Archives for June 2012

DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR IOWA HOME REMINDERS!

Homes for Iowans Plus The Iowa Finance Authority is now accepting applications for the new Homes for Iowans Plus program! The Homes for Iowans Plus program can assist home buyers with a grant of up to $2,500 to help with down payment, closing costs or minor repairs. The grant must be used in conjunction with the Homes for Iowans program and the same income limits apply. Military Homeownership Assistance Program Reminder Please remember that the Military Homeownership Assistance Program will be available for loans closed on or after July 2, 2012! Contact me for more … [Read more...]

Did you know we had a “Move Over” Law in Iowa?

Did you know that if you come upon a parked emergency vehicle or are approached by an emergency vehicle, it's the LAW to move over & / or stop? It is really frustrating when I see motorists not give the right of way to an ambulance or firetruck. They just keep on moving ... or worst yet, pass you when YOU are pulled over. I saw this announcement this morning and thought it's worth repeating. From the Corridor Business Journal - Monday, June 25 issue: Move over law changes take effect July 1 Beginning July 1, motorists in Iowa who are ticketed and convicted of a violation of … [Read more...]

“Leaves of three…” wait, what was it?

Hiking and Biking are wonderful ways to get out and explore the many wonderful trails in the Cedar Rapids area and really all of Eastern Iowa. And while you may remember that familiar mantra, “leaves of three, leave it be” from your childhood days, identifying poison oak, ivy, or sumac isn’t as easy as counting plant appendages. Poison Ivy and Oak Poison ivy and poison oak can adopt the growth pattern of neighboring plant life, making them very difficult to distinguish from other harmless plants. In an area filled with tall shrubbery, they will grow tall as well. In a field with grasses … [Read more...]

Military Homeownership Assistance Program is Back!

Governor Brandstad recently signed legislation designating $1.6 million to once again fund the Military Homeownership Assistance Program. The program provides eligible Service Members with a $5,000 grant to be used for closing costs or the down payment on a qualifying home purchase. Applications are being accepted beginning July 2, 2012. Eligible Service Members must have: Have served 90 days cumulative active duty (not for training purposes) since September 11, 2001; or Is a federal status injured service person having served in active duty since September 11, 2001; or Is a … [Read more...]

Remember Safety First with your Pool!

The weather is really heating up lately, and the pool is a welcomed refresher whether you’re just taking a dip, swimming some laps, or splashing around with the kids. But sadly, drownings and pool related injuries affect thousands of families each year. Homeowners: prevention starts with some of these practical ideas courtesy of Pillar to Post Professional Home Inspection: Anyone using the pool who isn’t a strong swimmer should be accompanied by someone who is an experienced swimmer. A fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet high. The gate should be self … [Read more...]

Rain Barrels: EVERY GALLON COUNTS

We are coming up on the four year anniversary of the Floods of 2008, and while much was lost and the destruction still visible, something was also learned. According to a study published on December 28, 2011, rain barrels can be used by citizens to help control rain water run off and thus ease the risk and severity of the flood season. Rich Patterson, director of the Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids states, “every gallon counts. Will one  rain barrel change the course of  nature? Of course not. But would 100,000 barrels make a difference?  Most definitely.” Harvesting Rain … [Read more...]