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By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
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When you are looking for a home, do you picture yourself in a single family home with a fenced yard?  Or do you picture yourself in a high-rise or townhome where you can leave on a work trip and not need to worry about what the lawn might look like when you return?  What stage of life are you cur...

By Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164, Relentless, Reliable, Premiere Personal Service
(Evenson/Fisher Group-Revelation Realty)
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This 1996 built ranch at 146 38th St. NE was received an accepted offer after 7 days and very close to the asking price of $150k.The garage was built in 2007 and features an open floor plan.Gary Wolter is licensed in Iowa and Arizona and has a team at Pinnacle Realty in Cedar Rapids. "We have sol...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
Comments 1
I mean think about it.....if you needed to sell your home tomorrow, what would you do first?  If you are an agent or married to one, you would know that your first call would be to a professional.  But what if you are a successful professional in another field?  Would you try to sell it on your o...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
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Sellers:  You Don't Need to Babysit Your Home One of the best reasons to hire a real estate professional is that the seller does not need to babysit their home.  What do I mean by babysit? As a for sale by owner, the seller would need to be present for all showings with potential buyers and their...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
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May closings of luxury homes priced over $700,000 on the Des Moines MLS shadowed April's performance with 8 closed in May vs. 7 closed in April. Pendings slowed a bit dropping from 20 in April to 17 in May. The first two weeks of June is when our market traditionally hits its sold/pending peak fo...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
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Sellers:  The 4 Best Tips to Make a Fabulous First Impression!  1.  Curb appeal is important.  While your home is on the market, keeping your home mowed, trimmed and landscaping perfect is important.  When a buyer drives by, the make a decision instantly whether they like what they see from the O...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
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Closings of luxury homes priced over $700,000 on the Des Moines MLS sprang to life in April rising 350% to from 2 closed in March to 7 for the month of April. Pendings gained momentum in April also jumping from 7 to 20.  Inventory rose in April as well but more slowly moving from 69 units 76 for ...

By Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164, Relentless, Reliable, Premiere Personal Service
(Evenson/Fisher Group-Revelation Realty)
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What a great two weeks in Iowa! Since moving to Phoenix in early 2015, we have sold 25 homes by referring my Iowa clients to other agents that I trust. This was the first time that I decided it was time to activate my Iowa license and help a few clients, personally! A few other agents wondered wh...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 4
Closings of luxury homes priced over $700,000 on the Des Moines MLS slumped in March to 2 closed for the month and pendings were flat from 7 to 7. Actives picked up from 64 to 69. Compared to closed sales of 6 in February closings were anemic. With 69 active at the end of the month there was a 37...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
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Mortgage Credit Certificate Program Announced from the Iowa Finance AuthorityWow! A great benefit has been announced for Iowa home buyers who qualify as The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) unveils the 2018 Mortgage Credit Certificate Program that can save Iowa home buyers up to $2,000 on their feder...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
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I feel compelled to share a recent experience that I had as a buyer's agent in Cedar Rapids this past weekend.  This is the third instance of this practice that I have seen so far this spring in this price point. The buyer that contacted me on Zillow was asking about a property that morning.  The...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
Comments 2
Buyer Question: What Does It Mean to be a "Backup Offer"? Buyer question: I called to see a home and was told that the seller is accepting backup offers.  What does this mean?  There are several reasons that a seller may be willing to continue to show their home after an offer is accepted.  1.  T...

By Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164, Relentless, Reliable, Premiere Personal Service
(Evenson/Fisher Group-Revelation Realty)
Comments 4
Iowa native, Gary Wolter has joined Pinnacle Realty in Cedar Rapids and will be helping many new and current clients. Gary and his wife Melynda started "Wolter Team Realtors" in 2001.As of late June, Gary has sold 4 homes and will list another one soon."We always kept our Iowa ties even after we ...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
Comments 2
The new breed of buyers are looking on all of the websites, from Realtor.com to Trulia and Zillow, and even local company MLS feeds.  Most buyers believe that they can find a home on their own and they only need an agent to open the door.  There is just so much information available to the public...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 2
Closings of luxury homes priced over $700,000 on the Des Moines MLS came off life support in February to log 6 closed for the month, 7 pending and 64 active. Compared to closed sales of 1 in January closings were brisk. With 64 active at the end of the month there was still a 10.7 months supply w...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 3
Des Moines area February 2018 home sales showed more cooling of the market even as temps warmed. Average and median sales prices rose across the board however as fewer but more expensive homes closed during the month. Overall unit sales fell -2.7% from 2017 from 750 sold to 730. Rising rates almo...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 2
This is a monthly report that focuses on sales of residential properties priced $700,000 and over on the Des Moines MLS in the cities of Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Booneville, Clive, Cumming, Dallas Center, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Norwalk, Runnels, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Urba...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
Comments 2
2018 Des Moines area home sales have started out a bit slow as compared to this month last year, falling by appx. -3.9% MLS wide. The drop was probably due in part to the bitterly cold start to the year which took out last January's lows by -17 degrees.738 units were sold in January 2018 and comp...

By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
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This happens quite a bit in my market.  The buyers see a home that they like and they naturally want to know everything that they can about the neighborhood.  This is definitely a buying signal! Now for a real life example, Buyer comes through my listing with their agent.  Based on the agent's pe...

By Matt Grohe, Serving the metro since 2003
(RE/MAX Concepts)
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The solid home sales trends the Des Moines area has been experiencing for past 5 years remained in place in 2017 with the region posting new records in numbers of homes sold and in average sales prices.On the top line unit sales MLS wide rose from 14,067 units in 2016 to 14,763 units in 2017 for ...

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