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By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA KW Legacy Group)
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This is a wonderful annual event organized by the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors to benefit the Friends of the Animal Center Foundation.  Bring your pets for a wash or a nail trim.  Please bring proof of rabies vaccination as well for the protection of the volunteers.  Located at 812 S. 1...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Iowa City Weather - Wait 5 Minutes and it Will Change...When I relocated to the Iowa City area back in 2000 the weather was a big concern for me. I was moving from a temperate middle European climate to Iowa that was known for its hot temps in the summer and oh so much snow in the winter. Did Iow...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Halloween is just around the corner and they certainly know how to rise to the occasion at Wilson's Orchard!  All through October the focus is on family fun at this part nature park, part orchard right here in Iowa City. The highlights of the month are the Pumpkin Festival and Trick-Or-Treat Week...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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  Market Reports for Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty IA, January - December 2013 As we head towards spring and the top months of the year for listing homes it will be very important to sellers to know what's going on in the market place. Real estate is local. Sellers need to know what buyers...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend The Iowa City Jazz Festival is the place to be. I stopped by after my closing yesterday and it was already very busy. It's a weekend of family Fun at the Iowa City Jazz Festival with something for everyone. Jazz fans will love the music. The ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Most real estate agents will tell you it's always a good time to list your home for sale. The question is - Is it really? Does it really make sense to list your home for sale over the Holidays when you know the buyer pool will be smaller? After all, many buyers will postpone their home buying pla...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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How's the real estate market in Coralville doing? From my Snapshot of Home Sales in Coralville at the beginning of the month you know that home sales are up for the year.  Today I have a graph and some numbers to share with you to give you more to go on for the real estate market in Coralville . ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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At the beginning of the month I wrote a post with a general overview of the Iowa City real estate market for the year. Today I have a graph and some numbers to share with you giving you more insights on the real estate market in Iowa City. 743 homes sold in the first 9 months of the year. That's ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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There is no doubt that the real estate market in the Iowa City area is improving, but there are still plenty of homes that failed to sell this year. Mostly this is due to too high expectations of the market. How can you as a seller avoid that? Funnily enough, it's really not that hard. The hardes...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Today I thought I'd share some preliminary data on how the Iowa City real estate market is doing. As we head into the 4th quarter there's plenty of year to look back on! I'll have my work cut out for me this week when I take a closer look at home sales in the three areas I keep a close eye on - I...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Where do you start when you're ready to buy a home in Iowa City? You start by finding yourself a good buyer's agent to work with. If that sounds counter intuitive, think of it this way. Home Sellers call an agent right away when they have a home to sell in Iowa City. They know they need someone t...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Even if you're not thinking of listing your home in the Iowa City area right now, it's a good idea to stay on top of what buyers want in a house so when it comes time to sell you're ahead of the curve. Below are the top 3 home improvements that are likely to get the most attention with buyers in ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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My monthly market reports started out with North Liberty and Coralville this month. Since I was quoted in the Daily Iowan, the UI Newspaper with my opinions on the Iowa City real estate market I figured I'd better hurry up and get my monthly market report for Iowa City out on the world wide web! ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Pricing your home right for the Iowa City real estate market is a two step process. I touched on the tangible part of that process in my last post when I talked about collecting data and the value of a Current Market Analysis. The second part of the process is to look at the intangible aspects of...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Last month Iowa City made it to #2 on the Best Cities for Successful Aging List. You might think of Iowa City as a college town and be surprised at that. It's not intuitively obvious that Iowa City might also be a great place to live for older members of the community. Read on and you'll soon app...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Setting the right price is arguably the most important step when you're selling your home in the Iowa City area. You may already have an idea of what you think your home is worth. The question is, will it tally with what buyers are paying for homes in your neighborhood at the moment? There are a ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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Selling a house in Iowa City, Coralville or anywhere else for that matter is a stressful time. I've done it more than a few times myself and it's not a lot of fun. Getting an offer is the best part, but figuring out how to get the documents back to the agent turns what is an exciting time into a ...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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You're ready to sell your house in the Iowa City area and are wondering where to start. Choosing the right agent is a tough call. More than likely you haven't had a lot of practice selling homes, you don't know what to expect from a real estate transaction. The days of putting a sign in the groun...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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The first half of 2012 is behind us and it's a great time to take stock to see where home sales and home prices are at in Iowa City for the year so far. 446 Homes sold in Iowa City January through June 2012 compared to 381 homes sold in the same time frame in 2011. That's a 17% increase. If you h...

By Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices
(Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268)
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The City of University Heights is a small, exclusive cluster of neighborhoods on the west side of Iowa City. University Heights is completely surrounded by Iowa City and being a curious soul I wondered how that came about. It seems that George and Lee Koser were Entrepreneurs in  their time and h...

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