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Get Your Lawn Ready for Summer

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Lawn care may not be everyone's favorite thing to do, and some may not know the proper way to prep their lawn for the coming summer. Spring is a sensitive time of the year for your yard the plants are just recovering from winter, the soil is like a sponge, and the weather is unpredictable. Taking  care of your lawn now will only make your summer that much more beautiful and you will thank yourself when it really starts to get hot out. 

Here are some helpful tips for the Spring Season, and how to take care of your yard:

  • Be Gentle: cleaning your lawn and doing heavy yard work can cause damage below the surface. Try to stay off your lawn when it is wet and do as much work when its good and dry. 
  • Control the Weeds: spring is the optimal time to prevent weeds, with new gardening technology,  you can treat your lawn to prevent weeds now and keep your lawn clean through out the summer.
  • Fertilize: Want lush, green lawn grass? feeding your lawn will help it grow strong and green. Now you can get fertilizer and weed control in the same mix, making both jobs even easier.

​​With the spring upon us, do not miss the opportunity to treat your lawn right. For more home tips, visit my website!

Best Time to Sell Your Home

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

When it comes to selling your home, the question always surfaces...When is the best time to sell? Late Spring and Early summer tend to be the most popular time to sell your home for many reasons. 

There are many pros to selling your home this time of the year; School is ending, Home Prices are up, and the summer months tend to free up more time. 

Pros of selling your Des Moines house now:

  • Larger Selling Price: With demand for homes high and inventory low, home prices are steadily increasing.
  • Better Home Evaluation: Home Value valuations are up as well.
  • Longer Days & Look Better: Longer summer days allow for more time to visit or show your home. Plus, spring & summer bring out the beauty in your yard....enhancing Curb Appeal. 
  • Bidding & Multiple Offers: Bidding may be a head ache for the seller at times but multiple offers is a wonderful situation to have!  Multiple offers normally up your Home's Price.

The Real Estate Market is HOT right now!  If you've considered Selling your Des Moines ara home, give Jon Smith a call for a personal consultation and up-to-the-minute market analysis!

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- https://desmoines.claz.org/classifieds/for-sale/household

Stuff- Consignment Stores- http://www.stuffetcankeny.com/

Varage Sale- online- https://www.varagesale.com/west-des-moines-ia-buy-and-sell/i/pxsrxqws-household-items

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity REStorehttps://www.gdmhabitat.org/restore/

Yard Sales of Des Moines- online- https://yardsales.net/s/WDWV

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. 

 

Checking Your Credit Before Purchasing A Home

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

If you are planning to be a homeowner in the near future, you should access and check your credit report before starting to look for a home. Most lenders usually prefer to check your credit report before considering your application when you apply for a loan. The information in your credit history helps the lenders in deciding your credit worthiness and how much credit to offer you in case of a loan approval. Your credit score will also decide which interest rate you are eligible for. 

The first critical step is to review your credit report to check for any errors.  Unfortunately, many people fail to take this all important first step. Instead, they wait until they have applied for a mortgage loan to find out from the lender that there are problems with their credit scores.

By checking your credit score before you apply for a mortgage loan you gain the opportunity to find out if there are problems which you can correct and discrepancies that need to be removed. There are three national credit reporting agencies that you can choose from: Experian, Trans-Union and EquiFax. Remeber that you are also eligible for a free credit report annually by law, click here to get your free 3-in-1 credit report.

Review your credit report carefully for any errors and if you find any discrepancies you have a right to contest it. You will need to contact the credit reporting agency and explain why you believe the item is incorrect and thus you will need to provide documentation such as receipts and cancelled checks can help your claim. Bank Rate offers some great advice on fixing these errors along with the forms you will need. Although this is will be an inconvenience it is better to get everything cleared up before you fall in love with a home only to be denied a loan due to problems with your credit report.

Des Moines Holiday Events

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Now that Thanksgiving is here, the holiday season has offically kicked off. The Des Moines Area is full of holiday events and fun for the whole family. Below are some dates and information for some of the area's best seasonal events.

