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By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Time is a tickin' on the first time home buyer tax credit, so if you're still thinking it's probably time to put those thoughts into action...I know there are many first time home buyers out there wondering about the first time home buyer tax credit and whether they should go for it or not. Now t...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Best of the Area List: Press Citizen readers vote on some of the best things about the Iowa City and Coralville area, including North Liberty and Solon.The Press Citizen posted the results to its annual citizen vote on the Best of the Area at the weekend. It includes 60+ categories ranging from R...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Best of the Area List came out this weekend - But the only talking point today is college football and the Iowa Hawkeyes! Iowa City was not lacking in excitement the past weekend. The Hawks made headlines when they beat, crushed Penn State, making them heroes in our town. Not only did they have t...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Will Bruce beat out the competition this weekend at the box office?It's Friday and if you watch any TV at all you'll know that Bruce Willis is back with a new movie Surrogates and it's out on general release today. The other two big ones out today are another sci-fi movie with Dennis Quaid, Pando...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Buying a Home in Iowa City: Step 7: You're Closing on Your New Home!This is the last part in a 7 part series that gives a detailed look at how the home buyingprocess works when you buy a home in the Iowa City area. I've included links to the other parts at the end of this post.You're almost there...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Buying a Home in Iowa City: Step 6: Preparing to Close on your homeThis is part 6 in a 7 part series that gives a detailed look at how the home buying process works when you buy a home in the Iowa City area. I've included links to the other parts at the end of this post.What happens in this phase...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City Real Estate: Do You Buy Now and Take the $8000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Or...Wait?As the deadline for the first time home buyer tax credit approaches I see more and more written about whether first time home buyers should take advantage of it or not. Apparently in some parts of ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Buying a Home in Iowa City: Step 5: Home Inspections & Repairs This is part 5 in a 7 part series that gives a detailed look at how the home buying process works when you buy a home in the Iowa City area. I've included links to the other parts at the end of this post.Once you have an accepted offe...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Buying a Home in Iowa City: Step 4: Making an Offer This is part 4 in a 7 part series that gives a detailed look at how the home buying process works when you buy a home in the Iowa City area. I've included links to the other parts at the end of this post. Okay, so you've found a house that you r...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Stormwater Quality BMP Program for Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty IA There are so many ways we can help improve our environment. The US is lagging a bit compared to Europe and some other parts of the world and I'm on a bit of a crusade to do my part to make sure that I pass relevant info...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City, Coralville & North Liberty IA Real Estate Market Update August 2009Home sales for August are in for Iowa City, Coralville and North Liberty and it appears the swing upwards we enjoyed in July has pulled back again and numbers are down in August. It appears the first time home buyer mar...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Buying a Home in Iowa City: Step 3: Finding the Right Home for YouThis is the third part in a series that gives a detailed look at how the home buying process works when you buy a home in the Iowa City area. Parts 1 and 2 dealt with getting pre-approved for a home loan and choosing the right area...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Buying a Home in Iowa City - Step 2: Choosing the right area to live This is the second part in a 7 part series to give you as a home buyer a better idea about the home buying process in Iowa City. Today I'm going to cover the question of choosing where you want to live. At the same time you want...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Buying a Home in Iowa City: Step One: Getting Pre-approved for a Home LoanThis is the first part of a 7 part series geared towards "first timers". I'm thinking not only first time buyers, but also anyone relocating to the area. I figure folks relocating to the area are also first timers as genera...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City ACT Scores 2009   Big news in Iowa City this week - The ACT scores are in and Iowa came in 2nd in the nation again, with most area high schools in Iowa City scoring higher than the state average of 22.4.West High School beat it's own record this year with an average of 25.8 out of a pos...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City Real Estate: Selling Your Home in a Tough Market   When times are tough it's time to get back to basics. There are  no secrets. There are three basic factors to consider when it comes to selling a home in Iowa City or anywhere else for that matter. Condition of a home Price of the home ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City: More than you expect in the Midwest Iowa City is a surprising town...This comes from someone who's visited many towns and cities on three different continents, so I figure that makes me something of an authority on the subject! I relocated to Iowa City ten years ago and had no idea wha...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City Real Estate Market When I'm out and about and run into people it takes about 30 seconds for the topic of conversation to turn to what is on every Homeowner's and Homebuyer's mind...Just how is the Iowa City Real Estate Market doing anyway? I'm an Iowa City Realtor who's also an informat...

By Michael McEleney, ' Honesty. Integrity. Loyalty.'
(Urban Acres Real Estate)
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The worst winter in the last 30 years here in Iowa can't stop the activity on the west side of town. With residents starting out @ the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Iowa graduate programs-including the Law & Dental Schools and undergraduate activity (Mom and Dad find...

By Michael McEleney, ' Honesty. Integrity. Loyalty.'
(Urban Acres Real Estate)
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-28 degree wind chill = great time to look for Buyers. I fully understand that the weather here in Iowa is not really conducive to the enjoyment of your house hunt. However, we should factor in the higher inventory (you will have more selection), low interest rates (you could have a lower payment...

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