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Are you preparing your Des Moines Home for Sale in this fantastic Spring Market?  Remember the Golden Rule:  Declutter, Depersonalize and rid the home of unnecessary furniture!  Why?  Simple, to show your homes best attributes you need an uncluttered space that has well defined travel patterns and is neutral so potential  home buyers can picture themselves living in your home!

Daunted by the perspective of getting rid of all your 'unwanted' items?  Don't be!  There are many local and online resources for you to utilize:

Des Moines Classifieds- online-

Stuff- Consignment Stores-

Varage Sale- online-

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity REStore

Yard Sales of Des Moines- online-

Local Events - Dont forget to Check Them Out

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

The State Historical Museum has opened an exhibition that shares the stories of the Iowa residents who had supported the First World War. "Iowa and the Great War" is open every day through May 1, 2017 with more than 100,000 men and women from across Iowa who served in the military during the war. 

May Day is a a local event that celebrates the arrival of beautiful weather with a short hike through Brown's Woods. During the hike, many residents bring a May Day basket and look for spring wildflowers to take home with them. 

Local farm sites may seem mundane, but Living History Farms has changed it up. Engage in each of the working farms around the area, with a blacksmith, general store, print shop, and see the Flynn Mansion and Barn, both historic places. Open May 1 through August 27, Monday through Saturday. 


Beat the Rising Interest Rates!

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Mortgage Rates have risen to the highest level since 2014, with a likely hood to keep increasing through out the year. What does this mean for you? Acting sooner than later will make sure that you are locking in a lower rate.

Rates have already passed 4% in the last months, property economists have predicated that mortgage rates may rise to as high as 5.5% by 2018. This small percentage difference may not seem like a lot, but over the life of a mortgage, this can mean tens of thousands of dollars to the buyer. 

Following the increase in mortgage rates, home prices are predicted to see an equal increase in 2017. This means that home buyers will see a double hit in the cost of owning a home in the next year. Combining higher mortgage rates with home values going up, it will become more difficult to buy that home you are looking for. So beat the increase, go find your future home! 

The Benefits of a Pre-Approval

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Whether you are looking to buy a house soon, or buy a house in the near future, applying for a pre-approval is a great way to prepare for the right house at the right time. By getting pre-approved, possible buyers can have all their financial concerns and questions answered before the special time comes to buy a new home. There are many reasons to get pre-approved:

  • Understanding total monthly costs, not just a monthly mortgage cost. Including tax rates, insurance, mortgage cost, possible HOA, property tax, and (depending on down payment) Private Mortgage Insurance. This will help the buyer narrow down a price range of a home they feel comfortable buying. 
  • Planning for down payment, closing costs, and any fees that are involved in buying a home. There is more than just the down payment on a house, and being prepared for all the cots makes the real estate purchasing process that much more stress free. 
  • Getting all the paperwork needed to apply for a mortgage together. Buying a house can be time sensitive, and the last thing you want to do is not be able to provide the correct paperwork needed to buy a home. 
  • Helps the seller know that they are choosing a serious buyer who already knows they are ready to purchase a home. 

Among the listed reasons, pre-approval to a home mortgage makes sure you are serious buyer! 

Celebrate with a Great Easter Brunch in Des Moines!

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Easter Weekend is fast approaching, make sure to plan for some local activities. This year, Easter Sunday will fall on April 16th, 2017. Make sure to check out the following list of the most popular local events for a nice family brunch:

  • 801 Chophouse (801 Grand Ave, #200, Des Moines) from 10:30am to 3:00pm
    • Price: $10 to $65
  • Blank Park Zoo’s Feast with the Beasts (7401 S.W. Ninth St.) from 9:45am to 2:15pm
    • Price: $24 nonmembers, $22 members, $12 for 12 and under, Free for 3 and under
  • Cozy Café (8385 Birchwood Court, Johnston) from 10:30am to 3:00pm
    • Price: $11 to $21
  • HoQ (303 E. Fifth St., Des Moines) from 10:00am to 2:00pm
    • Price: $10 to $19
  • Hotel Pattee (112 Willis Ave, Perry) from 10:30am to 1:00pm
    • Price: $10.95 to $24.95 (Price based on age)
  • Johnny’s Italian Steak House (6800 Fleur Drive, Des Moines) from 10:00am to 3:00pm
    • Price: $26 Adults, $13 Kids, Free for 4 and under
  • Le Jardin (2815 Beaver Ave, Des Moines) from 9:00am to 1:30pm
    • Price from $10 to $25

For Family events such as Easter Egg Hunt, see the following link: Events

We all know this time of year means candy candy candy. Make sure to get you and your family out and about, and stay healthy! Des Moines & the surrounding communities have many parks & events that offer great outdoor activities to make sure you stay on your feet coming into a beautiful spring. 

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Iowa Realty
3521 Beaver Ave.
Des Moines IA 50310
Fax: 515-453-6404



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