  • What would the holiday season be without shopping? On November 27th, The annual Rockin' Shoppin' Eve at Jordan Creek Town Center means that stores will open at 12:01 a.m. for holiday shopping. Free coffee and live entertainment will keep you awake.
  • On December 3rd and 10th, Shops will stay open late during Valley Junction's Holiday Open House. The businesses in Historic Valley Junction and the streets will be lined with more than 150,000 twinkling lights.
  • If holiday crafts interest you then you will want to visit Adventureland from Nov. 27-29th they will host more than 100 craft vendors.
  • On Dec. 5th, West Glen Town Center hosts Sip and Shop, with a tree lighting on Nov. 21, carolers on Dec. 5 and visits from Santa and carriage rides both days.
  • It's the 18th and final year for Dutch Christmas in the Country, which features 55,000 lights and twelve structures that make up a Dutch Village. Starting Nov. 27 through Dec. 31 visit this amazing event which runs 5:15-10:30 p.m. Nov. 23-Dec. 31. To get there, take Highway 163 east to Pella, take exit 40 and follow the signs. Admission is free.
  • From Dec. 1-18 go back in time 150 years and visit Merry Christmas to All: A Thomas Nast Christmas in Ames. Celebrate the season and the timeless images of Thomas Nast, and experience an authentic founding farm Christmas. Visitors will see traditional holiday decor and hear Christmas songs from the 19th century while touring the 150 year old Farm House  Farm House Museum, Knapp-Wilson House, Iowa State University, 1810 Lincoln Way, 290 Scheman Building, Ames, IA 50011, (515) 294-3342
  • Don't forget that animals need help this season as well. The Animal Rescue League is hosting “Home for the Holidays” Open House and Frosty Paw Boutique. Visitors can explore the adoption area and meet adoptable pets ready for new homes, and shop the Frosty Paw Boutique, located in Mapes Auditorium. Everything from art work, pet supplies, makeup, jewelry and food items will be available for early holiday shopping. There will also be a raffle for a chance to win some fabulous prizes all while helping the animals at the ARL. Animal Rescue League, 5452 N.E. 22nd St., Des Moines, IA 50313
  • If theatre is your thing, mix together a batch of fruitcakes, dozens of Christmas trees, a chickenpox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a runaway boy, and a Christmas hog, and youve got the recipe for a fun holiday show. This moving story of understanding and reconciliation provides a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer. Admission: $15  Ames Community Theaterof Recreation Service, 120 Abraham Drive, Ames, IA 50014

4th Of July In Des Moines

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Independence day is almost here, and for many people the 4th of July is the highlight of the summer. Backyard barbecues, parades, and of course fireworks! The Des Moines area has much to offer in fun for everyone. Take a look at what different events your family can enjoy together on this holiday.

 

Living History Farms

Enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth with a historic Independence Day celebration in the town of Walnut Hill! With events such as pie eating, watermelon seed spitting, and gunny sack races. An 1875 vintage Independence Day parade along with a period 1875-rules baseball game.

Fireworks, "Live At The Creek" Concert

Jordan Creek Town Center's Independence Day celebration with entertainment and fireworks will take place on July 1. Festivities start at 5 p.m. when Tony Bohnenkamp and Jared Hall challenge each other during dueling pianos at the amphitheater. Fireworks will be at dusk.

Mud Volleyball Tournament

The 24th Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament will take place in Raccoon River Park in the morning.  The WDM Community Band Concert will be held by the Coneflower Shelters in Raccoon River Park starting at 7:00pm and the fireworks display will begin at dusk over Blue Heron Lake in Raccoon River Park.

Enjoy all the different events the Des Moines area has to offer.  Have a a wonderful and safe holiday!

Des Moines Summer Festivals

by Jon Smith, CRB, CRS, GRI

Memorial day kicks off the summer season and our area offers many festivals and events all summer long to enjoy. From music to art and everything in between, Des Moines offers something to do for everyone! Summer always goes quick so take time to enjoy the below offerings throughout the area.

 


Greek Festival 2008

June 7 - 8

Eat and Be Greek! The Greek Food Fair of Des Moines promises to be another fun filled Greek weekend. The festival will be located on the grounds of St. George Greek Orthodox Church,1110 35th St. Des Moines, IA, 50311

Des Moines Arts Festival 

June 27 - 29

Come enjoy the sites in downtown Des Moines' Western Gateway Park. The De Moines Arts Festival features 175 professional juried artists, over 25 family and adult art activities  Performing Arts Stage,   24 eclectic food booths,2 stages hosting live music, 26 Non-profit organizations showcasing art activities,fireworks and much more. Admission is free.        

                 
 Iowa State Fair 

August 7-17

In additon to the traditional rides and great food, the music line-up includes classic rock band Def Leppard with special guest Everclear, “High School Musical” sensations Vanessa Hudgens and Corbin Bleu, country superstar Josh Turner, and glam metal band Cinderella.

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Des Moines IA 50310
515-240-2692
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