iowa: Cedar Rapids Real Estate - First Time Home Buyer Alert! - 03/25/07 08:43 AM
If you are a first time home buyer and want value for your money, then check out 3704 Richmond Rd. NE in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
This property has been completely remodeled from the inside.  New carpet throughout, new linoleum, new plumbing, new kitchen countertops, new sink, brand new gas water heater.  The heater is a few years old.  The roof is six years old. 
For pictures and a complete report on this property, go to  You can ask for a listing brochure to be emailed directly to your email.  On my website, I have over 30 + pictures of this property … (1 comments)

iowa: Skogman Realty and Christopher Smith, A Winning Combination - 12/24/06 01:53 PM

Number one website in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (ranked by one website in Iowa (ranked by in top 100 out of 100,000 websites in America (ranked by one real estate blog in Cedar Rapids.Number one real estate blog in Iowa.Ranked number 52 for real estate blogs in the country out of 11,000 other Realtors and paraprofessionals (ranked by and advertises your listings locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.Exposes your property to more potential buyers than any other Realtor in town.Goes door to door to "feeder neighborhoods" (neighborhoods whose price range is lower than your neighborhood) to solicit buyer … (4 comments)

iowa: Cedar Rapids Real Estate Expert Report - 12/23/06 08:34 AM
As of December 23, 2006, inventory continues to be plentiful in the Cedar Rapids, Marion, and surrounding areas.  The most houses for sale are located in Northeast Cedar Rapids and Marion, Iowa.  The most condos for sale however are on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids.
Interest rates for a 30 year Fixed Rate are at 5.75% and holding over the holidays.  This interest rate is fantastic and allows a homeowner to afford more home for less money. 
The buyers that are shopping right now in this area are serious and have to buy, so if you are a seller and have an … (0 comments)

iowa: The Top Ten Reasons Why My Website Stands Apart From the Competition - 12/07/06 02:13 AM
In it's infancy days, was a struggling excuse for even a "static" website that merely provided information, so that 2.3 seconds later, you could switch to another, more "dynamic" website.  I liken this website to the eyes of my baby boy, who just turned one in November.
When you look at life through the eyes of a child, everything is new!  Everything has possibilities!  Everything has merit (potentially).  So, as my website continues to "learn how to walk" and not fall "face first" into everything in it's path, I give you the top ten reasons why my website stands apart from … (8 comments)

iowa: Skogman Realty and Your Cedar Rapid's Realtor: On Your Side! - 11/23/06 03:51 AM
Skogman Realty is Cedar Rapid's Iowa's premiere realty agency.  Started in 1973 as a family owned business, Skogman continues the tradition today as the only family run realty company in Cedar Rapids.  Participating in up to 50% of all buying/selling transactions in the Cedar Rapids area, Skogman is your only choice for real estate. 
Christopher Smith is a Cedar Rapid's Realtor working for Skogman Realty.  Being a local Cedar Rapidian, Christopher knows the neighborhoods in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding areas.  A former elementary school teacher for twelve years, Christopher is experienced working with families and is honored to be working … (0 comments)

iowa: Skogman Realty - Cedar Rapids, Iowa - October Sales Report - 11/01/06 03:26 AM
Sales in Cedar Rapids, Iowa continue to rise, at least for one realty company; Skogman Realty.  October Sales Report figures are in and Skogman Realty participated in 35% on the seller side, and 38% on the buyer side.  Rarely does any one company reach the elusive 40% number of sales volume, but on the Southwest side of Cedar Rapids, we participated in 42% of sales, and in Marion, Iowa, 41% of sales. 
The market is strong and there's a lot of inventory of houses in all price categories.  Should you have a need for a Realtor with the number one realty … (1 comments)

iowa: Cedar Rapids, Iowa...My Hometown - 10/26/06 06:06 AM

          It's Wednesday morning, not unlike any other Wednesday morning in the beautiful state of Iowa.  I make sure my little boy has his bottle, gets dressed and off to daycare with my lovely wife.  As I kiss both of them goodbye, I climb into my car to head to the office, downtown Cedar Rapids by way of Marion, Iowa. 
          As I fumble through the radio dials on my car, I come across my favorite talk radio station, AM 600, WMT, which has served Eastern Iowa for over 75 years.  I've tuned in just in time for the farm report.   Soybeans … (3 comments)

iowa: Is This Heaven....No, it's Iowa! - 10/05/06 08:51 AM

Only in Iowa would you get something like this.  Just outside of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, there's a corn maze on the property of Dave and Karen Petersens like no other.  It's located on Bloomsbury Farm.  The history of this place is amazing!
A penniless Joseph Hagan came over from Ireland to the US in 1856.  He and his wife Margaret established what is now known as Bloomsbury Farm.  The farm was widely diversified with livestock and land.  Joseph worked the land until his death in 1907, leaving the 400 acres of prime Iowa real estate to his family.  Joseph Hagan Jr. took … (20 comments)

iowa: Marion, Iowa: What a Great Place To Buy Real Estate! - 10/03/06 06:59 AM

Fall is a wonderful time to buy a home in Marion, Iowa.  There is plenty of inventory to choose from in all different styles of homes and condominiums.  Marion, Iowa separates itself from big brother Cedar Rapids with it's small town way of life.  Small and quaint corner cafes, antique shopping that's second to none, and comfort food at one of Marion's appetizing restaurants sum up a few reasons why people naturally gravitate towards Marion, Iowa.
We are blessed to have one of the safest cities in Iowa, thanks to the Marion Police Department and all of the outreach programs they have … (4 comments)

