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By Georgia Weaver, A Promise Made is a Promise Kept! 712-291-0118
(Weaver Realtors)
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The current housing market in the Storm Lake Iowa area is a great place if you are a seller, it is not a great place if you are a buyer. Low inventory and high demand in real estate means Seller's market. That is exactly where we are today in the Storm Lake IA area market. Many homes this year,  ...
By Denise Hamlin, Real Estate & Relocation Services 319-400-0268
(Cardinal Realty - Locally Owned Real Estate Company)
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What are the top 3 emotional reasons to buy a house or condo in Coralville? I had to take off my Realtor® hat for this and think really hard why I think Coralville is such a great place to live and what it is that I appreciate most about the town I live in. Walking and Biking Trails in Coralville...
By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
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One question many homeowners and home buyers ask is “When is the best time to buy a house?” This past summer has seen a historically low number of homes available for sale across Des Moines. Couple that with the rapid pace of home purchases and the low-time-on-market for many of those same homes,...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Now that Labor Day is over, we are looking at the coming of the fall season.  Well, maybe not today....since it is 93 degrees and seems that summer is quite over yet, but now is the time to get ready while the weather is still nice.  1.  Clean outside light fixtures.  They might be full of bugs f...
By Denise Hamlin, Real Estate & Relocation Services 319-400-0268
(Cardinal Realty - Locally Owned Real Estate Company)
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How's the real estate market doing in the Iowa City area now that Labor Day is here and we're officially saying goodbye to summer? Today's market statistics look at August and the year to date in the Iowa City area. I'm including the number of homes sold in Coralville and North Liberty too, since...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Last year on November 1st, I started what began as a thankful month challenge to post something that I was thankful for each day on Facebook. At the end of November, I still had more to share. And now, after over 300 days, I am amazed that I have never been stumped for something to say. In fact, ...
By Denise Hamlin, Real Estate & Relocation Services 319-400-0268
(Cardinal Realty - Locally Owned Real Estate Company)
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Many home buyers relocating to Iowa City end up in Coralville, myself included. Why do you suppose that is? I've written before about the many advantages of Relocating to Iowa City. Today I want to look at what makes Coralville such a great place to live. Living in Coralville ~ Location, Location...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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When a Buyer Comes-a-Knockin', Tell Your Seller What to Do! And I don't mean it in a bossy way...but if the sign goes in the yard and a buyer knocks on the door, does your seller know what to do? My very first listing was a home that I sold for my aunt and uncle.  It was the only listing I had th...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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But I Didn't Bring the Checkbook! It happens.  I counsel my buyers to go to a lender, have their pre-approval letter ready, and bring the checkbook when they view homes.  Why?  Because if you find one that you like and you want to submit an offer, I need to have the earnest money check in my poss...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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It's a Pricing War and A Beauty Contest! In 2008, I attended my first CRS Sellabration in Hawaii.  It was an incredible experience, especially coming off of my best year in real estate and on track to have another incredible year.  One of the most enlightening statements was that today's market i...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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This is not unique to me, but I wanted to share the way that Zillow is helping buyers find me!  I know that in Zillow's commercials, they never show an agent involved.  But we all know that a buyer's agent is invaluable in the process of buying a home, especially if it is the first time for the b...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sellers: Are You Ready for Your Close-up? Before your home enters the market, your home is prepared for the close-ups of the contract.  The first being the professional photos of your home.  How important are these pictures?  These pictures are the first impression of your home.  Bad lighting and...
By Cy Phillips
(Space Simply - President & CEO)
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One of the best things about living in Des Moines is that there is a home for every type of person and family. We have condos. We have ranch homes. We have two-story homes. We have homes with pools. We have homes with large backyards. We have homes with small back-yards. To top it off, we have so...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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National Night Out for Law Enforcement August 2nd As many of you may know, my grandfather was a police officer for over 25 years, even rising to the President of the Iowa State Police Association in 1984.  So this cause is near and dear to my heart.  Especially with all of the shootings and turmo...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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This is a wonderful annual event organized by the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors to benefit the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation.  Bring your pets for a wash or a nail trim.  Please bring proof of rabies vaccination as well for the protection of the volunteers.  Located at 812 S. 1...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Sometimes, You Need to Look Past the Photos This week, I had the pleasure of working with a young couple that is relocating to Cedar Rapids after 4 years in Mexico.  When we started talking over a month ago, I created a search for them and they would feel defeated when all of their "favorites" we...
By Denise Hamlin, Real Estate & Relocation Services 319-400-0268
(Cardinal Realty - Locally Owned Real Estate Company)
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Iowa City Weather - Wait 5 Minutes and it Will Change...When I relocated to the Iowa City area back in 2000 the weather was a big concern for me. I was moving from a temperate middle European climate to Iowa that was known for its hot temps in the summer and oh so much snow in the winter. Did Iow...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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Buyers: Use the Home Inspection to Gather Information! Most buyers look at the home that they are going to buy at least twice.  But they will see different things each time...and forget some other things that they might like to know.  The home inspection is the buyer's opportunity to see the hous...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS)
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 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)
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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...

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