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By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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I know how much readers of my blog like Arts & Crafts shows. There's always an enormous amount of traffic whenever I write posts about them. This weekend - ALL weekend - we all have another opportunity to find that perfect gift for that special someone at the Iowa City Eastside Artist Holiday Sho...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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The Holidays are just around the corner. Perfect timing for the Holiday Farmers Market this Saturday in Iowa City. It's such a popular event it's hosted at TWO locations. The Robert A. Lee Recreation Center on Gilbert St and at Grant Wood Elementary School on Lakeside Dr. This year's Holiday Farm...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Cardinal Realty opened its doors for business this week. As my good friend Corinne Guest so eloquently said in her post this morning. AR is a journey. The decision to start my own real estate company comes in no small part through the influence of ActiveRain. When I signed up at AR in July 2009 I...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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November is shaping up to be another good month for the Iowa City real estate market. 36 homes sold in Iowa City this month to date.  37 homes sold last year in November so we're on track to beat that number easily by the end of the month.  55 homes are listed as pending or contingent. There are ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Home sales are up in October for the 4th straight month in Iowa City. 62 homes sold in Iowa City in October 2011 compared to 43 homes sold in October 2010. That's a lot of homes for this late in the year. That reflects a 44% increase over last year and a 63% increase compared to last month. (38 h...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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We are enjoying absolutely beautiful Fall weather in Iowa at the moment, in stark contrast to to our friends on the East Coast who are getting hammered with winter storms. Yesterday I was over on the east side of Iowa City picking up an earnest money check and felt really lucky to have an opportu...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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It's Monday and the last day of the month - An excellent opportunity to take a first look at home sales in Iowa City for the month of October. At the beginning of the month it didn't look like we were going to break any records for the month. I'm happy to say that changed and as of 5.30pm today 5...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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This was a question I was asked several times this summer by folks relocating to Iowa City. I've had a busy year and been asked a lot of questions. Now seems the perfect time to start a series where I answer some of them. First of all let's clarify what closing costs are. Closing costs are the fe...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Annual Puppet Festival Saturday October 29, 2011 10.15am - 1.15pm at the Iowa City Public Library There's so much going on this Halloween weekend it's hard to choose what to write about! As it happens I'm a sucker when it comes to puppet shows so this one was a no brainer for me. Some of my favor...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Halloween Weekend is coming up. Here are links to some of the popular venues in downtown Iowa City for live entertainment and good food... With a couple of them vying for the position of pulling the best draft beer in town. I'm a Guiness gal myself. (Which I'm guessing won't come as a surprise to...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Halloween Parade and Carnival, Iowa City, October 28, 2011 - 6.00pm - 8.00pm It's everyone's favorite time of the year again. Children and their parents and caregivers can get ready for a fun time organized by the Iowa City Parks & Recreation Department at this year's Halloween Parade and Carniva...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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It's a great time to take a look at home sales and prices in Iowa City. The 3rd quarter is behind us, it's the perfect time to look at the bigger picture and take a look at home sales and prices for the year to date. The graph below shows home sales and prices in Iowa City January through Septemb...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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With house prices as low as they are and the 30 yr fixed interest rate below 4% you'd expect the real estate market to be hopping. That's not quite the case. Home sales in Iowa City remain steady this month. Homes sold in October to date are up to 20. That's a couple more than last year at this t...

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: Home Sales in the 2nd and 3rd Quarter 2011 Lately in my market reports I've been talking about how the 3rd quarter has picked up considerably. It's difficult to prove that since I didn't have time to do quarterly market reports for the 2nd quarter in June. I'm going ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Even without waiting for everyone who closed today to update their listings on the MLS, the good news is that home sales for September in Iowa City are already up compared to last year. 37 homes sold in Iowa City this month compared to 34 in September 2010. Keep in mind that number is likely to r...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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This week I was out showing homes on the east side of Iowa City in the Scott Boulevard East Neighborhood. It was a dark and dismal day, the not so great side of Fall in Iowa. Usually when I'm early for an appointment, (which I generally am), I like to take photos of the neighborhood. It seemed on...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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What exactly is a zero lot Denise? This is a question I get a lot from clients relocating to the Iowa City area. It's a term that doesn't seem to be used anywhere other than Iowa.  A zero lot is a duplex style home where the owners share a wall. Each owner is sole-owner of the unit they own, incl...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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September is shaping up to be another good month for the Iowa City real estate market. Home sold in Iowa City this month to date are up to 20. There are 69 homes listed as pending or contingent. When I tell you 34 homes sold in all of September 2010 it will give you an good idea of just how stron...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City is a very "green" town. In every sense of the word. A perfect example of Iowa City's commitment to the environment is the abundance of parks in the area. So many that it doesn't matter where you live, you will always be close to one of them! They all offer something for the entire famil...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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The Dean Oakes Neighborhood where I took these photos this summer is in the North of Iowa City in the Shimek Elementary School District. The location is perfect for anyone relocating to Iowa City for the ACT - The ACT has it's National Office Complex   right here in Iowa City, just around the cor...

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