2 and 3 new buyers this morning that I need to get copies of their preapprovals. Strongest seller's market I have seen in 11 years in th...
By Georgia Weaver, A Promise Made is a Promise Kept! 712-291-0118
(Weaver Realtors)
Comments 0
Wow, I have never had so many qualified buyers in my 11 years of being a REALTOR. It is a great problem to have, but it is still a problem.The inventory in the Storm Lake IA area is very low, surrounding towns are the same - Alta, Aurelia, Newell, Cherokee. Our brokerage Weaver Realtors, is getti...
By Peggy Harmeyer & Associates, Licensed in the State of Iowa
(RE/MAX Real EstateGroup.com)
Comments 2
  Why to build a new home now1. Interest RatesRates are low so you get more house for your money! Even only a 1% increase can cost you hundreds more, each and every month for 30 years!2. Energy Savings With new energy efficient windows and doors, better insulation technology, energy efficient new...
By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
Comments 1
Aside from the great quality of living in Des Moines with good jobs and great schools, there are also parks and trails for miles for people of all ages to enjoy. Whether you enjoy long walks, wide open bike rides, or just nature at its finest, Des Moines has a trail for you. The Central Iowa Trai...

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