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Living in Des Moines: myDSMapp recommendation

Living in Des Moines: myDSMapp recommendation

If you’re living in Des Moines (or living in a suburb and visit frequently) and you notice something that the city needs to address, this app is great! And, the city is pretty prompt at fixing things.  Watch this video where Heather shares a few personal examples and gives you a walk through of the app. […]

Should You Cover Your AC Unit During the Winter?

Should You Cover Your AC Unit During the Winter?

Your home and all the mechanicals that make it work are an expensive investment so you want to make sure you take good care of it.   Recently, I was working with a first time home buyer that was feeling overwhelmed with all of his future homeowner responsibilities. One question he asked me several times […]

Don’t Forget to File for Your Homestead Exemption

Don’t Forget to File for Your Homestead Exemption

This was a Facebook Live to remind everyone to file for their Homestead Exemption by the end of June. Dallas county residents apply online. UPDATE: Polk County residents: You can apply in person downtown at 111 Court Ave, Room 195. OR brand new to Polk county you can apply online following instructions here.

My Real Estate Assessment Just Went Up!

My Real Estate Assessment Just Went Up!

In April, many homeowners received a letter from the assessor’s office that their home value had increased significantly. Naturally, this real estate assessment is used by the count when figuring property taxes.  Here’s a question I received from a client: I received a 2017 Real Estate Assessment Roll and the value of my land went […]

Interpreting Buyer Feedback

Interpreting Buyer Feedback

When you’re selling your house and have taken time to clean, pick up, and clear all your counters so a buyer can tour your home – you probably want to know what they thought about your house, right? Actually, you probably want them to make an offer! But, if they don’t make an offer, it’s […]

How to Price Your Home for Sale

How to Price Your Home for Sale

One of the most essential factors that you should always consider while selling your home is the price. (Duh, right?) Remember that fairy tale – Goldilocks and the Three Bears? While we don’t recommend breaking and entering or sleeping in stranger’s beds, there’s a lesson in there that we can correlate to pricing strategy. The […]

How to Stop Worrying About the Future Value of Your Home

How to Stop Worrying About the Future Value of Your Home

It’s tempting to fall into the crystal ball trap when it comes to home value. You know the one, where you try to determine if values will rise (and by how much). Real estate is one of the biggest investments you’ll make so it’s completely understandable that you’d wonder about the future value of your home. […]

Home Improvement: You’ll Find Big Savings in the Attic

Home Improvement: You’ll Find Big Savings in the Attic

In the world of home improvement projects attic insulation is like an economy car; budget friendly but not turning any heads. Unlike a sparkling new sports car (or updated kitchen) there’s nothing sexy about improving attic insulation. Since money IS sexy we’re going to explore some reasons to consider adding this project onto this year’s […]