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By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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What does sale pending mean? Can I still look at a house that is sale pending?This is one of those questions I get asked by buyers and sellers alike. Buyers want to make sure no-one else comes along to threaten their accepted offer. Sellers are excited and want the neighbors to know the hard work...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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After putting together several year over year market reports earlier in the month I figured it was time I drill it down some more and look at the numbers of homes sold in December in Iowa City. According to the Housing Trends Report released by the Iowa Association of Realtors this week home sale...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Spring is just around the corner. I know, it doesn't seem like it, but let's shake that off the winter blues this weekend and get into the mood for spring. What's got me so excited you ask? Well, that would be the Iowa City Area Home and Builder Show that's taking place this weekend at the Coralv...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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I want to ask the seller for closing costs - So how much are closing costs in Iowa City anyway Denise? This is another one of those questions that comes up a lot lately. Mostly of course with first time home buyers, for obvious reasons since it's the first time they buy a house. This of course is...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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When is the best time to put your home on the market in Iowa City? That's a loaded question, isn't it? And one that comes up all the time at this time of year. Got an email this week reminding me that home owners have a very different view on this than Realtors and figured that was reason enough ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Can you explain Seller Paid Closing Costs to me Denise? Questions about asking the seller for closing costs is really high on the list of questions I'm fielding lately, especially with first time homebuyers. To begin with I need to bust another myth. Seller paid closing costs are not really selle...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Denise, do you have access to see all the homes for sale in Iowa City? No matter what Real Estate Company is selling it? If so, do we just get you the address and you take it from there?This is a question I got in an email this week. It was a big wake up call for me. I'd met with these guys and e...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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My last market report covered home sales in Iowa City for the last decade, (2003 - 2010 to be precise. That's how far back the Iowa City MLS goes). Today I'm going to drill it down a bit and compare data for home sales and average prices for homes sold in Iowa City comparing 2010 to 2009. 785 hom...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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This is a question that comes up all the time. I touched on the question of NOT working with the listing agent in my post yesterday when I talked about how IDX works. Today I figure I'll put a very big misconception to rest about working with listing agents and why you really need a buyer's agent...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Haven't been blogging too much lately. Too busy fixing my website after my "move" back in November. I'm happy to say everything is where it should be now and I am oh so much smarter when it comes to website development. Not sure what that last part means, but my hope is that an efficient website ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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It's the end of the year, a time reserved for reflection. What makes it even more interesting this year is that it's also the end of a decade and we have so much more to look back on. Today I decided it would be a good idea to look at the number of homes sold  in Iowa City in the last decade. Wel...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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It's the end of the year and time for a closer look at what's going on in the Iowa City real estate market. After looking at homes sold in Iowa City in the last decade, (or at least as far back as I could go in the Iowa City MLS), it's now time to look at the trends in home prices in Iowa City. Y...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
Comments 2
416 Active Listings20 Homes Under Contract11 Homes Sold week ending December 18, 2010 I was going to skip my weekly market update this week with Christmas at the door and all that, then I saw 11 homes sold last week and I thought that was definitely worth passing along! It seems it's developing ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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For me Cinderella epitomizes Christmas as one of the best pantomimes of the season. If not THE best. This weekend you can get carried away by the magic and music of Cinderella when the Iowa City Community Theatre and University of Iowa Community Credit Union present the beloved Roger & Hammerstei...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Weekly real estate market update Iowa City December 13, 2010 - Number of homes sold, homes under contract and active listings.     427 Active Listings29 Homes Under Contract5 Homes Sold week ending December 13, 2010 This is a snapshot of the Iowa City real estate market December 13, 2010. 3 singl...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Thought it was high time I upgraded the graphs on my market reports. It's been on my "to do" list for a while and yesterday I finally took the time to figure out how to create graphs in Excel. (Thanks to Renee Burrows who shared her deepest secrets with us a while back).     On Monday I looked at...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Usually when I compile my data for my monthly market reports I compare the number of homes sold to the same month in the previous year. Real estate sales are seasonal so comparing with the same month in a different year is the most logical way to approach the topic. This month however that wasn'...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Did you miss the Fall Arts and Crafts Show in November? The one that was previously held at the Carver-Hawkeye Arena and this year was at the Marriott? Well, if you did you're going to be happy this weekend, because we have another big crafts show coming up! Sponsored by the University of Iowa Fi...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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440 Active Listings39 Homes Under Contract3 Homes Sold November 22 - November 27, 2010 ~ 1128 Foster Rd - List Price $128,400 - Sold Price $123,000 - 179 days on market ~ ~ 908 Willow St - List Price $164,900 - Sold Price $164,900 - 85 days on market ~~ 313 Windsor Dr - List Price $198,500 - Sol...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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I now have a live feed on my site from the Iowa City Area MLS. All the real estate listings you find there now are updated every 15 minutes so you can be sure you have the most current information on homes for sale in the Iowa City area. Previously I was getting my information from Google Base. A...

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