iowa: Real Estate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Offers Great Value! - 10/02/06 05:56 AM
It's October, and although the weather might be cooling off, the housing market is still nice and toasty!  If you're wanting to buy a home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, now is the time.  Skogman Realty has lots of inventory to choose from.  Whether you are looking in Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest Cedar Rapids, or Marion, Iowa, buyers will have plenty of styles, price ranges, and financing options to choose from. 
I welcome First Time Home Buyers to my website: to receive free information, sign up for my monthly newsletter, and hear about wonderful financing options for YOU!
Please visit my website … (0 comments)

iowa: Realtor Websites and "Web Presence" in Your Community - 09/21/06 01:54 PM
Of the 900+ Realtors in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area,  very few have any kind of "web presence" in the community.  Their websites are static and only provide information.  They are not geared towards immediate feedback, drip email campaigns, links to related blogs, etc...  In my short time as a Realtor, I have worked hard on having a web presence in my community, and it's finally starting to pay off.  My little fifteen page website ranks first page for two key search phrases and in the top ten for the third search phrase.  I've done this all by myself, and no doubt, … (5 comments)

iowa: Skogman Realty Continues Strong Sales in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 09/20/06 03:26 AM
From the National Association of Realtors, Skogman Realty continues to have strong sales indicators, up from 2005.    Regarding single family unit sales, Skogman Realty has sold 974 units through September 18, 2006.  That's up 5.1% from last year. 
The median price for these units is $138,600, up 5% from last year.  The average price of these units is at $166,123, up 5.3% from last year.
Here is the breakdown of how many days these homes were on the market:
1-30 days     364
31-60 days     147
61-90 days     117
91-120 days     77
121 +           201
The market for buyers and sellers continues to be good in Cedar Rapids, … (0 comments)

iowa: Real Estate Sales in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Up From Last Year - 09/20/06 03:18 AM
From the National Association of Realtors, Cedar Rapids real estate sales are up 2.6% from 2005.  The total number of single family unit sales is 3,153.  The median price is $131,000, up 3.2% from last year.  The average price of a single family unit in Cedar Rapids is $152,860, up 2.3% from last year. 
Of the 3153 units sold here is the breakdown of how many days they were on the market:
1-30 days     1048
31-60 days     532
61-90 days     396
91-120 days     254
121 + days     810
So, the forecast this year is up from last year.  Cedar Rapids, Iowa continues to be a strong and vital … (0 comments)

iowa: Sex Offenders Need Housing Too Right? - 09/14/06 11:00 AM
At our Tuesday sales meeting at Skogman Realty in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we had an interesting discussion on sex offenders and housing by the Linn County sheriff's department.  From the center of our downtown, there is a 30 block radius whereby sex offenders cannot reside.  Also, sex offenders cannot live within 2000 feet of a daycare or school, which may be the law in your city or state. 
I worked with a couple whose husband was on the sex offenders registry list.  We looked for one solid month but could not find a house for this couple, even though they were pre-approved … (9 comments)

iowa: Skogman Realty and Christopher Smith - 08/25/06 05:36 AM
In 1974, when I was a wee lad at the age of 12, I was asked to play on a little league baseball team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The name of the team was Skogman Realty.  I played for two seasons with Skogman and then went on to the bigger and better things on the high school level and beyond!  Thirty two years later, two college degrees, and three career changes later, I am back with Skogman Realty as a Realtor, ready to serve the city where I grew up in!  I am very excited about this career, because I have … (2 comments)

iowa: Realtors in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 08/25/06 05:27 AM
I was just doing some research last night, and noticed of the 800 some Realtors in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa and surrounding areas, that only 66 of them use Enhanced Listings on  A lot of agents with Skogman Realty use this tool.  I think this is important to showcase your listings to the global marketplace, and to also get your name out there.  Since 70-80% of customers start their search for a home on the Internet, I think every advantage you can have puts you at the top of the heap, so to speak.  I'm just curious as to any … (2 comments)

iowa: Cedar Rapids Real Estate - 08/21/06 05:12 AM
Here in the lovely city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we as Realtors are positioned to enjoy a nice year in terms of the upswing in the real estate market.  Listings are up, sales are up, and it looks like this will continue into the fall and even early winter months.   Going in the winter months, our market is somewhat affected by ASD, Affective Seasonal Disorder, where sales drop, especially in the months of December and into January.  Being a newer agent myself, is this typical for you in your area of the country?  Do agents in Florida and Texas experience less … (1 comments)

iowa: BRANDING - 08/15/06 05:15 AM
The more I'm in real estate, the more important I think Branding is to your business.  There is one agent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and everywhere you look is her brand, all over billboards, print advertising, etc...  I also know that branding does not come cheap.  However, you can create your own brand for next to nothing.  Companies like and others will help you create your own brand for next to nothing so that you can use this "image" everywhere you advertise whether it be billboards, tshirts, polos, letterhead, post cards, etc...  How important is branding in YOUR OWN BUSINESS?  Share with … (11 comments)

iowa: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Real Estate - 08/05/06 02:58 AM
In the news recently, there have been reports of the real estate market softening.  These reports come primarily from the east and west coasts of the United States, but here in the midwest, specifically Cedar Rapids, Iowa, we have not seen that "bubble" that experts have been talking about.  In fact, our market is up for the month of July by 10% over last year's sales.  Has anyone else in the midwest experienced what we have been experiencing in this area of the country?  I think it is misleading to have a "blanket" news report about the real estate bubble when … (3 comments)


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