ankeny: 5 Common First Time Home Buyer Mistakes To Avoid - 10/13/18 04:27 AM
You’ve been working for years, building up to become a first time home buyer, but now that you’re here, you decide what advice to take or cast aside.
There’s a lot of information out there for new buyers that turn an exciting time into an overwhelming experience.
Consider these 5 common first time home buyer mistakes to avoid next time you feel overrun by options.
First Time Home Buyer Mistake #1: Don’t Set a Budget or Go Over Budget
According to Forbes, the five expenses that will consume 50% of your lifetime earnings are: home, car, children, education, and retirement.
Don’t make the mistake … (1 comments)

ankeny: 5 Ways to Start Saving for Your First Home - 09/16/18 04:46 AM
Remember when you were a kid and all you wanted were those pink and red roller blades? You sold lemonade, did extra chores, and picked up babysitting gigs until you piggy bank was full.
As an adult, roller blades turn into cars and houses. Except now, a full piggy bank won’t pay the bills.
Saving for your first home can be as simple as selling lemonade if you follow these 5 tips.
Set A Goal
Before you get too stressed about saving for your first home, set a goal.
The first step to setting a goal includes creating a must-have list you’d like your future home … (1 comments)

ankeny: 5 End of Summer Activities for Kids in Ankeny - 08/15/18 12:34 PM
Summer in Ankeny, Iowa is winding down. Shopping carts are filling up with school supplies instead of water balloons, and kids are taking full advantage of their last days by staying up past their bedtime. The end of summer is a great time to stuff as much family-time as possible into a few short weeks.
If your children are anything like mine, they’re raring to get out of the house before they have to go back to sitting in a classroom.
Are you running out of summer activities to do in Ankeny Iowa with your kids? Don’t worry...I’ve got you covered. Use this … (0 comments)

ankeny: Baby Proof Your Home - 07/18/18 05:49 AM
Whether your baby is the size of a grape or a full-grown adult, their health and safety preoccupy your every thought.
Creating a safe environment at home is the first step to protecting your young one. With so many gadgets and gizmos out there, where do you begin? Before your tot turns into a walking and talking toddler, rest assured that each room in your house is safe and secure.
Follow these top tips to quickly baby proof your home.
NurseryOnce nap schedules are set, and your baby is sleeping through the night, chances are they’ll be spending the majority of their time … (2 comments)

ankeny: Sell My Home: 7-Step Guide to Selling Your House - 07/12/18 05:10 AM
Sell My Home: 7-Step Guide to Selling Your House
The only thing consistent in life is change.
Change is good, though it can be stressful. Two of life’s biggest changes and stressors are buying a home and selling a home. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way.
If you’re moving into the “Sell my home!” phase of life, use this 7-step guide to selling your home to avoid any added stress.
Sell My Home: Step 1 - Prepare Yourself & Your PropertyBefore doing anything, make sure you’re mentally and physically prepared for this change. Consider all motivations behind selling your house. … (0 comments)

ankeny: Best New Shops & Stores in Ankeny - 07/05/18 03:12 PM
Ankeny is BOOMING!
Every corner I turn I see a sign that says or “Now Open” or “Coming Soon!” The small town feel combined with rapid growth is one the best parts about working and living here.
One of my favorite activities (outside of selling dream homes) is discovering new gems in Ankeny. I’m most excited about 5 business that recently opened, and am on pins and needles waiting for 2 other places to open soon.
So, what are the best new shops and stores in Ankeny, Iowa? Let’s find out!
Taco Hangover Ankeny - 1631 SW Main Street, Suite 100 … (0 comments)

ankeny: 5 Reasons Buyers Should Choose Villas at Brinmore New Construction - 05/10/18 08:34 AM
Having troubles finding a home with all of the features and charm you’re looking for WITHIN YOUR BUDGET?

You’re not alone.

As a realtor, I pride myself on finding the perfect fit for every client. Sometimes I work with clients who have a very specific picture in their mind of what they want in their next purchase. Although I love the challenge of finding that needle in a haystack, there’s an even better option for buyers with custom needs.

New construction is a great alternative for those with a unique vision.

I know what you’re thinking. I’ve heard it time and time … (3 comments)

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